What Is It?
In some ways Final Fantasy III is the perfect ending for the Wii's Virtual Console. Not that there aren't more games worth adding to the service, but this is the perfect game if you want to go out on a high note. Best of all, like the Virtual Console it plays on, Final Fantasy III is the end of an era. This was the last time we saw Square make traditional overhead role-playing game, instead pushing the boundaries of graphics and interactive worlds. It also doesn't hurt that this third U.S. release (the sixth in the series) is also one of the best Final Fantasy has to offer.
At its core this is nothing more than a traditional RPG, where a band of heroes goes on a journey to collect items, fight monsters and save the world. But don't let that fool you, because Final Fantasy III offers an amazing story full of a variety of activities. It's also one of the only role-playing games I've played to make you get up on stage and act out an opera. Even 17 years later, Square's expert storytelling and well-honed combat will keep you engaged from start to finish.
Does It Still Hold Up?
With huge bosses, impressive magic spells and a vibrant world to explore, Final Fantasy III is among the best looking 16-bit games of all time. The gameplay mechanics and progression also holds up, though some may find fault with the random battles. After spending so much time with this and Final Fantasy IV (which I recently reviewed on the PSP), I am more convinced than ever that Square needs to make a retro-style Final Fantasy sequel.
Is It Worth The Money?
Final Fantasy III is one of the greatest games of all time. It has a deep, yet inviting story, tons of memorable characters and a world you can't wait to jump into. The graphics look great and the game mechanics are as good as ever. The best news is that this classic RPG will also be coming to the PSN, playable on the PSP, PlayStation 3 and Vita. No matter if you spend the $8 on this incredible adventure game or wait for Sony's port, pencil in some time to quest through Final Fantasy III.
In some ways Final Fantasy III is the perfect ending for the Wii's Virtual Console. Not that there aren't more games worth adding to the service, but this is the perfect game if you want to go out on a high note. Best of all, like the Virtual Console it plays on, Final Fantasy III is the end of an era.
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