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Final Fantasy IV

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Final Fantasy IV is a remake of the classic Japanese RPG that was first released for SNES, known as Final Fantasy II in the West.

Unlike the many subsequent ports (to Playstation, GameBoy Advance, etc.), this release is a full remake, programmed from scratch with real-time 3D graphics. The characters have a "super-deformed" touch. There is also voice acting during cut-scenes. A new option has been added to the menu, which allows the player to read a conversation between party members and receive advice from them.

It also features many gameplay additions. The difficulty level has been increased, not only beyond the difficulty of the Western SNES release (which was reduced compared to Japanese original and subsequent ports), but even beyond the original difficulty. The party members are still bound by class, but they can now hunt for so-called "augments", which can be found or stolen from enemies and which grant the characters additional bonus abilities, resistances, spells that their class would normally not allow, etc.

Beside those major changes, there are also plenty of minor additions. It is possible to obtain bonus items after exploring every corner and filling 100% of an area map; Rydia, the summoner girl, has a new monster summon who can be customized in various ways; there is a new quest involving the "naming" moogle of the original game, etc.


Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The intro is from the PlayStation version
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Another battle
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Equipment screen
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Battle results

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジーIV" -- Japanese spelling

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Game Vortex Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 90 out of 100 90 Nintendo DS Sep 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Nintendo DS Jan 30, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nintendo DS Jul 09, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87
GBase - The Gamer's Base Nintendo DS Oct 13, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
GameLemon Nintendo DS Sep 28, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 8.25 out of 10 82
Chip Power Play iPhone May, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamervision Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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