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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 journey begins here
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Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS The intro is from the PlayStation version
Final Fantasy IV Nintendo DS Cecil thinks too much...

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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 Rik Hideto (389402)
Ambitious, but bites off more than it can chew Windows Patrick Bregger (257354)

Critic Reviews

GamingTrend Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 545 out of 600 91
GameSpy Nintendo DS Jul 25, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo DS Aug, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Nintendo DS Jul 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo DS Jul 29, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameLemon Nintendo DS Sep 28, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Hooked Gamers Nintendo DS Aug 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
G4 TV: X-Play Nintendo DS Jul, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 iPhone Jan 11, 2013 79 out of 100 79
Gaming Age Nintendo DS Aug 14, 2008 B 75


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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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