Most of the titles in the long running Final Fantasy RPG series have been available on PSN in North America for quite a while now (or were released on the original Playstation ages ago, for those of us who are bit longer in the tooth), with one notable exception – Final Fantasy III. The game wasn’t even released in North America or Europe until 2006, when it got a Nintendo DS version, though it was originally published in 1990. Final Fantasy VI was originally released in North America as Final Fantasy III, but this is the actual Final Fantasy III.
This iteration of the series revolves around 4 orphans (Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus) who are drawn to a crystal of light. The crystal grants each with powers, and implores the youths to go out and restore balance in the world, which as they learn the floating continent that they have been living on is only a small, small piece of the world. And of course eventually find they are the only ones who can save it from the forces of Darkness. It’s a pretty standard, simple plot common of the very early Final Fantasy games, and it’s the first that featured the job-change system.
The re-release will be for the PSP system, and includes optimized widescreen visuals, an image gallery, both remastered and original audio, and an auto battle system that doubles the speed of combat. It comes out today, though it does not appear to be up yet, and neither is the price.