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Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Gets Virtual Console Release

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edited October 2010 in Latest Updates
In 1992, Squaresoft tried to introduce RPGs to console gamers. With the latest Virtual Console release, you can see if it really worked.

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  • CofLSilkCofLSilk RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    This was literally my first RPG. Knowing nothing of other Final Fantasies or other RPGs, I loved Mystic Quest and still have fond memories of it. Where's my DS remake, SE?
  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited October 2010
    CofLSilk said:
    Where's my DS remake, SE?
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  • TeluinTeluin Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    CofLSilk said:
    This was literally my first RPG. Knowing nothing of other Final Fantasies or other RPGs, I loved Mystic Quest and still have fond memories of it. Where's my DS remake, SE?

    This was probably mine as well, at least as far as I can remember. I thought the cover art alone made the game so cool.
  • PawsPaws Purr RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    ...Facepalm
  • CofLSilkCofLSilk RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    I h8chu, Mac T-T......Four Chibis is not Mystic Quest.
  • TG BarighmTG Barighm Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    A vast library of great SNES games yet to be released on the Virtual Console...and they chose this one?
  • Sir ErdrickSir Erdrick Overlord Full Members
    edited October 2010
    TG Barighm said:
    A vast library of great SNES games yet to be released on the Virtual Console...and they chose this one?
    Why would they put them on the Virtual Console when they port them over to other systems and sell them at full price? Anyways, I've never understood the hatedom that surrounds this game.
  • CofLSilkCofLSilk RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    Sir Erdrick said:
    Why would they put them on the Virtual Console when they port them over to other systems and sell them at full price? Anyways, I've never understood the hatedom that surrounds this game.

    I think that the hate comes from people who played this game after already being experienced with RPGs. It was super simplistic and very RPG-noob friendly. And you're absolutely right...if there's a game that any company thinks will actually make money as a remake, they're more likely to invest in that. Putting it on the VC costs nowhere near as much time or money as a remake...which is great for less well received games.
  • NekobasuNekobasu RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    I didn't like Mystic Quest because:

    1) The AI used up all of my potions.
    2) It wasn't as rad as FF4, like I expected it to be.
    3) A friend showed me the incredibly cheap way to beat the final boss.

    In other words, I agree with the Silk ahead of me. It's not as bad as Paladin's Quest, but nor do I have fond memories of it.
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Well I played this after Dragon Warrior 1 - 4, Link to the Past, and FF4 and I love the game for its simplistness. What I wanna see is a sequal that they kinda set up for at the end of the first game.
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  • EmeraldSuzakuEmeraldSuzaku Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    I found the game to be cute and whimsical, and generally a good time. I also found that the lack of available tactics led to guaranteed game overs when certain sequences of events occurred in battle. It's not so bad since you can just retry a battle, but really...it was frustrating to lose a battle and know that there wasn't anything I could have really done differently--instead I had to hope I either got more crits, or that the enemies took a different sequence of actions this time around.

    But I didn't regret tracking down the cartridge. The music was pretty good, too.
  • freykinfreykin Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    I'm the only one among my friends that loved this game. No random battles, and was my first rpg where I could tell an enemy's health thanks to their picture changing. It's also a perfect introduction to oldschool console rpgs, since it has an easy level of entry.

    I may just have to pick this up, for nostalgia sake if nothing else.
  • ShadowcatShadowcat Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    The game was and is pretty flawed as...well reading about it I found out you can instantly kill everything with either life or exit(and they do not miss). It also took some flack for not being FF5 as at the time Square decided to release this instead. To most RPG players it's seen as a bad beginners RPG...

    Also even though there are no random encounters there are places that you are forced to fight just to get through the maze!
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  • CidolfasCidolfas Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    It wasn't an awesome game but it had something of a sense of humor (a rarity among Square games even now) and was short and to the point. Also, no, the music was not good, it was fricking awesome.
  • xaviersaintxaviersaint The Old Guy That's New... Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Let's take this game for what it was, a simple RPG to expand people's exposure to RPGs without making their head spins with games like FFIV and so forth. Clearly it worked because I know tons of people who got into RPGs because of this game.

    Yes it was simple but that was the point. It has a very Earthbound-esque charm to it. By that I mean, it's a fun little RPG that isn't for everybody but definitely has some highlights. I wish there had been a wider range of music since I believe 3 of the 4 towns if not all 4 of the towns had a variation on the same theme. And it would have been nice had not every single enemy had some sort of deadly weakness.

    The characters weren't bad, graphics were good for the time, and definitely you remember the game when you've played.


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  • Confessor RahlConfessor Rahl Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Sir Erdrick said:
    Why would they put them on the Virtual Console when they port them over to other systems and sell them at full price? Anyways, I've never understood the hatedom that surrounds this game.

    It was a terrible game then, and its a terrible game now. That is why.
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  • WheelsWheels RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited October 2010
    CofLSilk said:
    I h8chu, Mac T-T......Four Chibis is not Mystic Quest.
    You're right, it's BETTER
    Confessor Rahl said:
    It was a terrible game then, and its a terrible game now. That is why.

    Care to go on? Other than being a simple RPG, there's nothing about it that doesn't work or is specifically offensive, and it has a good soundtrack to boot. Combat is well balanced, the dungeons are well designed etc., it's just not a particularly challenging RPG because it's meant for beginners.
  • Zeboyd GamesZeboyd Games Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is worth purchasing for the music alone. Great stuff.

    Also, Paladin's Quest is a fantastic game that doesn't get the respect it deserves. Excellent gameplay.
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  • Confessor RahlConfessor Rahl Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Wheels said:
    You're right, it's BETTER



    Care to go on? Other than being a simple RPG, there's nothing about it that doesn't work or is specifically offensive, and it has a good soundtrack to boot. Combat is well balanced, the dungeons are well designed etc., it's just not a particularly challenging RPG because it's meant for beginners.

    Nope, definitely not.
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  • MasterChiefMasterChief I didn't learn anything! Full Members
    edited October 2010
    xaviersaint said:
    The only major thing that pissed me off about this was that Japan called it Final Fantasy USA, like we weren't capable of handling a full on RPG.

    Hehe, yeah, that always did strike me as derogatory, at least a bit.
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  • NightfoxNightfox Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Zeboyd Games said:
    Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is worth purchasing for the music alone. Great stuff.

    Also, Paladin's Quest is a fantastic game that doesn't get the respect it deserves. Excellent gameplay.

    I actually really liked Mystic Quest for the town art, and of course the music. I still randomly name RPG characters Kaeli and Tristan from this game, I don't even know why.

    But Paladin's Quest fantastic? I bought it the day it came out because hardly anything came out back then, and it rubbed me the wrong way from the very start, it being the first RPG I outright disliked, and I had played every console release up to that point. There was nothing about that game I could stand, music, graphics, story, even the confusing abbreviations for the equipment eventually got on my nerves. Even so, I managed to finish it my first year of college, right before I picked up the much better Breath of Fire 1 (take that how you will), but I blame FF6 for coming out to stop my progress. The casting of magic taking HP, especially the amount of HP it takes in that game, is and always has been a terrible system. Especially on a final boss that can kill your entire party on an unlucky single round if not severely cripple everyone and leave at least one member dead (and making you run through that horribly long final dungeon for the fiftieth time) making spells almost worthless unless you grind heavily and this was not a fun grinding game at all. I beat that game out of spite, both so I can say I never have to play it again and so I could stand by my opinion of it lol. And that ending...

    Well that's just my admittedly strong opinion, but what can I say, I REALLY hated that game. I rate it alongside Ultima II: Revenge of the Enchantress, but still better than Drakkhen for SNES. Its only saving grace for me was the mid-game tease that Dragon Quest V SNES might be coming... sigh.
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  • Mickeymac92Mickeymac92 Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Nothing of interest to me, but I am glad Square-Enix is releasing more of their obscure RPGs. Lets hope they'll consider releasing Secret of Evermore and Soul Blazers after this. Heck, any of there games would be great on the VC, from what I'm seeing. I'd even grab this game if it meant they'd release others.
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  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited October 2010
    Y'know, everyone keeps citing the soundtrack as being awesome, and I can't remember a bit of it. I did not like this game, no I did not, not on a plane, or a train, or in the rain did I like it. Probably stems from it being nowhere close to my first RPG, and from playing it in... 2006?
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  • CidolfasCidolfas Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Go look on YouTube for Last Castle, Lava Dome or the battle themes.
  • xaviersaintxaviersaint The Old Guy That's New... Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Shrine of Light is another good one and Windia, Fireburg, Aquaria, Foresteria (?) are your 4 towns with variations on the same theme.
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  • Zeboyd GamesZeboyd Games Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    I will admit that Paladin's Quest had awful music and the graphics were very weird (nice for creating a unique setting, not nice for people with delicate aesthetic sensibilities). Story had a few neat elements to it, but it was very much in the oldschool DQ mode where there was pretty much no party interaction. However, the gameplay was great - due to spells costing HP, you could use magic pretty much all of the time (which makes sense since your main characters are supposed to be wizards) which resulted in magic becoming very powerful since you gained element XP by using magic. The dungeon designs were generally rather well done like the lava dungeon early on. The huge cast of playable characters was great and I thought it was neat that some of the mercenaries had little quirks (although admittedly, most of them were negative). And I'm surprised to hear someone complain about the final boss, because I thought the game had one of the easiest final bosses in JRPG history as long as you A) had been building up the main character's element LVs throughout the game like you were supposed to, B) had some good heal bottles, and C) brought some side characters with the counter-damage spell.

    It's a shame the sequel (Lennus 2) was never officially brought over here, although there is a fan translation patch out there.

    But this is all getting horribly off topic so I'll stop there.
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  • LordKaiserLordKaiser Gaming Freedom Full Members
    edited October 2010
    This game was awesome on those days. It was a very easy RPG for noobs that could be finished in a day and introduced many features that would be re-used in other games. Now they should bring Secret of Evermore.
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  • AurianAurian Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    I finished FFII (now FF4) (my first RPG) and ran out and bought the only other game I could find with the FF name on it, thinking it would be more of the same. I spend weeks on FFIV and was a bit disappointed that I blew through FFMQ in a weekend. Music and bosses were memorable, but I have a hard time recalling any of the plot.
  • CidolfasCidolfas Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    That's because there wasn't one.
  • EmeraldSuzakuEmeraldSuzaku Member Full Members
    edited October 2010
    Sure there was! Save the world!

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