|Music of Final Fantasy|
The music of the video game Final Fantasy III was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. Final Fantasy III Original Sound Version, a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by Square Co./NTT Publishing in 1991, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing in 1994 and 2004. The soundtrack to the remake of Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS, Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack was released by NTT Publishing in 2006, with revamped versions of the tracks and additional tracks. A vocal arrangement album entitled Final Fantasy III Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu, or literally Final Fantasy III Legend of the Eternal Wind, contained a selection of musical tracks from the game. The tracks were performed by Nobuo Uematsu and Dido, a duo composed of Michiaki Kato and Shizuru Ohtaka. The album was released by Data M in 1990 and by Polystar in 1994.
A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.
Final Fantasy III is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Family Computer. The third installment in the Final Fantasy series, it was released in 1990. It is the first numbered Final Fantasy game to feature the job-change system. The story revolves around four orphaned youths drawn to a crystal of light. The crystal grants them some of its power, and instructs them to go forth and restore balance to the world. Not knowing what to make of the crystal's pronouncements, but nonetheless recognizing the importance of its words, the four inform their adoptive families of their mission and set out to explore and bring back balance to the world.
Nobuo Uematsu is a Japanese video game composer, best known for scoring most of the titles in the Final Fantasy series by Square Enix. He is considered to be one of the most well known composers in the video game industry. Sometimes referred to as the "Beethoven of video games music", he has appeared five times in the top 20 of the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame.
The music received positive reviews from critics, and is lauded as one of the best soundtracks of any NES game. Several pieces from the soundtrack remain popular today, and have been performed numerous times in Final Fantasy orchestral concert series such as the Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy concert series and the Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy series. Music from the game has also been published in arranged albums and compilations by Square as well as outside groups.
Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix that includes video games, motion pictures, and other merchandise. The original Final Fantasy video game, published in 1987, is a role-playing video game developed by Square, spawning a video game series that became the central focus of the franchise. The primary composer of music for the main series was Nobuo Uematsu, who single-handedly composed the soundtracks for the first nine games, as well as directing the production of many of the soundtrack albums. Music for the spin-off series and main series games beginning with Final Fantasy X was created by a variety of composers including Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, and Kumi Tanioka, as well as many others.
|Final Fantasy III Original Sound Version|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||July 15, 1991|
November 26, 1994 (re-release)
October 1, 2004 (re-release)
|Label|| Square Co./NTT Publishing |
NTT Publishing (re-release)
Final Fantasy III Original Sound Version is a soundtrack album of video game music from Final Fantasy III. The album contains the musical tracks from the game, composed by Nobuo Uematsu. It spans 44 tracks and covers a duration of 54:24. It was released on July 15, 1991, by Square and NTT Publishing. Final Fantasy III has been described as the game in which Uematsu's musical style "began to take a more definite form". Many of the tracks in the soundtrack use "cascading rhythms" in both the foreground and background sounds, as well as a bass rhythm, pushing the limited sound hardware of the Nintendo Entertainment System further than in Final Fantasy II .
A soundtrack, also written sound track, can be recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, book, television program, or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film, video, or television presentation; or the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at 33 1⁄3 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.
Video game music is the soundtrack that accompanies video games. Early video game music was once limited to simple melodies of early sound synthesizer technology. These limitations inspired the style of music known as chiptunes, which combines simple melodic styles with more complex patterns or traditional music styles, and became the most popular sound of the first video games.
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The tunes range in style, including "jazzy" and "new age", and in tempo from slow, somber pieces to more upbeat rhythms. Including the smaller pieces not included in the original soundtrack, Final Fantasy III contained twice as many pieces as the soundtrack to Final Fantasy II.The original release bears the catalog number N23D-002. It was re-released on November 26, 1994 and again on October 1, 2004 by NTT Publishing under the catalog numbers PSCN-5013 and NTCP-5013, respectively.
Final Fantasy III Original Sound Version sold over 5,300 copies, and was well received by critics.Ben Schweitzer of RPGFan felt that it was "one of the strongest soundtracks" of any NES game, a sentiment that Patrick Gann of RPGFan agreed with. Gann further declared the main theme "Eternal Wind" to "quite possibly be the best world map music" in a video game. Jon Turner of Soundtrack Central felt that, although the sound limitations of the album detracted it in the eyes of many listeners, the album was still well worth the purchase. Dave of Square Enix Music Online, however, disagreed, feeling that, although it was "charming", it was "one of the weaker Final Fantasy albums".
|1.||"The Prelude"||プレリュード (Pureryūdo)||0:48|
|2.||"Crystal Cave ("Cave Where the Crystal Is")"||クリスタルのある洞窟 (Kurisutaru no aru Dōkutsu)||1:40|
|3.||"Battle 1 ~ Fanfare"||バトル1～ファンファーレ (Batoru 1 ~ Fanfāre)||1:53|
|4.||"Crystal Room"||クリスタルルーム (Kurisutaru Rūmu)||0:28|
|5.||"Opening Theme"||オープニングテーマ (Ōpuningu Tēma)||1:26|
|6.||"My Home Town ("Hometown Ur")"||故郷の街ウル (Kokyō no Machi Uru)||1:43|
|7.||"Eternal Wind"||悠久の風 (Yūkyū no Kaze)||2:06|
|8.||"Jinn, the Fire ("Djinn's Curse")"||ジンの呪い (Jin no Noroi)||1:14|
|9.||"The Dungeon"||ダンジョン (Danjon)||1:07|
|10.||"Return of the Warrior ("Return of the Hero")"||勇者の帰還 (Yūsha no Kikan)||1:02|
|11.||"The Way to the Top"||山頂への道 (Sanchō e no Michi)||0:41|
|12.||"Cute Little Tozas ("Village of Little People, Tozas")"||小人の村トーザス (Shōnin no Mura Tōzasu)||1:00|
|13.||"Shrine of Nept"||ネプト神殿 (Neputo Shinden)||0:57|
|14.||"Sailing Enterprise ("Enterprise Sails the Ocean")"||エンタープライズ海を行く (Entāpuraizu Umi o Yuku)||1:01|
|15.||"Living Forest"||生きている森 (Ikiteiru Mori)||0:43|
|16.||"Time Remains ("Village of the Ancients")"||古代人の村 (Kodaijin no Mura)||1:45|
|17.||"Chocobos! ("Chocobo's Theme")"||チョコボのテーマ (Chokobo no Tēma)||0:38|
|18.||"Big Chocobo! ("Fat Chocobo Uncovered")"||でぶチョコボあらわれる (Debu Chokobo Arawareru)||0:28|
|19.||"Tower of Owen"||オーエンの塔 (Ōen no Tō)||1:04|
|20.||"Veggies of Geasal ("Gysahl Greens")"||ギザールの野菜 (Gizāru no Yasai)||0:44|
|21.||"Castle of Hain"||ハインの城 (Hain no Shiro)||1:22|
|22.||"Battle 2"||バトル2 (Batoru 2)||1:39|
|23.||"The Requiem"||レクイエム (Rekuiemu)||0:37|
|24.||"Go Above the Clouds! ("The Enterprise Flies Through the Sky")"||エンタープライズ空を飛ぶ (Entāpuraizu Sora o Tobu)||0:44|
|25.||"The Boundless Ocean"||果てしなき大海原 (Hateshinaki Ōunabara)||1:17|
|26.||"Elia, the Maiden of Water"||水の巫女エリア (Mizu no Miko Eria)||1:21|
|27.||"Town of Water ("Town of Amur")"||アムルの街 (Amuru no Machi)||1:06|
|28.||"Let's Play the Piano! ("Piano Practice 1")"||ピアノのおけいこ1 (Piano no Okeiko 1)||0:11|
|29.||"Let's Play the Piano Again! ("Piano Practice 2")"||ピアノのおけいこ2 (Piano no Okeiko 2)||0:06|
|30.||"Swift Twist"||スイフト・ツイスト (Suifuto Tsuisuto)||0:38|
|31.||"Good Ol' Fellows ("Theme of the Four Old Guys")"||4人組じいさんのテーマ (Yonnin-kumi Jī-san no Tēma)||0:34|
|32.||"In the Covert Town ("Hidden Town of Falgabard")"||隠れ村ファルガバード (Kakure Mura Farugabādo)||1:00|
|33.||"Salonia ("Giant Metropolis Salonia")"||巨大都市サロニア (Kyodai Toshi Saronia)||1:40|
|34.||"Deep Under the Water ("The Submarine Nautilus")"||潜水艦ノーチラス (Sensuikan Nōchirasu)||1:53|
|35.||"Beneath the Horizon ("Undersea Shrine")"||海底神殿 (Kaitei Shinden)||1:25|
|36.||"Let Me Know the Truth ("Doga and Unne's Home")"||ドーガとウネの館 (Dōga to Une no Tachi)||0:55|
|37.||"Lute of Noah"||ノアのリュート (Noa no Ryūto)||0:20|
|38.||"Good Morning! ("Unne's Morning Exercise")"||ウネの体操 (Une Taisō)||0:30|
|39.||"The Invincible ("Giant Battleship Invincible")"||巨大戦艦インビンシブル (Kyodai Senkan Inbinshiburu)||1:24|
|40.||"Forbidden Land ("Forbidden Land Eureka")"||禁断の地エウレカ (Kindan no Chi Eureka)||0:49|
|41.||"The Crystal Tower"||クリスタルタワー (Kurisutaru Tawā)||1:14|
|42.||"The Dark Crystals"||闇のクリスタル (Yami no Kurisutaru)||1:43|
|43.||"This is the Last Battle ("Final Struggle to the Death")"||最後の死闘 (Saigo no Shitō)||2:21|
|44.||"The Everlasting World ("Ending Theme")"||エンディングテーマ (Endingu Tēma)||6:44|
|Final Fantasy III Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||May 25, 1990|
March 25, 1994 (re-release)
Final Fantasy III Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu(ファイナルファンタジーIII 悠久の風伝説Fainaru Fantajī Surī Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu, lit. Final Fantasy III Legend of the Eternal Wind) is an arranged album containing a selection of vocal and arranged musical tracks from the game interspersed with English narration of a story similar to Final Fantasy III. The songs were performed by Nobuo Uematsu and sung by Dido, a duo composed of Michiaki Kato and Shizuru Ohtaka. The tunes have been described as being in the Romantic music style, with a slow feeling to them. The seven tracks of the album spans several genres, including orchestral tracks, tribal themes, and vocal tracks, and cover a duration of 52:32. The album was first released on May 25, 1990 by Data M and subsequently re-released on March 25, 1994 by Polystar. The original release bears the catalog number PSCX-1005, and the re-release bears the catalog number PSCR-5252.
Romantic music is a period of Western classical music that began in the late 18th or early 19th century. It is related to Romanticism, the Western artistic and literary movement that arose in the second half of the 18th century, and Romantic music in particular dominated the Romantic movement in Germany.
Final Fantasy III Yuukyuu no Kaze Densetsu sold over 32,000 copies, and was received positively by critics, with Patrick Gann declaring that it was worth "searching long and hard" for the album.Ben Martin, Jason Strohmaier, and Aaron Lau of Soundtrack Central all agreed, finding the songs to be varied and interesting, though each added that the narration seriously detracted from the album. Dave of Square Enix Music Online also found the narration to be a flaw of the album, but termed it overall to be "a great effort from Nobuo Uematsu".
|1.||"The Evil Power of the Underworld (Evil Quickening)"||邪悪の胎動 (Jāku no Taidō)||6:39|
|2.||"Following the Wind (Apocalypse of Wind)"||風の啓示 (Kaze no Keiji)||8:56|
|3.||"Montage (Wandering Journey)"||彷徨の旅路 (Hōkō no Tabiji)||8:49|
|4.||"Their Spiritual Leader (Its Brilliant Radiance)"||その大いなる輝き (Sono Ōinaru Kagayaki)||9:28|
|5.||"Ebb and Flow (The Balance of Yin and Yang)"||陰と陽の攻防 (In to Yō no Kōbō)||5:14|
|6.||"The Dark Cloud (A Wicked Craving)"||凶々しき渇望 (Kyōgyōshiki Katsubō)||4:15|
|7.||"Rebirth (A New World)"||新たなる世界 (Aratanaru Sekai)||9:05|
|Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||September 20, 2006|
Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack is a soundtrack released for the remake of Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS. The album contains the original tracks from the game rearranged by Tsuyoshi Sekito and Keiji Kawamori for the DS system, as well as two remixes, one from The Black Mages and the other by Yasuhiro Yamanaka, the synth operator for the soundtrack. The album also included a DVD containing the opening full motion video sequence of the game, a promotional video, and an interview with the game's staff. It was released on September 20, 2006 by Square Enix and bears the catalog numbers SQEX-10076~7. The soundtrack disc contains 61 tracks and covers a duration of 70:56., while the DVD's three tracks have a length of 28:24.
Final Fantasy III Original Soundtrack sold over 17,800 copies.It received mixed reviews from critics, with Patrick Gann declaring that "even if you own the original Famicom version's soundtrack, there is plenty of reason to own this soundtrack alongside it," while Richard of Square Enix Music Online found it to be a "passable" album, but "mostly forgettable".
|1.||"Memory of the Wind ~Legend of the Eternal Wind~"||風の追憶 ～悠久の風伝説～ (Kaze no Tsuioku ~Yūkyū no Kaze Densetsu~)||3:01|
|3.||"The Cave Where the Crystal Lies"||クリスタルのある洞窟 (Kurisutaru no aru Dōkutsu)||1:13|
|4.||"Battle 1"||バトル1 (Batoru 1)||1:32|
|6.||"Crystal Room"||クリスタルルーム (Kurisutaru Rūmu)||0:32|
|7.||"Opening Theme"||オープニング・テーマ (Ōpuningu Tēma)||1:52|
|8.||"Hometown of Ur"||故郷の街ウル (Kokyō no Machi Uru)||1:29|
|9.||"Eternal Wind"||悠久の風 (Yūkyū no Kaze)||1:41|
|10.||"Jinn's Curse"||ジンの呪い (Jin no Noroi)||1:10|
|12.||"Return of the Hero"||勇者の帰還 (Yūsha no Kikan)||0:53|
|13.||"Road to the Summit"||山頂への道 (Sanchō e no Michi)||1:28|
|15.||"Nepto Shrine"||ネプト神殿 (Neputo Shinden)||0:51|
|16.||"Sailing the Enterprise"||エンタープライズ海を行く (Entāpuraizu Umi o Yuku)||1:15|
|17.||"Living Forest"||生きている森 (Ikiteiru Mori)||0:55|
|18.||"Village of the Ancients"||古代人の村 (Kodaijin no Mura)||1:51|
|19.||"Chocobo Theme"||チョコボのテーマ (Chokobo no Tēma)||0:45|
|20.||"Fat Chocobo Appears"||でぶチョコボあらわる (Debu Chokbo Arawaru)||0:54|
|21.||"Tower of Owen"||オーエンの塔 (Ōen no Tō)||0:52|
|22.||"Gishal's Veggies"||ギサールの野菜 (Gisāru no Yasai)||0:37|
|23.||"Hyne's Castle"||ハインの城 (Hain no Shiro)||1:14|
|24.||"Dangerous Short Music 1"||危険なショートミュージック1 (Kiken na Shōto Myūjikku 1)||0:35|
|25.||"Dangerous Short Music 2"||危険なショートミュージック2 (Kiken na Shōto Myūjikku 2)||0:33|
|26.||"Dangerous Short Music 3"||危険なショートミュージック3 (Kiken na Shōto Myūjikku 3)||0:23|
|27.||"Battle 2"||バトル2 (Batoru 2)||1:44|
|29.||"Flying the Enterprise"||エンタープライズ空を飛ぶ (Entāpuraizu Sora o Tobu)||1:10|
|30.||"The Boundless Ocean"||果てしなき大海原 (Hateshinaki Ōunabara)||1:22|
|31.||"Elia, the Maiden of Water"||水の巫女エリア (Mizu no Miko Eria)||2:05|
|32.||"Town of Amur"||アムルの街 (Amuru no Machi)||1:25|
|33.||"Piano Practice 1"||ピアノのおけいこ1 (Piano no Okeiko 1)||0:12|
|34.||"Piano Practice 2"||ピアノのおけいこ2 (Piano no Okeiko 2)||0:07|
|35.||"Swift Twist"||スイフト・ツイスト (Suifuto Tsuisuto)||0:35|
|36.||"Rest at the Inn"||宿屋で寝る (Yadoya de Neru)||0:10|
|37.||"A Comrade Joins"||仲間を加える (Nakama o Kuwaeru)||0:09|
|38.||"A Comrade Leaves"||仲間との別れ (Nakama to no Wakare)||0:09|
|39.||"A Dancer's Dance"||踊り子のダンス (Odoriko no Dansu)||0:16|
|40.||"Item Get"||アイテムゲット (Aitemu Getto)||0:07|
|41.||"Garuda Defeated"||ガルーダ撃破 (Garūda Gekiha)||0:10|
|42.||"Theme of the Four Old Men"||4人組じいさんのテーマ (Yonnin-kumi Jī-san no Tēma)||0:51|
|43.||"The Hidden Village of Fargabaad"||隠れ村ファルガバード (Kakure Mura Farugabādo)||1:24|
|44.||"The Megalopolis of Salonia"||巨大都市サロニア (Kyodai Toshi Saronia)||1:05|
|45.||"The Submarine Nautilus"||潜水艦ノーチラス (Sensuikan Nōchirasu)||1:18|
|46.||"Underwater Temple"||海底神殿 (Kaitei Shinden)||1:09|
|47.||"Dorga and Unne's Mansion"||ドーガとウネの館 (Dōga to Une no Tachi)||1:05|
|48.||"Noah's Lute"||ノアのリュート (Noa no Ryūto)||0:35|
|49.||"Unne's Exercises"||ウネの体操 (Une no Taisō)||0:31|
|50.||"The Huge Battleship Invincible"||巨大戦艦インビンシブル (Kyodai Senkan Inbinshiburu)||0:55|
|51.||"The Forbidden Land Eureka"||禁断の地エウレカ (Kindan no Chi Eureka)||1:15|
|52.||"Crystal Tower"||クリスタルタワー (Kurisutaru Tawā)||1:05|
|53.||"The Dark Crystals"||闇のクリスタル (Yami no Kurisutaru)||1:03|
|54.||"The Final Battle -1-"||最後の死闘-1- (Saigo no Shitō -1-)||0:37|
|55.||"The Final Battle -2-"||最後の死闘-2- (Saigo no Shitō -2-)||0:26|
|56.||"The Final Battle -3-"||最後の死闘-3- (Saigo no Shitō -3-)||1:22|
|57.||"Ending Theme -1-"||エンディング・テーマ-1- (Endingu Tēma -1-)||1:24|
|58.||"Ending Theme -2-"||エンディング・テーマ-2- (Endingu Tēma -2-)||2:50|
|59.||"Ending Theme -3-"||エンディング・テーマ-3- (Endingu Tēma -3-)||3:44|
|60.||"Eternal Wind -.333 mix-"||悠久の風 -.333 mix- (Yūkyū no Kaze -.333 mix-)||3:36|
|61.||"The Final Battle -THE BLACK MAGES Ver.-"||最後の死闘 -THE BLACK MAGES Ver.- (Saigo no Shitō -THE BLACK MAGES ver.-)||4:55|
|1.||"Opening Movie"||Ōpuningu Mūbi|
|2.||"On Sale Promotion Video"||Hatsubaiki Puromōshon Bideo|
|3.||"Special Interview ~Final Fantasy III Anecdote~"||Supesharu Intabyū ~FINAL FANTASY III Anecdote~|
The Black Mages, a band led by Nobuo Uematsu that arranges music from Final Fantasy video games into a rock music style, have arranged two pieces from Final Fantasy III. These are "The Rocking Grounds" from the album The Skies Above , published in 2004, and "KURAYAMINOKUMO", a remix of "The Final Struggle", from Darkness and Starlight , published in 2008.Lyrical versions of "The Boundless Ocean" and "Elia, the Maiden of Water", sung by Risa Ohki, appeared on Final Fantasy: Pray , a compilation album produced by Square. Additionally, lyrical versions of "Eternal Wind" and "Cute Little Tozas", sung by Risa Ohki and Ikuko Noguchi, appeared on Final Fantasy: Love Will Grow .
The music of Final Fantasy III has also appeared in various official concerts and live albums, such as 20020220 music from FINAL FANTASY, a live recording of an orchestra performing music from the series including several pieces from the game.Additionally, "Elia, the Water Maiden" was performed as part of a medley by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy concert tour, while "Eternal Wind" and "Cute Little Tozas" were performed in a medley by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in the Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy concert series. The Black Mages performed "The Final Battle" at the Extra: Hyper Game Music Event 2007 concert in Tokyo on July 7, 2007. Independent but officially licensed releases of Final Fantasy III music have been composed by such groups as Project Majestic Mix, which focuses on arranging video game music. Selections also appear on Japanese remix albums, called dojin music , and on English remixing websites.
Masashi Hamauzu is a Japanese composer, arranger, pianist, and lyricist. Hamauzu, who was employed at Square Enix from 1996 to 2010, was best known during that time for his work on the Final Fantasy and SaGa video game series. Born into a musical family in Germany, Hamauzu was raised in Japan. He became interested in music while in kindergarten, and took piano lessons from his parents.
Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix that includes video games, motion pictures, and other merchandise. The series began in 1987 as an eponymous role-playing video game developed by Square, spawning a video game series that became the central focus of the franchise. The music of the Final Fantasy series refers to the soundtracks of the Final Fantasy series of video games, as well as the surrounding medley of soundtrack, arranged, and compilation albums. The series' music ranges from very light background music to emotionally intense interweavings of character and situation leitmotifs.
The Black Mages were a Japanese instrumental rock band formed in 2002 by Nobuo Uematsu, Kenichiro Fukui and Tsuyoshi Sekito, who were three video game composers for Square Enix. The band arranged Uematsu's Final Fantasy video game series-based compositions in a hard rock style often similar to progressive metal, achieved with the additional use of synthesizers. Since its inception, the band had expanded to six members with the addition of Keiji Kawamori, Michio Okamiya and Arata Hanyuda. In August 2010, Uematsu announced the band had been disbanded, but he would continue to perform rock arrangements of his music as a part of another similar band, known as the Earthbound Papas.
The Chrono series is a video game franchise developed and published by Square Enix. It began in 1995 with the time travel role-playing video game Chrono Trigger, which spawned two continuations, Radical Dreamers and Chrono Cross. The music of Chrono Trigger was mainly composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, with a few tracks composed by regular Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Chrono Trigger soundtrack has inspired four official album releases by Square Enix: a soundtrack album in released by NTT Publishing in 1995 and re-released in 2004, a greatest hits album published by DigiCube in 1999, published in abbreviated form by Tokyopop in 2001, and republished by Square Enix in 2005, an acid jazz arrangement album published and republished by NTT Publishing in 1995 and 2004, and a 2008 orchestral arranged album by Square Enix. Corresponding with the Nintendo DS release of the game, a reissued soundtrack was released in 2009. An arranged album for Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, entitled To Far Away Times, was released in 2015 to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Chrono Trigger.
Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed by Square and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. Released in 1997, the game sparked the release of a collection of media centered on the game entitled the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The music of the Final Fantasy VII series includes not only the soundtrack to the original game and its associated albums, but also the soundtracks and music albums released for the other titles in the collection. The first album produced was Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all the music in the game. It was released as a soundtrack album on four CDs by DigiCube in 1997. A selection of tracks from the album was released in the single-disc Reunion Tracks by DigiCube the same year. Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII, an album featuring piano arrangements of pieces from the soundtrack, was released in 2003 by DigiCube, and Square Enix began reprinting all three albums in 2004. To date, these are the only released albums based on the original game's soundtrack, and were solely composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu; his role for the majority of subsequent albums has been filled by Masashi Hamauzu and Takeharu Ishimoto.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy VI was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version, a compilation of all the music in the game, was released in Japan by NTT Publishing in 1994 and re-released by Square Enix in 2004. The album was released by Square Co./NTT Publishing in North America in 1994 under the name Kefka's Domain. Selected tracks from the official soundtrack were later released as part of the Music From FFV and FFVI Video Games album that was included with the release of Final Fantasy Anthology, and two EPs were produced containing character theme tracks entitled Final Fantasy VI Stars Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. A special orchestral arrangement of selected tracks from the game, arranged by Shiro Sagisu and Tsuneyoshi Saito, and performed by the Milan Symphony Orchestra, was released under the title Final Fantasy VI Grand Finale by NTT Publishing in 1994 and 2004, and a collection of piano arrangements, arranged by Shirou Satou and performed by Reiko Nomura, was released under the title Piano Collections Final Fantasy VI by Square/NTT Publishing in 1994 and by NTT Publishing in 2001. Additionally, a single containing unused and remixed tracks from the game was released as Final Fantasy VI Special Tracks by NTT Publishing in 1994.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy XII was composed primarily by Hitoshi Sakimoto. Additional music was provided by Masaharu Iwata and Hayato Matsuo, who also orchestrated the opening and ending themes. Former regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu's only work for this game was "Kiss Me Good-Bye", the theme song sung by Angela Aki. The Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack was released on four Compact Discs in 2006 by Aniplex. A sampling of tracks from the soundtrack was released as an album entitled Selections from Final Fantasy XII Original Soundtrack, and was released in 2006 by Tofu Records. Additionally, a promotional digital album titled The Best of Final Fantasy XII was released on the Japanese localization of iTunes for download only in 2006. "Kiss Me Good-Bye" was released by Epic Records as a single in 2006, and Symphonic Poem "Hope", the complete music from the game's end credits, was released by Hats Unlimited in 2006. An abridged version of the latter piece, which originally accompanied a promotional video for the game, was included in the official soundtrack album. An album of piano arrangements, titled Piano Collections Final Fantasy XII, was released by Square Enix in 2012.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy V was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy V Original Sound Version, a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by Square Co./NTT Publishing, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing after the game was brought to North America as part of the Final Fantasy Anthology. An arranged album entitled Final Fantasy V Dear Friends, containing a selection of musical tracks from the game arranged in multiple styles, including live and vocal versions, was released by Square/NTT Publishing and later re-released by NTT Publishing. Additionally, a collection of piano arrangements composed by Nobuo Uematsu, arranged by Shirou Satou and played by Toshiyuki Mori titled Piano Collections Final Fantasy V was released by Square/NTT Publishing, and re-released by NTT Publishing.
The music of the video games Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu, who would go on to be the exclusive composer for the next seven Final Fantasy games. Although they were composed separately, music from the two games has only been released together. All Sounds of Final Fantasy I•II, a compilation of almost all of the music in the games, was released by DataM/Polystar in 1989, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing in 1994. Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy, an arranged album of music from the two games by Katsuhisa Hattori and his son Takayuki Hattori was released by DataM in 1989, and re-released by NTT Publishing/Polystar in 1994. Final Fantasy & Final Fantasy II Original Soundtrack, another arranged album, this time by Nobuo Uematsu and Tsuyoshi Sekito, was released in 2002 by DigiCube and again in 2004 by Square Enix.
The Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu, is a role-playing video game series from Square Enix, created by Koichi Ishii. The series began as a handheld side story to Square's flagship franchise Final Fantasy, although most Final Fantasy-inspired elements were subsequently dropped, starting with the second installment, Secret of Mana. It has since grown to include games of various genres within the fictional world of Mana. The music of the Mana series includes soundtracks and arranged albums of music from the series, which is currently composed of Final Fantasy Adventure and its remake Sword of Mana, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Legend of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, Friends of Mana, Heroes of Mana, Circle of Mana, and Rise of Mana. Each game except for Friends and Circle has produced a soundtrack album, while Adventure has sparked an arranged album as well as a combined soundtrack and arranged album, Legend of Mana has an additional promotional EP, and music from Secret and Seiken Densetsu 3 were combined together into an arranged album. For the series' 20th anniversary, a 20-disc box set of previously-released albums was produced, as well as an album of arrangements by Kenji Ito, composer for several games in the series.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy X-2 was composed by Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi. Regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu did not contribute any of the music, despite having composed the majority of the soundtrack for the first game, Final Fantasy X. The Final Fantasy X-2 Original Soundtrack was released on two Compact Discs in 2003 by Avex. After the release of Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission, an album entitled Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission Original Soundtrack composed of the songs added to the soundtrack for that game was released in 2003 by Avex. Final Fantasy X-2 Piano Collection, a collection of piano arrangements of the original soundtracks by Noriko Matsueda, Takahito Eguchi, Hiroko Kokubu, Masahiro Sayama, and Febian Reza Pane, was released by Avex in 2004.
The music of the Final Fantasy Tactics series, composed of Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, was primarily composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. He was assisted by Masaharu Iwata in composing the music for Final Fantasy Tactics. The Final Fantasy Tactics Original Soundtrack, a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by DigiCube in 1997, and re-released by Square Enix in 2006. No separate soundtrack has been released for Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. The soundtrack was well received by critics, who found it to be astounding and one of the best video game music soundtracks in existence at the time of its release.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy VIII was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all music in the game, was released on four Compact Discs by DigiCube in Japan, and by Square EA in North America. A special orchestral arrangement of selected tracks from the game—arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi—was released under the title Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec Final Fantasy VIII, and a collection of piano arrangements—performed by Shinko Ogata—was released under the title Piano Collections Final Fantasy VIII.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy IV was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version, a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by Square Co./NTT Publishing, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing. It was released in North America by Tokyopop as Final Fantasy IV Official Soundtrack: Music from Final Fantasy Chronicles, with one additional track. It has since been re-released multiple times with slight changes as part of the Final Fantasy Finest Box and as Final Fantasy IV DS OST. An arranged album entitled Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon, containing a selection of musical tracks from the game performed in the style of Celtic music by Máire Breatnach, was released by Square and later re-released by NTT Publishing. Additionally, a collection of piano arrangements composed by Nobuo Uematsu and played by Toshiyuki Mori titled Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV was released by NTT Publishing.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy IX was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. It was his last exclusive Final Fantasy score. The Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all music in the game, was originally released on four Compact Discs by DigiCube in 2000, and was re-released by Square Enix in 2004. A Best Of and arranged soundtrack album of musical tracks from the game entitled Final Fantasy IX: Uematsu's Best Selection was released in 2000 by Tokyopop Soundtrax. Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS, an album of music from the game's full motion videos and extra tracks, was released by DigiCube in 2000 and re-released in 2004, and a collection of piano arrangements of pieces from the original soundtrack arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Louis Leerink was released as Piano Collections Final Fantasy IX in 2001.
The music of the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI was composed by Naoshi Mizuta along with regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu and Kumi Tanioka. The Final Fantasy XI Original Soundtrack, a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by DigiCube in 2002, and subsequently re-released by Square Enix in 2004. Final Fantasy XI Rise of the Zilart Original Soundtrack was released by DigiCube in 2003 after the release of the Rise of the Zilart expansion for Final Fantasy XI, and re-released by Square Enix in 2004. Final Fantasy XI Chains of Promathia Original Soundtrack was produced by Square Enix in 2004 after the release of the Chains of Promathia expansion, and in 2005 Square Enix published Music from the Other Side of Vana'diel, a collection of arranged tracks from the game performed by The Star Onions, a group composed of Square Enix composers including Naoshi Mizuta, Kumi Tanioka and Hidenori Iwasaki. Final Fantasy XI Treasures of Aht Urhgan Original Soundtrack was released by Square Enix in 2006 for the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion.
SaGa is a series of science fiction role-playing video games produced by Square, now Square Enix. The series originated on the Game Boy in 1989 as the creation of Akitoshi Kawazu. It has since continued across multiple platforms, from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to the PlayStation 2, and like the Final Fantasy series, the story in each SaGa game is independent of its counterparts. The music of the SaGa series consists of musical scores and arranged albums from various composers. Some of these composers have created soundtracks and pieces for other Square Enix franchises including the Final Fantasy series and Mana series. The SaGa series is divided up between the original series, released as the Final Fantasy Legend series in North America, the Romancing SaGa series, the SaGa Frontier series, and Unlimited SaGa.
The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles video game series consists of Crystal Chronicles, a spin-off of the main Final Fantasy series, its sequels My Life as a King and My Life as a Darklord, and their spin-offs, Ring of Fates, Echoes of Time and The Crystal Bearers. Crystal Chronicles, Ring of Fates, and Echoes of Time have had released soundtrack albums to date, and Crystal Chronicles and Ring of Fates each have an associated single. Kumi Tanioka is the main composer for the series, having composed the three released soundtracks as well as the music for My Life as a King and My Life as a Darklord. Hidenori Iwasaki is filling that role for The Crystal Bearers. Nobuo Uematsu, the main composer for the regular Final Fantasy series, contributed one track to the Ring of Fates soundtrack. Yae and Donna Burke sang the Japanese and English versions of the theme song for Crystal Chronicles, respectively, while Aiko sang the theme song for Ring of Fates.
Front Mission is a series of tactical role-playing games produced by Square Enix. The music of the series includes the soundtracks to the main series, composed of Front Mission through Front Mission 5: Scars of the War, as well as the spin-off games, which include Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard, Front Mission Alternative, Front Mission: Online, Front Mission 2089 and its remake Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness, Front Mission 2089-II, and Front Mission Evolved. The soundtracks of the series' installments have been released in album form in Japan, with the exceptions of 2089, 2089-II, and Border of Madness, which reuse music from the other installments, and Evolved, which was published in 2010. The soundtrack to Front Mission was released in 1995 by NTT Publishing, which also published the soundtrack to Front Mission: Gun Hazard in 1996. DigiCube published soundtrack albums for Front Mission 2 and Alternative in 1997 and 3 in 1999. Square Enix published the albums for Front Mission 4 in 2004, and 5 and Online in 2006.
The music for the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, a regular contributor to the music of the Final Fantasy series. Several other composers including Masayoshi Soken and Naoshi Mizuta contributed music for updates to the game. The music for the game's reboot, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, was primarily composed by Soken, who was the sound director for both releases of the game. Music from both releases of the game has been released in several albums, though no album contains music from both XIV and A Realm Reborn. A pair of mini-albums containing a handful of selected tracks from XIV, Final Fantasy XIV: Battle Tracks and Final Fantasy XIV: Field Tracks, were released by Square Enix in 2010 when XIV first launched. A soundtrack album titled Final Fantasy XIV - Eorzean Frontiers, containing most of the music that had been released by that point for XIV, was digitally released in 2012. A final soundtrack album for the original release of the game, Before Meteor: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack, was released in 2013 just before the launch of A Realm Reborn, and contains all of the music that was composed for XIV throughout its lifetime. The latest soundtrack album, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Original Soundtrack, was released in 2014, and contains all of the music for A Realm Reborn released up to that point.