Final Fantasy for Nintendo (NES)
Inspired by the success of Enix's Dragon Quest game, Square decided
to release a similarly styled role-playing game with a different theme
for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The title, Final Fantasy, debuted
on Japan's Famicom in 1987 to critical and fiscal success. Final
Fantasy's storyline, which dealt in mythological archetypes and
confusing time loops, was deeper and more engaging than the one that
powered the original Dragon Quest. Square's RPG also established
left-against-right turn-based battle and magic systems that have been
copied by competitors ever since.
In Final Fantasy, the tale begins when four young warriors, each
possessing a Crystal, are summoned to bring the world back to a
harmonious elemental balance. During their voyage, they discover a
nefarious entity has created turmoil in the structure of time in order
to take control of the world, causing the heroes to travel to places
they never imagined possible.