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The FF series has its share of confusion regarding the releases of the individual games. Most confusing of this is the existence of the Game Boy FF's, which are NOT Final Fantasy games at all, but actually members of other, almost-as-popular series, SaGa and Seiken Densetsu (aka Secret of Mana). I've included them in this page for the sake of completeness of information, but they will not be mentioned throughout the site. The reason they were given the FF name was, frankly, FF was Square's flagship series in the US, and they were leery of giving any game any name that didn't have FF in it. Secret of Mana/Seiken Densetsu 2 was the first game which broke the barrier, and many others (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, etc.) followed. See below for notes on the various releases.

Final Fantasy Release Information

 

Plataforma Ano Tamanho Nome japonês Nome americano
NES 1987 2 Megabits Final Fantasy Final Fantasy ('90)
NES 1988 2 Megabits Final Fantasy II Not Released
NES 1990 4 Megabits Final Fantasy III Not Released
SNES 1991 8 Megabits Final Fantasy IV Not Released
SNES 1991 8 Megabits Final Fantasy IV Easytype Final Fantasy II
SNES 1993 4 Megabits Final Fantasy USA Final Fantasy Mystic Quest ('92)
SNES 1992 20 Megabits Final Fantasy V Not Released
NES 1994 4 Megabits Final Fantasy I-II Not Released
SNES 1994 24 Megabits Final Fantasy VI Final Fantasy III
PSX 1997 3 CDs Final Fantasy VII Not Released
PSX 1997 3+1 CDs Final Fantasy VII International Final Fantasy VII
PSX 1997 1 CD Final Fantasy Tactics Final Fantasy Tactics ('98)
PC 1998 3 CDs Final Fantasy VII Final Fantasy VII
PSX 1999 4 CDs Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII
PSX 1999 2/3 CDs Final Fantasy Collection Final Fantasy Anthology
PC 2000 4 CDs Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy VIII
PSX 2000 4 CDs Final Fantasy IX Final Fantasy IX
WS 2000 ???? Final Fantasy Not Released
PSX 2001 2 CDs Final Fantasy IV, Chrono Trigger Final Fantasy Chronicles
WS 2001 ???? Final Fantasy II Not Released
PS2 2001 1 DVD Final Fantasy X Final Fantasy X
PS2 2002 1+1 DVDs Final Fantasy X International Not Released
GB ???? 1 Megabit SaGa Final Fantasy Legend ('89)
GB ???? 2 Megabits SaGa II Final Fantasy Legend II ('91)
GB ???? 2 Megabits Seiken Densetsu Final Fantasy Adventure ('91)
GB ???? 2 Megabits SaGa III Final Fantasy Legend III ('93)

Legend: NES: Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom in Japan); SNES: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom in Japan); GB: Nintendo Game Boy; PSX: Sony PlayStation; PS2: Sony PlayStation 2; PC: Personal Computer (IBM and clones); WS: Bandai WonderSwan Color.

Notes

FF4 was released twice; the first release was deemed too difficult for the younger audience, so they released FF4 Easytype. This second release was the one translated into FF2. Besides for the difficulty, some scenes were changed, all the character-specific battle options (Hide, Tears, Spirit, etc.) were removed (or "dummied out"), and many items were also taken out. However, by using the right Game Genie codes, these items and commands could be "unlocked" during play.

FF Mystic Quest was originally made and released in North America; that was the last time they tried something that stupid. It was later released in Japan.

FF1-2: This was a special cart released for the NES (Famicom), only in Japan. It contained both FF1 and FF2.

FF6: There are minor differences between the Japanese and American releases: the Japanese release was a bit more difficult, had two extra screens (to rename Cyan's swordskills, and to re-assign keys); the main menu listed character classes; and two of the summons involving humanoid females were covered up a bit less.

FF7: The English version had two extra bosses - the Emerald and Ruby Weapons, an extra scene involving Cloud and Zack, plus an extra option of pressing Select to pop up icons to help with navigation. After the North American release, the game was re-released in Japan as FF7 International, with the extra stuff intact, plus an extra fourth CD with info and interviews, etc.

FF Tactics: The Japanese version had several mini-games which were inexplicably taken out of the English version.

FF8: The American version had two main differences, besides the changed default controller settings (a moot point): A new, very useful menu option called "Junction Exchange", and the ability to draw missed GFs from bosses in Ultimecia Castle. Several points of decision within conversations were also taken out from the American release, and the Fire Cavern time limit restrictions were changed.

FFX International: Only released in Japan and in Europe, this had an extra DVD of bonus stuff, as well as changes in the game itself: a number of optional bosses (the Dark Aeons and an even tougher one named Das Richter), and a new Sphere Grid with several new abilities for weapons and armor. Voices are in English, with subtitles available in Japanese or English.

The Final Fantasy Collection for PlayStation contained FF4, 5, and 6; the FF Anthology only contained 5 and 6, but had a free music CD. The disc (Anthology/Collection) contained the same games as the SNES versions, but with info, artwork, monster compendiums, and new FMVs. Some small points (like the ability to run by holding a button) were changed as well. The American version also inexplicably changed the control setting, so those who had played FF6 on SNES had to re-adapt to the new controller settings.

FF Chronicles: FF4 was also released as a stand-alone game in Japan, and so was Chrono Trigger. Square then re-packaged the two games into the FF Chronicles set and shipped it to the US.

 

 


Other SaGa games include the three Romancing SaGa games for SNES, and SaGa Frontiers 1 and 2 for PSX. Seiken Densetsu spawned two sequels for SNES: SD2 was translated as Secret Of Mana, and 3 (which is one of the best games ever for SNES) was never taken to the western shores, although it was translated online through emulation. The series continued on PlayStation with Legend Of Mana (which was released in North America).

Other related games include Bahamut Lagoon, which starred the super Summon from the series; and the Chocobo Games: Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeons 1 and 2 , and Chocobo Racing (all for PSX, and all of which had many FF trademarks). Of those four games, Chocobo Racing and Dungeon 2 made it here; Bahamut Lagoon and the original Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon never did.