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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why a Seiken Densetsu 3 Remake?

With this first post I wanted to give an overview of my aims and objectives for this project starting with why Seiken Densetsu 3?

I’ve been aware of this lost gem since the SNES era – One of the best jRPG that was never translated. I dabbled with the English ROM back in 2004-05, but never got into it (or the rest of the Mana series), I’d pretty much forgotten about it until January this year when I picked up issue 85 of Retro Gamer and read a great article on the entire Mana series. Having my interested piqued again by this series as well as wanting to get started on a new project I thought this would be a perfect fit.

The first thing I did was to research the series in general, and I quickly stumbled on theseikens.com a fan site with all things Seiken Densetsu including a section with the additional material available for the game. (walkthrough, startegy guides, artbooks, etc) With an intention of only using original artwork as inspiration/guidance, I picked up the Seiken Densetsu 3 basic knowledge book, Seiken Densetsu 3 Prologue and a copy of Sword of Mana (the enhanced remake of Seiken Densetsu for the GBA) in January to get me started.

My aim is to improve my general development skills, specifically games programming and 3d modelling.

My objective is to develop a solid demo which has the potential for a possible future development into a complete remake.

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About

I am a Multimedia developer living in Dundalk, Ireland.

I hope to share my insight into multimedia development including:

  • Instructional design
  • Learner Management System (LMS) development and configuration
  • e-Learning courseware development
  • 3d modelling
  • Graphic design and user interface

I will also share my thoughts and ideas for any pet projects. I hope you find the content interesting and insightful.

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