Final Fantasy I MSX-2

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.
Final Fantasy I MSX-2
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
Final Fantasy I
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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Published by Fabien H.

Président de FF Museum

One thought on “Final Fantasy I MSX-2

  1. Two things. I think the msx2 FF that you own was the one I sold one eBay over a decade ago, what makes me sure? The second disk, the msx2 FF1 port does not come with a second disk, it comes with a sticker that you put on a blank disk, turning it into disk 2. I know this because the copy I kept (I had 3 total, sold 2) has an unused disk 2 sticker. Anyway, that disk is exactly the same as the one I sold. The second thing is, where did you get that date June 1st as the release date. It was released in December, per Square. Unless you have some information that states otherwise?


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