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Final Fantasy III

Nintendo Entertainment System

Game Description:

This final entry in the Final Fantasy NES trilogy improves upon the previous two in ever aspect imaginable. It takes the job system from Final Fantasy I and the graphics from Final fantasy II and uses them to create an unforgettable experience. This game features a total of 22 jobs that are obtained over the course of the game from each of the 4 Crystals. In addition, each has its own unique abilities and can be changed at any point given the player has enough capacity points.

The graphics are among the best on the NES. The character and monster sprites alike see a significant improvement in design and variation. Animations are vibrant and highly impressive given the limitations of the hardware at the time. The music is able to enhance the game by creating an atmosphere that amplifies the already profound map design and battle scenes. It is a fairly expansive game and being as difficult as it is may take an extensive amount of time and effort from an inexperienced RPG player to clear.

Final Fantasy III is unfortunately far too often over looked, not receiving a Wonderswan Color port nor a GBA remake. It would not be until 2006 that countries outside of Japan would be able to play this masterpiece. It is an experience unlike any other and I highly recommend it as one of the most influential RPG titles in history. And as a devout Final Fantasy player, I can say with complete honesty that it will always be my favorite in the series.

Translation Description:

This is an alternate translation of the Famicom version of Final Fantasy III that isn’t as widespread as AWJ’s patch. It appears to be fully playable - the key difference between this translation and the other one is that the resulting ROM has an expanded size. This leads to generally more accurate dialog. However, the author also made some of the names more literal - which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. I guess you just can’t win.

Unlike the other known complete translation, this author implemented some improvements and easter eggs (the most noticeable being the now-standard B button run). There are several other changes such as a slight change in the battle menu and meeting the translator in-game - who reveals some other enhancements which will remain a surprise. There are some minor glitches, however, such as temporary characters not able to keep up with your running.

Very little could be documented on this translation. Supposedly, the translator actually began work earlier than the AWJ one, but hasn’t been popularized {{Citation needed}}. If this this true, it is a true shame since the author clearly did a lot of work as well. Do note that, as a whole megabyte NES ROM, it may not work on certain emulators - if that is the case, please follow the instructions included in the ZIP. Unfortunately, NESticle is probably the most famous emulator to support the translation. VirtuaNES 0.97 has also tested to work, as a far less outdated emulator choice. It is not likely to work on more accurate emulators as a normal MMC3 can only address up to 512KB PRG-ROM.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy this obscure and nearly lost alternate translation. It is highly recommended.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Final Fantasy III (J) [!].nes - NOINTRO
  • CRC32: 170163F1
  • MD5: 4E9BDCDD1071FF48638A3AA0FDA325FC
  • SHA-1: C4443FC24625E3C2BB859525EB44B6B3A80E7C35
  • SHA-256: 1A87487B1D702E85AE2CBC002182740D5C34B2B9AE145B1A0722A78936706F39



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