Gaming Bus Live Stream, Vol. 17: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (SNES)

Welcome to another edition of the Gaming Bus Live Stream. Last week, as requested by editor M. Ngai, we went back to my past, and played the Japanese-exclusive Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi. As someone who is still, inexplicably, considered a “big name” fan in a fandom I effectively left three years ago, this was a big deal. Unfortunately, I seem to have left my skills, and my memory of the stage layouts, in the fandom when I left it. The last stage I did was particularly traumatic, as I lost, at my count, three separate units. It was, to put it succinctly, a clusterfuck.

This week, Staff Month continues with Brandon Mietzner’s selection: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. Here’s a protip, for those of you too young to remember an era before Final Fantasy VII: when a Japanese company that focuses on Japanese games releases a “USA” version of their #1 franchise, chances are good it’s going to be so simple, a child could beat it with minimal effort. This is apropos, since that’s about what Japan thought of both Western-developed games and Western gamers. If we’d have known any better in 1991, we’d have been insulted. However, I think this game gets a bum rap. While it was very easy, it was at least enjoyable, and fun for what it was. In fact, I would wager that if this very same game was released in 2011 as an indie game, without the Final Fantasy name, it would garner a lot of credibility as a very solid game.

Of course, we have pretty much gotten our revenge since those dark days. In 2011, Capcom and Square-Enix are specifically targeting the Western audience, while Japan is pretty much stuck with otaku bait for games. USA!! USA!! USA!!!

Christopher Bowen

About Christopher Bowen

Christopher Bowen is the Editor in Chief of Gaming Bus. Before opening Gaming Bus in May of 2011, he was the News Editor at Diehard GameFAN, a lead reporter for DailyGamesNews, and a reviewer at Not A True Ending, also contributing to VIMM, SNESZone and Scotsmanality. Outside of the industry, he is a network engineer in Norwalk, CT and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.