I've made no secret of my love for classic RPG titles from the '90s, and Secret Of Mana definitely sits on a very high shelf with a number of other games from that era. Knowing that Square Enix was working on a new version of it, I was stoked when I walked into their press room at PAX West and got to try out a demo for the revised title.
I'm going to both quell your fears and give you some hope both at the same time: It's the exact same game I remember with updated graphics and smoother mechanics. Everything I remember from the game is right here as I find the sword with a ghost, walk around and kill yellow bunnies, get told I just screwed everything up by the town, fall into a pit with my "friend" to do battle, and life moves forward in the game just as you would expect. Everything about this brief experience was awesome and I wanted more. The fact that I have to wait until February 2018 for this version of Secret Of Mana is an annoyance, but tolerable considering the awesomeness it is tied to. My first impressions are that this game is already solid and I really want to see how they handle other aspects.