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General Leo Edition

Hack of Final Fantasy III


This hack alters events of the game such that General Leo joins the party after the events at Thamasa in the World of Balance. The story has been tweaked in various ways so that this development makes sense in context. Shadow is demoted to “guest character” status in order to make room for Leo.

Leo is a fully-realized party member. His gear can be changed, he can equip relics and Espers, he can learn spells, he has a unique Desperation Attack, he has his own “rejoining” scenario in the World of Ruin, and he has his own scene during the ending.

Other changes include: new scenes and more screen time for minor characters, many new equipment items, the restoration of the dummied rages, modified shops and treasure chest contents, and more.

We are currently on Version 3.3, the seventh release of this hack. This release introduces new minor/optional story content, new townspeople, corrections to typos and minor graphical glitches, and other small adjustments. Please see the readme for details. And thank you to everyone who tried this hack!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy III (U) (V1.1) [!]
  • Unmodified ROM CRC32: 326CF6A2
  • Patch Applied CRC32: 5285953B




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User Review Information

Made me feel like I was playing for the first time all over again.

Reviewed By: Endymian on 24 Dec 2015

This is a great hack, and it doesn’t just change Leo’s role in the narrative, there are lots of other updates and corrections and subtleties that make the game much better overall until you reach the point you want to see (General Leo destroying faces, of course)

I would like to say that I understand completely why Shadow was chosen. His role in the story isn’t as vital as many of the other characters and his design (in the program) is much simpler than characters like Gogo and Umaro. I appreciate the difficulty in the choice that was made and the end product benefits from it.

I had a lot of trouble finding Leo in the World of Ruin and as a result, I didn’t really get to enjoy him much because finding him was the last thing I couldn’t do before going to Kefka.

The reward in this hack is small, and takes a lot of work to reach. If you’re looking for a “quick gratification” experience, look elsewhere. But if you want to feel, just for a moment, like you did when you played FF6 for the very first time, I highly recommend this Hack.

FWIW, I played this on a Super Everdrive and in my opinion, playing on an original console is the way to go. Your mileage may vary.

(Also, don’t bother asking for help on the forums or from the hack creator directly, you won’t get an answer. If you really want to know how to find Leo because you couldn’t, like me, PM me.)

Version 3.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Even better than the original game!thepatrickinator08 Mar 20163.2Yes
Made me feel like I was playing for the first time all over again.Endymian24 Dec 20153.1Yes
A great hack making a gamer's dream come true !Ligeia19 Nov 2014N/AYes
A Tasteful Twist on a ClassicWiseman05 Dec 2013N/AYes