Trials of Mana, otherwise known as Seiken Densetsu 3 was originally released in Japan only. The game has now been translated and you can have it today. Play with up to 2 players simultaneously or with 2 AI companions.
Trials of Mana is a prequel to Secret of Mana. That is, the events in the game supposedly take place centuries before Secret of Mana.
Six young heroes are caught in the crossfire of a global struggle to revive the God-Beasts and control the world. They are Duran, Kevin, Hawk, Angela, Carlie, Lise.
You will choose one of them as the main character, and two more as partners. The other three will appear elsewhere in the game as NPCs.
Your character choice is permanent. The three characters you choose are with you until the end of the game.
Each of the six characters has his own introductory scenario; you’ll begin the game by playing the main character’s scenario before moving on with the rest of the game. There are also significant differences in the plot, based on who you pick as your main character. These plot differences can be organized into three “quests”:
Duran and Angela: Quest #1 (Easiest)
Kevin and Carlie: Quest #2
Hawk and Lise: Quest #3 (Hardest)
Up to three players can play the game simultaneously, each controlling a different character. If there are fewer than three players, the remaining characters will be controlled automatically by AI.