A decade ago, I was initiated into the cult of Final Fantasy, after playing through the seventh installment of the series. I’ve been a devoted console RPG fanboy ever since, and Cloud and his pals are largely to blame.
But, much as I love the game, I’ve always felt that FF7’s jagged PSX graphics were too realistic, and the awkward English translation wasn’t incomprehensible enough (“This guy are sick!”).
Luckily for me, a Chinese company, Shenzhen Nanjing, made a downgraded version of the game for the original Nintendo system. Apparently, it’s a pretty complete port of the original game, with all the main plotlines and even a streamlined materia system. Most of the graphics and music, however, are swiped from FF2 and FF3.
Looks like I’m set for this Christmas.
Here’s a YouTube video of the game’s opening battles. Midgar hasn’t changed a bit.
Thanks to Cinnamon Pirate for this excellent find. His site has tons of pictures from the game.