Final Fantasy III PSP Coming To North America Next Week

By Ishaan . September 21, 2012 . 12:25pm

Final Fantasy III, a port of the Nintendo DS version of the game for the PSP, was released in Japan this week. As you may recall, the game already has English text, even in the Japanese version, and it’s being released on PlayStation Network in North America next week.


The game will be available on PSN on September 25th. Final Fantasy III on PSP lets you switch between the new and original Famicom soundtrack, as well as an auto-battle option.

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  • Leon_Tekashi

    And now FF 1 through 9 could all be played on the PSP.

    • kupomogli

      “Technically” FF1-9 could already be played on the PSP.  Having that luxury is what hurt overall PSP game sales, unfortunately.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        Right, I should edit my post.

    • Spectacularity

      “And now FF 1 through 9 could all be legally played on the psp.”

  • Paradox me

    No retail release, eh? Suppose I’ll stick to the DS version, though the original music would have been nice.

  • I hope SE surprises us like this with type 0 announcement one day.

  • Manny Being Manny

    This is an instant buy for me… FF3 is the only FF I’ve never played.

    • kupomogli

      It’s not a very good game, NES or DS, so if you’re dead set on buying it, wait until it drops in price or is on sale.

      • Eliézer Dos Santos

        I think it’s the contrary: it’s a very good and fun game, traditional and with job system.

        • Manny Being Manny

          Thats all I care about, really. I love traditional JRPGs, and just never got around to this one since I didn’t have a DS and I didn’t want to play the old NES version. This gives me a great opportunity to play it, as long as it works on Vita.

          • Then go for it.
            I am on kupomogli’s side more, because while the traditional gameplay and the birth of the job system is quite worth playing I personally think it is one of the weaker Final Fantasy games.  It is still a step up from Final Fantasy II’s oddball leveling system if you were to judge by adjacent entries.

          • Barrylocke89

            For reasons that I’ve never been able to comprehend, I always liked FF3 a little more than FF5, even though 5 did the job system much better. It also helps that I personally think FF3 is the best JRPG from the NES era (Dragon Quest IV comes really close, but I’m not fond of the AI controlled allies in the original version)

            So yeah, it’s really worth a look in my book.

      • Bhunivelze

        I thought it was an amazing game. One of my favorites in the FF series. Speak for yourself. 

    • $36598391

       I would get it if it was in the classic Final Fantasy gameplay that 1-6 used, the PSP remakes of 1,2 and 4 were great

  • SirRichard

    Well, I suppose the option is nice and it’s a digital release so it doesn’t cost as much for them to put out. Maybe if it’s on a sale (and whenever it comes to the Euro PSN) I’ll grab it for my Vita one day.

  • Learii

    is it japanese voices with engilsh  sub or no?

    • Anime10121

       III didnt have voice acting, it had cutscenes (although VERY few in number), but it never had much in the way of voice acting.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    Well now, that was fast~.

  • Anime10121

    Oh wait a mother freking minute!  I first thought that the reason we’ve yet to receive type 0 was because Square wasnt releasing PSP games anymore, but to see that they are releasing this port, that is nothing but a copy of the DS game (with few added extras such as OST changing), this is disappointing.   Maybe if they actually released the PSP game everybody actually wanted, this would make more sense.  But I dont think anyone will honestly support this title (in fact I can guarantee most will probably pirate it out of spite), when the game they really want to buy, the one Square is ignoring fans cries for, has no sign of appearing on our shores.

    I know its easier to port a game, rather than translate a new title (with so many voice actors), but COME ON

    • Solomon_Kano

      Chill man. 

      With the game having already been in English and being digital-only, it’s not like they’ve got piracy to worry about and they didn’t have to expend much to bring it to the US. They only did this because it was so simple to do. Type-0 on the other hand is one of, if not the largest game in the PSP’s library. That would take a considerable deal more resources to localize and would be selling to an ever-decreasing PSP market with no shortage of pirates for every honest customer. It’s not about ignoring fans’ cries, it’s about doing what makes sense for them business-wise.

      As for nobody supporting it, well, I will. I don’t have a DS and I was hoping to have all of the FFs through 9 on my Vita.

      • DuskSharkEX

         Don’t forget FF10!

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh yea, that is coming to Vita. Keep forgetting since SE hasn’t said anything about in ages.

      • Anime10121

        I know I need to chill out a bit, but this just really sparked a nerve for some reason.  Maybe because like 2, 3, is generally held as one of the most lackluster titles in the series, and I think the only reason it originally sold so well on the DS is because it had never been released before on our shores, I bought it for the DS too, and while its similar to 1 and 5 in placing gameplay over plot, this game and 2 are the only FF’s I couldnt complete (2 because of its craptastic gameplay and 3 because it was honestly, just boring).

        I know that Type 0 is HUGE and has a LOT of voice actors that they’d have to hire for, but I still think they could give us “something” even if its reassurance of a Vita “remaster” of it that’s nothing more than an upscaled port to Vita that’s announced for Japan only, that would at least give us hope that the Vita version would release later. 

        Oh and I didnt literally mean no one will support it (I know that is what I said, but I kinda worded it more harshly than I should have out of anger), because I know there will be honest gamers such as yourself who haven’t played the game yet and will actually support it (I wont, but not because I will pirate it or anything, I just dont like the game at all). I also rebought most of the FF’s on PSN barring 2 and 3, but the facts are, the majority of PSP owners arent that honest, that’s why the platform failed, (anyone who claims its because of a lack of software is crazy, as PSP had tremendous support and great sales on software until “homebrew” really took off).  That’s why I feel it would have been all the more wiser to actually shift their support to Vita and 3DS, as those platforms have yet to be hacked, and have growing communities that actually have to support the games they like, rather than releasing this on PSP, which I just dont see  doing to well.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Thing is, it just doesn’t make sense for them to keep chasing Type-0. The PSP game isn’t coming, that much is certain. But would a Vita version even make sense? Spend all that money porting and localizing it, for what? A chance to crack maybe 100k? The Vita’s market is a small pool, there’s no guarantee that such an effort would be worth it. Would I love it if they did that? Hell yes. Can I see it happening? Not really. Falcom did as much with Zero no Kiseki Evolution, and that’s lovely. There are a number of devs doing PSP/Vita games as the PSP’s life winds down, but Type-0 I just can’t see.

          I do agree that SE would be better off moving on to the Vita and 3DS, and they seem to agree. KH3D, Theatrhythm, and Bravely Default all on 3DS and only one of those yet to be mentioned for localization. Considering that they’ve nothing else in the pipeline for 3DS, we’ll probably see that one anyway. On the Vita front, we’ve got a port in the pipeline. It’s not much, but it’s good to know they’re past the PSP. That’s at least a good thing for the future, since we won’t have worry about another SE game stuck on PSP moving forward.

          • Anime10121

            True, the Vita isnt quite setting the world on fire (in fact, I dont even have one yet, waiting on some real 3rd party support that isnt just ports of games we already have on PS3 or PSP). But I think that a Type 0 release on it would do MUCH better than 100k, even if its an exact port with nothing changed.  While Falcom probably only expect about 100k for Trails of Zero, I just see FF doing quite a bit better.

            I see it being the Vita’s first real system seller and selling at least 4-500k, the first month in the US, and selling probably half of that the first week in Japan, toss in Europe’s first month sales and I see this title easily breaking a million sold after its first month in all territories.  Final Fantasy (while not being as critically acclaimed as it used to be) is still much bigger than a 100K franchise, especially when you’re talking about something as anticipated and wanted as Type 0.

            While I agree that they have left the DS behind and fully embraced the 3DS.  It seems to me that they’ve yet to do the same for Vita and PSP.  They are still releasing games for PSP like Lord of Apocalypse (even though it also released on Vita, its nothing but a port of the PSP version, and still lacks an international release) and FFIII.  While the only Square game they’ve announced for Vita is yet again, a port of a PS2 title, and the only ones they’ve released are a port of a PSP title in a less than successful franchise (LoA), and Army Corps of Hell which was just published by Square.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Between Type-0’s PSP sales and it being a simultaneous PSN release as well as being part of the UMD Passport program, I just can’t see it making a lot of money as a Vita re-release. The game’s still less than a year old.

            In the US, it would certainly make something, but 4-500k? That sounds doubtful. Mind you, the internet always makes things sound bigger than they are. For all of the people on the internet making it seem like the world is dying for Type-0, that’s probably not the reality. In a world where KH couldn’t even crack 300k on 3DS in Japan, I can’t see FF doing that much on Vita outside of Japan. The 100k was in reference to how much it’d probably sell in Japan. Much as they love FF, I can’t see several hundred thousand people buying the game again on new hardware a year later when they can already play it on Vita. Outside of Japan? Sure it can do more than 100k, some 4-500k though? Unlikely.

            As for Vita and PSP, releasing two PSP games in the last year sounds like they’ve left it behind. Lord of Apocalypse and FF3 have been it. And FF3 was just a quick buck of a port. They haven’t embraced the Vita, but they’ve definitely left the PSP behind.

          • Anime10121

             Yeah, but the thing is, Final Fantasy has ALWAYS did better in Japan than Kingdom Hearts.  While Kingdom Hearts does sell a respectable amount there, Final Fantasy has always had top billing.  But you are right about Japan, I forgot it’s also playable as a PSN download, so it may only do around 100K there on Vita, but I’d still think people would be willing to purchase the title to have a physical Vita title (and they’d probably slap an HD on the title to get more people to pick it up).

            I still think it’d do about 4-500k in the US though, there hasn’t been a main Final Fantasy title released in the west that has done worse than that, spin offs maybe, but main titles (not talking specifically numbered ones, but the “big” FF titles) like XIII-2, Dissidia, Crisis Core, (both Dissidia and CCFFVII were released before the piracy boom on PSP) have all sold at least half a mil in the US.

            So even with Japan only seeing 100K and if the US and Europe only did 300K a piece (although I still think they’d do quite a bit better than that in the west), that’d still be 700K copies for a port, with nothing but localization to pay for.  But hey, me talking about how well it could do wont make Square release it, so I’ll just return to thinking we wont get it and be done :(

          • Solomon_Kano

            It has indeed, but I mentioned KH to say that a major franchise on the hottest system in the country couldn’t even push that much. You got the idea anyway though, so that’s that.

            It could potentially make that much, but it all depends on if Squenix gives it the marketing it would deserve and some other stuff. But, yea, us talking about it doesn’t get us any closer to seeing it. Still, maybe some day. If not, I can only hope that the people who were working on that English patch way back when finish it (they stopped when the entire internet erroneously reported that a localization was confirmed). I don’t encourage that type of stuff (puns!), but since they were already working on it, they might as well finish it. If they ever do bring us the game though, I will seriously buy two copies. That’s how damn bad I want it lol.

  • Solomon_Kano


    Well, whaddya know, looks like I’ll be able to have every FF 1-10 on my Vita eventually after all.

  • It’s good to see this will be released in North America. Let’s just hope it’ll also reach Europe! For me, though, I have to pass. I’ll probably import the Japanese physical version when I get paid next week. Physical forever! ^^

  • And still Type 0 is left in the dark.  ;_;

  • $36598391

    No Retail release?!,  screw you Square Enix!

    • Manny Being Manny

      UMD is a dead format. Why release it physical when the new system can’t play it?

      • $36598391

         I’m not getting a Vita just for that reason

    • omenaaa

      Buy the japanese umd version. It’s in english.

  • Ricardo Guedes

    i would buy the digital version anyway, just to play it on vita

  • majestix1988

    i am thinking they are thinking for FF-type zero PSN version if this game (FF3)
    successfully sold well on PSN….but still just my hunch on this decision of Square-enix

    so pray….if the game sell well on the PSN

  • Garcian Smith

    Has Anyone any information about an EU release?

  • Wasn’t necessarily expecting a retail release, but I was waiting just in case. Now I can feel safe in importing.

  • I love FF III! I always hate how III gets hardly any credit due to VI (the mix up). But for some reason I dont want this, but I think its because I wish that they would make a III where it would look like the PSP’s FF I, II, or IV. Just looks great (and better to me).

  • protofox

    already got it imported…cept i didnt know it was coming out here. but eh.. at least i got a real disk instead of a freaking file off psn.  i do love my box art. 

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