Hands on Final Fantasy III DS

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Earlier today we got to spend sometime checking out Square-Enix’s demo of Final Fantasy III DS. This isn’t the story of Terra, Locke and Celes. Instead this is a remake of the lost NES / Famicom classic that never made it over to the states. As you can see from the screenshots Final Fantasy III DS is entirely in 3D, a huge step up from the NES graphics. The demo we played had a dungeon, battles and a giant adamantoise like turtle at the end.  Combat is traditional Final Fantasy style where all of your heroes are on side of the battle field and the monsters on the other. Players could use either the D-pad or the stylus to select menu options and targets. The stylus is also used for directing a character to move around the map. Like the original, the gameplay is basic compared to future iterations of the Final Fantasy franchise. You can select fight, magic, guard, and use items. If the game retains the same NES status there are job specific skills, but we did not get a chance to try them out. The only job available was “Freelancer” it is what seems to be the equivalent of the basic Onion Kid job. The last battle against the giant turtle was an easy win by using Antarctic Wind items that were found scattered in the level. Check below for some new screenshots of FFIII in action.

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