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 overall, with over 163 million units sold worldwide to date.
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 the success of Enix's 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 succession. 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the Tactics series focuses on strategic combat and takes place in the same world; the Crystal Chronicles series was originally made exclusively for Nintendo consoles and centers on more action-oriented gameplay; Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a spinoff game created for international markets as an entry-level RPG in an attempt to broaden the audience for role-playing games.
|Game||JP release||NA release||EU release||AUS release||KOR release||Platform|
|Final Fantasy||1987||1990||N/A||N/A||N/A||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 I & II: Dawn of Souls||2004||2004||2004||2004||N/A||Game Boy Advance|
|Final Fantasy Tactics Advance||2003||2003||2003||2003||N/A||Game Boy Advance|
Crystal Chronicles series
|Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles||2003||2004||2004||2004||N/A||Nintendo GameCube|
|Final Fantasy Mystic Quest||1993||1992||1993||1993||N/A||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
The Final Fantasy series on other NIWA Wikis:
- About Square Enix, Inc.. Square Enix North America Press Hub. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
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