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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 birds try to petrify the party
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Another battle
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Shopping
Final Fantasy IV iPhone Title screen / Main menu.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

It’s Final Fantasy IV. With remastered music. In 3D! ‘Nuff said. Nintendo DS リカルド・フィリペ (176528)

Critic Reviews

AceGamez Nintendo DS Sep, 2008 10 out of 10 100
GamingTrend Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 545 out of 600 91
UOL Jogos Nintendo DS Aug 05, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Nintendo DS Aug 04, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo DS Sep 04, 2008 17 out of 20 85
Worth Playing Nintendo DS Jul 28, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 iPad Jan 11, 2013 80 out of 100 80
Gaming Age Nintendo DS Aug 14, 2008 B 75
gameZine (UK) Nintendo DS Sep 29, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Avid Gamer Nintendo DS Oct 02, 2008 7 out of 10 70


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1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy IV appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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