The Nintendo Download: The Worst Final Fantasy

In 1996 Square released a special simplified Final Fantasy game on the Super Nintendo in hopes of popularising the role-playing genre with the masses. It did not work. Now it's on WiiWare.

Final Fantasy fans in North America were just fine and dandy with Final Fantasy for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Final Fantasy II (which was the Japanese IV). While we were waiting for the next big FF game to hit, Square gave us Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, a role-playing game with some serious training wheels.

Instead of random encounters, we got static monsters on the map we could choose to fight. Upgraded weapons and armour equip automatically, replacing the weaker version. The game had computer-controlled allies, much like Final Fantasy XIII, though at least in Mystic Quest you had the option to control them manually.

The game was released in Japan a year later under the name Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest, USA being a sure indicator to the Japanese that this was a ridiculously easy game.

And now you can play it on the Wii for 800 Wii points! Aren't you excited?

ThruSpace looks much more exciting. You should buy that instead. Seriously, look at it. It's like first-person Tetris.

Or just jab yourself with a sharp stick.

FINAL FANTASY MYSTIC QUEST Original platform: Super NES Publisher: Square Enix Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points Description: Return to a time of classic action and adventure. Young Benjamin embarks on a quest to reclaim the stolen crystals that are the key to balancing the four elements of the world. Experience this treasured Super NES™ game on the Wii system and save the world once more!

ThruSpace Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 800 Wii Points Description: ThruSpace is an exciting puzzle game in which you move and rotate an object called a keydron through gaps in walls. Putting your keydron through a gap earns you points, but mastering this ability allows you to perform combos (picking up pairs of crystals simultaneously) and tricks (rotating the keydron so that its shadow covers all of the gap before passing through it), which are key to achieving high scores. Refine your skills in multiple game modes (Normal, Endless and Trick Challenge), brush up on the rules in Keydron Tutorial, or watch replay data in Keydron Memories. As the game progresses, the number of available keydrons, backgrounds, stages and levels will increase. If you have a broadband Internet connection, you can register your high scores on the leaderboard via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and compare scores with other ThruSpace players. This game is easy to play but difficult to master. Do you have the skills and reflexes necessary to overcome the increasingly complex challenges of ThruSpace?

Seriously, this is the image Nintendo had available. Happy Holidays Halloween Publisher: 505 Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Create and send fun Halloween cards! Use your imagination and dress your character in different costumes, then decorate the card choosing a background, music and lots of stickers. Using the Wii Remote™ controller, you can easily navigate through the different menus and add stickers in the position and size of your choice. Once the card is finished, write a personal note and send it to your friends.

Snapdots Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Welcome to Snapdots! Complete dozens of puzzle pictures by rotating the puzzle to find the best angle and shooting blocks from your UFO. If the placement isn't quite right, use the UFO to retrieve blocks and shoot them in different spots. Adding to the challenge, puzzles often contain several types of blocks and spots, each with its own characteristics. Journey to multiple planets to tackle puzzles individually in Puzzle mode, or try to clear as many puzzles as you can within a time limit in the frenetic Time Attack mode. In either mode, strategy and action combine to create a classic puzzle game that definitely hits the spot.

Armada Publisher: Zoo Games, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Armada puts you in command of a military aircraft carrier. It's up to you to safely land and refuel fighters, bombers and medical helicopters. Avoid deadly collisions, battle turbulent weather conditions and engage the enemy. With your reputation on the line and lives at stake, you'll need quick thinking and smart strategies in order to protect and direct the military aircraft to safety. If you aren't careful, enemies will surround your carrier and sabotage your mission. Take control and prove yourself a hero!

Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe Publisher: Gamelion Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: One of the world's most famous pen-and-paper game for two players can now be in your pocket wherever you go. If there's no one around to play the game with you, don't worry: skillful AI players will gladly play with you in any of the four Tic-Tac-Toe variants available. If a single 3-by-3 playing field makes you claustrophobic, try the new Nine Board mode that adds a nice twist and more strategic depth to the game. Prove you're a worthy Tic-Tac-Toe player by entering the Tic-Tac-Toe League and advancing from the initial School Club League, through Academic, City, National and World Leagues, all the way up to the Super Stars League. Claim the top spot and become the Tic-Tac-Toe champ!

Music on: Playing Piano Publisher: Abylight Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Playing the piano has never been so easy and so much fun! This new collection of 15 popular songs allows you to enjoy a complete musical experience even if you have no prior knowledge of the piano. Notes transformed into rectangles appear over the piano keys to show you where, when and how to play them. The song speed increases depending on the game's level. Music on: Playing Piano is an easy and intuitive game that will challenge your auditory and visual coordination.


    Mystic Quest was a damn fine game.
    Haters gonna hate.

      Yeah I enjoyed the game too. It was a good RPG for beginners. Anyway, THE WORST FINAL FANTASY GAME? Obviously these people haven't played a little game called "Final Fantasy XIII"

      Sure the game was shallow, INSULTINGLY easy and extremely short, but you should get it anyway. Why? One of the best 16-bit soundtracks ever made. Ryuji Sasai's electric-guitar heavy soundtrack was a masterpiece, especially the Doom Castle theme:

        Oh yes, the soundtrack was fantastic! :D

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