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Final Fantasy III

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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  • FINAL FANTASY III has been reborn, incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology.
  • FINAL FANTASY III features graphics that have been reworked and remodeled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical FINAL FANTASY look and feel.

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  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,709 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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An earthquake opens up a previously hidden cavern in Altar Cave near the village of Ur on the floating continent. Four young orphans under the care of Topapa, the village elder, explore the earthquake's impact and come across a crystal of light. The crystal grants them a portion of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Not knowing what to make of the crystal's pronouncements, but nonetheless recognizing the importance of its words, the four inform their adoptive family of their mission and set out to explore an overworld outside the area in which they were brought up to bring back balance to the world.

Their adventures bring them to discover that there lies a whole world beyond the boundaries of the floating continent upon which they were living. In the world below, they discover that a warlock named Xande, one of three apprentices to the legendary Archmage Noah, is trying to possess the crystals of light to bring forth chaos and disorder. The four warriors eventually arrive at the Crystal Tower where they discover that the Cloud of Darkness is the source of the recent events. The Cloud attempts to bring back a similar situation as the Flood of Light a millennia earlier so that the world is pulled into the void. The warriors from the light traverse into the domain of the dark crystals to free the imprisoned dark warriors and defeat the Cloud of Darkness, thereby restoring the crystals and balance to the world. In the DS remake, there are also several "side quests" that can be completed.

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177 of 182 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete the Final Fantasy Collection November 15, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
After sixteen long years, Final Fantasy III finally sees an official release outside of Japan. However, unlike previous games, Final Fantasy III has been completely reworked. This is more than just a port with enhanced graphics. Final Fantasy III includes some new secrets and side quests in addition to its graphical overhaul. Final Fantasy III may be just about enough to please some hardcore fans, but was the wait really worth it? Well, yes, but the game isn't perfect.

The storyline of Final Fantasy III is entirely too simple. The crystals are losing their powers and there are only four warriors that can come forth and save the world from falling into darkness. Sixteen years ago this was a pretty standard story, but when compared to your average RPG today, and current Final Fantasy games, the storyline to Final Fantasy III is a joke. There's nothing in this story that screams epic, and the characters involved aren't developed very well. Luckily, we can let it slide because its sixteen years old.

Gameplay wise, Final Fantasy III is pretty similar to most RPGs of today. You'll go roaming through dungeons and towns getting into random battles. There are a few quirks to the game that the DS utilizes. You'll find moments where you'll have to zoom into certain objects for you to examine. It should also be noted that you can use the touch screen almost exclusively in the game. Using the stylus you can make your character run in the direction you want him to, by gliding it across the screen. Taping on things makes your character examine it, and ultimately this is how you open chests and talk to people. It works out, but it feels really clumbsy at times. If you're looking to get through a dungeon with little hassle, just stick to the directional buttons.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I honestly don't see why Square Enix hasn't thought of doing this to all their older Final Fantasy games, really. It would definitely appeal to the newer Final Fantasy audiences who's grownup on all the 3-D games(all the while, giving them a good history lesson on the FF games) yet appeal to us older Final Fantasy fans with its' old school style. I liked it better when the stories were simpler to follow. That's not to say I dislike the newer Final Fantasy games, though. Things change through the years as do I and I love those games just as much.

The game starts off with you(Luneth) assembling a team of heroes(Arc, Refia, and Ingus) to restore balance to the world. To do this, you must choose jobs(23 in all) to help aid you in your quest. Every battle you play through will add to each of the character's job level so you'll want to use thought in building not only your characters main level, but also their job proficiency as well. Although Final Fantasy III is a Very challenging game, it's also an entertaining one. I wish the Nintendo DS had more RPGs done in this style. I simply couldn't get enough of the game and kept on finding myself fighting one more battle & whatnot before putting it down. You'll explore the lands, man a boat, pilot an airship, ride a chocobo, find treasure, and more. Not only that but the game is simply beautiful. I agree, it's simply a better overall experience in 3-D.

Maybe it's just me, though, but I get a distinct Final Fantasy VII feel with this game. Don't ask me how but I do. That's a good thing, though.

All in all, you're looking at an RPG that clocks in around the 50/60 hour mark depending on how you play. With new side quests and moogle mail, you'll have a bit more to play.

Final Fantasy III is a DS gem that shouldn't be missed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best the DS has to offer! November 24, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Final Fantasy III, as most may know, was the only Final Fantasy game that failed to reach North America. Well now it haas been revived, and it's better than ever before!

The "improved"

1) Final fantasy has pushed the DS's graphics to the limit. Though the figures may not be crystal clear, and though it may seem slightly pixelish, it's probably the best you'll ever get for the Nintendo DS. FFIII is completely 3D, a step up from it's original, and the character changes appearence as you change his/her job!

2) The job system is what solely drives this game. As some may have read, yes, there are 279841 different party combinations. Obviously, this opens up many doors and many strategy. FFIII incorperates these 23 jobs in a smart way as well. Don't be suprised when some job adjustments must be made to defeat a certain boss. Your party can be all fighting, or all magic, all range, or all skills, or a mix of any! Jobs are earned when crystals are discovered, and you will find a use for each of them.

3) FFIII can be played entirely with the touch screen, or entirely with the buttons, so you can use either method whenever you want. FFIII complements the DS's touch screen capability quite nicely; being able to use it to select moves is much better than the buttons.

4) FFIII is also Wi-Fi compatible. In it, players can send messages to other players global, using an internet port. It isn't much, but it's something!

5) You may name all of your characters, and play as any or them, any time! I like that freedom.

6) Dungeons actually offer a challenge. A step up from the boring 1 way dungeons, FFIII literally has a maze of many opening and secrets to be unlocked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by VALDEMAR
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Final Fantasy but Good Nonetheless
Towards the end of the Nintendo Famicom’s lifecycle in 1990, the third installment of Square’s Final Fantasy franchise saw its release in Japan, and would remain there for a little... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fun game
Published 1 month ago by J. Iliff
3.0 out of 5 stars and I love Square Enix's Dragon Quest franchise
I'm a huge RPG fan, and I love Square Enix's Dragon Quest franchise, so I decided to start trying out some of the FF games beyond just the tactics versions (which I love). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Jobs and gameplay are awesome!
I have been a final fantasy fan every since I was a little girl, so I wanted to play FF3.
Although the story doesn't compare to FFX, FFIX, or FFVII which are my favorites, it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ana
4.0 out of 5 stars FF3
Don't you just love being able to relive your childhood video games. This is a great game you can play at work or school.
Published 2 months ago by Sabas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
Good remake of the original famicon cartridge. A fun final fantasy game we never got to play here in the US.
Published 2 months ago by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty fun most of the time
-the class system was interesting, fun to learn
-gameplay was not difficult to pick up, and not overly explained
-good graphics for this style of game... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Entry to the Series
This entry has the beautiful environments, complete with pine trees and mountains that you expect from the early installments, along with the medieval setting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Classic GameFan1991
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
Recommended a lot, all fine. The best attention and price of the market!! Thank's a lot for this awesome item
Published 3 months ago by Folken Sama
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