Hidden Gems- Seiken Densetsu 3: (1995)


Seiken Densetsu 3 was definitely a classic 16 bit that did not get the type of recognition that it deserved following its release during the mid 90’s.  While many people speak favorably about Seiken Densetsu 3 this SNES title was made available exclusively in Japan for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System following its release.  Even though, Seiken Denetsu was not considered to be a direct sequel to the Secret of Mana the quality of the game was excellent and would was worthy of being the successor of the SNES classic released in 1993.  Seiken Densetsu 3 had everything you could ask for in a action RPG including a great storyline, fantastic gameplay, amazing 2D graphics along with an exciting multiplayer mode.  However, the only thing about the multiplayer mode in this game is that it allowed up to only two players as opposed to three in the Secret of Mana.  Seiken Densetsu 3 had included so many features that made this game an enjoyable gaming experience if you were a fan of 16 bit action RPG titles.

Throughout the game people as Princess Angela, Duran, Hawk, Princess Lise and Prince Kevin.  During battle players can utilize various weapons and magic spells when battling opponents simultaneously which was pretty but challenging at times depending on who one battled.    Other than the Archdemon  some would argue that Lugar and the Dark Lich boss battles were pretty tough.  One of the features about Seiken Densetsu 3 that stood out was the ring command feature which seemed like convenient way for players to access their resources during battles unlike other RPG titles.  Another exciting feature about Seiken Densetsu 3 was the ability for players to earn experience points throughout the game to improve the statistics of different characters including strength, agility, vitality, intelligence, luck and spirit.  Out of all the features that were included in Seiken Densetsu 3 the inclusion of multiple story paths & endings really made this game interesting.

Without a doubt Seiken Densetsu 3 was one of the coolest action RPG titles that Square had ever developed for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Unfortunately, despite how good this game was it never received a remake or an official  re-release since the mid 90’s.  Even though, Seiken Densetsu 3 was released exclusively in Japan it raises the question on how well the game would have performed in terms of sales worldwide. There were other games developed by Square such as Chrono Trigger  that was released in 1995 that did pretty well in terms of sales worldwide.  However, there were also titles such as Dragon Quest VI that were released exclusively in Japan for the SNES that also performed pretty well in terms of sales.  Some would probably argue that if the Seiken Densetsu 3 was made to be a direct sequel of the Secret of Mana it could have possibly performed better in terms of sales.  Either way, it would be hard for anyone to argue that 1995 was probably one of the best years to be a fan of the 16 bit  RPG genre of gaming for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

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