Pirate Final Fantasy VII Nintendo NES Port Getting Revamped

Pirate-Final-Fantasy-VII-Nintendo-NES-Port-Getting-RevampedBelieve it or not, Chinese developers created an unofficial and unlicensed port of Final Fantasy VII for the Nintendo Famicom. Arriving in 2005, a good 8 years after Squaresoft's RPG hit the Sony PlayStation, this bizarre pirate offering is now undergoing a fan-based revamp to make sure this oddity follows the PS1 original as close as possible.

ShenZhen Nanjing Technology's pirate release has since become a cult classic. Whilst many would think crushing down an entire 3 disc adventure game into a Famicom cartridge couldn't be done, Final Fantasy VII wasn't the first to receive such treatment. The PS1 title Resident Evil was also given the 8-bit treatment, albeit following gameplay closer to the Game Boy Color release Resident Evil Gaiden.

The efforts of the pirate developers, while impressive, lack various visuals and story elements from the original game. Members of the ROMHacking forum have since started a thread to collaborate towards polishing up the Nintendo NES version of Final Fantasy VII. This project has not only seen the arrival of more accurate graphics, but storyline changes, an English translation, implementation of the correct music and even adjustments to the game's code.

Final Fantasy VII Nintendo Famicom Pirate Cartridge Gameplay

Should you be interested in trying out this work in progress, be sure to read through the project's thread and keep an eye out for the patch releases dotted throughout. (Here is the latest patch for those wanting to dive straight in). 

As usual, to enjoy this fan translation patch you will need to have an original ROM file of the game to which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the download, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube.

Link: Final Fantasy VII NES Port Restoration Thread
Source: GBATemp

Last Updated ( 23 February 2012 )  


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(Link to this comment) Johnbo89 2012-02-25 22:33
That is pretty cool

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