Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES)

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Ultima: Quest of the Avatar
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Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Origin Systems, Inc., Infinity Co., Ltd., Newtopia Planning
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series see Ultima.

Ultima: Quest of the Avatar is a fantasy role-playing game using the common top-down perspective. It is based on the original Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (A2), but with numerous changes, many of which improve the gaming experience. The menu system is much friendlier than the old keyboard hotkeys of the computer versions, the graphics are superior, and the engine has an overall more-polished feel.

As far as the story is concerned, you play the Avatar returning to the land of Britannia. In your previous visits, you destroyed the three fiends and brought an end to the Age of Darkness. Now, and Age of Enlightenment is set to begin, but not until a great leader can be made as a hero to the people. It is your job to become the personification of the eight virtues and three principles. During your quest for enlightenment, you must also defeat many monsters, collect artifacts, and destroy the skull of Mondain by casting it into the Stygian Abyss.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Entering my name for a new game.

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Taking the Virtue Test to decide my fate.

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Wandering the vast expanse known as Britannia.

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Entering the town of fighters, Jeholm.

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Chatting with Lord British at Castle Britannia.

Music

The soundtrack composed by Seiji Toda is quite an improvement over the Apple and Commodore 64 versions from several years earlier. All of the traditional music from the series has been replaced, which takes away a little from their Ultima feel, but the new music is very good and refreshing.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Seiji Toda 2:02
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02 Virtue Test Seiji Toda 1:26
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03 Castles Seiji Toda 0:59
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04 Britannia Seiji Toda 1:08
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05 Cities Seiji Toda 1:22
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06 Villages Seiji Toda 1:31
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07 Shrines Seiji Toda 1:01
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08 Combat Seiji Toda 1:21
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09 Sailing Seiji Toda 1:14
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10 Dungeons Seiji Toda 1:06
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11 Dungeon Battles Seiji Toda 1:21
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12 Bard Seiji Toda 1:24
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13 Telescope Seiji Toda 0:36
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14 Balloon Seiji Toda 0:51
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15 Altars Seiji Toda 0:58
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16 Dead Seiji Toda 1:01
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17 Codex Test Seiji Toda 0:51
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18 Codex Hall Seiji Toda 1:17
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19 Ending Seiji Toda, Thomas Arne 2:54
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20 Party Member Joined Seiji Toda 0:04
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21 Inn Seiji Toda 0:02
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22 Level Up Seiji Toda 0:02
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23 Flute of Sheep Seiji Toda 0:04
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24 Silver Horn Seiji Toda 0:02
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25 Unknown 1 Seiji Toda 0:04
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26 Unknown 2 Seiji Toda 0:03
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27 Unknown 3 Seiji Toda 0:04
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28 Unknown 4 Seiji Toda 0:03
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29 Unknown 5 Seiji Toda 0:03
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30 Unknown 6 Seiji Toda 0:04
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Credits

  • Ripper: Neill Corlett
  • Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
  • Game Credits:
  • Box Credits:
    • 音楽 (Music): Seiji Toda credited as 戸田誠司(FAIR CHILD) (Seiji Toda)
  • Manual Credits:
    • ミュージック (Music): Seiji Toda credited as 戸田 誠司 (Seiji Toda)


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Source verification is needed.

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Seiji Toda is listed in the game's credits, but a screenshot has yet to be taken. He used a sound driver by Hiroshi Yamazaki.

The back box of the Japanese Famicom version credits Seiji Toda for music, along with his band name Fair Child. Also, the back of the Japanese Famicom version's manual credits Seiji Toda for music as well.

Game Rip

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The order of the NSF tracks is quite jumbled. Some of the music follows the order you hear it from the game, but many tracks are well out of sequence. This may be an issue with the ripping though.

The rip contains several other brief sound effects that are not included in the recording.

Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ウルティマ -聖者への道- (Ultima -The Road to Sainthood-)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1989-09-20
Publisher: Pony Canyon, Inc.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Ultima: Quest of the Avatar
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-??
Publisher: FCI

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