In 1994, little-known Hiroshima-based developers Genbaku Games released the game Super Fantasy Dream Quest for SNES. Upon its release, game players were blown away by its compelling story and top-notch graphics at the time. However, due to the limited funds of Genbaku, the game was never released and the company soon went under. Only a few copies of the game were ever produced.
Super Fantasy Dream Quest was about an evil sorcerer who married daughter of the Emperor of America and used his influence to win all of the greatest fighting accolades accross the word. But, little did the people of Earth know that the title belts he was winning were actually pieces of a mystical force that fell to Earth many years ago and, once these pieces were united, the sorcerer would have the power and the desire to destroy Earth.
You play the main character, who has earned his shot against this great fighter, but after an attempt to strong-arm you into a loss against the great sorcerer, you are banished into the Realm of the Unkown, where you have to meet up with a powerful warrior with magic powers and have to fight to get your way back to Earth, then the adventure REALLY begins as you have to stop the sorcerer from uniting all of the title belts.
Thanks to the power of the Internet, Super Fantasy Dream Quest is being ported over to an American version of the game. And, due to the popularity of wrestling across the globe, they are using wrestling characters in the roles of the principle characters.
The story has changed somewhat. The evil sorcerer has been replaced by HHH and the Emperor of America is now the Head of WWE, but the creative liberties don't take away from this wonderful masterpiece. In the American version, you refuse to lose to HHH at WrestleMania and he banishes you to Parts Unknown. There, you meet up with the Ultimate Warrior and Roddy Piper, and attempt to fight your way back to Earth to stop HHH from winning the Heavyweight title on 6 continents (including Antarctica, Hell, Egypt, and Australia). No release date has been set yet, but despite the primitive graphics, it looks like it will blow away Half-Life 2!
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Simply put, consoles are made for gaming not for moving watching (unless you're playing Metal Gear....then it's both!). The DVD playback is a bonus. So the playback being merely average isn't too big of a deal in my mind.