Final Fantasy (series)
The Final Fantasy series (Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー Fainaru Fantajī) is a series of role-playing games and the main part of the Final Fantasy franchise. The first game of the series is the Nintendo Entertainment System title, Final Fantasy, which was first released for the Famicom in 1987 before its North American release three years later, in 1990. There are currently fifteen games in the main Final Fantasy series. The series does not include direct follow-ups or spin-offs to these entries.
The titular first game of the series was named because it was thought to be Square's final RPG, although the game ironically saved the company. Soon enough, because of Final Fantasy, Square would become one of the most successful companies to develop and publish role-playing games. The Final Fantasy series is renowned for its high production, an involving story and its music. Despite the games being part of the same series and that the sequels are numbered by a roman numeral, there is no continuity and hardly any relation between the installments besides the role-playing genre. There are some recurring in-universe elements such as Chocobos, character classes, magic spells, certain music themes (like the title screen), and a character named Cid, which, aside from the name, is a different character in each installment.
|Game||JP release||NA release||EU release|
|Final Fantasy||December 18, 1987||July 12, 1990||March 14, 2003 (as Final Fantasy Origins)|
|Final Fantasy II||December 17, 1988||July 24, 2007||February 8, 2008|
|Final Fantasy III||April 27, 1990||November 14, 2006 (on Nintendo DS)||N/A|
|Final Fantasy IV||July 19, 1991||November 23, 1991||May 17, 2002 (as Final Fantasy Anthology)|
|Final Fantasy V||December 6, 1992||September 30, 1999||February 27, 2002|
|Final Fantasy VI||April 2, 1994||October 11, 1994||March 1, 2002|
|Final Fantasy VII||January 31, 1997||September 7, 1997||November 12, 1997|
|Final Fantasy VIII||February 11, 1999||September 9, 1999||October 27, 1999|
|Final Fantasy IX||July 7, 2000||November 13, 2000||February 16, 2001|
|Final Fantasy X||July 19, 2001||December 17, 2001||May 24, 2002|
|Final Fantasy XI||May 16, 2002||March 23, 2004||September 17, 2004|
|Final Fantasy XII||March 16, 2006||October 31, 2006||February 23, 2007|
|Final Fantasy XIII||December 17, 2009||March 9, 2010||March 9, 2010|
|Final Fantasy XIV||August 27, 2013||August 27, 2013||August 27, 2013|
|Final Fantasy XV||November 29, 2016||November 29, 2016||November 29, 2016|
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