Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 1]

Considered by many to be a Super Nintendo classic, but having never been released outside of Japan, Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995) has – in the past – been something of an enigma. A must-play game, but not available in English. That was: until an unofficial fan translation came out that changed all that.

Seiken Densetsu 3 is the third game in the Mana series (following Secret of Mana on the SNES (aka Seiken Densetsu 2), and Final Fantasy Adventure on the Game Boy (aka Seiken Densetsu)), and it is one of those games that I had played before (although not for more than a few hours, just to get a taste of it), and had planned to play more of, at some point in future.

Well, I finally got around to playing it properly recently, and managed to complete (and grab) the entire game over the space of 37 hours, and have to say that it was a very memorable experience! And quite draining, because some of the boss battles are extremely tough.

Seiken Densetsu 3, in some respects, out-Zeldas Nintendo‘s Zelda. Which is really saying something!

It’s a real-time Role-Playing Game, with melee and magic combat – just like Zelda – but, in my opinion, is more detailed, involving and challenging. Maybe not quite as perfectly polished or as charming as Zelda, but definitely a graphical treat, with elegant, evolving gameplay and a superb challenge on top of that.

I took more than eleven thousand grabs on my playthrough, and have whittled them down to around 500 screenshots. And – rather than publish them all in one big lump – I thought I’d make a short series out of them. And in each blog post: talk about something specific and interesting about this very special game.

I’m going to post them in chronological order, and here is the first instalment.

Enjoy.
The King of Grabs

Seiken Densetsu 3 Week
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 1]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 2]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 3]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 4]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 5]

More: Seiken Densetsu 3 on Wikipedia

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Seiken Densetsu 3 Week
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 1]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 2]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 3]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 4]
Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo [Part 5]

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