A fully-translated English prototype was made, but it went unreleased due to the SNES already being out. A fan translation brought this to the West in 1998, and an excellent remake on the PlayStation came out in 2003 bundled with a remake of the original. This was shortly followed by the Dawn of Souls compilation on Game Boy Advance.
Like the aforementioned games, FF1 is grindy, but it's more fun if you push ahead into dungeons, then strategically retreat when needed, instead of spending hours fighting Ogres on the world map. I've played the whole game this way and can assure you it can be done. Also, don't buy the Silver (Mythril) Sword in Elfheim; it wasn't supposed to be there (the remakes remove it), and the game is better without wasting hours grinding for 4,000 gold to get an OP sword. This game is such a classic, and it gave us hilarious spell names like FIR3 and XFER (which doesn't even work due to one of many programming bugs).
A fan translation made this game available to the English emulation community in 1999. The Pixel Remaster series finally brought this to the West last year, with some class rebalancing and audio-visual upgrades. Prior to that, we only had the 3D Remake that debuted on the DS in 2006.
It's sad the Dragon Warrior games did so poorly in the U.S. that Enix had to close up shop. Thank God Square (maker of Final Fantasy) bought Enix, then revived the DQ series on the DS and 3DS! I wonder if the man who wrote to Nintendo Power ever got to play this...
This game is such a legend that Square made a 3D Remake for the DS (in 2008), even though they'd already put out a GBA version three years earlier. I prefer the 2D version, but the more FF4, the merrier! Indeed, the new Pixel Remaster versions of this and all the FF games are outstanding, not least because of their orchestral soundtracks.
After the world is plunged into darkness by the mad clown Kefka, the game becomes non-linear, as you fly around in Setzer's airship re-gathering everyone. At that point, you can choose whomever you want in your party. The final dungeon requires you to use everyone, breaking them into three groups exploring different sections. The final boss fight, set to Nobuo Uematsu's memorable song "Dancing Mad," involves a tower of grotesques, atop which sits a divinized Kefka. FF6 has it all, and you can play the Pixel Remaster version now, or boot up your old Super Nintendo or Game Boy Advance.
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