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Friday, March 6, 2015

Paladin's Quest for Super NES (1994)

Original ad published in the January 1994 of EGM (no. 54)
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An obscure RPG from a much-beloved Japanese powerhouse

Paladin’s Quest (1993) is an obscure JRPG from Enix, famous for publishing the Dragon Warrior series on the NES during the 80’s and and early 90s. They also released some superb RPG’s and action-adventure RPGs for the Super NES. Sadly, Paladin’s Quest is not one of them.

Some context: before 2003—the year Enix merged with Square to form the monstrous Square-Enix bastard child—Enix was one of those rare video game companies with and almost immaculate record for solid releases. That streak was broken with Paladin’s Quest. The list of Enix games before said cart goes:

  • Dragon Warrior series for NES
  • ActRaiser series for the Super NES
  • Soul Blazer
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • EVO: Search for Eden

Check out the full list of Enix games to feel some warmth in your hearts.

Paladin’s Quest carried over none of the technical excellence of the aforementioned titles. Save for the orchestral music and arguably the graphics, it’s a mediocre game by any standard. It’s a repetitive RPG that harkens back to the battle system of some initial dungeon crawlers where the player assumes a first-person view of the enemies and engages them in methodical turn-based combat.

I can say very little about the artwork of the printed ad you see above. It’s a mix between the actual box-art and some lame copy geared to science fiction freaks. This is also the first video game ad that I’ve seen with the word “literally!” splattered in red typography just under the box-art of the game.

Paladin's Quest for Super NES print ad copy

This is one RPG that’s out of this world…


Paladin’s Quest brings excitement and adventure to your SNES this winter!

Beautifully illustrated art and orchestrated music take you on a journey through time and space. Set far off in the outer reaches of space, the unfamiliar planet, Lennus, beckons…Explore its vast and unknown landscape.

Traveling through time entwines in a mind-bending adventure in search of Dragons, Wizards and even Alter Egos!

Battery backup saves up to 4 games
Explore the past, present, AND FUTURE!
New unique and bizarre forms of travel
Over 35 hours and game play!

From one of the premier RPG companies in America!