DescriptionFaxanadu is a 2D platformer with elements of role-playing in addition to side-scrolling action.
The story is a classic one of good versus evil. Disaster strikes the once peaceful Elven town of Eolis. The sky rains meteorites upon the World Tree. Wild animals and evil monsters terrorize the citizens. The water supply from the wells is dwindling, plants are withering, and people are dying. A lone warrior returns to Eolis and is asked by the king to find out the source of the disasters, and put an end to an unexpected outbreak of hostility from the Dwarves.
There are many places the hero must visit during his quest including medieval-style towns and country villages, fortresses, caves, and gloomy bogs - each with its own ambiance and musical score. The protagonist will be talking with the villagers, collecting gold to buy weapons, armor and other objects, jumping over obstacles and using items. The hero can attack zombies, dwarves, giant snakes, wyverns, evil gnomes, or one-eyed one-footed monsters with various swords and daggers or zap them with a magic spell.
As areas are completed by defeating enemies, the player character gathers experience and achieves a new rank, which is tied directly to the restore password (called a "mantra" in the game). The higher this rank is, the more gold the player character starts with when respawning after being killed or restoring a saved game. Saving a game can only be done in a shrine or temple with a guru. This is also where the protagonist is transported when the game is restored or when he dies.
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- "ファザナドゥ" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|A miracle of rare device||Christina Nordlander (26)|
|Random Access||2005||9.2 out of 10||92|
|NES Archives||Jun 30, 2008||A-||91|
|Tilt||Feb, 1991||16 out of 20||80|
|Cubed3||Mar 25, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|Megablast||1992||78 out of 100||78|
|Geeks Under Grace||May 20, 2014||7.8 out of 10||78|
|Power Play||Oct, 1990||76 out of 100||76|
|Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library||2016||70|
|Thunderbolt Games||Aug 10, 2004||5 out of 10||50|
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TitleThe title Faxanadu (pronounced as "Fah zan ah doo") is a portmanteau of Famicom and Xanadu. This is because it is an unrelated side-quest story to Falcom's Xanadu RPG series.
Version differencesThe Japanese version of the game allows you to name your character. The US release does not.
Information also contributed by Joshua J. Slone and Sciere
Related Web Sites
- Faxanadu Manual (The full NES manual for Faxanadu is reprinted on this page.)
- Faxanadu Walkthrough (Full solution to the game.)
- RPG Classics Faxanadu Shrine (This site has extensive information on items, magics and enemies as well as complete walkthrough of the game.)
- Walkthrough by Ed Osciak III (Another full Faxanadu solve)