Final Fantasy Legend 3

Scan of North America box art - front
NA box front

Scan of North America box art - back
NA box back

Scan of Japanese box art
Japan box front


Final Fantasy Legend 3 is an RPG by Squaresoft, released for Game Boy in 1990. FFL3 was the final segment of the Final Fantasy Legend series on Gameboy. The game offers many changes that are unlike its Final Fantasy Legend brothers. The battle system has been totally changed around to a style that is more reminisce of Final Fantasy.
FFL3's original Japanese name is SaGa 3. Sound familiar? Ever heard of SaGa Frontier for the Sony Playstation? SaGa Frontier is SaGa 7. Here's a list of all the SaGa games to make things more clear:
      • SaGa 1 (Game Boy)
      • SaGa 2 (Game Boy)
      • SaGa 3 (Game Boy)
      • Romancing SaGa (SNES) a.k.a. SaGa 4
      • Romancing SaGa 2 (SNES) a.k.a. SaGa 5
      • Romancing SaGa 3 (SNES) a.k.a. SaGa 6
      • SaGa Frontier (Playstation) a.k.a. SaGa 7
      • SaGa Frontier 2 (Playstation) a.k.a. SaGa 8
      • Unlimited SaGa (Playstation 2) a.k.a. SaGa 9  
Note: All but the Romancing SaGa titles were released here in the US.
Final Fantasy Legend 2 Re-release
In 1998, Sunsoft got the license for Final Fantasy Legend 1-3 and re-released them again for Game Boy. These re-releases contained nothing new, besides Sunsoft's logo on the box and cart. The images over there are Final Fantasy Legend 3's box front and box back, and SaGa 3's box front.
SaGa 3 DS, front of the boxSaGa 3 for Nintendo DS
In September 2010, Square-Enix released the 3D remake of SaGa 3 (Final Fantasy Legend 3) for the Nintendo DS under the title “SaGa 3 Jiku no Hasha: Shadow or Light.” Like the SaGa 2 remake for Nintendo DS, this release is another beautiful cel-shaded 3D experience. Battles are not random. Rather, like in SaGa 4-8 you see enemies running around and touching them enters a battle. The dual screens allow for a better organized gaming experience. For example, you always see a map of the area you're exploring. And in battle you always see relevant information on display. A highlighted new feature is the inclusion of special attacks. Just like in SaGa Frontier, your characters learn special techniques as you continuously have them attack. This is a much welcomed feature because, previously, mutants were the only ones who learned new attacks (new magic) as they leveled up. In August 2013 this remake was fully translated to English by fans for fans (which you can download in the Downloads page).

StorylineArtwork of an enemy

An epic through time and space. Millenia ago, a fierce battle was waged for control of an idyllic world known as Pureland. After much fighting, the brave warriors of Pureland were protectively sealed in their own dimension, away from the rest of the universe. This was done by means of Talon, a powerful space craft capable of traveling through both time and space. Centuries have passed and the would-be Masters of Pureland have managed to create a rift in the galaxy, sending the Pureland Water Entity to devour all that stands in its path. You must journey though past, present, and future to find the 13 pieces of the now-divided Talon. Only then you can save the universe from total destruction.

Battle System

Things are different here in Final Fantasy Legend 3 than with its Final Fantasy Legend brothers. Instead of listing how many monsters are in a group, you can actually see each monster in their groups and attack which ever one you want. That also leads to another disadvantage when it comes to spells: when you attack a whole group with one spell, the more monsters that are targeted the less powerful the spell is. If a character falls in battle, they are automatically revived with 1 HP after the battle. Your characters can eat monster meat to turn into a monster, or install robot parts to turn into a robot (in Final Fantasy Legend 1+2 this feature was only available to monsters). And weapons now have infinite uses! All the other features and characteristics in the battles is typical RPG stuff so there isn't more to say.

Tips & Strategy

Artwork of a deadly enemyWhen you start a new game I suggest to keep on practicing in the simulation machine. Make sure to buy all the spells, the best armor, and the best weapons in the town before you leave. And whatever you do, never eat meat or install parts after a battle! Turning one of your members into a monster or a robot makes them weaker and replaces their magic with monster/robot abilities. Having the most expensive armor and weapons you can buy at any moment is the best thing to do if you want your battles with "end bosses" to be quick, because they have loads of HP! So to do that you're going to be spending quite a bit of time running around collecting GP. The best spell in the game is Stone. It automatically kills an enemy, and gives you experience for it too. Exit and Exit 2 automatically kill the enemy as well, but it doesn't give you any experience. The strongest spell in the game is Flare, which can be obtained by combining two fire stones.

My Opinion

Final Fantasy Legend 3 is definitely different from its Final Fantasy Legend brothers. The storyline is much more involved and detailed with more dialogue than before. Supporting characters play more of an active role. The battles are slower, but they have more eye candy to go along with the action. A neat new feature is the ability to jump, which adds a whole new level of gameplay for dungeons by requiring you to jump or fall through holes to gain items and/or proceed deeper into dungeons. The worlds you explore are more detailed and interactive than before. Final Fantasy Legend 3 is alright to play for the first time, and maybe the second, but I don't think it has much replay value.

My Final Fantasy Legend III ComicFinal Fantasy Legend 3 Comic

Hehe, well, I didn't have anywhere else to put this. I was bored one day at work.Click the thumbnail to view it.

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