Completed on 5 March 2023
Notes & Commentary
- Though this disc contains remasters of the first two Final Fantasy games, the goal was only to complete the first one. I don’t know if I’ll ever come back for the second one. FF1 is probably my favorite in the whole series.
- I am not an expert on all the different remasters of the original NES games; the criteria I was selecting for was:
- As close as possible to the NES original, but with bug fixes.
- I don’t want the game to be any “easier” or need it to “appeal to modern players” or anything, I just wanted the spells to work.
- No romhacks of the original. There will never be a romhack in this section of the site. Real games only.
- From my research, it seemed this remake was about as close as you can get to the original, with bug fixes and graphics updates only, and hasn’t been molested in any other horrible way (like switching to an “MP” system for spells or something)
- All that being said, this is the first time I have beat any version of the original Final Fantasy. Over the years, I’ve probably started this game 10-15 times, and never bothered to finish it.
- It does feel good to have sat down and pushed through ALL the boring parts to accomplish showing the ending screen.
- I made a pathway through the game which never really required me to do any grinding (maybe a little bit in the early game) so thankfully it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
- Though I don’t think any sound or graphical upgrades are needed, they are very welcome. Especially playing this using an original controller and an emulator, with the sound coming through really nice headphones. It is very immersive.
- Because this version is almost completely unmolested, you can even use the manual or strategy guide for the original game and everything makes sense. I never checked what is in the manual for this specific version.
- Everything about this game holds up today. If you really like RPG’s, there’s nothing in here which would confuse or annoy you. As a bonus, this one has a legitimately coherent story line, unlike almost every other Final Fantasy!
Knight, Master, Red Wizard, Black Wizard