Let’s Unbox The Final Fantasy VII Famicom Bootleg

By Spencer . May 11, 2013 . 9:58am

No, Square Enix never made Final Fantasy VII for the Famicom. A Chinese company took the story of the game and hacked Final Fantasy II to create a Final Fantasy VII demake. The cover is shiny and the manual (especially compared to other Famicom pirate carts) is surprisingly accurate.


Well, aside from the cover saying Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. The red text in Chinese simply says Final Fantasy VII.



Here’s a look at the manual which introduces all of the main characters. Since Yuffie and Vincent are secret characters they aren’t in the Famicom version.


ffv7 ffv6 ffv5 ffv4 ffv3 ffv1


While the Final Fantasy IV bootleg doesn’t have an accurate manual, it’s a lot more fun than Final Fantasy VII. The problem with the Final Fantasy VII demake is it’s incredibly unbalanced. Players have to spend an hour grinding just to get to take down the first boss in the Mako reactor. The random encounter rate is fairly high and if you’re unlucky you a regular group of enemies can overwhelm your party. The story has the essence of Final Fantasy VII, but of course lacks the cinematic presentation. This is a Famicom game after all and somehow most of the four disc game got crammed back in.

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  • Demake lol

  • fyi1191

    Is this a Collector’s item?

  • Ty Austin

    Worth pointing out if anyone is interested in playing this, someone is making really good progress on a patch that makes this game playable. Balance changes, sprite reworks, etc.

    • Barrylocke89

      I’d actually be interested in a “playable” version of this bootleg. Of course, I’d prefer for it to have a translation patch as well…

  • Neophoton

    I thought FFVII was three discs? Still looks oddly entertaining. I’d be willing to give it a spin.

    • Bobby Jennings

      4 discs originally iirc, then got turned to three for Greatest Hits?

      • Mike

        No, original was 3 discs; unless Japan got something different from the US. FF 8 and 9 both had 4 discs, though.

    • I have it for retail PC. It has 4 discs.

  • David García Abril

    My jaw is still on the floor…

  • TheExile285

    Lol china

    • Ereek

      You took the words out of my mouth.

  • Keima88

    Well thats an interesting idea. If remakes are to expensive why not make demakes then. I rather play a demake wich is a fresh new idea instead of a hd remastered game .

    • Ferrick

      its a bootleg… and its not even ffvii…

      • Keima88

        I am aware of that. (I know its pirated by China…)

        I found an interesting article after this.

        About a what if modern games are remade into 16 bit versions or older.

        I would certainly support/buy them.

        For example :

        • Guest

          that’s rpg maker…

          • Keima88

            Its just an example!

            And I am talking about a what if.
            Geez do I need to spell everything out?
            IF modern games are remade into 16 bit version by the original makers or fans. I would gladly buy/support/play them.

            What I mean to say is : it would be certainly interesting to imagine popular games today remade into the oldschool versions.

            For example I have bought zone of the enders HD collection. I enjoyed it of course. But what would the game be like if it was remade into a 2d side scrolling shooter? (with 16bit music and graphic)

          • Ferrick

            doesn’t matter if that’s just a drawing (?) or not, its still replicable in rpg maker

            even if its an interesting idea, it won’t do much because games like that already exist in the past, 16 bit COD ? Contra is your man (along with many other shooters in that era). 2d Side Scrolling shooter ZOE ? Gradius says hi.

          • Keima88

            Yeah and sarcasm says hi too.

            Wasnt that the idea? (see first post of mine)

            In short note my thought process :

            China pirated/demake FF7 game to famicom.

            Square enix said Final fantasy 7 remake would be too expensive. (in other old article)

            If the FF7 demake is done properly by fans or square enix, it would be certainly entertaining.

            Hopefully I made my point clear. (though I am quiet hurt that you assumed that I was not aware it was a bootleg >.<) But thanks to this article it really gives me new ideas about how games can be reimagined.

          • Ferrick

            Well its not impossible to do so, and like i said before it can be replicated into RPG maker (specifically for RPGs, not sure about other genres), but the thing is, it will take loads of time to do, like for example, it took me 5 months just to code my RPGMaker project to become a “Pseudo” ‘Tales Of’ Game (pretty much a small rpg which adapts Tales of Eternia’s battle system).

            I could try to remake FF7 on RPGMaker, but sadly i don’t have the time or even the knowledge to do so anymore >.<… but i'm sure that someone along the line would eventually do so

  • Would totally buy if it was in japanese or english

  • Go2hell66

    i’d buy it

  • Visa Vang

    As long as it doesn’t explodes, I think this demake is awesome.

  • Ni

    A gem of the polystation lol

  • Sergio Briceño

    “if you are unlucky a regular group of enemies can overwhelm you party”.

    Sounds like my kind of game.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Square Enix never made FFVII for the Famicom… it was Square Soft!

    • Detrimont

      still didnt make it

      • MrSirFeatherFang

        I just used the fact that they hacked the FFII cartridge, that why I said Square Soft lol

  • notforsale

    Bootleg or not, at least it IS a “remake” of Final Fantasy 7. I would probably buy this if it was on the psn for lols.

    This would be good for an anniversary special release or something like that.

  • RablaAndrews

    At least the Final Fantasy IV one was rather impressive. This one just sounds bad.

    Props to whoever was in charge of the manual though, he nailed it.

  • There is actually a translation / “fix” of this game underway: http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php?topic=12466.0

  • rockman29

    Three disc game…

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