Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend Brings Three Classic Game Boy JRPGs to Switch

Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend Brings Three Classic Game Boy JRPGs to Switch

Get ready, heroes, to bust an opium-smuggling ring. Er, I mean, bust a banana-smuggling ring.

Nintendo kicked off the morning with a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. Some viewers had to turn up the volume to hear the video presentation over the angry howls of Nintendo fans crying in anguish over being denied a "real" Nintendo Direct yet again, but one bit of news came in loud and clear: The ancient Final Fantasy Legend Game Boy games are getting their own Switch collection this year.

The collection's title, Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend, might be a source of confusion, even for established RPG fans. Long story short, Square Enix (as Squaresoft) released the first three games of its SaGa series on the Game Boy, then localized them under the Final Fantasy Legend name for easy name recognition. As a result, the Final Fantasy Legend games play very differently from traditional Final Fantasy games, but the localized moniker probably still carries nostalgic value for older fans. The Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend title isn't a bad compromise.

Collection of Saga: Final Fantasy Legend includes the three Final Fantasy Legend games (Final Fantasy Legend from 1989, Final Fantasy Legend 1 from 1990, and Final Fantasy Legend 3 from 1991—incidentally, the first project from legendary localizer Ted Woolsey). The presentation makes note of the option to speed up the games' action, as well as "other features" like screen magnification that make these older games a little more digestible in 2020. There's no word so far of additional content—upgraded graphics, improved translations, and the like—aside from a new theme composed for the series' 30th anniversary.

Collection of Saga: Final Fantasy Legend is coming to Switch on December 15. It joins 2019's Collection of Mana, another Square Enix Switch collection that gathers three classic Mana/Seiken Densetsu games in one place.

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Nadia Oxford

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Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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