New scans of Seiken Densetsu DS: Children of Mana offer information about one new party member and a new type of weapon.
Players familiar with the Mana series will recognize the Nikita, a race of cat-people who have generally been shopkeepers in previous games. Seiken Densetsu DS: Children of Mana introduces Wanderer Nikita, a fighter that joins the party. Wanderer Nikita is considered to be a bit of an oddity to the other Nikita, and so he lives far away from them in the same village as the game’s three heroes.
With the addition of Wanderer comes a fourth type of weaponry: hammers. The most powerful weapon, a blow from the hammer will send enemies flying away, and crush most rocks. Players can also try to smash enemies into walls, causing more damage, or try to knock them off ledges or cliffs.
Seiken Densetsu DS: Children of Mana will be released in Japan on March 2, 2006. News of a North American release has not yet been announced.