In some Europe countries Final Fantasy was called Mystic quest. Sound familiar? Yeah it's also the same named often maligned RPG Square game made for the SNES for the poor Americans who couldn't handle the tougher stuff.
Made me wonder, did it get called Mystic Quest: Mystic quest in some places?
While I have no answer to your query, I have a hard time putting down FF:MQ. I wouldn't personally go so far as to call it maligned. Mystic Quest came out at a rather iffy time.....RPGs in general in the early 1990s (and still today) were a niche genre, especially when you get into console RPGs, most of which at that time were all done in Japan. After the absolute failure by Nintendo to shove Dragon Quest (ahem.....Warrior) down our throats, I found Square's attempt better executed at introducing a newbie to turn-based style RPGs. It just came out too far ahead of time. It would have done better around the time FF VII got mega-huge for the younger set who may have wanted to get into turn-based console RPGs, but found FF VII too daunting.
Alas, it has been some years since I last fired up FF:MQ (I got it brand new as a X-mas gift back in 1992, but played it as recently as 5 years ago), but from what I remember of the experience, it wasn't THAT terrible. Simple and fun, and doesn't take all that long to beat.
I'm currently doing a run of another old SNES title, Lagoon. That's one many say they won't touch again (the battle setup is in real-time like the Zelda games, but it takes so much time to get the hang of the mechanics.....and the absurd attack range with that infamous 'toothpick of doom'), but it's one I've mastered and have beaten many times. Back then I took what I could get for RPGs as most others had to...whatever the rental places had, or what I could afford (and that wasn't much). All told, it's a sentimental favorite, which I'll wholly acknowledge, is flawed. Nice soundtrack though.....it does its best at drawing one in.
There is one title though, just recently revisiting it today and will never again. I fired up this old SNES port of a PC RPG....a little something called Drakkhen. It was ported by Kemco......I'll say this much. They know how to program nice-sounding MIDI-sampled soundtracks back in those days (it and Lagoon used the same 'samples', just this game's soundtrack is more 'mellow', where Lagoon has more 'hard-rock' edge in spots), and the early attempt of first-person-view roaming was ahead of its time on a game console, but that's the only saving grace. It's best just to find the 'SPC' (SNES music format) sound file, the appropriate Winamp plugin to play it with, and listen to that in the clear, because that game cartridge is better used as a paperweight. What a clunky POS game. Died within the first 10 minutes of play. :(
That's one I will not be playing again, ever.