Platform: NES. NES version also available on the Wii Virtual Console (for this review, anyway)
Japanese Release Date: December 17, 1987
North American Release Date: July 12, 1990
Amazon Price: $85 for a new NES cartridge
Wii Virtual Console: About $5
When a fountain tells you to wash your #%#%#@% face, then you’d better damn well do it.
- This is the real deal! This version reviewed is THE 8 bit original Final Fantasy that started it all. For you retro gamers out there, this is a treat that holds up well despite being over 20 years old.
- The 8 bit beep beep boop booping of the soundtrack and the colorful sprites will bring tears of nostalgia to your eyes.
- A solid (if simple) combat and class system that allows for high replay value.
- You want a good RPG story? Well, you won’t find it here. This is as bare bones as they come.
- A targeting system that will make you bellow in rage when your characters hit dead air when you’ve misjudged how long it will take to kill an enemy. It may add some strategic value to the game, but more often than not it will just add frustration.
- Realizing that there is NO WAY to warp out of a dungeon after your white mage dies.
- The Ogre Corridor of Doom. You have been warned.
- Viewing red mage cosplay pictures on the net.
That pretty much sums it up.
The Lowdown: Despite being almost as old as I am, this game has aged well. I would in fact recommend playing this version over the PlayStation port to get the original experience (that is, if you have an NES or Wii readily available). Don’t let the primitive graphics and soundtrack fool you – this game has high replay value, provides a decent challenge, and gives you a firsthand view of how Final Fantasy developed into the blockbuster franchise that it is today. The only instance in which I wouldn’t recommend playing is if you aren’t interested in games that are for the most part dungeon crawlers – players craving a complex story may be disappointed.
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Final Fantasy Original SoundtrackFinal Fantasy Playstation Soundtrack