Final Fantasy III Update - The Mognet Goes Wi-Fi

Neither sleet nor snow shall stay these valiant mail-carrying moogles from their appointed rounds. We get the scoop on the wireless mail functionality in Square Enix's upcoming RPG remake.

Since E3, Square Enix has been urging role-playing game fans to "complete the fantasy" later this year, when the RPG magnate releases Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS. After all, the game previously existed only on the Japanese Famicom and, thus, is the one entry in the Final Fantasy pantheon never to be released in the Western hemisphere, nor in English. Luckily, the new release will be far more than a simple port of the 16-year-old game. As anyone who's been keeping up with this remake's progress knows by now, Final Fantasy III will appear on the DS with a full 3D makeover.

From the sound of it, Final Fantasy III will be getting more than just a cosmetic upgrade; Square Enix appears to be adding some new features to the existing gameplay as well. Longtime fans of the series will remember the Mognet feature in Final Fantasy IX on the PlayStation, which let you send mail to in-game characters, as well as help deliver letters between various characters to pick up a few side quests. A similar mail feature was also included in the GameCube-exclusive Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Square Enix tipped us off that the Mognet will be making a return appearance in FFIII on the DS, this time with more functionality than ever.

It looks as though this mail system will work similarly to the way it did in FFIX: you'll be able to approach any of the moogles inhabiting the game world and speak to them, which will let you then send mail to any character you've met previously on your journey. This will sometimes let you open up new quests that will yield rewards you wouldn't be able to access otherwise. In the example shown in our new screenshots, the player has sent another character a letter asking how the person's kids are doing. Through this exchange, it becomes apparent the children have wandered into a dangerous cavern and become lost, which establishes a side quest that will have you delving into the cave to rescue the little troublemakers (and no doubt defeating some nefarious enemies in the process). Presumably, you'll be able to pick up some nice items and such by completing side quests like this one.

Mailing in-game characters will be a good way to pick up optional side quests--which will potentially offer tasty rewards.

What's more, Final Fantasy III's Mognet will let you use the DS's Wi-Fi capability to send mail to other players who have the game. Though it's not clear yet whether this will be possible over the Internet or merely through local wireless, the former option is certainly more sensible, since there wouldn't be much point in sending an in-game message to someone with whom you're already physically in the same place. At any rate, Square Enix says it'll be revealing more information on the Mognet feature as development continues, so in the near future we'll have more info on how exactly this will work.

The DS has been a little light on RPGs since its release, so we're all the more excited about getting a Final Fantasy on Nintendo's capable little handheld--and a brand-new one at that, at least for fans who don't speak Japanese. The visuals look great so far; will the antique RPG gameplay stand the test of time? We'll find out when Final Fantasy III ships in early October, and we'll bring you more as soon as possible.

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121 comments
jasongm
jasongm

Personally they should re-do all the early FF titles and upgraded for use on the DS. I'd love to see FF 4 and 5 on the DS... You never know, maybe it'll happen down the line.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

This is by far the best game in the final fantasy series and now making its way to the ds will probably make it an instant classic.

sonofashrub
sonofashrub

Oh man im very excited. I'm about to pee myself actually.

darknight570
darknight570

I would like to play this asap. I have just brought a ds and I can't really find any good rpg's for it.

dsman418
dsman418

i cant wait i wan get this on the day it come sout, i hope the wifi will let u do stuff like form clans and partys and stuff. and also if u could go around doing quest online like in dungeion siege games.

thestickman
thestickman

I've been playing through the original Final Fantasy III for a few days now, I haven't even come close to beating it, but I will say that I absolutely can't wait for the 3D remake of the game on DS. Even with the absence of character individuality in the original, its still a ton of fun, and I definitely think its the best FF game of the older ones. There's so many nifty little hidden areas and items just in the first little bit of the game that it keeps you hooked and wondering what secrets you might come across next. I love the way you can change jobs on the fly, and if I'm not mistaken the remake will be even more lenient; on the original you need "capacity" points (which are earned at the end of every battle, aside from gil, exp, etc.) to change jobs, but I believe the DS version does away with these. All in all, I would just say not to be worried about how good this game will be, because trust me, its gonna be incredibly great, and I definitely can't wait to get my hands on it...

sway132000
sway132000

i think any handheld RPG rocks! golden sun was gr8, but im sure thisll b loads better. :D

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

hmmmm, well i must say i have mixed feelings about this. I don't want to go into it expecting so much since i doubt that the game will truely rise to everyone's expectations. But I must admit that i am quite excited none the less to get my hands on the game. I've played FF I, II, IV, and VII and have enjoyed them all very much. I just hope that Nintendo doesn't try to add some last minute "inovation" that will totally change the idea behind the origional Famicom game...I'd rather enjoy the classic the way it was ment to be played then some "inovation" that changes the whole idea.

Trogdordaburn
Trogdordaburn

I can't WAIT!!! A Final Fantasy for the DS! Not only that, but it's one of the better ones I've played, even though it's 16 years old! This is going to be a MUST PLAY GAME for anyone who's ever gotten into a Final Fantasy. Also: They should make another Tactics game, that would make me crap myself in excitement.

infamy319
infamy319

YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I LOVE FINAL FANTASY!!!.... I hope the wi-fi feature can somehow allow players all over the world to battle with each other.

LAZZOR
LAZZOR

I'd still rather have another Tactics game but I'll make due with this until then.

resiguy15
resiguy15

MAN! this looks awsome! an old Pixle game fully remodled into 3D as a remake...don't see that often...and a game thats never left Japan

Blace_07
Blace_07

FF3 is not coming out in November, Gamespots being retarded about the release date. It clearly says September 2006 on the OFFICAL Square-Enix site. www.square-enix.com if you dont believe me and click on North America

123625
123625

this will be my first real final fantasy game i get

huntz62
huntz62

I 'd play FFIII on Nes once long time ago and love it but didnt completed the game coz of many reason. Can't wait to see how the remake version will looklike hope that they improve the battle system and add something that dont have on orginal version. And these will be the best time for me to try this game again

Gryphonsflight
Gryphonsflight

And the industry said, "Let there be Final Fantasy!"

ryuburger
ryuburger

About time a really good game comes out for the DS. I luv Final Fantasy!

nramsey34
nramsey34

They've made some good games for the DS so far, but I must say, I need a good RPG! Hopefully this title can live up to the Final Fantasy name...(more like the IV, VI, VII or X name...and not the VIII and X-2 name!)

deadmeat59
deadmeat59

abut time the ds got a new 3d game

jacash3492
jacash3492

so what is this FF game let you battle on Wi-Fi?

ef8magik
ef8magik

hoo rah!! gotta love FF.

kevinsyel
kevinsyel

This game was set to release in October like two weeks ago! now it's moved to November? how long does Localization take? O_o

urluckyday
urluckyday

Best game for the DS is upcoming in the form of FF3! Can I hear ya say "Full 3-D"?!!!

Redifield
Redifield

you guys all sound like idiots when you argue about a video game. Argue about something that is real. not what system plays ff games better.

Dilzi
Dilzi

FF3 on DS... Ive always wanted to start FFing but never had the chance, but the opportunity awaits.....

LINK2K9
LINK2K9

I acn't wait! FFXII in October and FFIII in November!

rafaelszpo
rafaelszpo

cool =) looking foward for it ^^

KingandCitizens
KingandCitizens

I never used Wi-Fi on my DS how would it work for this game?

GaaraZanta
GaaraZanta

afi1984, maybe you should read someones post before making a half-assed reply, someone else said it was on the snes, not me.

chenjohn
chenjohn

Never play any Final F titles, but i've watch the movie ffvii its an intense movie!

krazykone12
krazykone12

just fyi, ds in't the only one that can play 6 ff when V and VI are released. ps2 can play ff I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, X-2, XI, XII, and ff tactics. fyi everyone knows that, and fyi knowbody cares, take your fanboyish tude elsewhere, and my 2 PS2's can't play them cause there broke (good job Sony) :(

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I'm hoping they'll update the gameplay a bit, too. A few tweaks here and their to bring the battle system up to modern-day standards, maybe throwing in a summon mechanic...FF III didn't originally have summons, did it? Anyway, I'm getting excited about this one.

PrincePlum
PrincePlum

I also love the character sketches! Awesome feet action!

PrincePlum
PrincePlum

I cant wait! Nintendo needs a good rpg for the DS because the other ones suck...... Though I would rather play a Nippon Ichii game on the DS that'd be kick butt!

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

Personally I think this could be great, regardless of people being upset because it was timeless classic in 2D, an expanded version of the original with new implementations could be great (definately sounds great to me), some people should accept the future a little more... but I agree with pole211, i really hope Wi-Fi battles will be apparent.

Edge1105
Edge1105

just fyi, ds in't the only one that can play 6 ff when V and VI are released. ps2 can play ff I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, X-2, XI, XII, and ff tactics.

coolbreeze007
coolbreeze007

square enix need to put kingdom hearts on the ds

orangew00t
orangew00t

Did it occur to no one else that the Mognet system on WiFi will open up a whole new world for the gaming spammers?

afi1984
afi1984

wow u guys are a bunch of freaking noobs. it sickens me. this is final fantasy 3 for the nintendo entertainment stytem NOT the SUPER nintendo entertainment system. this game WAS NEVER released in north america, this is NOT THE ONE with kefka or the mechs. (quote from GaaraZanta) Why are people exacted about this? It is a disaster and disgrace they are redoing the game in 3D. Final Fantasy 3 on the SNES was a masterpiece, and the 2D sprites were awesome. Not interested in this game AT ALL."(/end quote) NOOOO dude this is not the ff3us that was a masterpiece on the snes, its the ff3 that was a masterpice on the nes.