Final Fantasy Adventure
Genre: Action Role-Playing
The history of the Final Fantasy series in North America is a convoluted one, especially in the early entries. The mainline entries were numbered in difference to their actual positions in the series due to our only receiving half of them before Final Fantasy VII, and there are a variety of games that had the Final Fantasy brand stapled to them upon release here. Due to a number of reissues and adaptations, however, most of these have been ironed out.
Most fans of the series know that Final Fantasy Adventure is not considered a part of the actual series. For a bit of history, the game was released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu (translated as Legend of the Sacred Sword): Final Fantasy Gaiden, indicating that while the game was related to the Final Fantasy series, it was meant to be a side-story. The game’s origins become even more confusing when you factor in that this entry was released as Mystic Quest in Europe. As Mystic Quest in North America was actually Final Fantasy USA in Japan-
Let’s just say that the name Final Fantasy Adventure is a misleading name in the grand design of Square’s catalogue, and while it has also been fixed with the recent remake- the game was released as Adventures of Mana– for a long time, the Final Fantasy name carried a lot of weight in both reputation and quality at the time that this game came out. Does that mean that this game leaves the same impression that the rest of the titles did, though?