Secret of Mana RPG displays a top-down perspective, in which the player characters navigate the terrain and fight off hostile creatures. The game features three such characters: the hero, the girl, and the sprite, named Randi, Primm, and Popoi outside the initial North American release. The player can choose to control each of the characters at any time; whichever character is currently selected, the other two companions are controlled viaartificial intelligence. The game may be played simultaneously by up to three players, made possible by the Super Multitap accessory for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console. The Virtual Console version of the game supports three-player gameplay via additional GameCube controllers or Classic Controllers.