Seiken Densetsu 3 / Trials of Mana (SNES)
by Hiroki Kikuta
This little gem was initially only released in Japan. Though it was often referred to as “Secret of Mana 2”, it is only mildly related to Secret of Mana and is not a sequel. I have never managed to get far in this game before I get into something else and end up losing my save files. The original game is not in English, so unless you can read Japanese, you would need a ROM with a translation patch applied to it.
With the enhanced remake of this game released in 2020, the English title was officially dubbed Trials of Mana. Bearing the same name, it also saw an official Western/English release of the original SNES game as part of the “Collection of Mana” for the Nintendo Switch.