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In 2006, Final Fantasy III reached North American shores in an official update/remake for the Nintendo DS, finally bringing all of the main Final Fantasy entries to the United States for the first time.

Raised as an orphan by Nina and Elder Topapa in the village of Ur, Luneth, his shy friend Arc, the rebellious Refia and the brave soldier Ingus are chosen as the Four Warriors of Light to send to restore balance to the crystals, and save the world from imminent destruction.

Taking the original game which debuted on the NES, Square-Enix had updated the title with a new cinematic intro, improved graphics and a touch-screen interface to move characters and utilize selection menus. There is also Moogle Mail, a Wi-Fi feature that allows players to send messages to each other via their DS systems. The game has also some revised story elements, detailing the adventures of four friends who find each other, each with new backstories.

Final Fantasy III is a traditional turn-based RPG, which were popular back in the '80s and '90s, but introduced refinements to the genre, such as smarter battle AI. Final Fantasy III is also known for two major milestones in the history of the series: Its introduction of the cheerful Moogles, as well as the introduction of the job system, allowing characters to switch professions throughout the game for new abilities.


Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS Intro - chocobo raiders
Final Fantasy III Android The map
Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS A wellspring
Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS Moving the boulder.

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Alternate Titles

  • "FF3" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Painful at times, decent nonetheless Nintendo DS Chris Wright (102)

Critic Reviews

Cubed3 Nintendo DS Jun 08, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Vision Nintendo DS Dec 09, 2006 18 out of 20 90
Portable Video Gamer Nintendo DS Feb 16, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
RPG Site Nintendo DS Nov 21, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Nintendo DS Dec 13, 2006 78 out of 100 78 Nintendo DS May 11, 2007 15 out of 20 75
Gamekult Nintendo DS May 03, 2007 7 out of 10 70
JustPressPlay Nintendo DS Sep 18, 2008 6 out of 10 60
RPGamer Nintendo DS Feb 08, 2009 3 out of 5 60
Digital Spy Nintendo DS May 04, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy III (Official Square-Enix Site for Final Fantasy III)
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