All of these are the polygonal 3D DS remake version of Final Fantasy III, originally released in 2006 as a DS exclusive. The original Final Fantasy III was released in Japan only for the Famicon (Japanese NES), so Western audiences only ever got to see the new-and-improved version.
This version featured a complete polygonal 3D graphical overhaul, all-new CG cinematics, formerly generic, nameless party members were replaced with REAL characters who had concrete personalities and real back stories, with all-new scenes added to introduce them and build a connection between players and the main characters. Additional new subcharacters join your party throughout the game and may participate in battle (unlike in the original). Even with all of these changes, the main storyline for the game remained the same.
A major overhaul was added to Final Fantasy III’s unique “Job System”, updates included rebalancing the classes, all-new abilities that could be learned, a new “Freelancer” class that replaced the previous “Onion Knight” class that was a default at the start (Onion Knight could be unlocked later on through a sidequest), all-new events were added, a new Crystal was added alongside a new Dungeon, and Capacity Points were removed. Thanks to the improved balancing, many jobs retain their usefulness from beginning to end. Fully Mastering jobs also yielded all-new job specific items. A small penalty for switching jobs that decreases your stats was added in place of the Capacity Points from before. A new interrupt save option allowed players to do a Quick Save, so they could turn their DS off and return later. Although doing a permanent save in a dungeon was still not permitted.
A new Mail/Mognet system was added that took advantage of the DS wi-fi and online capabilities. This allows you to send and receive mail to in-game characters, as well as to other players, and leads to unlocking new secrets in the game (and is similar to the Moogle System in Final Fantasy IX). The Onion Knight Quest can only be unlocked by using the Mognet system.
This lead to the newer ports of the DS version of Final Fantasy III for other systems. Final Fantasy III was released for iOS Apple devices on March 24 2011. This version features improved graphics even over the DS version and remastered, updated sound and music. However a few changes were made, the Mognet/Moogle Mail system was removed completely, as such the Onion Knight is unlocked via a different quest than in the DS version.
The Anroid version of Final Fantasy III was released on Google Play for Android devices in June of 2012. This version doesn’t feature any new features however, and includes the same features as the iOS version.
Next up, is the PSP version of the game released on September 30th 2012. The PlayStation Network version of Final Fantasy III features graphics optimized for the 16:9 PSP screen, an image gallery, an option to switch to the original background music, and an auto-battle system that doubles the speed of combat.
Finally you have the Kindle and Kindle Fire HD versions of the game released in the Amazon App Store. This version has been specifically optimized for play on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD and features improved 3-D graphics, taking full advantage of the platform’s capabilities. Additionally, the intuitive touch-panel controls have been adjusted, making the game smoother and easier than ever to play.
As already stated, the game will also be coming to Ouya as a launch title, although details on what differences will appear in that version (or not) have not been revealed.
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