Excerpt: Finally, a solid RPG for DS fans to dig into, Square Enix's reincarnation of the "real" Final Fantasy III which managed to elude North American gamers years ago makes it's debut on the Nintendo's innovative handheld console and delivers top-notch graphics and audio as well as a pretty fulfilling game play experience.
Excerpt: A numbered Final Fantasy game finally returns to Nintendo! Alas, it is not a brand new game. But, then again, this no mere port either. Final Fantasy III for the DS (herein, referred to as Final Fantasy III-D ) is a complete remake of the Japan-only original which appeared on the Famicom back in 1990. The missing link has finally been rediscovered, but has time been kind to such ‘archaic’ gameplay? Yes… and no. Have you seen the original Famicom Final Fantasy III ?
Excerpt: Here at GameCritics we're encouraged to delve deeper into the games we review—to evaluate themes and historical significance along with graphics and fun factors. Certainly, I think that most videogames offer something more than simple diversion: engrossing plots, enjoyable characters, the ability to reach audiences on a deeply personal level, since we are the actors in their stories. But when it comes to Final Fantasy III, I've got nothing profound to say.
Summary: Square-Enix promised a remake of the tale that never hit Western shores. They served it up on a golden plate. While FFIII might not THE best RPG of the last few years. It's definitely one of the best handheld RPGs in a long time. It's a shame that the difficulty will turn a few people off from this, especially people new to RPGs in general. If you want to play a game that you haven't played without the aid of Google before.
Excerpt: Final Fantasy III , the only installment in the series that was never localized and released in the United States, is getting an overhaul and is finally slated for launch in September. The Nintendo DS is the platform of choice for this release, with graphics completely redone in beautiful 3D, while maintaining the original feel and art style of its previous incarnation.
Excerpt: Since that day Final Fantasy VII was first announced, it became clear that the US wasn't getting the whole story with Final Fantasy . While the intervening years cleared the matter up and saw the release of two of the missing games, Final Fantasy III was still nowhere to be seen. That is, until a full-blown remake, complete with updated plot and graphics as-yet unheard of on the DS, was announced. But now that it's here, was it worth the nearly 15 year wait?
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: FFIII is a beautiful game brimming with character. It's still a little generic, but this game was one of the innovators in what we consider RPG's today. Older than many of the players who will buy it, FFIII still shines on 17 years later.