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Final Fantasy
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Creator: Hironobu Sakaguchi
First game: Final Fantasy (1987)
Bestselling game: Final Fantasy VII (11 million copies)
Latest game: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (2018)
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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 130 million units sold worldwide.[1]

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.

Overview[edit]

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.

Games[edit]

Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Console
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Main series
Final Fantasy 1987 1990 N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy II 1988 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy III 1990 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy IV* 1991 1991 N/A N/A N/A Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy V 1992 N/A N/A N/A N/A Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy VI* 1994 1994 N/A N/A N/A Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy IV Advance 2005 2005 2005 2005 N/A Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy V Advance 2006 2006 2006 2006 N/A Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy VI Advance 2006 2006 2006 2006 N/A Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy III (Nintendo DS) 2006 2006 2006 2006 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy IV (Nintendo DS) 2007 2007 2007 2007 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 2007 2007 2008 2008 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years 2008 2009 2009 2009 N/A WiiWare
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Compilations
Final Fantasy I•II 1994 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls 2004 2004 2004 2004 N/A Game Boy Advance
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Tactics series
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2003 2003 2003 2003 N/A Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift 2007 2008 2008 2008 N/A Nintendo DS
Crystal Defenders N/A 2009 N/A N/A N/A WiiWare
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Chocobo series
Chocobo Land: A Game of Dice 2002 N/A N/A N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales 2006 2007 2007 2007 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon 2007 2008 2008 2008 N/A Wii
Cid and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon: the Labyrinth of Forgotten Time DS+ 2008 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon: Majo to Shojo to Gonin no Yusha 2008 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
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Crystal Chronicles series
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles 2003 2004 2004 2004 N/A Nintendo GameCube
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate 2007 2008 2008 2008 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King 2008 2008 2008 2008 N/A Wiiware
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (Wii) 2009 2009 2009 2009 N/A Wii
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (Nintendo DS) 2009 2009 2009 2009 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy Crsytal Chronciles: My Life as a Darklord 2009 2009 2009 2009 N/A Wiiware
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers 2009 2009 2010 2010 N/A Wii
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Theatrhythm series
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 2012 2012 2012 2012 N/A Nintendo 3DS
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call 2014 2014 2014 2014 N/A Nintendo 3DS
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Stand alones
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest 1993 1992 1993 1993 N/A Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light 2009 2010 2010 2010 N/A Nintendo DS
Final Fantasy Explorers 2014 TBA TBA TBA TBA Nintendo 3DS
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The Final Fantasy Legend 1989 1990 N/A N/A N/A Game Boy
Final Fantasy Legend II 1990 1991 N/A N/A N/A Game Boy
Final Fantasy Legend III 1991 1993 N/A N/A N/A Game Boy
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Final Fantasy Adventure 1991 1991 1993 1993 N/A Game Boy

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References[edit]

  1. SQUARE ENIX KICKS OFF FINAL FANTASY 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Square Enix Press Center (January 31, 2017). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
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