Bahamut Lagoon

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Bahamut, looking good on the cover.


An early tactical RPG made by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) released only in Japan. It includes much of the Final Fantasy feel and characteristics, including spell names and the names of the dragons: Bahamut, Alexander, Leviathan, and Valefor, to name a few. The battle system is an early example of a Tactics-style game, and is well-loved for being practical yet Nintendo Hard.

The game is set in the sky world of Orelus, and follows Heroic Mime Byuu as he leads the The Resistance against the Granbelos Empire. Along the way, he rescues his childhood sweetheart, Princess Yoyo. The princess, a summoner, has the ability to communicate with the Holy Dragons and use their powers in battle. The heroes attempt to collect their power to use against the empire, while Emperor Sauzer attempts to gather them for himself. Their battle against the Empire and the greater threat it unleashes range all across the sky and even into the world of origin for the dragons themselves. And Yoyo's experiences with the Empire weren't all negative...

The game directly influenced Final Fantasy X. The plot structures and several key characters of the two games are very similar. This link between the two games was lampshaded with Final Fantasy X-2's airship, named Celsius -- the airship in Bahamut Lagoon is called Fahrenheit.

Bahamut Lagoon is also notable for having very pretty graphics, being one of the last Squaresoft games to be released for the Super Nintendo. It's also notable for having quite explicit sexual content (though primarily in dialogue) and an openly gay old wizard as one of its main characters.

A translation patch is available here.

Compare Rudra no Hihou and Live a Live, two similar Japan-only games released by Square Soft near the end of their SNES era.


Tropes used in Bahamut Lagoon include: