Final Fantasy III Hands-On - Setting Out on an Adventure

The upcoming DS RPG remake is now in English, and we did in fact start a new game and play it for a while.

NEW YORK--The Nintendo DS has been strong in almost every genre, except, perhaps, role-playing. Luckily, the system's role-playing game lineup will be one game stronger later this year, and what a game it is. Final Fantasy III (the original one) will finally make its first appearance stateside in 3D-remake form, and we got to try a new build of the game in English right from the title screen at Nintendo's Wii press event this morning.

Unlike most Final Fantasy games, this one doesn't begin with an elaborate CG cutscene--or even a more modest in-game cinematic sequence (or at least, neither of those things were in this build). Instead, you're plunged right into the gameplay just as main character Luneth--an orphan from the village of Ur--falls through a hidden hole in the ground into an underground cave, where you'll immediately have to fight monsters, raid treasure chests, and eventually confront a land turtle boss in classic Final Fantasy fashion. At the end of this dungeon, Luneth ran into a giant crystal floating in the cave, which told him there were others in the world with a like mind for adventure. Luneth was tasked with finding these individuals and returning to the crystal, at which point the true quest would begin.

This seems like a Final Fantasy game in the traditional sense, with all the same mechanics you'd expect from the earlier, cartridge-based entries in the series. We found a longsword and a shield during our first cave expedition, and when we equipped them we saw Luneth using them in subsequent battles. We also managed to raise his job level a few times, though apparently the job system--which lets your characters learn different roles and their attendant special abilities--wasn't active at this early stage of the game. Luneth was listed as a "freelancer" at this point and didn't have any special skills at such an early level. But later on, you'll presumably have a lot of room to customize and build up your characters into real powerhouse combatants.

Final Fantasy III is doing a good job of taking advantage of the DS's touch-screen controls, since you can apparently play the entire game with just the stylus if you want. We got through a battle and some subsequent menu navigation simply by tapping enemies, menu entries, and so on. You'll just drag the stylus in the direction you want to run, and if you move it farther, Luneth will run instead of walk .We wish a little more were being done with the second screen, though. On the overworld, you see a nice big map of the world with towns and your present location clearly marked, and when you go to the subscreen, you can still see your character wherever he is on the top screen. But in our preliminary dungeon exploration, the screen remained black--which was odd, because that seemed like the perfect opportunity to show a map of the place. We hope that will change in subsequent areas, though.

We've wanted more solid RPGs on the DS for a long time now, and Final Fantasy III looks like it will fit the bill quite nicely. The beginning of the game has a suitably old-school feel to it, and we won't complain too much if that sense persists as the presumably epic quest progresses. Keep your eyes peeled for further coverage in the coming weeks, not to mention a full review to accompany the game's mid-November release.

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dragonlady1980
dragonlady1980

im actually looking forward to FFIII specially that i havent played it before. i cant wait

Kbs64
Kbs64

I read that they wanted to cut out some of the upper or lower screen (I don't know which screen) action and put it on just one screen so that both of the proccessors of the DS can boost the visuals of the game. I'm sure that they won't use just one single game throughout the entire game. This game is the first one in FF to use the job funtionality.

audioust
audioust

ill buy it, looks like fun

Deathcythe09
Deathcythe09

They should Port FFTactics, FF7 and FF8 to DS. If not at least make them a download when the PS1 emulator for PSP comes out. If it does. I CANT WAIT FOR FF3 DS!!! ps( FF3 isnt the first full Final Fantasy with jobs. FF5 also had jobs . But FF3 will hav alot more jobs. More than Tactics. THATS ALOT!!

x_paradigmshift
x_paradigmshift

HAHAHAHA Did you notice? He didn't put a space after the period. WHAT A LAMER! *gawd* FFIII is gonna suck... mark my words

dark_phazon
dark_phazon

I'll really be looking forward to seeing this game up on the shelves. FFIII FTW

Behold
Behold

Strange how they in that FMV sequence look like those Ivalice metrosexuals.

dstars44b
dstars44b

I cant wait to get this game!

shannon_michael
shannon_michael

I've been waiting for months now, this better get released soon!!!

mangaloreronan
mangaloreronan

You'll just drag the stylus in the direction you want to (run) [should be walk], and if you move it farther, Luneth will run instead of walk .

Geneyuss5555
Geneyuss5555

I was a fan of the job system when I first encountered it in FFT Advance, so to see a full out Final Fantasy with that system seems like the greatest FF ever to me.

luxapollo
luxapollo

I can't wait for the first DS FF release!

Toasty64
Toasty64

I've always wanted to play a FF game, but I don't know anyone with a PS2. So this deffinately has my vote.

yugimasa9999
yugimasa9999

I'll get this game and eat lots of ONION RINGS !!!! :lol:

hybridace
hybridace

Wow, i'm definitley getting this game :)

petervaht
petervaht

Why make 'remakes' like rogerseagle said remake chrono trigger? Play Chrono Cross for ps1 then, and I want new adventures not just a 3D remake.

rogerseagle
rogerseagle

mikesantos is right.. there are plenty of other squarsoft (now changed to squar enix) RPG games that people are waiting for a remake my wish is that sqaur enix remake 'chrono trigger' into a 3D game for DS. and transfer FF7 and 8 in to DS form.

Kbs64
Kbs64

I can't wait for this game!!!

mikesantos
mikesantos

This is great!! I'm getting a DS jus for this game. And please SE, remake FFVIII, we've had enough FFVII, VIII was a lot better.

ddddd388
ddddd388

so many good games so little money

rossdh1982
rossdh1982

There is a reason FFIII did not come to the states the first time around. It was a fairly weak game. I played it through emulation and I can say we did not miss much. Thankfully, the developers are reworking the game-play for the DS version.

one_of_panda
one_of_panda

I wonder how/what the wifi is going to be used in this game.

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

foofightersrule "This can't be the same game as FF3 for snes, did you read the storyline? The main character in the snes one is a girl, in this one it is a guy. " "dude, ff3 on SNES was actually Final Fantasy VI in Japan, and you must be thinking about Terra..... this is Final Fantasy III from the NES....never released in US.... read other posts and learn something...." Yeah, that's absolutely true foofightersrule, try to do some research next time since you might offend some FF fans by your lack of knowledge.

friscom99
friscom99

foofightersrule "This can't be the same game as FF3 for snes, did you read the storyline? The main character in the snes one is a girl, in this one it is a guy. " dude, ff3 on SNES was actually Final Fantasy VI in Japan, and you must be thinking about Terra..... this is Final Fantasy III from the NES....never released in US.... read other posts and learn something....

foofightersrule
foofightersrule

This can't be the same game as FF3 for snes, did you read the storyline? The main character in the snes one is a girl, in this one it is a guy.

singsorrow
singsorrow

Yay, Final Fantasy has to be the most infulational RPG series and it's nothing sort of beautiful. Final Fantasy III will be a great addition to my collection and one to many other too. The DS has done something great. ^-^

friscom99
friscom99

Icepick2137 "It says "The only Final Fantasy to never come to western shores" (USA) I have it on SNES...In English... " Wow I thought your kind was extinct lol. I guess there is still some unimformed people..... I used to be one lol. Funny story.... I remember playing FF1 on Nes, then I went crazy when FFII came out on SNES, then I *soiled* myself when FFIII came out. Then I heard FFVII was coming out!!!!.... on psx..... I didnt thave a psx at the time (i bought one just for FFVII, I also waited to get a PS2 till FFX came out lol yes im that anal.... Im even waiting for FFXIII to come out before I even think of buying a PS3) and another thing i was thinking was "wtf? what happened to FFIV , V, and VI!?!?!?!?" Then my buddie told me FFII on SNES was actually FFIV In japan.... the REAL II and III were never released in the US and neither was FFV..... I was devastated!!! It's like you live your whole life thinking something is the truth, like a foster kid not knowing he was adopted, then you realize your whole life was a lie... That's how I felt! I thought I played all the FF goodness yet I was robbed! My homie felt my pain and told me about emulation and I finally got to play these gems. It wasn't the same though as playing on the tv... and playing with the keyboard sucked ass lol. all these re-releases are blessings

icym
icym

Wow, looks great and seriously makes me happy to be a DS owner! If I wasn't, I'd be in line to get one now.

fantasticlink
fantasticlink

Yaaaaaaaaah! Final Fantasy 3!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to play!!!!!!!!1

paroly
paroly

Brian_WCU's link is only the first part of the game :(

LordRevan1
LordRevan1

I love final fantasy but never took the time to buy one game. This shall NOT happen this time.

Fyernix
Fyernix

Sounds like it'll have a simular job system to FFV. I like the idea, very retro and back to basics, shame bout the cut scenes though

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Played a little of the Japanese version, and you really do just fall through a hole, that is the start of the game, no cutscene, straight into the hole. There is a cinematic before the Main Menu appears however. I like the idea of having no (or shorter) cutscenes, because who really wants to sit through 15-20 minutes of no action on a handheld game, really. EDIT: This preview doesn't seem to mention just how good this game looks, screenshots don't do it justice, you have to see it running on a small DS screen.

wjc04c
wjc04c

as an old-school and new-school fan, i'm pumped...now i just need that DS. long live job classes!

ninjajuggalo810
ninjajuggalo810

final fantasy 3 was on nes not snes and i cant wait for this game iv preordered it like a month ago

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

icepick: you have the original ff 3 for snes that was sent here, but that game is originally FF VI. This FF3 is the original japanese one, and hence, y you'll be able to 'complete the fantasy'.

Slash_out
Slash_out

FFVIII was the best FF for me, well I did not play any FF before the VII, even though I had the Nes and Snes. But well I tried FF I and II, on the GBA but I didn't get into the game that much. The heros didn't have background story nor interaction bewteen them. But i am still waiting for the 3 since it looks like that one does have more content based on the heros.

nramsey34
nramsey34

waiting is so hard.....freakin' lucky japanese!

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

Icepick2137 It says "The only Final Fantasy to never come to western shores" (USA) I have it on SNES...In English... (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator Posted Sep 19, 2006 12:58 pm CT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You're one of the gifted ones aren't ya buddy?

Fourpointo
Fourpointo

Final Fantasy VI in Japan was Final Fantasy III in the US. You actually have the sixth one, named 3.

Icepick2137
Icepick2137

It says "The only Final Fantasy to never come to western shores" (USA) I have it on SNES...In English...