Ok, so we've been posting a ton about Final Fantasy III lately. But when an announcement for such a big name game comes up so suddenly, the trickle of new tidbits has a way of tossing fans into a frenzy. Since just this past Sunday, we've gone from not being completely sure if Final Fantasy III was coming to iOS, to getting official confirmation from Square Enix that it was, and finally learning that it would be an enhanced remake of the Nintendo DS version, putting to rest questions of what version we would be seeing in the App Store.

S in just a few days' time we've come from not even knowing about the existence of Final Fantasy III on iOS to where we're at right now, which is able to see what appears to be a near-final version of the game running on an iOS device.  Wow the internet moves fast! Japanese magazine Famitsu has posted several hands-on videos of Final Fantasy III on iOS and so far it's looking pretty sharp. It doesn't look like it strays too far from its DS counterpart, and the YouTube encoding makes it nigh impossible to tell how improved the graphics or sound are. But it's Final Fantasy III, and it's coming very soon, and that's reason enough to get excited.

This first video is the longest of the 5 that Famitsu has created and shows the very beginning of the game, a battle with a huge monster, and a bit of the overworld map:

This video is the fourth of the series and very nicely shows off a battle sequence with a full party:

To save bogging down our site with multiple embedded videos, the remaining 3 videos can be found embedded in the first post of the upcoming thread in our forums. You can also check them out via direct YouTube links for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5. We'll of course keep you updated with any new developments, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep track of the upcoming thread in our forums since pretty much every tidbit of information has popped up there before we've caught wind of it. Final Fantasy III is slated for a March release, and by the looks of these videos it appears to be nearly finished and may be here sooner than you think.

Update: Here are a couple of comparison screenshots that were posted in our forums. Clearly there has been some love put into the iOS version compared to the DS original (DS on left, iOS on right. Click to enlarge):

There are a whole bunch more screenshots of the iOS version of Final Fantasy III posted over at Famitsu, and if you're interested in checking them out you can get there by clicking this link.

[Via Famitsu]

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  • Sesquipedal

    yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Looks very good -- character models seem to be similar to the DS version, but without the jaggies of that machine's low-res screen. Sounds are tinny chiptunes, which is fine. Perhaps most importantly, the controls seem better thought out than FF1/FF2 on iPhone. I'll snag this when it launches so long as Square Enix isn't asking $40 for it.

  • Dumpling321

    nice! but where the heck is final fantasy tactics?

    • E_Domina

      it's coming. fft was also announced with this. but since it was covered before that's why ff3 is being covered now i guess

  • Anonymous

    Looks identical to the version on DS. Unfortunately I played that already. I really wish they would advance further to 7...someday maybe

    • Sesquipedal

      I'd personally be happy with a bit more than the opening sequence of a never-going-to-happen PS3 remake....

    • thebleeptruth

      Couldn't agree more. It's hard to play games all over again despite being enhanced versions if you already played them before. I'm looking forward to a FF Tactics sequel, cause I already played the original and loved it. But again, can't see myself playing it again once it's out on iOS. Just hope they port or make remakes of relatively recent titles. I'd probably pick this up though as I've never played it and because it's a remake rather than just an improved port like FF1 and FF2.

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

      "Looks identical to the version on DS" Except with better graphics

  • Taiwanese

    Wait... no English version???

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

      If you're really TWnese, you won't care.

      PS. Of course it's in English. It's already been done. On the DS. Like 5 years ago.

      • http://www.taptoplay.de Lakeshore

        I really hope for a german version - like on the DS.

  • Sinnical

    Ugly 3D characters FTL. I wish they would do the same sprite treatment as they did with FF I&II.

  • hkiphone

    I actually quite like the 3D characters! It recalls fond memories of FF7 International graphics, which i fell in love with. Just wish I had enough time to play games like this....

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1573452407 Michael Liu

    Hmm. I dunno about this one. There's already a lot of quality iPhone RPGs out there, and I'm not sure whether I would actually bother to go through the entire FFIII adventure on my iPod again. If it has auto-save after every battle and entering/exiting towns, maybe. If it there's only traditional save points, it'll be a major pain to play.

  • Theoriginalmat

    Ah yes! This game was amazing, at least the DS version I have was! Definitely going to be worth anything under $40~

  • gee

    awww, this game looks cute.
    ...cant wait for another epic rpg..

  • andrzej raczynski

    too bad is not universal, just don't feel like paying the $10 or so they'll be asking for a pixelated blow up on the ipad.

  • thebleeptruth

    Looks great. The cutesy style of the characters remind of FF7. Not familiar with the DS version, so I was quite surprised that the characters don't actually "attack" the enemies, but rather stay in place. Oh well. Anyway, I hope it's universal or that the iPad version is not too expensive and also not to far off. Chaos Rings for the iPad took way too long after the iPhone release.

  • MrK81

    Doesn't look bad for an upscaled DS port. The character models don;t seem like they received much of a face lift over the originals, but the environment textures did get a nice bump in quality. I wonder how much they are going to price this one at?...

    Hope they port over FFIV too.

  • Anonymous

    I've never played this and I'm not a fan of the 3D FF games (Other than FF7). I do like the old school 2D games but since the DS version got good reviews, I may pick this one up.

    Eventually we'll get FF V, 2012 is my guess.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Square are running with texture filtering off yet again. Such an odd move, makes everything look like it's on a PS1... or a DS. Blocky textures galore, and masses of flickering as objects scale into the distance and the textures don't mip map.

    The res of those shots would imply no retina display support either.

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

      "The res of those shots would imply no retina display support either"

      WTF are you looking at? The original graphics can't be 'cleaned up' any more, if you want to know it it's retina display look at the menus... look at the revolting resolution on the DS!

      • Retina or Bust

        Well if we go by the screenshots, there's no way to tell if it's Retina or not because we're only being shown a 320x480 image. If there was a 640x960 screenshot out there, then all fears of it not supporting Retina Display would be squashed.

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        You have misunderstood my post entirely.

        There is no texture filtering in the iOS shots at all. Square also had the same problem in Chaos Rings. No idea why as every other iOS title uses texture filtering.

        The shots are 480x320 resolution, which is the resolution of the iPhone 3G and 3GS, not the iPhone 4. Maybe Square will support the retina display, who knows, and maybe they're just not showing retina shots because they would highlight the lack of texture filtering.

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  • EastsideStompers

    I'm tempted, but the random battles system is such a put off for me. I loved Chrono Trigger precisely because of the non-random battle system (on top of the gripping story and memorable characters of course).

  • http://www.seo-strategies.org/2011/01/viewsonic-g-tablet-cases/ Viewsonic G tablet

    well i think it can be really cool to have such game for my iphone

  • http://twitter.com/eerk eerk

    Looks great but on the other hand... how many versions of old FF games are they going to release? I want a NEW FF made especially for iOS. Or just FF VII of course.

    • thebleeptruth

      Yep. Like I've always been saying. I hope Square Enix puts more effort in bringing newer titles or sequels rather than just porting and porting old ones.

      • Anonymous

        We all want newer titles remade or a brand new title but Square is notorious for milking it's FF franchise. I would like Parasite Eve remade but it will never happen. Why? Because there is no money to be made there. All the crying in the world will not change that.

        Square Enix will not invest time and money redoing games that they project will have small sales, even if they have a fan base. They will continue to make new iOS games which takes time. During that period, they will toss in a FF game in between to calm the masses.

      • Philosonic

        The problem seems more prevalent on iOS deceives since companies are still "taming" the platforms for the past two years, but showing little love to portable consoles when it comes to fresh titles isn't new. Like PSP having "dry periods" or the DS and GBA starting has a NES/SNES/N64 retro nostalgia bononza, or even iOS being the main source for Android titles.

      • Thebleeptruth

        IMO Sliding Heroes and Voice Fantasy are the very best games Square Enix have to offer on the IOS platform and why.........BECAUSE THEY WERE MADE WITH IOS IN MIND. petition to stop ports of popular console games, Sign below pls. if you agree.....

      • Sid

        FU, not until I get my port for Chrono Trigger! If u don't like ports then don't buy them, problem resolved.

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

      Like I said, the real brains behind Squaresoft left the company years ago. Hence the remakes.

  • raaaaaaaandy

    square enix should remake the nes version instead or to the ps3

  • ltcommander.data

    So would this put iOS FFIII ahead or behind the iOS versions of FFI and FFII graphically since those were based on the PSP versions which should give them a leg up over a game coming from the DS?

  • Benito Mussolini

    Looks promising, but certainly won't be worth the $6.99-9.99 price tag. I'm sure it'll eventually get discounted within a pig's gestation cycle. Gonna pass on this shovelware until I see tactics.

  • Cowmandude4

    Is there an iPad version ??????

  • Nivaek

    Hope they give us more saves, cus this game is hella hard with it's current save system...

  • http://twitter.com/_Altx_ Jase

    this is gonna be awesome.

  • http://demonskunk.tumblr.com Demonskunk

    I hope they add the option for the DS version's controls. Tapping and holding where you want to go seems a LOT more intuitive and easy than a stupid control stick that pops up wherever you tap.

  • E_Domina

    its pretty easy to say that the graphics still look pretty good on a 320x480 screenie

  • Taiwanese

    Engish version please!
    Engish version please!
    Engish version please!