By Spencer . June 22, 2010 . 8:21am
Long before RPGs had full-motion video as a lure, Squaresoft tried to broaden the genre’s appeal, much to the chagrin of RPG fans, with a simplified Super Nintendo game called Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest.
The story followed Benjamin as he collected crystals in four elemental worlds, befriended a ninja, and slaughtered the last boss with a Cure spell. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest also introduced action elements like setting bombs to reveal secret paths and using a claw as a grappling hook.
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (aka Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest in Japan) has not been remade or re-released… yet. Perhaps, Square Enix is kicking around the idea? They just filed a trademark for Mystic Quest Legend in Europe, which happens to be the European name for the game. Squaresoft didn’t have a European branch at that time so Nintendo published the game in PAL regions. Seems odd for Square Enix just to trademark Mystic Quest Legend, a title used only for Europe, unless they planned to do something with it. Nintendo published the game before, so a Virtual Console re-release would be fitting.