Final Fantasy II was due to be released in the US as a follow up to the smash hit Nintendo NES RPG. However, in 1991 when Final Fantasy II eventually arrived in the States it was a renamed version of Final Fantasy IV. A prototype of the true unreleased and English version of the Japanese exclusive Final Fantasy II has just surfaced on eBay.
The tale behind the English Final Fantasy localisations is one confusing mess. As the true second and third outings of the series never left Japan, the few later releases which were localised in the US - Final Fantasy IV and VI - were retitled to Final Fantasy II and III respectively to maintain naming continuity. It wouldn't be until 2003 that the original version of Final Fantasy II was finally released for English audiences on the Sony PlayStation 1's Final Fantasy Origins compilation.
Long waits aside, Square's North American subsidiary had actually finished an English language localisation of Final Fantasy II following the success of the first title in the US. Dubbed Final Fantasy II: Dark Shadow Over Palakia, this translated title was soon scrapped due to the arrival of the Super Nintendo. Despite cancellation, a one of a kind prototype has been in one lucky collector's hands for many years with the ROM of the game's code kindly being released online for all to play.
This unique Final Fantasy II prototype has surfaced on eBay with a price tag similar to that of the recent Legend of Zelda prototype which sold for $55,000. The seller is hoping for a massive $50,000 in exchange for this irreplaceable piece of Final Fantasy and video game history.
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