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Game music of the day: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Game: Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

Song: Battle Theme

Composer: Ryuji Sasai, Yasuhiro Kawakami

       
Above: Battle Theme from Mystic Quest

Good news! Today Nintendo finally added series runt Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest to the Virtual Console. While its reputation as "baby's first Final Fantasy" is deserved, don't write off the entire game due to its toned-down difficulty and simplistic battle system. Instead, look at it as a laid-back RPG with a complementary smooth soundtrack.

The battle theme, above, is one of the most rockin' RPG songs of the 16-bit era. It's fitting combat music, and provides an up-tempo break from the rest of the game's moody, slower-minded tracks. Most of the game is easy listening type stuff, perfect for background music while you're doing homework or mind-numbing data entry.


Above: The final boss music is also pretty thrashin', though once again it's a suitable use of guitars - final battles should always feel this epic!


Above: The Wintry Cave, Ice Pyramid tune is more indicative of the game's general sound. Lots of echo-y notes and toe-tapping beats

Longtime (i.e. old) gamers might recall the series of print ads that ran during FFMQ's launch period, each of which advertised the game solely as an entry-level RPG for $39.99. Hell, for that price, it was definitely worth it, but text like this probably turned a lot of us "serious" gamers away:

"Drain your brain pan and fill 'er up with Mystic Quest, the world's first role-playing game especially designed for the entry-level player.

It's got easy to read icons. Constantly changing 16-bit characters. And lots of heady combat to keep your synapses greased and firing.

Pick up the game before January and we'll throw in a free strategy book. All for just $39.99.

Mystic Quest. It's a game anybody can dip into.”

But trust me, it's still pretty fun. And it's just 800 Wii Points. Though, that's almost $10 you could put towards Epic Yarn, Donkey Kong, GoldenEye or Epic Mickey. So strange for Wii owners to have so many excellent options!

 

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19 comments

  • philipshaw - October 19, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    That battle music is pretty rocking, never played the game because like you said it was a beginner RPG game and I was already hardcore into them then
  • Dondada - October 19, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Mystic Quest was a damn fine game.
  • ChainsawHero - October 19, 2010 9:11 a.m.

    first RPG I ever played
  • Moopoke - October 19, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    this is amazing
  • Redeater - October 19, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    This game got a bad rap. I thought it was a fun break from the seriousness of the previous FF
  • phoenix_wings - October 19, 2010 4 a.m.

    I remembered seeing that on the shelf when I used to rent games on a weekendly basis. Never picked it up though. But I could have for just $39.99 plus strategy guide?! Dammit!
  • garnsr - October 19, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    I was certainly not an entry level RPG player when this came out, having played the Dragon Warriors on NES, and waited a long time for Final Fantasy to come out, but I actually enjoyed Mystic Quest. Like everyone else here, I'm not quite sure why, when I didn't like FF II that much (but loved III.) Good music, though.
  • lobsterhunt - October 19, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    great GMOTD, as usual.
  • ThePurpleDragon - October 19, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    @Aeshir I wish I had your memory. I still forget friend's names I've known for 5 years. And that's not even the bad stuff.
  • Ridgley - October 19, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Hell yeah! I loved mystic quest!
  • thedutewaw - October 19, 2010 2:25 a.m.

    Love the boss battle theme, took me a bit to warm up to the battle music but, it's pretty cool. Not a fan of the Wintry Cave though, dunno just didn't like it.
  • Tenfey - October 19, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    I don't care what any ignorant haters say, I loved this game to death as a kid (and to this day). The battle music makes me want to go punch trees to death.
  • paganpoet - October 19, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    I legit love this game, and I'm not sure why. The music is pretty good all-around, especially from the Bone Dungeon and Pazuzu's Tower. I also loved that all the town themes were the same, just mixed differently...the normal version, the depressed version, and the slutty upbeat version from Fireburg.
  • flang - October 19, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    This game's soundtrack has been underrated and underappreciated for a long time, due to the rest of the game being so mediocre.
  • Aeshir - October 19, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    @ Brett I uhhh...I have a good memory. Also I liked the song, and thought it fit the atmosphere of an adventure game so I just assumed it was from one.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - October 18, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    This is some pretty awesome music from a game I don't think I've even heard of before. This is why I love game music of the day it always suprises me. Keep it up Brett
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - October 18, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    @ Aeshir WOW I can't believe you picked up on that. I edited that cast and put the song in there because it was about snow/yetis.
  • batmanboy11 - October 18, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    Cool beans.
  • Aeshir - October 18, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Hey, I know that last song! It was in TalkRadar 21 while you all discussed the Yeti puzzle in Top 7 Stupidest Puzzles, and how you have a needle dick and like to fuck doors. I assumed it was from Ol' Gabby Knight or something else Charlie would play.

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