Final Fantasy III

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Final Fantasy III
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Protagonist: Onion Kids (original)
Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus (enhanced remakes)
Genre: Role-Playing
Platforms: Famicom, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, iOS, Android, Windows
Release Date: Famicom:

JP: April 27, 1990
Nintendo DS:
JP: August 24, 2006
NA: November 14, 2006
EU: May 4, 2007

iOS:
WW: March 24, 2011
Android:
WW: March 1, 2012
PlayStation Portable:
JP: September 20, 2012
NA: September 25, 2012
EU: September 26, 2012

Windows:
WW: May 27, 2014

Developer: Square
Publisher: Square
Franchise: Final Fantasy
Previous Game: Final Fantasy II
Next Game: Final Fantasy IV


Final Fantasy III  is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square in 1990 for the Family Computer as the third installment in the Final Fantasy series. It is the first numbered Final Fantasy game to feature the job-change system. A 3D remake for the Nintendo DS was released in 2006 and subsequently ported to iOS and Android in 2011, PlayStation Portable in 2012, and Windows in 2014.

Why It Rocks

  1. It introduces the summons that would become a staple in the series.
  2. It also introduces a dynamic job system which would be later redefined in Final Fantasy V.
  3. Awesome storytelling.
  4. Twice as big as original game and harder too!
  5. Many more locations and kingdoms to visit.
  6. Exciting bosses.
  7. Yet another plot involving the crystals.
  8. The enhanced remake gives the four protagonists unique personalities and backstories.
  9. This game introduces Moogles.

Bad Qualities

  1. Phoenix downs are not available in shops and can only be obtained by enemies or treasure chests. There is plenty of water fountains which can be used to revive party members however.
  2. The steam port used to be a disaster until Square Enix made a patch which fixed all the problems people had criticized.
  3. The PC port has the "run" and "cancel" actions mapped to the same keys which absolutely no way to change it.

Reception

Upon release, Famicom Tsūshin (now Famitsu) gave the Famicom version a score of 36 out of 40, based on a panel of four reviewers giving it ratings of 9, 9, 10 and 8 out of 10. This made it one of their three highest-rated games of 1990, along with Dragon Quest IV and F-Zero, both of which scored 37 out of 40. It was also one of the magazine's six highest-rated games up until 1990.