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Final Fantasy (ファイナルファンタジー) is the first game in the Final Fantasy series. At first, the game was not expected to be the huge hit it really was. The game was Square's first big success and establish them as a company that could do well in the gaming market.
Originally released on the Family Computer in Japan, the game would later be ported to the MSX2 home computer, translated into English on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and remade several times on such consoles as the PlayStation, WonderSwan Color, PlayStation Portable, and Smartphones using iOS and Android. The game has also been compiled with its sequel, Final Fantasy II, as Final Fantasy I•II for the Family Computer, Final Fantasy Origins for the PlayStation, and Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls for the Game Boy Advance.
Final Fantasy (unlike many later titles in the series) does not have any pre-defined characters. Instead, at the beginning of the game, the player has the option to choose classes for each of the four characters in the party. The classes available to the party are as follows:
The physically strongest of the classes, Fighter is able to equip the strongest weapons and armor, and after class change can use low levels of white magic.
Thief is the fastest of all the classes, usually being the one who enables the party to flee. He is able to use decent weapons, and after class change can use low levels of black magic.
- Black Mage
Black Mage is usually considered "evil", for his uses of magic are often for dark and destructive purposes. He can eventually use any black magic spell, and usually has the lowest HP.
- Red Mage
Red Mage is probably the most well-balanced of the classes, considering that he can use decent weapons and armor, can use both white and black magic, and has the most average stats.
- White Mage
White Mage is a healer, and can eventually use any white magic spell. White Mages can only use blunt objects such as hammers.
- Black Belt
Black Belt is a bare-handed fighting machine. Eventually, he can surpass the fighter class in strength, but he can only equip weak armour, such as cloth and cap.
When the party brings a rat tail to Bahamut as proof of their courage, their character classes are upgraded, allowing more equipment and skill choices. The list is as follows:
- Fighter -> Knight
Allows low-level white magic.
- Thief -> Ninja
Allows low-level black magic.
- Black Mage -> Black Wizard
Allows all black magic.
- White Mage -> White Wizard
Allows all white magic.
- Red Mage -> Red Wizard
Allows more advanced white and black magic (still not all, though).
- Black Belt -> Master