Plot. Many years on a Floating Continent, a technological civilization sought to harness the power of the four elemental crystals of the unnamed planet. But they could not control such power, and the world would have been covered in darkness if the crystals of light did not have their dark counterparts. The Dark Warriors restored harmony to the world at that time. One day, an earthquake opens a hidden cavern in the village of Ur, and four orphans go to explore it. They encounter the Wind Crystal, and they are chosen to be the Warriors of Light. They are granted powers and Job classes, and begin a journey to save the world from evil.
Gameplay. Final Fantasy III has players change to new classes when they obtain the power of the crystals. In the NES version, they start with the Onion Knight class, while in the DS, they're Freelancers. Unlike the first Final Fantasy in which they start with a class they choose, players have the choice of changing classes in this game. There are 23 different classes such as: Warrior, Thief, Summoner, Dragoon, and so on. The summoner class was first introduced in this game, and it will be an ongoing class for the rest of the series.
Music. Nobuo Uematsu is the composer of this game, and in the game's release it was his 21st composing. His music is even more epic than Takeharu Ishimoto's. My favorite music of the game, is the boss battle theme. Also I like the theme of the final battle when you fight against the Cloud of Darkness, the first female villain of the series.
Graphics. While the original NES game was 8-bit, the DS had enhanced it's graphics to 3D, and it also looked like the old Final Fantasy games on the PS1, however, there is no voice dialogue. So I would say that it's like playing a PS1 version of this game. But this game does not have a PS1 version, in which is a saying what I have previously stated. The first Final Fantasy game for the DS to have voice acting is, Final Fantasy IV.
Characters. In the NES version, the characters have no names. But in the DS version, the characters are named Luneth, Arc, Refia, and Ingus. Also, the recurring character of Cid makes a return, providing the party with an airship. The airship is named after the famous space ship from Star Trek, the Enterprise. In the Nintendo DS remake, Cid can help out the party in battle, either with a one-hit hammer attack or a casting of Fire. As with all ally characters, he attacks at random intervals, and his hammer attack hits a random target.
Rantings. The rantings as usual are the random encounters of the game. Sometimes you can't even run from a battle and you are forced to fight in some places. Also in the Nepto Shrine, I was kind of appalled that you had to shrink in order to get the statue's missing eye, because when your status is Mini, your physical attacks greatly decrease, boy that's a bummer. Also, the Enterprise is not an airship until the near end of the game.
Good Aspect. The storyline was good, and I also enjoyed the class changing system, which is in Final Fantasy V as well. Except that the only difference is, that in FF3, the crystals grant you power, but in FF5, the crystal shards gives players classes.
Overall. Final Fantasy III is a good game for both the NES and the NDS. This game gets an 8 out of 10