This year marks the 20th anniversary of the last 2D entry in the "numbered" Final Fantasy series, so it's hardly surprising that Final Fantasy VI has followed its predecessors in getting an expensive, visually overhauled iOS remastering. What is surprising is how engrossing it still manages to be, two decades past its prime and with a strange, purist-infuriating paint job. Final Fantasy VI's leap to touchscreens is hardly flawless, but it's nonetheless impressive, and it's an easy way to slip into a true classic of '90s console role-playing games.
Late last month, iOS gamers got a very nice treat in the form of Final Fantasy III, an enhanced version of the classic role-playing game from RPG juggernaut Square Enix. It came with a hefty price tag though, and at $15.99 it was one of the more expensive games to be released lately. Today Square Enix launched a new iPad native version of the game with a still heftier price tag.
In yet another signal that the iPhone has become one of the go-to platforms for high-quality Japanese role-playing games, Square Enix announced today that they have released an enhanced version of one of their classic games to the App Store. It's already passed Apple inspection and is available now. Square has positioned itself as essentially the only major player in the genre on iOS and is even more fully dominating with the release of Final Fantasy III under their belt.
A couple of days ago we received a confirmation from Square Enix that the rumors surrounding the iOS release of Final Fantasy III were true. The original Final Fantasy III never came to the United States (except for the 2006 Nintendo DS remake), so every opportunity RPG fans get to play it is a cause for celebration. However, despite the confirmation there was still one small hole left in the story that we were left wondering about: what version of Final Fantasy III will the port be based on?
Late last week, some rumors began to circulate that Final Fantasy III would soon be getting an iPhone port. However, that's where the news stopped. Two problems arose: A) the news was based off of a scan of a japanese magazine that nobody could read to confirm the news, and B) nobody knew whether the game (if it existed at all) was coming to territories outside of Japan. Today Square Enix offered an official word on the matter, and we can all rejoice in the knowledge that one of the lost Final Fantasy games will find its way to North America on the iPhone.