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Dawn of Mana

Platform(s): PlayStation 2
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Square Enix

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'Dawn of Mana' (PS2) Gets North American Release Date - Screens

by Rainier on March 26, 2007 @ 5:51 a.m. PDT

Dawn of Mana reveals the origins of the legend behind the Mana Tree and the Sword of Mana. Breaking the series' 2D mould, Dawn of Mana brings the world of Mana to three-dimensional life while preserving the atmosphere that fans have come to know and love.

Dawn of Mana is the highly anticipated follow-up to Secret of Mana, the timeless classic that originally mesmerized North American audiences in 1993. For a limited time, Breath of Mana, a sampler disc that contains selections from the soundtrack originally released in Japan, will be available at Amazon.com, Game Crazy, GameStop and EB Games as a gift with the purchase of Dawn of Mana. Also scheduled to arrive in late summer 2007 is Heroes of Mana, an exciting real-time strategy game developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS. Both entries in the World of Mana series continue the legacy of the Mana name, as they provide fresh and unique takes on the familiar universe that has captured the hearts of fans around the world.

"The two latest entries in the World of Mana series push the boundaries established in past titles to provide players with a new gaming experience inside a familiar setting," said Koichi Ishii, creator of the World of Mana series. "Dawn of Mana sets itself apart from action-RPGs of the past as an action-adventure game with an emphasis on action while Heroes of Mana, a strategy RPG, introduces entirely new real-time strategy elements to the series."

Steeped in the rich tradition of the beloved Mana franchise, Dawn of Mana fuses innovative physics-based combat, lovable characters, and a compelling narrative that reveals the stunning genesis of the Mana universe. Freed from the limitations of two-dimensional graphics, Dawn of Mana brings the world of Mana into 3D for the first time while preserving the atmosphere that fans have come to know and love. New characters and environments join familiar monsters and elemental spirits from previous Mana titles, and are fleshed out through the wonders of cutting-edge rendering techniques that encapsulate the signature beauty and subtlety of the acclaimed series. Accompanying the visuals is a soul-stirring title track from acclaimed composer and Grammy and Academy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, who has composed music for many notable Hollywood productions.

Breathing new life into the vaunted Mana franchise, Heroes of ManaA takes the beloved series into an entirely new dimension. Generals will plan, plot and strategize their way to victory on the battlefield. Command an army of heroes, creatures and beloved rabites with the use of the Nintendo DS Touch Screen, and experience an all-new perspective on the ever-evolving battle for the Mana Tree. Skilled players can see how they rank among other players around the world through the Nintendo Wi-Fi ranking system. Heroes of Mana is being developed by BROWNIE BROWN Inc. and is currently slated for a late summer release.

Players can see for themselves how vividly characters and monsters move about these new yet familiar surroundings. This instalment of the Mana is a true action-adventure, with sweeping plains and mountains stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s a world ripe for adventure!

“Touch” is the theme of Dawn of Mana’s world. You can virtually feel realistically rendered, lifelike objects.

Dawn of Mana has been rated T (Teen) by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

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