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Retro reflections: On The Final Fantasy Legend - my first handheld JRPG


Retro reflections by Matt S

For Australians, it wasn't always easy being a fan of JRPGs. In fact, it was almost impossible, without resorting to doing certain dodgy things with emulators and the like. So many JRPGs were never released in Australia. So many more of them, if they were released at all, were in such tiny numbers that it was easy to miss them. It was really only around the time of the PlayStation 2 that Australia started to see JRPG releases as frequently, and as prominently, as in other markets around the world.

I don’t know if The Final Fantasy Legend was ever released in Australia. If it was, it was one of those ultra limited releases that was impossible to find. Thankfully this was one I owned properly, after my dad thought it would be something that I would enjoy while on a trip to the US, and thankfully back in those days Nintendo wasn’t region locking its handheld consoles. So I was able to play The Final Fantasy Legend, and I played, and played, and played the thing. It was one of my few Game Boy games that I actually wore out to the point where it simply wouldn’t work any more.

Retro reflections: On The Final Fantasy Legend - my first handheld JRPG
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