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Marche and a few friends are out on a usual venture through their local town, St. Ivalice, only to discover a book filled with fantasy and magic. Setting their mind to the thoughts of a magical land, they get transported to the world of Ivalice, which happens to be based on one of the friends' favourite games, Final Fantasy.

Finding himself alone, Marche must join a clan of warriors and travel through this new land of mystery to find his lost friends, and return to the real world, while learning all about this new place and the magic it holds.

Not a direct sequel to Final Fantasy Tactics, FFTA combines the many elements of the tactical original with a slightly modern feel, and an original storyline for the GBA. As a clan leader, you must manage your team (from their combat skills and inventory to each and every battle you face).

Both your basic handheld weapons and magic are available to you, with the ability to summon monsters for support. Two players can link GBA's for battles, trading items and clan members as well.


Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance Several different kinds of mercenary work to choose from at any time
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance Introduction Text
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance The equipment screen, where characters are given weapons.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Game Boy Advance Most pieces of equipment can teach a new skill to the right class...

Alternate Titles

  • "FFTA" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ファイナルファンタジータクティクスアドバンス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Compared to the original it's greatly different, but also differently great. Game Boy Advance Joshua J. Slone (4621)
An amazing game just like every other FF game. Game Boy Advance Jester236 (39)
Big, long lasting, compulsive and enjoyable. Game Boy Advance Garland (14)
An Obsessives Paradise Game Boy Advance kemmysunshine (12)
not as good as the first Game Boy Advance matt moore (26)

Critic Reviews

Lawrence Game Boy Advance Sep 29, 2003 A 100
Deeko Game Boy Advance 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Game Boy Advance Sep 05, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Deaf Gamers Game Boy Advance 2004 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Sep 02, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
Nintendojo Game Boy Advance 2003 8.7 out of 10 87 Game Boy Advance Oct 24, 2003 17 out of 20 85
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Oct 01, 2003 85 out of 100 85
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Nov, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Gamer 2.0 Game Boy Advance May 02, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76


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  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Game Boy Advance Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2003 – #8 Game of the Year
    • 2003 – #2 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year
    • 2003 – Game Boy Advance Strategy Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • 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 Tactics Advance (Official FFTA website by Nintendo)
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