Yesterday truly was the day of ports of older, somewhat forgotten franchises, wasn’t it? During the Nintendo Direct showcase, we saw the return of Ryu Hayabusa and Stubbs the zombie in ports of their respective games. But that wasn’t all, oh no. Square Enix also joined in on the fun, showing off two of its PlayStation 1-era role-playing games. That’s good news, but even better news is that they’re both heading to our platform of choice this year. Be on the lookout for SaGa Frontier Remastered and Legend of Mana heading to PC via Steam in April and June, respectively.
First out the gate is SaGa Frontier Remastered, which hits PC on April 15. The 1998 RPG has been given a new layer of paint, allowing its detailed sprites to shine ever more clear. Its graphics have been given a complete HD makeover, and it looks gorgeous. I have a fondness for PS1-era sprite games, so the trailer for the remaster certainly scratched that nostalgia itch.
SaGa Frontier Remastered won’t just be prettier, however. It will include a few extras, including a high-speed option to hasten battles and a new protagonist. The remaster will also feature extra cutscenes and additional content that never made it into the original game. Overall, fans or those interested will surely have plenty to enjoy.
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Legend of Mana will be the second game to hit PC via Steam, and it lands on June 24. Like SaGa Frontier Remastered before, it also features some stunning pixel artwork, made even better with the HD visual upgrades. Remastered graphics and a rearranged soundtrack highlight the Legend of Mana re-release. It will also include a mini-game that never made it out West, called Ring Ring Land. Is that some kind of carnival game? If so, I know I’ll suck at it. Those games are rigged.
Catch both Legend of Mana and SaGa Frontier Remastered when they hit PC later this year. The former will go for $29.99 USD, and the latter is set at $24.99 USD.