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Final Fantasy (series)

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The Final Fantasy series (Japanese: ファイナルファンタジー Fainaru Fantajī) is a series of role-playing games and the main part of the Final Fantasy franchise. The first game of the series is the Nintendo Entertainment System title, Final Fantasy, which was first released for the Famicom in 1987 before its North American release three years later, in 1990. There are currently fifteen games in the main Final Fantasy series. The series does not include direct follow-ups or spin-offs to these entries.

The titular first game of the series was named because it was thought to be Square's final RPG, although the game ironically saved the company. Soon enough, because of Final Fantasy, Square would become one of the most successful companies to develop and publish role-playing games. The Final Fantasy series is renowned for its high production, an involving story and its music. Despite the games being part of the same series and that the sequels are numbered by a roman numeral, there is no continuity and hardly any relation between the installments besides the role-playing genre. There are some recurring in-universe elements such as Chocobos, character classes, magic spells, certain music themes (like the title screen), and a character named Cid, which, aside from the name, is a different character in each installment.

Several main series installments have their own meta-series, such as Final Fantasy VII, which is part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII.


Game JP release NA release EU release
Final Fantasy December 18, 1987 July 12, 1990 March 14, 2003 (as Final Fantasy Origins)
Final Fantasy II December 17, 1988 July 24, 2007 February 8, 2008
Final Fantasy III April 27, 1990 November 14, 2006 (on Nintendo DS) N/A
Final Fantasy IV July 19, 1991 November 23, 1991 May 17, 2002 (as Final Fantasy Anthology)
Final Fantasy V December 6, 1992 September 30, 1999 February 27, 2002
Final Fantasy VI April 2, 1994 October 11, 1994 March 1, 2002
Final Fantasy VII January 31, 1997 September 7, 1997 November 12, 1997
Final Fantasy VIII February 11, 1999 September 9, 1999 October 27, 1999
Final Fantasy IX July 7, 2000 November 13, 2000 February 16, 2001
Final Fantasy X July 19, 2001 December 17, 2001 May 24, 2002
Final Fantasy XI May 16, 2002 March 23, 2004 September 17, 2004
Final Fantasy XII March 16, 2006 October 31, 2006 February 23, 2007
Final Fantasy XIII December 17, 2009 March 9, 2010 March 9, 2010
Final Fantasy XIV August 27, 2013 August 27, 2013 August 27, 2013
Final Fantasy XV November 29, 2016 November 29, 2016 November 29, 2016
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