Final Fantasy series
The Final Fantasy series is a role-playing video game franchise originally created by Square before its merger with Enix. With the first game, also titled Final Fantasy, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, the series has expanded onto several consoles and handhelds as well as into animated films, novels, manga and radio dramas, becoming the flagship franchise of Square Enix. The name comes from the series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's belief that the game would be his final with the company. Spanning fifteen core entries and numerous multimedia spin-offs, the Final Fantasy series has since gone on to become one of the top-selling video game franchises, with over 144 million units sold worldwide.
Unlike most video game series, the core Final Fantasy games are not continuations from previous games, having their own separate worlds, characters, and storylines while sharing may common themes, ideas, and game mechanics.
As Square was primarily creating games for the Famicom Disk System, when consumers began losing interest in the peripheral the company was pushed towards going bankrupt. Inspired by Dragon Quest, Hironobu Sakaguchi created a turn-based roleplaying game for the NES that proved to be a best seller that kept Square open. Square made five more games for Nintendo consoles before moving to Sony's PlayStation brand of consoles. Spin-offs and remakes of earlier Final Fantasy games were also released on Nintendo's consoles.
While the main numbered titles are not sequels of each other, some have sequels with their number indicating their successiveness. Along with the main series are a number of spin-off series: the Tactics series focuses on strategic combat and takes place in the same world; the Chocobo series of games focus on Chocobos, a creature from the main series that has become a mascot; the Crystal Chronicles series is made exclusively for Nintendo consoles and centers on more action-oriented gameplay; the Theatrhythm series are rhythm games using several songs from the franchise.
In addition to side series and individual spin-offs, some Square games were given the Final Fantasy title despite being developed as entirely different games. The Legend series are actually the first three games of the SaGa series, while Final Fantasy Adventure is actually the first game of the Mana series.
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