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Box artwork for Final Fantasy II.
Box artwork for Final Fantasy II.
Final Fantasy II
Year released1988
System(s)NES, WonderSwan Color, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS
Preceded byFinal Fantasy
Followed byFinal Fantasy III
SeriesFinal Fantasy
ModesSingle player
Rating(s)CERO All ages
Final Fantasy II
Year released2002
System(s)PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Rating(s)CERO All ages
Final Fantasy II Pixel Remaster
Publisher(s)Square Enix
Year released2021
System(s)iOS, Android, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
LinksFinal Fantasy II at PCGamingWikiFinal Fantasy II ChannelSearchSearch
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For the North American SNES game, see Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy II (ファイナルファンタジーII Fainaru Fantajī Tsū?) is a fantasy RPG developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) in 1988 for the Famicom as the second installment of the Final Fantasy series. The game has received numerous enhanced remakes for the WonderSwan Color, the Sony PlayStation, the Game Boy Advance, the PSP, and multiple mobile and smartphone types. As neither this game nor Final Fantasy III were initially released outside of Japan, Final Fantasy IV was originally released in North America as Final Fantasy II, so as not to confuse players. The most recent releases of the game are enhanced versions for the iOS and Android, which were released worldwide in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

The game's story centers on four youths whose parents were killed during an army invasion by the empire of Palamecia, who are using hellspawn to conquer the world. Three of the four main characters join a rebellion against the empire, embarking on missions to gain new magic and weapons, destroy enemy superweapons, and rescue leading members of the resistance. The Game Boy Advance remake adds a bonus story after the game is completed.

Final Fantasy II introduced many elements that would later become staples of the Final Fantasy franchise, including chocobos and the recurring character Cid. It also eliminated the traditional experience point leveling system of the previous and later games in the series, instead introducing an activity-based progression system where the characters' statistics increase according to how they are used or acquired. Despite being a sequel to Final Fantasy, the game includes no characters or locations from the first game. Final Fantasy II received little attention at the time from non-Japanese reviewers, though its remakes have garnered favorable reviews.

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