Gaming Anniversaries November 16- Faxanadu

Released November 16, 1987- Faxanadu

Faxanadu jumped into the Japanese market on this day in 1987! For the Nintendo Famicom!

Faxanadu is an intriguing type of game. With a genre all of its own. It’s a bit of a platformer, a bit of an RPG and even an action side-scroller. It’s actually the perfect blend of fantasy action game. Yet, while most people who are interested in the NES or who’ve been collecting it for a while have this one in their collections, it’s rarely discussed.

In Faxanadu, players will control an Elven man who has returned home after a long trip away. Only to discover that disaster has stricken his peaceful Kingdom. The wells are drying up, the plants are dying and monsters are attacking. Furthermore, the World Tree is dying rapidly. The Elven man is summoned by the king immediately. He asks him to set out to find the source of this evil presence and save the world,

Along the way, you will travel through many different caves, swamps and medieval towns and villages. Visiting shops and healing at clinics. Levelling up will allow you to hit harder and carry heavier weapons. Furthermore, the game is no slouch. Difficult ramps up quickly, requiring the classic RPG grinding we all know and love. Or hate. Whatever.

The game even has a save feature, although it isn’t a battery save. Instead, it’s a bit of a tedious password. That doesn’t detract from the rest of the game of course. Plus, this means there are no batteries to swap out after twenty years! BONUS!

Overall, if you haven’t tried Faxanadu, and you’re a retro gamer, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. It’s one of my absolute favorites on the system. If you have tried it, let us know in the comments below!

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Living in St.John's Newfoundland, Dave has been a gamer all of his life. Starting with the NES and working both backwards and forwards, he intends to play the new along with the old!