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Final Fantasy Wiki:Coverage
The Final Fantasy Wiki is a database focused on all aspects of the Final Fantasy franchise, including spin-off series and crossover series. Like Super Mario Wiki, the Final Fantasy Wiki covers its primary series as well as its subseries, such as Chocobo. However, unlike the Mario franchise, Final Fantasy is different in that many of Square Enix's other franchises, such as Chrono or Mana, are rooted in Final Fantasy but are not a part of the overall franchise. This page helps users determine what content is and is not acceptable for inclusion in the Final Fantasy Wiki.
What the Final Fantasy Wiki covers
The games and other media products we cover can be divided into four categories: the Final Fantasy franchise itself, crossovers, guest appearances and cameos.
Final Fantasy series
The Final Fantasy series is the main part of the franchise of the same name. The overall franchise also includes spin-off series like Chocobo and Bravely Default. Everything in the overall Final Fantasy franchise is given full coverage, meaning absolutely any official Final Fantasy content can be covered.
Crossovers are games that extensively feature characters and other elements from one or more series in addition to the Final Fantasy franchise.
- Kingdom Hearts series
- Certain Fortune Street games in which Final Fantasy crosses over with the Dragon Quest series
- Super Smash Bros.
- Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix
Although a few Fortune Street titles are evenly split between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, they should still be counted as Final Fantasy games. On the other hand, series such as Kingdom Hearts which, while borrowing several elements from the Final Fantasy series, features its own characters and locations that are not a part of the Final Fantasy franchise, not to mention Disney characters. This means that only Final Fantasy-related content in Kingdom Hearts may receive coverage.
If a subject from another franchise appears in a Final Fantasy game, their article should only talk about their role in the Final Fantasy games. For example, the Sora article talks about his role in certain Final Fantasy games such as World of Final Fantasy, but does not go on to discuss what happens in any of the Kingdom Hearts games, although a brief overview about his role in the series is permitted in the article's introduction.
When a Final Fantasy character appears in another franchise (including stand-alone releases), it is either a guest appearance or a cameo. The difference is how much impact the Final Fantasy character has on the game: if they have a role in the plot or are featured as a playable character, it is a guest appearance, whereas if they can be erased without any ill effects on the game, it is a cameo. The difference between guest appearances and crossovers is that in a guest appearance, the amount of Final Fantasy content relative to the other series is very small, whereas in crossovers there is an extensive amount of Final Fantasy content, ranging from partially Final Fantasy in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix to a 50:50 split in the Fortune Street crossover titles with Dragon Quest.
Examples of games in which Final Fantasy content makes a guest appearance in include Secret of Evermore for the Super Nintendo, Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring for PlayStation, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch and, most notably, the Kingdom Hearts series. Non-game guest appearances include Captain N: The Game Master. All of these are given partial coverage, meaning only the media itself get articles, such as the game or television show, with all information pertaining to their content being confined to those pages. However, if a subject is unique to the game while also being clearly derived from the Final Fantasy franchise, they can receive individual articles. For example, certain Special Shots from Mario Hoops 3-on-3, such as Holy Shot or Leaf Veil, prominently feature Final Fantasy images and icons, and therefore have articles.
As mentioned before, if a Final Fantasy character or some other aspect of the Final Fantasy franchise makes a minor appearance in a non-Final Fantasy game, this is called a cameo. Cameos have no effect on the overall games they occur in, unlike guest appearances, and are merely included by the developers and writers for fun. All cameo appearances are limited to the Reference pages, although Final Fantasy-related subjects which make cameos can have them listed on their article (but this is not always necessary). The non-Final Fantasy game, show, movie or publication in which one or more Final Fantasy subjects make a cameo should not get an article.
There are games that have had an impact on the Final Fantasy franchise despite not being a part of the franchise in any way. One of the earliest examples is the first three SaGa games for the Game Boy, which were released in North America as The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, and Final Fantasy Legend III respectively for marketing purposes. Because of this, full coverage for the Game Boy versions of the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy are allowed but not their remakes for WonderSwan Color and mobile phones, released in Japan exclusively, as these have no bearing of the Final Fantasy name. Articles covering subjects from the Final Fantasy Legend pages must each link to their corresponding SaGa Wiki article for further reading.
A slightly more complicated yet related example is the Mana series. Its first installment, Final Fantasy Adventure, even had Final Fantasy in its title in Japan, and some recurring elements from the Final Fantasy franchise, such as Chocobos, appeared in the game. In 2003, the game received a Game Boy Advance remake, Sword of Mana, which removed all Final Fantasy-related elements in it, therefore disconnecting Mana from the Final Fantasy franchise entirely. Like the Final Fantasy Legend games, only the original Final Fantasy Adventure can be covered in full, and articles covering subjects from said game must each link to their corresponding Wiki of Mana article for further reading.
What the Final Fantasy Wiki doesn't cover
In North America, the PlayStation game Final Fantasy Chronicles legally ties Chrono Trigger with Final Fantasy IV, but the two are otherwise unrelated without any crossover happening. While information on the bundle is present on the Final Fantasy Chronicles article, only the Final Fantasy IV half may be covered in full.