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A game that helped popularize console Eastern RPGs, however, it is over-rated. NES Christian Delano (5)
The very first Final Fantasy game. Though a completely different beast all together compared to later titles NES Mr. Huh (112)
A treasure of the 80s, but does it really hold up compared to other games of its time? NES Masa♥Yuki (1888)
I guess this is the first game ever that has a (decent) ending NES Bregalad (968)
The first game that started it all. NES ABGamer (107)

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Combined User Score 101 3.6

Critic Reviews

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100 (Dec, 2011)
Final Fantasy is a great RPG and arguably elevated what RPGs could and should be on the NES.
NESRPGamer (Aug 21, 2005)
Although this isn't the first RPG, I doubt RPG's would be what they are today if this title never came out. If you ever come across an original copy of this title you might want to pick it up, to see where RPG's really originated from.
NESGeeks Under Grace (May 11, 2014)
This game is a classic in every sense of the word. If you happen see a copy of it at a flea market (highly unlikely) or on eBay (slightly more likely), I strongly recommend you pick it up and experience one of the foremost contributions of the golden age of gaming. You will not regret it.
J2MEPocket Gamer UK (Jul 19, 2010)
Despite being 'merely' a graphically updated version of a 23-year old NES title, there’s no denying that the underlying gameplay remains addictive and as enjoyable to play today as it was back in the day.
NES1UP! (Feb 20, 2009)
Final Fantasy n'a pas beaucoup de défauts mais tous autant qu'ils sont, de la maladresse de la gestion de l'équipement et de la magie à la lenteur des combats, sont liés à l'ergonomie. C'est le grand point faible du jeu, le seul iceberg capable de couler cette oeuvre titanesque des 8 bits. Ce ne sont pas des rhumatismes dûs à son grand âge mais bien des tares de naissance, des difformités de sa jouabilité. A cause d'eux, gêné par-ci par-là, il arrive qu'on y prenne moins de plaisir qu'on aurait pu. Heureusement, ce que l'on retient surtout de ce colosse aux pieds d'argile, c'est sa densité, sa richesse d'idées, de personnages et d'aventures. Il donne l'impression d'être plus grand que la cartouche NES sur laquelle il tient (surtout quand on a joué auparavant à Dragon Quest). La quête se déroule et rebondit plusieurs fois de façon inattendue; il y a un vrai scénario derrière elle.
NESPlay Time (Feb, 1992)
Grafisch holt Nintendo mit Final Fantasy 1 so ziemlich das Letzte aus der 8Bit-Konsole heraus. Besonders fällt das bei der unheimlich großen Anzahl von Monstern und Gewürm und bei der liebevoll und detailgetreu in Szene gesetzten Landschaft auf. Die Dungeons sind entsprechend ihrer Art abwechslungsreich dekoriert. Selbstverständlich ist das Ganze mit geschmackvollen Farben versehen und übertrifft in seiner Darstellung so manches PC-Spiel. Etwas zu kurz gekommen ist der Sound. Nobody is perfect. In Amerika wurde Final Fantasy 1 als Rollenspiel des Jahres 1991 gekürt. Nachdem ich ca. 200 Spielstunden benötigt hatte, um endlich Chaos zu besiegen, war für mich klar, daß dieses Game auch der Top-Favorit für Deutschlands Top-NES Modul 1991 sein wird.
NESRPGFan (Jan 29, 2000)
Final Fantasy is a fine example of an old, 2-D RPG. If you're looking for solid RPG gameplay with plenty of places to explore, items to find, and legends to learn, as long as you don't mind the old school graphics and audio, check it out sometime. It's available at most used game stores, and will probably cost $20-$35.
NESGame Freaks 365 (Nov 01, 2007)
Any fan of RPG’s needs to go back and try this game. This is one of the three major games (Dragon Warrior and its sequel being the other two) that truly brought RPG’s to the videogame scene, and as such, is a blast to the past for people who are used to today's RPG’s.
There's a lot to love about this first installment in what would become Square's primary franchise: charming graphics, excellent music, and the aforementioned solid plotline among them. On the other hand, there's one big thing to dislike - namely, the endless random encounters which often include attacking already dead enemies. Keeping in mind that the game was released at a time when console RPG's were a new thing and MANY console games of the age required excessive repetition, the good certainly outweighed the bad. In this day and age, it's pretty rough dealing with the fifteenth pack of wolves while making a simple trip from Coneria to Pravoka.
NESNintendo Land (2003)
Anyway, after hyping the southern hemisphere, you jack a ship, some TNT, and blow up a section of the sea, so now you're free. You end up in a jacked up city where some whacked vampire destroyed it. The church is gone, makes sense, and you have to buy some spells, and you can't buy some of them, you've got to ADVANCE. Anyway, this might actually add some challenge and play ability to the game if you don't, but it's so boring, you'll just start turning to game off and cry.
The grinding, along with a fair bit of exploration due to less than descriptive instructions, will provide the bulk of either the fun or frustration for a player as they travel from caves to dungeons to towns. This is certainly full-featured, fairly large, and worth checking out for any fan of RPGs.
NESRetroGame Man (Sep 01, 2016)
Overall, Final Fantasy still holds up well today – especially its amazing soundtrack – but if you want to play the most enjoyable version, please choose the GBA version as the tweaks to the magic system and battle mechanics make it much more enjoyable and smooth. This game is historically important and is still fun if you like JRPGs, but for those who do not enjoy grinding and random battles, please look elsewhere.
WiiNintendo Life (Oct 07, 2009)
Sure the game is showing its age and does feel a bit sluggish by today's more efficient RPG standards, but you still can't deny the importance and impact the game has had on the RPG genre and console gaming in general. If you enjoyed this NES original back in the day you'll likely enjoy taking it out for a spin, if only for the sake of reliving your memories of the game, but if you've become used to the brisk pacing of the more modern RPGs you'll likely find this release somewhat tedious.
Players who enjoyed Final Fantasy and wish for a sequel will not have to wait long. Final Fantasy IV was released in Japan this year. So, look for the second scenario of this series to debut in the U.S. in about six months. Although it is somewhat dated, put Final Fantasy high on your list of games to recommend to people who have no idea what a CRPG is or how to play one.