Faxanadu – a video game by Hudson Soft for the NES Nintendo console (Famicom in Japan). It was launched on the market in 1987, being released in America in 1989 and in Europe in 1990. It was developed by Hudson Soft under license from Nihon Falcom.
This title is part of the extensive Dragon Slayer video game franchise, produced by Nihon Falcom and which is divided into different series, this being a spin-off of the Xanadu subseries, which comes from the second installment known in Japan as Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II.
The game presents a style similar to games like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link or Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, in which the player will live a quest with fantasy elements where they will visit different cities and locations, increasing their characteristics in an RPG style while exploring. a 2D world horizontally.
The game’s plot revolves around a war between Goblins and Elves in the “World Tree” or Great Tree. The player, an unidentified traveler, returns to his home to find it desolate, and is assigned the mission of traveling through the World Tree to end the threat of the Goblins by bringing life back.
The title Faxanadu is a play on the first syllable of Famicom (the NES in Japan) and Xanadu, the original game from which the title comes.
This action RPG brings a unique outlook to the world of classic fantasy.
You are an adventurer who has just returned to his home town, the Elf town of Eolis, at the base of the World Tree. You find the village in peril—the Elven water supply has dried up, monsters are causing chaos, and the Tree itself, once proud, is slowly wilting. Equipped with the last of the King’s money and the trust of the people, you set out to climb the World Tree, braving obstacles, fiends and dangers, to discover the source of this corruption. Wield weapons and magic, get hints from townsfolk, and experience a world of new environments as you ascend to the top of the world.