Faxanadu Brings Long Mantras To Virtual Console

By Spencer . February 21, 2011 . 11:05am

faxanaduOne of the finer action RPGs originally released for the NES is now available as a Virtual Console download. Faxanadu puts players into the winged boots of a nameless hero who climbs (sometimes flies) up the World Tree and fights dwarves that were transformed into monsters.


You can get an edge over the one-eyed hopping creatures if you grind early. The second store in the game sells a Magic Shield (the third best shield in the game) and the powerful Death spell. Farm enough gold and you can defeat that dragon on the right with three shots of slow moving spiked spells.


Once you earn these two powerful items head to a Guru for your mantra, a long alphanumeric string you can use to restore your game. I suppose that makes the 500 Wii Points ($5) game double as a secure password generator. Ah, saved games are convenient.

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  • Yukito

    Never played the game, but it looks pretty fun.

  • BelmontHeir

    Finally, the Virtual Console gets some love.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    Has Saint Sword been put up yet? That was a great Genesis game. The screen shot reminded me of that game a bit.

  • neo_firenze

    Whee! As a big fan of anything Falcom, even the Hudson-developed Xanadu spinoff, this is good news. One of the better action RPGs on the NES, similar to Adventure of Link.

    Speaking of Falcom side scrollers, what would be REALLY cool would be a VC import release of Sorcerian on PC Engine CD. Never had a chance to play that one and I’d like to…

  • lurkingsalt

    To anyone who is too young to have ever played this or never ran across this title back during the NES era I advice you to at least take a look at one of my favorite games ever. What puts this title above the rest of top games is the music. For being 8-bit this is how a soundtrack drew me in and even listening to it now brings back memories. Something like the early Mega Man games had just instant classic sound design. Would have never thought it would get released on VC, good going Nintendo.

    As a story from growing up related to this game, my bro had a friend that was progressing through this game. He ended up letter by letter telling my bro his password from memory. Freaking blew my mind lol.

  • Don’t have negative thoughs. Remember your Mantra.

    This game is why I still put slashes through my zeroes to distinguish them from my Os.

  • One of the best NES games that has not quite had the credit it deserves. And what a catchy tune it had at the start of the game :D

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