In the mid Noughties Japanese developer Tose undertook the task of converting and updating the early Final Fantasy games to the Nintendo Game Boy Advance for Square Enix (as they were known then).
I’ve already written about the first two – released in 2004 as Dawn of Souls – and I believe they didn’t bother with the third – going straight on to Final Fantasy IV (four), then releasing five and six in quick succession. Making four releases and five games in total. All four releases use the same game engine and graphical interface and could be considered “a set”.
This fourth Final Fantasy remake came out in 2005 and follows on from Dawn of Souls beautifully. To play it feels like a more refined and detailed Final Fantasy Legend, with cute characters and colourful, beautifully-drawn backdrops. If you compare it next to the Super Nintendo original it certainly looks better – the Game Boy Advance‘s extended colour palette gives the game much more vibrancy and depth.
The story is nothing to write home about, but if you want hardcore, old school, turn-based level-grinding – Final Fantasy IV Advance is one of the best handheld RPGs around. In fact: all four of those Tose Final Fantasy remakes are worth a play if you can find them.