Everybody knows the first Final Fantasy released for Famicom (or NES in USA) on December 18, 1987 in Japan. A dream team was in commands : Nobuo Uematsu, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yoshitaka Amano.
But do you know there was a version for MSX-2 computer exclusively in Japan ? Released on June 1, 1989, it was converted by Microcabin.
Originality of this version is that main game wasn’t on a cartridge, but on a 3.5 inch floppy diskette. In fact, it’s the only Final Fantasy game on a floppy diskette, and it’s really rare (perhaps the rarest Final Fantasy game ?) There was minor improvement in this version, like upgraded sound and music, or minor upgrade graphics. Also, longer loading time…
Big MSX-2 box and his brother for Famicom
Another particularity was save system. it was impossible to save data on main game floppy diskette, so it was necessary to use a blank one. In the box, you could found a sticker to identify your save disk. That’s why you could find different color for second diskette on the Net : mine is blue, some are black. Si if you’re looking for this collector item, be sure to check the sticker, if there is not a second floppy 🙂
Closer look of the big box, with beautiful Amano’s artwork!
Inside the box : two compartments for floppy
Closer look of the two disks : main game is on the left, on the right it’s the save disk
Inside the handbook: black and white artwork!
Some papers in the box
That’s it for this piece of history!
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