Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Mysticises Virtual Console

By Ishaan . October 18, 2010 . 1:01pm


The star of this week’s U.S. digital downloads on Nintendo systems is Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (800 points) on the Virtual Console. Unlike other Final Fantasy games, Mystic Quest is designed to be more accessible from the get-go and does away with random battles, equipping items, and exploration.


Instead, you travel along set paths that you can’t stray from until the game lets you. In place of a regular turn-based battle system, Mystic Quest lets you use weapons while running around the world and you even have the ability to jump. When you come across an enemy, you can initiate a battle, which then takes you to the battle screen, complete with different commands, but even here, you’re allowed to use an AI-controlled ally if you wish.


Other notable games this week include Happy Holidays Halloween (500 points) on WiiWare, which you can use to design a Halloween card to send to your friends over Nintendo’s online service and Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (200 points) on DSiWare, which increases the size of the Tic-Tac-Toe board to a 9×9 square.

  • If my casual glimpse at the response to this game over the years is right, then I am to believe that I am the only human on the planet that actually really enjoyed this game when it came out originally!

    • AdamBoy64

      No, not the only one. I enjoy this game heaps too. It’s my favourite Final Fantasy by a long, long way..

      I have fond memories of playing this game when I was in primary school, of ‘taking a sickie’ so I could stay home and play it. Only game I ever did/tried that for. (Plus I doubt I ever fooled my parents..). Good memories.

      Anyhow, definitely my next to buy on VC, though I’m just as likely to pull it out on the SNES when I want to play it.

    • I enjoyed it, too. I remember thinking it had a fun soundtrack and I liked how enemies slowly got “damaged” as their health was reduced. Nothing revolutionary, maybe, but it was neat.

    • Code

      rar, I remember getting it and it being “okay” — then I saw the Dragon Claw and I dropped everything, I was all over that business +o+; After seeing that thing in the first dungeon, it was almost purely that alone which was my driving force in the game — plot who cares, did you just hear the SOUND that retractable grappling hook robot dragon claw thing made — it was all the badassity of the hookshot from Zelda, and a Claw! For all I knew at the time it could have just been a plot device never to be seen again, but it didn’t matter I was determined to get that thing — maan did I ever laugh when I finally got it and realized I was over half way through the game. Seriously though I still have the game, sure it’s not an amazing game, but I figure it falls under games that are an acquired taste, plus the added nostalgia value makes it all that much sweeter.

  • Mystic Quest was cool =3

  • fuzzy_hobo

    I still have this cartridge, but maybe I should still download it. Anyway, this game is great.

  • kazalt

    I remember Mystic Quest. I used to LOVE that game. I think I was the only one who rented it at blockbuster near my house. It doesn’t hold up as well (for obvious reasons), but between me and the internet? I’ll still rock out with that game.

    Also, that last boss music? It’s way too awesome for such a simple game.

  • I remember I was around 7 or 8 when I played this… Ahh~ Such wonderful memories of accidentally finding out about the power of Cure.

  • kupomogli

    One of my favorite FF games. Not better than FF6, 5, 1, and 7, but I prefer it over the rest. FF4 is slightly behind it.

  • tbyitbsitbh

    I really enjoyed this originally too..not sure how old I was, pretty young I guess, but yeah – I mean I think this pretty much kicked off my love of turn-based RPGs and Final Fantasy in particular. So in that respect, it worked just like they intended! I read IGN’s little ‘review’ of this VC release and it pissed me off haha. (Er, except I was gonna quote something from that review but now it’s gone, and the review up now isn’t nearly as bad. Maybe it was the UK one or something, who knows I can never find anything on that damn site anymore..)

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