According to a post in our forums, Japanese blog Esuteru (はちま起稿) has obtained a scanned image from V-Jump magazine which claims that Square Enix is readying a port of Final Fantasy III for iOS in addition to their already announced Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions port which is due sometime this Spring. This is exciting news to say the least, but unfortunately I don't read Japanese and therefore am left with quite a few questions.

First of all, the announcement of Final Fantasy III refers to a Japanese release, so even if it is officially in the works there's no guarantee that it will also come to the US. Given the success Square Enix has seen with their iOS Final Fantasy games stateside, I'd imagine that it will, but it would be nice to know for sure. Also, it isn't clear which version of Final Fantasy III would be ported. It was originally a Japanese NES game that wasn't released in the US until the 2006 Nintendo DS 3D remake. It could be a direct port of the NES title, a port of the DS version, or something entirely different.

It's important to remember that the Final Fantasy III that most Americans have fond memories of on the Super Nintendo is actually Final Fantasy VI in Japan, so don't get your hopes up if that's the version you're envisioning for this release. I never played the original Final Fantasy III on NES, but I did really enjoy the DS remake from a few years ago. I would hope that if Square Enix does release a version for iOS that it would be based off of this version, or at the very least an enhanced 2D version along the same lines of their Final Fantasy [$8.99] and Final Fantasy II [$8.99] releases on iOS.

There's a thread in our forums where discussion of this possible upcoming game is taking place, and we'll of course bring you any new information regarding official confirmation of Final Fantasy III for iOS from Square Enix just as soon as we get it.

(Thanks to Joystiq and Siliconera for bringing the post in our forums to our attention!)

  • Sam

    Not to be pedantic but...FF3 was released in the US in 1999 on the Playstation, long before the DS version, and the original FF3 was on the SNES not NES.

    • Metal-X

      Sorry... But you'd better check your infos, because you obsviously know nothing about Final Fantasy...

    • Rob

      Yeah, I think you're thinking of Final Fantasy VI which was released as Final Fantasy III in America back on the Super Nintendo. Final Fantasy III was originally on the NES and later released on the Nintendo DS.

  • Chrono Gear

    What the last guy said^^. FFIII was first released in the U.S. on the DS. FFIV, FFV, FFVI, FFVII, FFVIII, & FFIX were released on PS1. Clearly were not not being pedantic so don't worry about it Sam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WingcommanderIV Andrew Geczy

    I want them to port to the iOS the DS version of Final Fantasy IV. The one with the voice acting and 3d cinematics. I've heard it kicks huge ass, and IV has always been my favourite. It's a story of redemption.

    So if they are bringing III, then I'm sure IV wont be too far behind. But yeah, I want the awesome DS versions!

  • Zandog

    For release date facts, go to the wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_Fantasy

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    I'm getting both of these

  • Pelagren

    I don't expect it to happen, but I have a dream of having Final Fantasy VII on iOS.

    • RavAus

      you can get a psx emulaor on iphone if it is jailbroken, i do not condone such things but it is possible and i have seen videos of ff7 running on the iphone 3gs through said emulator.

  • TigerXtreme69

    FF7!

  • Isblackhawk

    Forget FF3. I see Final Fantasy Tactics in that same screenshot!! Take my money please!

  • http://demonskunk.tumblr.com Demonskunk

    This is likely the DS version. the original NES version has a different logo
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1a/Final_Fantasy_III_-_Original_Sound_Version_%28reprint%29%27s_front_cover.jpg which I'd think they'd use to keep coherence with the original game's fans. could go either way, but that's the logo to the remake.
    *crosses fingers for enhanced 2d version, but notes that the touch screen would be PERFECT for the DS port*

    • Vovin

      Yes, looks like the DS version.
      FFIII original has a completely other logo.
      Might be really the DS version.

  • thebleeptruth

    I'd much rather prefer Square focus on giving new titles or sequels. I can't see myself putting time in playing a very old game (more than 10-15 years old), regardless of whether or not I've played it before, or if it was such as hit during its time. If they want to port, why not relatively new games that were previously exclusive to the PSP such as Dissidia and Crisis Core? FF Tactics is my favorite game of all time, but I'm definitely not picking it up once it's out for the iOS and playing another run-through. There are lot of great games right currently available in the App Store I'd rather spend time on. If it were a FF Tactics sequel, then I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

  • René

    When are they going to learn!? Give us FF9 and FF7 for iOS!!!

    • Sid

      Geez what a bunch of whiners! Give me this, give me that! Is it such a fad to whine so much these days? You should be thankful your actually getting something, if you don't like it too bad, that means it's not for you is it? But that doesn't mean it's not for other people to enjoy. Sheesh.

      • René

        Oh shut it mate :) You know you want it! ;)

  • Nul
  • E_Domina

    tactics up there too!