Final Fantasy III

Third in Square Enix’s classic role-playing game series, and the game that introduced the world to the Job system in an early incarnation. Came West for the first time in the form of a complete 3D remake for Nintendo DS by Matrix Software.


Developer: Square Enix/Matrix Software (remake)
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: Famicom, Nintendo DS, PSP/Vita, mobile, PC


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Articles about Final Fantasy III

Final Fantasy Marathon: Pointy Helmets – Final Fantasy III #12 - One of the interesting things about Final Fantasy III — and also one of the reasons it gets criticism from some quarters — is how it effectively requires you to use certain jobs for certain sequences. To date, we’ve already seen a couple of sequences where you needed a White Mage handy to cast Mini … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Pointy Helmets – Final Fantasy III #12
Final Fantasy Marathon: He Loves Only Gold – Final Fantasy III #11 - Coming to their senses after seemingly bringing the world back to life, the Warriors of Light found themselves with their airship locked up and the next Crystal guarded by the mysterious “Goldor”. Having acquired themselves some Levigrass shoes to cross the swamp guarding Goldor’s mansion, the time has finally come for the Warriors of Light … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: He Loves Only Gold – Final Fantasy III #11
Final Fantasy Marathon: Levigrass Shoes – Final Fantasy III #10 - We rejoin the four Warriors of Light as they find their title contested: it seems that four eccentric old men also claim they are the warriors of legend! As you might expect, it doesn’t take long for the real Warriors of the Light to prove themselves — but being thoroughly all-round decent people, they don’t … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Levigrass Shoes – Final Fantasy III #10
Final Fantasy Marathon: Aria of Sorrow – Final Fantasy III #9 - After making it to “the surface world”, only to discover the whole thing appears to be a seething miasma of darkness, the Warriors of Light set out to figure out what’s really going on. Before long, they encounter the mysterious Aria, who seems to understand the situation, and she agrees to help them. The crystal’s … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Aria of Sorrow – Final Fantasy III #9
Final Fantasy Marathon: Barrier Shift – Final Fantasy III #8 - We’ve almost reached the first big milestone in Final Fantasy III’s main scenario! But before we descend to the “world below” and discover what’s really going on, we have a major challenge standing in our way. Can we free King Argus and his subjects from the evil Hein — who regularly shifts his weak point, … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Barrier Shift – Final Fantasy III #8
Final Fantasy Marathon: The Power of Fire – Final Fantasy III #7 - We’re making good progress in our journey through Final Fantasy III, though it hasn’t been an easy ride for our heroes! No sooner did they think they had successfully taken care of Gutsco the thief, they discover that he wasn’t all that “dealt with” after all, and now it’s down to them to recover the … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: The Power of Fire – Final Fantasy III #7
Waifu Wednesday: Refia - Refia is an interesting character in Final Fantasy canon, because she didn’t exist in the original version of the game she’s from — in fact, none of the protagonists from the 3D remake of Final Fantasy III did. Indeed, the original Famicom version of Final Fantasy III instead features a player-named party of indeterminately gendered “Onion Kids” … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Refia
Final Fantasy Marathon: Desch’s Destiny – Final Fantasy III #6 - After last week’s wandering around not being quite sure what we were supposed to be doing next, this week we get back on track and get quite a bit done! We climb the Tower of Owen, fight Medusa, admire Desch’s selfless commitment to his destiny and take on Gutsco the Thief. But disaster strikes! Will … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Desch’s Destiny – Final Fantasy III #6
Final Fantasy Marathon: Around the World – Final Fantasy III #5 - People often criticise modern Final Fantasy games for being too linear and hand-holdy, but in the early days the reverse was often true! Each of the 8-bit games in particular featured at least one moment where you were expected to figure out what you were supposed to do next just by wandering around until you … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Around the World – Final Fantasy III #5
Final Fantasy Marathon: That Bit Everyone Hates – Final Fantasy III #4 - How many games have you come across where the reputation of a notoriously annoying or difficult section has put you off exploring further? For Final Fantasy III, that section is featured in today’s episode: it’s a dungeon and boss fight where you’re forced to inflict the status effect Mini on your entire party for the duration, and … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: That Bit Everyone Hates – Final Fantasy III #4
Final Fantasy Marathon: Climb Every Mountain – Final Fantasy III #3 - The adventure continues, and now everyone has a capital-J Job! Yes, having defeated the dread djinn in the previous episode and proven themselves as worthy Warrior of Light candidates, our group of four plucky heroes sets out on their journey proper. Along the way, they have plenty of things to deal with: a big rock, … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Climb Every Mountain – Final Fantasy III #3
Final Fantasy Marathon: Freelancin’ Ain’t Easy – Final Fantasy III #2 - As yet bereft of the iconic Jobs that would go on to define this particular installment in the Final Fantasy series, our heroes are tasked with seeking out a naughty old Djinn. It’s not a quest they can really walk away from, either; a significant number of people in the vicinity have been turned into … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: Freelancin’ Ain’t Easy – Final Fantasy III #2
Final Fantasy Marathon: A New Adventure – Final Fantasy III #1 - It’s time for a whole new Final Fantasy — this time the third installment in its PSP incarnation, itself based off the Nintendo DS remake by Matrix Software. I was all set to start recording these on actual hardware (PlayStation TV in the case of the PSP titles) but regrettably I discovered that Square Enix … Continue reading Final Fantasy Marathon: A New Adventure – Final Fantasy III #1

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