Final Fantasy Mystic Quest travels to Virtual Console

Nintendo Store Update: Square Enix's Super NES title hits classic download hub; WiiWare welcomes ThruSpace, Happy Holidays Halloween; four new titles come to DSiWare.

Nintendo's virtual storefront expands this week with seven new titles ranging from Square Enix's dated role-playing game to a keyboard title.

Leading the charge this week is Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (800 Wii points, or $8). From Square Enix, the role-playing game thrusts players into the adventurous boots of Benjamin, a weapon-wielding traveler. His goal is to retrieve the four stolen crystals needed to restore balance to the world. The title was originally released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System nearly two decades ago in 1992.

The mystical quest comes back to life today.

Switching to WiiWare, Nintendo ushered in two new titles to that hub today, the first of which is Nintendo’s ThruSpace (800 Wii points, or $8). Like many WiiWare titles, ThruSpace is a puzzle game. It tasks players with moving and rotating objects known as keydrons through gaps in walls while inside a virtual hallway.

The other title dropping on WiiWare today is Happy Holidays Halloween (500 Wii points, or $5). From 505 Games, the title is a themed virtual greeting card maker. Players can dress their characters in costumes and decorate their cards with varied backgrounds, music, and stickers. After creating the card, players can send it to their friends via a Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

Nintendo added four new titles to the DSiWare download hub today, the first of which is Snapdots (500 Wii points, or $5). From Nintendo, the puzzle game tasks players with assembling dozens of photo puzzles by shooting matching pieces from a UFO controlled by the player. The game features multiple block types, as well as two game modes: puzzle and time attack.

Also debuting on DSiWare today is Zoo Games' Armada (500 DSi points, or $5). The title thrusts players into the command of a military aircraft carrier. Players are then tasked with landing the aircraft, refueling, and taking to the skies to engage enemies, dodge unstable weather, and avoid collision.

The last two titles hitting DSiWare this week are Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe (200 DSi points, or $2) and Music On: Playing Piano (200 DSi points, or $2). The former is a virtual pocket version of the classic pen and paper game, and the latter is a keyboard tool, where gamers can play along with 15 "popular" songs.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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28 comments
Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

it's like a beginners RPG, I was 12 when I played it and even then it was WAY too fast and easy.

thps48
thps48

Damn, I just got the ROM for Mystic Quest. Now it's on VC. I don't know why I'd prefer playing it on Wii rather than for free, but I guess Earthbound was a good call. That's probably unrelated... XD

leeko_link
leeko_link

Well at least we got a VC game this week, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest isn't bad but it isn't a masterpiece either.

atopp399
atopp399

Thought it was a fun game. If you go into it knowing you're playing a different type of RPG that just used the Final Fantasy name to gain sales/hype then you will enjoy it. I think it was my second FF game back when I was young and I played it a lot.

Maxout623
Maxout623

Eh, Mystic Quest was okay. Not really true to the final fantasy name moreso than it's story about crystals, but the music in that game made it very worth playing, IMO.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Mystic Quest eh? How about putting FFVI on it already.

EasyNormalHard
EasyNormalHard

Mystic quest was a great game the dragon claw was awesome as well as excalibur sword which you had to use to defeat the last boss. Was it a final Fantasy game no not really but it was still awesome!!! AHHHH!!! Rabbids have invaded!!!

zcds
zcds

Mystic Quest is great, don't care what any one else says. Glad it's coming to the VC i need a new copy after mine got stolen.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

FFMQ is too simplistic, short, and boring. Even a noob to the rpg genre would most likely find this game way too easy.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

In addition, the Final Fantasy Legend games were re-branded under the Final Fantasy name but is really part of the SaGa series (later entries including SaGa Frontier and unlimited SaGa).

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

I am incorrect regarding FF Mystic quest not really being a FF game... It was made specifically for American audiences in order to "broaden the appeal" of RPG games in the US market by making it simple and easy compared to most RPGs. Just like how Final Fantasy II (FF4 in japan) was released here only in "easy" mode. how insulting. I am glad they don't go easy on us anymore.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@animatronic64 dude, you said it. I got pretty far in Mystic Quest, but never beat it. The though of giving it another go gives me the shivers. I don't even think mystic quest is a true FF game... just like Final fantasy adventures 1-3 on Game boy were not real final fantasy games, they were from the Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu) series but the translated as Final Fantasy so it would be a recognized brand. since Secret of Mana had not been released yet to awesomeness on SNES.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@worlock77 Congratulations on finishing one of the worst in the series. Now go and finish one that's actually good.

LordelX
LordelX

D'oh! C'mon Nintendo! It's Halloween! How about another Castlevania game? Bloodlines, Legacy of Darkness and the SNES version of Dracula X would be just fine...

worlock77
worlock77

The only Final Fantasy title that I actually finished. Too bad it's not coming to the PSN store.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Mystic Quest?! That game was okay, but I was hoping for Final Fantasy 3 SNES :(

Barighm
Barighm

Nintendo must hate their customers to deliver this insult...heh heh.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Mystic Quest for $8? I think $5 would be too much. Decent game, but its really not a Final Fantasy game. They just slapped that on to get extra attention.

Lazay727
Lazay727

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Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Do my eyes deceive me? Is that a *gasp*... SNES game??? This is a rare sighting indeed.

alecrast82
alecrast82

@Spurner you will be playing the 15th expansion of world of warcraft as everyone else

Spurner
Spurner

Wow, I remember picking up a used copy of FF:MQ back in the day. Can't believe that was 18 years ago. I wonder what I'll be playing 18 years from now.