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For a long time this game was called the "lost" ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', as it was never released outside of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} for many years -- even after all of the other pre UsefulNotes/PlayStation games received at least one release. However, a [[VideoGameRemake remake]], with more plot and characterization, came out worldwide on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, finally getting the game to a wider audience. The DS remake was again tweaked to improve some gameplay issues and has been ported to the [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]], [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android]], and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], as well as PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.

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For a long time this game was called the "lost" ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', as it was never released outside of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} for many years -- even after all of the other pre UsefulNotes/PlayStation games received at least one release. However, a [[VideoGameRemake remake]], with more plot and characterization, came out worldwide on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, finally getting the game to a wider audience. The DS remake was again tweaked to improve some gameplay issues and has been ported to the [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS]], [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames [[Main/AndroidGames Android]], and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], as well as PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.



* AdaptationDisplacement: Invoked by WordOfGod, though subject to a FlipFlopOfGod -- some materials state the four orphans from Ur are now considered the same characters as the DS heroes, and the Onion Knights/Onion Kids are CanonDiscontinuity. However, spin-offs still use the Onion Knight as the game's representative hero [[note]] though Dissidia012 has Luneth and Ingus skins as DLC [[/note]], and he's mentioned to be one of the four orphans from Ur, even though in appearance and personality he's a distinct character from any of the DS heroes.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: Invoked by WordOfGod, though subject to a FlipFlopOfGod -- some materials state the four orphans from Ur are now considered the same characters as the DS heroes, and the Onion Knights/Onion Kids are CanonDiscontinuity. However, spin-offs still use the Onion Knight as the game's representative hero [[note]] though hero[[note]]Though Dissidia012 has Luneth and Ingus skins as DLC [[/note]], DLC[[/note]], and he's mentioned to be one of the four orphans from Ur, even though in appearance and personality he's a distinct character from any of the DS heroes.


[[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb Kids will be kids, right?]] And if you tell them that [[ForbiddenFruit a particular abandoned and unguarded cave is dangerous,]] you can pretty much expect the kids to wander in. This goes double if the kids in question are a ragtag group of adventurous orphans.

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[[YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb Kids will be kids, right?]] right]]? And if you tell them that [[ForbiddenFruit a particular abandoned and unguarded cave is dangerous,]] dangerous]], you can pretty much expect the kids to wander in. This goes double if the kids in question are a ragtag group of adventurous orphans.



For a long time this game was called the "lost" ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', as it was never released outside of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} for many years -- even after all of the other pre UsefulNotes/PlayStation games received at least one release. However, a [[VideoGameRemake remake,]] with more plot and characterization, came out worldwide on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, finally getting the game to a wider audience. The DS remake was again tweaked to improve some gameplay issues and has been ported to the [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS,]] [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android,]] and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP,]] as well as PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.

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For a long time this game was called the "lost" ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', as it was never released outside of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} for many years -- even after all of the other pre UsefulNotes/PlayStation games received at least one release. However, a [[VideoGameRemake remake,]] remake]], with more plot and characterization, came out worldwide on the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, finally getting the game to a wider audience. The DS remake was again tweaked to improve some gameplay issues and has been ported to the [[UsefulNotes/IOSGames iOS,]] iOS]], [[UsefulNotes/AndroidGames Android,]] Android]], and [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP,]] PSP]], as well as PC via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}.

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** Notably, Doga and Unei, who got ultimate magical power and power over dreams respectively, point out that their gift pales in comparison to Xande's gift of mortality. Given the fact that you have to [[spoiler: fight and kill both of them, but they both continue to live afterwards, for a specific definition of living]], implies that they may be on to something.

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* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Shields are only useful for classes that aren't physically attacking. Because every class, without exception, can dual-wield, and there's no inherent penalty to dual-wielding, ''and'' because it's always more useful to kill enemies as fast as possible than it is to weather their attacks, shields are functionally useless for any physical attacker: it's better to give them two of whatever weapon they can wield and let them go to town. Classes that don't physically attack instead benefit from dual-wielding shields, which won't boost their stats, but make them much harder to kill.


* DarkIsNotEvil: Present in the backstory, when the Dark Warriors have to save the world against abuse of the elemental powers of light. [[spoiler:They also can help out your party if they are freed, showing that they're apparently not inherent rivals to the Light Warriors.]] Also, the Dark Knight class.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Present in the backstory, when the Dark Warriors have to save the world against abuse of the elemental powers of light. [[spoiler:They also can help out your party if they are freed, showing that they're apparently not inherent rivals to as, like the Light Warriors.]] Also, Warriors, they are dedicated to preserving the balance between light and dark, which the Cloud of Darkness is currently upsetting.]]
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Dark Knight class.class is not inherently evil at all, instead simply specializing in the use of darkness as a weapon. They're also extremely useful when it comes to enemies that split, as the power of darkness prevents that from happening.



** The World of Darkness' random encounters include enemies with double the hit points of ''bosses'' from the previous dungeon. The mini-bosses have triple.

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** The World of Darkness' random encounters include enemies with double the hit points of ''bosses'' from the previous dungeon. The mini-bosses have triple. And the random encounters can ambush you and hit you with Meteor, which ''will'' kill at least one party member before you can do anything at all. [[spoiler: One of the random encounters is Xande's Soul, which is ''more powerful'' than Xande, who you fought just before entering the World of Darkness and who probably gave you a lot of trouble. The World of Darkness isn't messing around: it ''will'' kill you.]]


It's very much one of the most important and formative games in the series, as several concepts in the series as a whole originate in this game. [[JobSystem Freely-changeable jobs]], [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moogles]], SummonMagic, terrain effects, Gysahl, the Fat Chocobo, and so on all find their origins in this installment.

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It's very much [[GrowingTheBeard one of the most important and formative games in the series, series]], as several concepts in the series as a whole originate in this game. [[JobSystem Freely-changeable jobs]], [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moogles]], SummonMagic, terrain effects, Gysahl, the Fat Chocobo, and so on all find their origins in this installment.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: In the original game, the Onion Knights each had a different color to tell them apart (red/blue/green/purple). Due to palette limitations, the purple Onion Knight appears red in battle.

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* CuttingTheKnot: Hyne the wizard is a trick boss whose elemental weakness changes every few rounds. The developers intended for the player to turn one of their warriors into a Scholar, so they could determine the weakness and use the appropriate magic. However it's even easier to just change everyone into a fighting class and pummel him until he stops moving. (This is especially good if you still have the dragon equipment from the fight with Garuda, you can jump and avoid getting any damage at all.)


** Even moreso in the DS version, since engine limitations meant that they simply upped the stats of existing monsters rather than make you fight multiple groupings of them. Said monsters can often attack two or even three times per round, making bosses more dangerous. Oh, and one more little detail -- ''THERE ARE NO SAVE POINTS, EVER.'' The only place to save your game is on the world map. Enjoy traipsing through a three hour dungeon with no save points and dying at the end!

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** Even moreso more so in the DS version, since engine limitations meant that they simply upped the stats of existing monsters rather than make you fight multiple groupings of them. Said monsters can often attack two or even three times per round, making bosses more dangerous. Oh, and one more little detail -- ''THERE ARE NO SAVE POINTS, EVER.'' The only place to save your game is on the world map. Enjoy traipsing through a three hour dungeon with no save points and dying at the end!


* NintendoHard: It isn't as hard as the ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|I}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|II}}'', but it's still pretty challenging

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* NintendoHard: It isn't as hard as the ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|I}}'' [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the first]] or ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|II}}'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII second]] game, but it's still pretty challengingchallenging:


* NintendoHard:

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* NintendoHard:NintendoHard: It isn't as hard as the ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|I}}'' or ''VideoGame/{{FinalFantasy|II}}'', but it's still pretty challenging

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* LightDarknessJuxtaposition: The game focuses around the fabled "Warriors of Light" banding together to put a stop to the evil [[BigBad Cloud of Darkness]]. Near the end of the game, when the Warriors enter the Cloud of Darkness' own dimension, they come across the Warriors of Darkness. It's only after battling against each other that they learn that the Warriors of Darkness were the chosen fighters from an alternate dimension where light and dark are switched around, and [[GoodAllAlong were also sent to defeat]] the evil Cloud of Darkness.


* BossBonanza: The game has the Crystal Tower and the World of Darkness dungeon crawl. After the battle with [[BigBad Xande,]] you have a HopelessBossFight with the [[BiggerBad Cloud of Darkness,]] followed by four more battles with the Guardians of the Dark Crystals, and finally the rematch battle with the Cloud of Darkness. As this is ''[[NintendoHard Final Fantasy III,]]'' you have to beat all these bosses with [[CheckpointStarvation no opportunities to save between them.]]

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* BossBonanza: The game has the Crystal Tower and the World of Darkness dungeon crawl. After the battle with [[BigBad Xande,]] you have a HopelessBossFight with the [[BiggerBad Cloud of Darkness,]] Darkness, followed by four more battles with the Guardians of the Dark Crystals, and finally the rematch battle with the Cloud of Darkness. As this is ''[[NintendoHard Final Fantasy III,]]'' you have to beat all these bosses with [[CheckpointStarvation no opportunities to save between them.]]


* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Naturally, this being ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The BlackMage and its upgraded form Magus are the primary black magic-users, while the WhiteMage and ''its'' upgraded form Devout specialize in white magic. The [[ItemCaddy Scholar]], [[TheRedMage Red Mage, and Sage]] jobs

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* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Naturally, this being ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The BlackMage and its upgraded form Magus are the primary black magic-users, while the WhiteMage and ''its'' upgraded form Devout specialize in white magic. The [[ItemCaddy Scholar]], [[TheRedMage Red Mage, and Sage]] jobsjobs can all use both schools of magic, listed here in increasing order of proficiency. In the remake, [[JackOfAllTrades Onion Knights]] are capable of learning and casting any spell from either school, as well.


* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Naturally, this being ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The BlackMage and its upgraded form Magus are the primary black magic-users, while the WhiteMage and ''its'' upgraded form Devout specialize in white magic. The [[ItemCaddy Scholar]], [[TheRedMage RedMage, and Sage]] jobs

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* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Naturally, this being ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''. The BlackMage and its upgraded form Magus are the primary black magic-users, while the WhiteMage and ''its'' upgraded form Devout specialize in white magic. The [[ItemCaddy Scholar]], [[TheRedMage RedMage, Red Mage, and Sage]] jobs

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