Rare Final Fantasy II NES Cart, Hits Ebay Instead Of Self

By Spencer . August 20, 2012 . 4:50pm

yourAfter Final Fantasy became a breakthrough success in America, Squaresoft started localizing Final Fantasy II. No, not Final Fantasy IV for the Super Nintendo – the Famicom game Final Fantasy II.


Squaresoft made a rough translation of Final Fantasy II and advertised it at CES with the "Dark Shadow over Palakia" on the cover. While Final Fantasy II wasn’t officially released until it was bundled as Final Fantasy Origins, you can own this one of a kind Final Fantasy collectable. Video game historian and Gamasutra news director Frank Cifaldi is selling the only Final Fantasy II pre-production cartridge on eBay.


Cifaldi explained how he obtained the cartridge:


I purchased this cartridge about nine years ago from a private collector in Canada. He advertised it on forums and everyone assumed he was trying to sell a bootleg copy of the amateur ROM translation that’s been online forever…fortunately I took a chance and talked to him, and this turned out to be legit. The ROM was dumped a long, long time ago, and has been on the internet for at least nine years. I know it’s complete because it’s been played through several times over. The translation itself is pretty rough because it’s a work-in-progress, but it’s all there (just kinda funky sometimes).


The Final Fantasy II cart has a high buy it now price of $50,000, but Cifaldi told Kotaku he’s open to offers. If you just want to play the NES version of Final Fantasy II get out your Xtal Rod and download the ROM from Cifaldi’s site, The Lost Levels.

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  • French

    Seriously considering getting this gem, going to look more into it right now.

  • Luca B.

    This has a great headline.

  • TaintedSeraph

    I’m surprised that an NES cartridge can even hit anything at all, let alone itself.

    • It was a Final Fantasy II joke. In the original Famicom/NES version you could hit your own characters to level up. It’s probably the most efficient way of leveling up too since you can boost HP, weapon proficiency and strength at the same time.

      • neo_firenze

         Really is one of the finest headlines I’ve ever seen. Bravo, Spencer!

  • Jesse Thompson

    That’s awful swell of him to advertise to the folks who won’t be buying it that they can still enjoy playing it if they’d like.  Very nice of him.

  • Monsley

    I’m one of those masochists out there who enjoyed FFII, so I’d love to have something like this in my collection… although at the moment I’d probably prefer to have $50,000 instead! :D

    Anyway, best headline ever.

  • Hits eBay instead of self…I love it.

  • WizardoftheBlueOrder

    Frank Cifaldi’s an awesome guy. I love his dedication to the archival and preservation of our gaming history and culture. (He’s also one of the editors of Gamasutra)

    That said, he resells prototypes and betas to recoup the money spent on obtaining them in the first place so that he can dump their ROMs. I mean, he knows that in doing so, he kills the value, but I respect that he feels that the preservation is more important than the collection.

    I hope this fetches him a good chunk of what he originally paid.

    (And for those who love a good story, read up on Bio Force Ape. I don’t think he’ll ever sell that one, just because it’s got such a good story behind it.)

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Square bought it back to resell on VC, XBLA, PSN.  

  • riceisnice

    Would someone mind explaining the headline? I don’t get it.

    • In the Famicom/NES version of Final Fantasy II hitting your own characters until they’re low on HP is one way (arguably the most efficient) way of leveling up.

  • Learii

    i remember same happen with final fantasy III in SNES but the game was  Final Fantasy VI

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  • Oni123

    Coooool *opens wallet* T.T ….want

  • Jirin

    Wow, I would totally make an offer for this if it weren’t, y’know, several months salary.

    But I’d totally go up to $200.  Too bad there’s some crazy collector out there who’s going to bid several thousand.

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