Final Fantasy III is the third installment in the Final Fantasy series, developed and published by Squaresoft. It was released in April 1990 for the Family Computer exclusively in Japan. It was later remade in 3D by Matrix Software and released worldwide for the Nintendo DS, with this version re-released for iOS, Android, the PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, and other platforms. It was directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, with Nobuo Uematsu composing the score and Yoshitaka Amano providing the image design. The original Famicom version introduced the earliest form of the job system, which has since become something of a Final Fantasy staple.
The story revolves around four Warriors of Light who begin as Onion Knights in the original release, although they are named Luneth, Arc, Refia and Ingus in the 3D remake. When they find the Wind Crystal, it grants them its power, and instructs them to restore balance to the world.
Final Fantasy III introduces the job system, in which the four characters can equip one of twenty-three jobs, earned by finding crystals or completing sidequests. Jobs grant the player characters abilities, such as Magic, and some special commands associated with specific jobs, such as Steal associated with the Thief and Jump associated with the Dragoon. Using a job for longer increases the characters' stats. Characters' job levels up (once per battle) after five actions, including defending, which has priority over any other action; it pays to leave the last enemy alive until the fifth turn with the others defending while the first character kills it.
The gameplay contains elements of the first two Final Fantasy games, along with some new features. The experience point system featured in the original Final Fantasy returns following its absence from Final Fantasy II. Final Fantasy III has a new class system: unlike the original Final Fantasy, where the player chooses each character's class at the beginning, and Final Fantasy II, that has no specific classes, Final Fantasy III introduces the job system the series would later become famous for.
Out of the four party members and all 23 jobs there are 14,950 different party configurations. The jobs are interchangeable: all four party members, the Warriors of the Light, start out as either "Onion Knights" (in the Famicom version) or "Freelancers" (in all other versions), and are given the option to switch to a variety of other classes as more crystals are found and sidequests are completed.
The classes featured in Final Fantasy III are:
- Physical-Oriented Jobs
Final Fantasy III is the first game in the series to feature special battle commands other than Magic, such as Steal or Jump, and each is associated with a particular job. It is also the first game in the series to feature summoned creatures.
In the original Famicom version the player controls four generic Warriors of the Light, four children without distinct identities, who, upon finding the Wind Crystal, are granted its power to save the world. Though their genders are never specified, it is assumed the children are male. Over the course of their journey the Warriors of the Light are joined by several support characters who do not fight, but offer help on the world map.
The remake fleshes out the four protagonists with names and personalities, which are different than the ones featured in the official manga. They are given different backstories used in several places to accelerate the plot. Several supporting characters join the party, but now randomly help in battle, either by attacking enemies according to their specialization, or by healing.
- Luneth - the main character who discovers the Wind Crystal and is tasked with saving the world's crystals.
- Arc - Luneth's best friend from Ur who joins him on his journey.
- Refia - a blacksmith's daughter from Kazus.
- Ingus - a knight of Sasune.
- Supporting characters
Although the Onion Knights are not named in the Famicom version, the manga serialization, Yuukyuu no Kaze Densetsu: Final Fantasy III Yori, names them Muuchi (ムウチ), Doug (ダグ), J. Bowie (J・ボウイ), and Melfi (メルフィ), the only female in the group. In the screenshots of the original game seen in the Dissidia Final Fantasy Ultimania, the Onion Knights are given the names of the main characters from the remake.
Both versions of the game's logo, and several of Yoshitaka Amano's artwork, show a white-haired, muscular warrior. This character is never named and never appears in the game. His design is similar to later Amano drawings of the protagonist of Final Fantasy V, Bartz Klauser. His ponytail and longsword are also similar to that of Desch's character in the remake version. His general appearance resembles Luneth. Many assume the unnamed warrior is the basis for Luneth's design.
The Gulgan thus prophesied: "The earthquake was only the beginning. The great tremors that swallowed the crystals, the light of our world, only to spawn monsters from the depths of the scarred land, are nothing but harbingers of what has yet to come. Something is coming...fathomless, ominous, and full of sorrow... But hope is not yet lost. Four souls will be blessed with light, and so it shall begin..."Prologue, DS Instruction Booklet
Centuries ago, the Ancients used the Crystals of Light to build an advanced civilization and triggered a cataclysmic flood of light. Four Warriors of Darkness were selected to restore the balance, and the Ancients' civilization fell into ruin. The Gulgans predicted that history would repeat and that four Warriors of the Light would be appointed to stop a flood of darkness.
Many years later, an earthquake opens up an entrance to Altar Cave near the village of Ur. Four orphaned youths under the care of Topapa, the village elder, explore and find the Crystal of Wind that grants them a portion of its power and their first set of jobs, instructing them to go forth and restore world balance.
In the remake, only Luneth falls into the cave and is told to find the other Warriors before being granted the Crystal's power. He and his friend Arc visit Kazus, the village cursed by the Djinn. They find Refia in Cid's airship, and all three journey to Castle Sasune to see the King and retrieve the Mythril Ring needed to break the curse. They are granted an audience by the royal guard Ingus, who becomes their fourth companion. The King tells them to rescue his daughter, Princess Sara Altney, who disappeared when the curse took hold.
They enter the Sealed Cave and meet Princess Sara, who left with the ring to stop the Djinn. They defeat him and she seals him with the ring. She returns to the castle while Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus are transported to the Altar Cave. The Wind Crystal appoints them Warriors of the Light and gives them their first set of Jobs.
Back at Castle Sasune, Princess Sara uses the Mythril Ring to break the curse. The warriors return to Cid in Kazus. A boulder blocks the mountain pass to the rest of the continent, so he rams it with his airship forcing the party to continue with him on foot. They journey to the town of Canaan and heal Mrs. Cid of an illness, then meet a girl named Salina who mourns the disappearance of her love, Desch. Since the party needs Desch's Mini spell, they search for him on Dragon's Peak. Bahamut abducts the Warriors to feed his offspring, but they meet Desch in the dragon's nest and escape. He has lost his memory and joins the Warriors in hopes of regaining it.
Using Desch's Mini spell, the group enters Tozus, the village of the gnomes. They pass through Tozus Tunnel to reach Vikings' Cove so they can acquire a ship. They find the Vikings in an uproar as their guardian, the Nepto Dragon, is on a rampage and sinking ships. The party agrees to help. They journey to the Nepto Temple and find the statue of the Nepto Dragon is missing an eye. They shrink down to traverse the tunnels inside the temple walls and find the eye in a rat's hoard. They return the eye to the statue, which calms the dragon. In gratitude, the Vikings give them the ship Enterprise.
The Warriors of the Light take the Enterprise to the Village of the Ancients and learn the continent they are on is actually floating above the "surface world". They visit Gulgan Gulch where the Gulgans tell them to go to the Tower of Owen. They battle through the tower while a mysterious voice taunts them. At the top they find Medusa, servant of Xande, who threatens to destroy the tower and bring down the continent. After defeating her, Desch's memory returns and he recalls that he and his father, both Ancients, built the tower. He leaps into the furnace to repair it and save the floating continent, though the party urges him not to.
The maelstrom blocking the channel north clears, so the party heads for Dwarven Hollows in search of the Fire Crystal. The dwarves are preoccupied because one of their precious ice horns was stolen by Gutsco the Rogue. The party enters the subterranean lake to recover it, making use of the Toad spell. After "defeating" him, they return to Dwarven Hallows, followed by a mysterious shadow. When they reach the main altar Gutsco reveals himself and grabs both horns.
The four pursue him into the Molten Cave. They find Gutsco at the Crystal of Fire, and he absorbs its power to transform into a dragon. After defeating him a second time, the party receives the light of the Fire Crystal and several additional jobs. They obtain the Fang of Water from the Crystal and return the Horns of Ice to the dwarves.
The four Warriors sail to Tokkul, a village in ruins. They learn the evil Hein, adviser to King Argus, has captured the King, enslaved the people, and uprooted the Elder Tree from the Living Woods. They are attacked and kidnapped by Hein's men and taken to Castle Hein, actually the floating Elder Tree.
The Warriors of the Light defeat Hein and restore the Elder Tree, obtaining the Fang of Wind. Upon reaching Castle Argus the king thanks by giving them the Wheel of Time. They return to Cid, who uses the Wheel to remodel the Enterprise into an airship and tells the four orphans the truth about their origins. They and Cid came from the surface world on Cid's airship, which crashed on the floating continent after running into a mysterious cloud. Most of the passengers were killed, and the four orphaned infants were adopted by Ur, Kazus, and Sasune. With this knowledge, the Warriors of the Light fly the airship off the edge of the floating continent.
The surface world is a swirling mess of darkness with only two visible islands. They fly the Enterprise to a wrecked ship and find an old man tending to a water priestess named Aria Benett. They give her a potion and she recovers. She recognizes them as the Warriors of the Light and joins them to restore the Water Crystal. Using a crystal shard, she opens the way to the Cave of Tides. They make their way to the crystal, and Aria returns the shard and instructs the Warriors to return the light to the crystal. As they approach, Aria pushes Luneth out of the way of an arrow. She falls, and Kraken attacks the party. The four defeat him, but Aria is mortally wounded and an earthquake strikes as the darkness dissipates, forcing them to flee.
The party awakes in the town of Amur and find that Goldor has chained up their ship. They meet Fellows who believe themselves to be the Warriors of the Light. The party must rescue them from monsters in the sewers, and the old men repay them by helping them get Levigrass Shoes from the cantankerous Delilah. The party visits Goldor Manor to get the chain's key and meet the Earth Crystal, but Goldor spitefully shatters the crystal after his defeat. Dismayed, the party unlocks their ship and sets out, visiting several towns elsewhere.
The Enterprise is shot down when they fly over the kingdom of Saronia, which is amid a civil war caused by King Gorn. The army has been ordered to fight itself and shops everywhere are closed. They find the King's son, Prince Alus, in a pub, having been banished from the castle. Arc convinces the others to aid him. They visit the castle and are granted entrance, but that night King Gorn enters the room to kill his son. Gorn plunges the knife into his stomach and frees himself from the spell placed upon him by his adviser, Gigametz. Gigametz turns into Garuda and the party defeats him. Alus is subsequently crowned as king.
Scholars tell the party the airship Nautilus has been unearthed. Using it, the party flies over the Dalg Continent to Doga's Manor where they meet the sage Doga and his moogle bodyguards. Doga explains that he, Unei, and Xande were once students of the great Magus Noah. Noah granted each of a gift: Doga was given vast magic power, Unei control over the world of dreams, and Xande was granted mortality. Xande was enraged and terrified at the prospect of death and drained the Water and Earth crystals to stop the flow of time splitting the Floating Continent from the surface world. Now he wishes to kill the Warriors of the Light to do so again.
The party confesses the fate of the Earth Crystal, but Doga explains the one Goldor had was a fake, and the real Earth Crystal is unharmed. He joins their party and uses Mini on them to enter the Cave of the Circle. When they reach the end of the cave, Doga uses a spell to transform the Nautilus into a submarine and tells the Warriors of the Light to go to the Temple of Time and recover Noah's Lute, which will awaken Unei from her eternal slumber. He leaves the Warriors to find the Eureka Key himself.
The Warriors of the Light retrieve the lute and enter Unei's Shrine to awaken her. She gives them the Fang of Fire and tells them that the earthquake near Ur was not caused by Xande, so there must be a greater power at work. Unei joins the party and helps them excavate the Invincible, which can fly over mountains, from the Ancient Ruins. After briefing them on its capabilities, she bids them farewell and directs them to the Cave of Shadows for the final Fang.
The party defeats Hecatonchier and obtains the Fang of Earth; with all four fangs they can pass the statues Xande put up to protect his headquarters and reach the Ancient's Labyrinth. They fight Titan and meet the Crystal of Earth, which gives them their final set of jobs. Doga and Unei call the Warriors back to Doga's Manor and teleport them into Doga's Grotto upon their arrival. The two sages explain that their souls are needed to activate the Keys to Eureka and the the Crystal Tower: therefore, the party must kill them. When the party tries to refuse, Doga and Unei transform into monsters and attack. After their defeat, they pass away, but not before granting each warrior a title: Luneth is the Light of Courage, Arc the Light of Kindness, Refia the Light of Affection, and Ingus the Light of Determination.
The party makes their way through the Ancient Maze to enter the Crystal Tower. They unlock the doorway to the Forbidden Land of Eureka and obtain the powerful weapons they need to fight Xande. Atop the tower they find a room containing a large mirror, but when they look into it, they are paralyzed by the curse of the Five Wyrms. Doga's spirit brings the allies who fought alongside the Warriors of the Light to the tower to break the curse: Cid, Princess Sara, Desch (who survived the furnace), King Alus, and one of the Four Old Men. They wish the Warriors the best of luck and the Warriors enter the portal to the World of Darkness.
The party confronts Xande, who declares he has eternal life and attacks. On his defeat, the Cloud of Darkness appears and absorbs his body, revealing that it had been manipulating Xande's actions to reduce the world to nothingness. The Cloud of Darkness kills the Warriors of the Light, but Doga and Unei sacrifice their souls to revive them. The party enters the World of Darkness and defeats the evil Guardians of the Dark Crystals, which frees the ancient Warriors of Darkness.
When they face the Cloud of Darkness again, the four Warriors of the Dark sacrifice themselves to weaken the entity. The Cloud of Darkness is defeated, and the heroes and their allies return to their homes; the old man returns to Amur, Alus returns to his kingdom, and Cid and Desch return home to their lovers. Sara does not want to leave Ingus, and stays with him. Each of the heroes goes their separate ways, with Ingus and Sara returning to Castle Sasune, Refia taking up blacksmithing in Kazus, and Luneth and Arc returning to Ur. In the Famicom version the Warriors of Light return to Ur together.
Final Fantasy III is visually similar and uses a similar graphic system as Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II. Final Fantasy III expands the gameplay with its introduction of the changeable job system. Final Fantasy III is the first game in the series to feature auto-targeting; in the previous titles a character attacking an enemy that was killed by a previous attack, would simply attack nothing, and a message would read "ineffective".
The Famicom version eliminates the previous games' text-heavy battle presentation. In the previous titles, attacks, spell names, damage registered, number of hits, and other info was displayed in cascading windows at the bottom of the screen. Final Fantasy III replaces this with damage being displayed on the enemy sprite after the attack.
One notable stylistic change is that the background of all windows and menus is blue rather than black, which would become a staple. Another major gameplay enhancement is that Final Fantasy III is the first title in the series to feature characters who have unique battle commands, such as Summon, Throw, and Jump.
At the time of the release of Final Fantasy III Square was working to catch up on the new technology, as Super Nintendo had been released, that they didn't have enough manpower to work on an English version.
Final Fantasy III is one of the largest RPGs developed for the NES/Famicom platform. The volume of content was so large the cartridge was completely full, and when new platforms emerged there wasn't enough storage space available for an update requiring new graphics, music and other content. This prevented Final Fantasy III from being remade for other systems in the intervening years, until it was remade entirely for Nintendo DS.
Canceled WonderSwan Color version
In December 1999 Bandai, the maker of the handheld WonderSwan Color, struck a deal with Squaresoft to bring their games to the console. Among the first projects announced were the remakes of the first three Final Fantasy games. However, the WonderSwan version of Final Fantasy III never saw the light of day despite being shown on the official Squaresoft site. The WonderSwan version of Final Fantasy III was set to be released in December 2001, but never came out. While a port of Final Fantasy IV was released later, Square remained silent regarding Final Fantasy III. Although the game was never formally cancelled, the official website was taken offline once production of the WonderSwan Color consoles ceased in 2002. This cancelled version seems to be the base for the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster' release of Final Fantasy III.
Nintendo DS version
In 2004 it was decided Final Fantasy III would be remade. Square was considering developing it for PlayStation 2, but Nintendo asked Square to make Final Fantasy III on their newest handheld console, Nintendo DS, instead.
The Final Fantasy III Nintendo DS remake was revealed to be in development on October 7, 2004, but detailed information did not emerge until a year later. Hiromichi Tanaka, one of the original game's main designers, was the head of the project as both the executive producer and director. His guidance and supervision was needed because the game was not meant to be a mere graphics update like the updates for Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, but a total overhaul using the Nintendo DS's 3D capabilities, even though the layout of most dungeons and towns would remain identical. Ryosuke Aiba, the art director of Final Fantasy XI, was hired as the new art director.
Akihiko Yoshida revamped the original character designs. The main characters were given backstories, personalities and default names: Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus. Even though the characters were given background and development, it does not change the main storyline.
Overhauls were made to the job system, including the re-balancing of the classes, the addition of new abilities, the removal of Capacity Points, and a new "Bare" ("Freelancer" in the US version) class as the new default class with the Onion Knight becoming a separate class. Unlike the original Famicom version, most of the jobs remain useful; the ultimate jobs, the Ninja and the Sage, are rebalanced to stay on the same level as the others.
Nintendo and Square worked closely on bringing Final Fantasy III to DS, but since it was the first time Square had made a game for the console they had to start from scratch. Square collaborated with a company called Matrix Software, and used an original game engine created for Final Fantasy III.
The game made use of the DS's WiFi capabilities through an e-mail system known as "MogNet", in a nod to the similar system in Final Fantasy IX, for players to exchange messages through WiFi communications. Besides being a way to share thoughts, Mognet could also be used to unlock and complete sidequests, as well as send mail to the NPCs met along the way. The original libraries Nintendo gave Square didn't include a system for communicating with people who are offline, so Square made a new library for the DS allowing players to send a text letter, like an email, which was stored on a server and when the other person got online, they received the message.
With the DS remake of Final Fantasy III Square wanted to keep both parties happy—the old fans in the Japanese market who played the original, as well as the new players for whom the DS version would be their first touch with Final Fantasy III. For the old fans Square didn't want to offer huge changes, but for western players they didn't want it to feel like an old-fashioned game.
The DS remake was released in the United States on November 14, 2006 and in Europe on May 4th, 2007. Enemies are stronger than in the original. By the release of the subsequent remake, Final Fantasy IV, the increased ROM size allowed the developers to retain the original number of enemies in a group.
Special edition DS
On the day Final Fantasy III was released, Square Enix began selling the bundle package with the game and a special Crystal White DS Lite（FF III Crystal Edition）. The DS has Akihiko Yoshida's artwork on the top of the system. The DS Lite was released in Japan only, and is shown with the Final Fantasy III logo and a few of the main characters emblazoned on the front.
Final Fantasy III (3D Remake) was first released for iOS 3.0+ devices on March 24, 2011, and is available for purchase exclusively via the Apple App Store. It is an enhanced port of the DS release, with the same characters and general design, but higher quality graphics and sound.
The original DS version runs at 256x192 on each display. The resolution for iOS release runs at either 480x320 or "Retina" display 960x640 native resolutions. The latter resolution is supported only on devices with the 960x640 "Retina" displays (iPhone 4, 4s, and iPod Touch 4th Generation). On the iPad, it is natively run at 1024x768. Graphical enhancements for the iPad had came out one month after with the release of an update on April 21, 2011.
The release on iOS includes minor dialogue changes, such as the NPC explaining features and controls unique to iOS devices. The player controls the character actions via touch input; e.g. to zoom in the camera the player uses a two finger pinch gesture. The character movement is done via an on-screen analog stick. The subtitle/dialogues font was changed with the dedicated iOS's system font (usually Helvetica, depending on what font the player uses if they have a jailbroken device via BytaFont), more big and separated, easing the lecture.
Since the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch do not have two physical screens, iOS release forgoes what is displayed on the screen seen in the DS version, but allows access to various functions through menus the player can access by touching buttons overlaid on the screen.
Internet functions are limited to cloud save in the iOS versions, whereas the player could unlock a secret job class with Mognet via the now-defunct Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service on the DS. Instead, the quest can be completed after the events of the Fire Crystal.
In the iOS version, it is possible to skip monsters due to an encounter glitch.
On Febuary 6, 2014, the 1.6.0 update was released. This adds the optimization of the 4-inch 1136x640 "Retina" displays (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, and iPod touch 5th generation), added support for the Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery, and minor bug fixes. This update now requires iOS devices running iOS 4.3 or later.
In 2017, the iOS versions were updated to 2.0.0, effectively eliminating devices previous to iOS 8.0 and adding support for then-new "Super Retina" display technology. This version continues to receive periodic updates as new devices are manufactured.
As of 2021, a 2D version is available worldwide as part of the Pixel Remaster initiative. However, Square Enix continues to sell and maintain the 3D version as two separate apps for iOS and iPadOS, and has as such revised both apps to enable each to coexist on the same device with the universal 2D version.
The Android version features:
- New and improved 3D visuals and story sequences only for Android
- Smooth, intuitive touch-panel controls specifically tailored to Square Enix's smartphone RPGs
- Quicker browsing through the monster bestiary and other game records
- New visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards
A trailer for a PlayStation Portable port of the DS version appeared on Square Enix's YouTube page with the trailer concluding in a September 9, 2012 release date for Japan. The port features enhanced graphics, additional galleries and an option to use either the original or the arrangement music. An auto battle mode is also included. The player can acquire the strongest equipment in the game through wireless connectivity. The game also includes the English script, making it import-friendly.
The PlayStation Portable version was made available September 25 via the PlayStation Network.
On November 1, 2012, Final Fantasy III was made available for Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD on the Amazon Appstore for $15.99. This version is optimized for play on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, and the touch-panel controls have been adjusted, making the game smoother and easier to play.
In October 2015, the app was updated on the Amazon Appstore to be no longer exclusive to the Kindle Fire devices, but instead available for more Android devices including non-Kindle Fire devices, and the update also includes FireTV and cloud saving support.
The game was a launch title for the Android-based console Ouya. This release includes both remastered music and improved graphics.
On 27 December 2013, Final Fantasy III was released on the Windows Phone Marketplace (with no marketing). Like the Windows Phone version of the original Final Fantasy, it has 18 Xbox achievements, though they are hidden until unlocked.
As with all Windows Phone apps, there is a demo version of the game that stretches from the beginning up to the first visit to Castle Sasune when Ingus joins the party. After exiting the castle, a notification appears with a link to let players buy the full game or return to the title screen. If the player purchases the full game from this notification, their progress will resume from the world map.
Final Fantasy III launched on Steam with upgraded visuals, 18 achievements, Steam Trading Cards and new visual designs for the Job Mastery Cards. The game has been optimized for PC gaming and has quicker browsing through the bestiary. It is compatible with PCs running Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, and 8.
|OS||Windows Vista, 7, 8|
|Processor||Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Hard Drive||800 MB available space|
Steam Trading Cards
The Steam version of Final Fantasy III comes with 9 Steam trading cards.
Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu: Final Fantasy III Yori, or "Legend of the Eternal Wind: from Final Fantasy III" in English, is a manga based on the original NES version of Final Fantasy III##, published in 1991 by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga is written by Kenji Terada, the game's scenario writer, and drawn by Yuu Kinutani.
As part of its Final Fantasy 25th anniversary celebration, Square Enix released a novelization of the first three Final Fantasy games. The novelization, titled Novel Final Fantasy I, II, III Memory of Heroes, was released in the fall of 2012.
Original Famicom Version
|Co-designers||Hiromichi Tanaka, Kazuhiko Aoki, Koichi Ishii|
|Programmers||Nasir Gebelli, Kiyoshi Yoshii, Katsuhisa Higuchi|
|Character & Graphic Design||Yoshitaka Amano|
|Director & Executive Producer||Hiromichi Tanaka|
|Battle Supervisor||Kazuhiko Aoki|
|Main Planner||Hiroaki Yabuta|
|Programmers||Yuichi Yoshida, Shinnosuke Ohasi|
|Movie Director||Kazuyuki Ikumori|
|Art Director||Ryosuke Aiba|
|Character Design||Akihiko Yoshida|
|Image Illustrator||Yoshitaka Amano|
|Graphic Designers||Jin Yamuraa, Kango Sumi|
|Music Arrangement||Tsuyoshi Sekito, Keiji Kawamori|
|English Translation||Aziz Hinoshita|
- In the remake, there is a contradiction towards the story of how the four children came to be. According to Cid, the children were not originally from this world, stating that ten years prior he was ferrying people to and from the continents when an unknown evil destroyed his ship. This contradicts what Unei says: that the surface world had been closed off for a thousand years. This could be due to a time anomaly caused when the surface world was engulfed in darkness; for all Cid knows, he could have been drifting aimlessly, frozen in time, for a thousand years, and the power of the crystals may have allowed his airship to drift into the floating continent, freeing him.
- Among the first six numbered Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy III is the only one lacking a PlayStation or Game Boy Advance port.
- In 1999, Final Fantasy III was unofficially translated into English by Neill Corlett and Alex W. Jackson. In addition to this popular fan-translation, there exists an alternate complete one.
- Final Fantasy III is the first game in the series where the playable characters are children.
- In the remake, upwards of 9999 damage can be dealt by every character, and although the game will only show 9999, it calculates according to the actual amount.
- Final Fantasy III was the first appearance of moogles and the fat chocobo in the series.
- The "circumnavigate the world on a chocobo for reward" quest originates in Final Fantasy III, to be repeated in Final Fantasy V.
- Final Fantasy III was the first game in the series to graphically show hit points when a target is attacked or healed, rather than use caption as in the original versions of the previous two games. It is also the first to contain auto-targeting, as well as the first to contain special battle music for boss battles. All of these aspects were adapted in the remakes of the previous two games.
- Several of the game's songs were used in Chocobo Racing, including the opening theme ("Crystal Cave") and the final battle theme.
- Though most of the sprites for 8-Bit Theater are from the original Final Fantasy, many other sprites, including the new class changed Light Warriors, are sprites from the Famicom Final Fantasy III.
- The original background music for the town of Amur was used in creating the song "Cloud Smiles" in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.
- The DS version was originally conceived with Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus as the adopted children of Topapa, much like the NES version; this was changed to make the four characters have their own, separate, stories.
- In Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary and the Final Fantasy portion of Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, the Two Headed Dragon, Echidna, Cerberus, and Ahriman appear as bosses in the optional Earthgift Shrine, with the "Battle 2" as BGM. In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, they return as guardians for the crystals of the True Moon.
- In the Famicom release, a little girl, hidden in an east room in the town of Gysahl, encourages the player to write inquiries to Square, listing out the mailing address.
- In the Famicom release, there was an Easter egg involving a secret message, found by holding Up-left, Select, and Start buttons and then turning on the console with the game inserted, then releasing Select. Completing this sequence revealed a small developer credit for Nasir Gebelli, the main programmer for Final Fantasy III.
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- Final Fantasy III DS Official Japanese Site
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