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LTTP: Final Fantasy VII NES (restored version)

Eylos

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Oct 25, 2017
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About this game and version:

This game is an unofficial demake originaly made by a chinese company to the NES. A fan translated the game, but the game isn't good, it's slow and the graphics are from a middle ages Final Fantasy, but you still are in modern times. Also Barrett is white in this og demake version, the sprites are weird, the battle is not fun its very slow. Then a fan edited/hacked the game in 2013 with the original FF7 music, sprites, black Barrett, better battle stats, script, even ilustrations to cutscenes, its a much more enjoyable experience, and now its a fun and a good game to play.


More about this version here: https://www.destructoid.com/final-fantasy-vii-nes-restoration-sees-release-265640.phtml

About the original version:

For those who want a bit more context, here an archived version of the original blog post that presented the Chinese FF7 NES version to the world: https://web.archive.org/web/20090130110509/http://cinnamonpirate.com/2008/02/from-polygons-to-pixels-final-fantasy-vii/

From there, someone translated it to English but left everything else intact. Then another group of people decided to hack it and make it far closer to FF7, in a massive overhaul effort.

I wanted to play FF7 and i remembered this version, so i decided to try. I started playing the original chinese version, I didn't knew about this restored version. So I started again and this version is much better and i'm really enjoying it, i'm at the beginning of reactor 5. Anyone played or finished this version?
 
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Sectorseven

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Oct 25, 2017
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Why the NES? The game's earliest development was as an SNES game so if anything that would be the logical console to demake for.
 

black070

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Oct 27, 2017
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I actually completed Final Fantasy VII for the first time today, though it was the PS4 version.
 

Dr. Dre's Dr.

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Oct 27, 2017
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I remember trying this recently and the battles were overly long. Is that better now? Also, I am sure they chose "NES style" because it is cheaper.
 

Aeana

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Oct 25, 2017
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The amount of effort that went into restoring this from the original Chinese version is really staggering, honestly. It's almost a ground-up redo.
 

DoomGaze

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I'm ONLY interested in this if it requires to be installed using floppy discs.

...and I mean the REAL floppy discs.
 

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For those who want a bit more context, here an archived version of the original blog post that presented the Chinese FF7 NES version to the world: https://web.archive.org/web/20090130110509/http://cinnamonpirate.com/2008/02/from-polygons-to-pixels-final-fantasy-vii/

From there, someone translated it to English but left everything else intact. Then another group of people decided to hack it and make it far closer to FF7, in a massive overhaul effort.
will add your reply to the first post
 
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Some screenshots from my adventure to show how is the game

President Shinra (its a trap) at reactor 6


Let's go Tifa


Cloud does everything


badass NES Cloud, he kicks Reno butt and get out of the church by the front door


Sector 6


Aeristh house


weeeee


honey bee inn (you can't enter, also the gym you cant enter)


Don Corneo mansion



Entrepreneurship



(I forgot to take the pic with tifa and aerith)


Woo-hoo


Let's clean the place


Smoothly



Now i'm at the sewers, i must say that i'm very impressed with this game, there's some few things out, but so far its faithful with some few adaptations. The city part is usualy the less impresive part but the interiors is very impressive. Lets see how they will adapt the rest.
 
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Decided to share the rest of the game i liked to take pics of this game

its a bunch of pics this time
continuing the journey at the sewers, its a boring maze


Train graveyard is very small its basically this



Tifa's bar at the right and sector 7 pillar


Reno is mad because CloudNES kicked his butt


(you go to aeris home she talks about aeris past, but no flashback only talk)

the famous hell house


yes, we can (also you have to buy 1 battery at the weapon shop, its a straigh line to shinra hq only)


shinra hq entrance, you can choose the stairs or the front door, i decided by the front door


shinra hq reception


now a bunch of pics of the floors

floor 61


floor 62 the mayor quiz is there


floor 63 (you cant enter, or i haven't figured out how)


floor 64 no pain no gain


floor 65 boring puzzle is there


floor 66 you hear the talk by the front door


floor 67 $#@*# this whole thing is stupid


floor 68 hojo is a member of the furry fandom


floor 67 cells, no blood =(


floor 69, a good number


floor 70, minor contradiction


balcony shinra hq


kicking rufus butt


there's no g-bike =(


tru..-midgar wall


world map i really liked it


kalm, its the first city thats nice, also cloud story is only he talking about the incident


well thats it for today, i will do the swamp/junon/boat/costa the next time
 
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ok part 3,i hope that only me posting my progress of the game in this thread doesn't make this thread locked for double/triple/etc post
ok this is the chocobo farm at the right, there's now a chocobo forest, and the swamp tile is sand but they still talk about it like its a swamp


Midgar Zolom it doesn't appear at the map if you try to enter the cave without the chocobo starts the battle


chocobo farm very beautiful work done here


the new chocobo forest


me and my bro choco


sephiroth von dracula


Inside Mythril Mine, turks siticom


junon on the world map, there's no fort condor and no yuffie (no vincent in this game too afaik)


junon


yep cloud CPR and all the weird dolphin stuff is all there


great work whoever made this, beautiful


about the parade, you go directly to that part on the boat , there's no parade =(


WHOOOOO? (yep thats Red XIII on the left)


WHOOOOOO?


here's costa del sol


yuffie NES is a true ninja she knows the name of cloud even if its the first time they met (yep NPC only)


more costa, its a very nice city


no hojo sun bathing =(

i will stop here, I will make the golden saucer part the next time on my TRIPLEEEE POOOOST! C-C-CCOMBBOOOOO! (jk don't close this thread mods plz).
 
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north corel, gold saucer, gongaga, cosmo canyon, lots of pics
Mt. Corel


Here's that part that barret and dyne lose their arms, this scene doesnt appear in this game


North Corel


one flashback this is rare


Finally the Gold Saucer entrance


So here's inside, you acess the gold saucer sections by doors, the only one you go by a hole its the ghost hotel


Only thing you can do in gold saucer is the battle arena


Ghost Hotel you can sleep there


Gold Stage


Dio and chocobo race place


Cait Sith (StarwarsTraitor.gif) and the roller coaster


Corel Prison



dyne



Dyne: first blood fight


gold saucer and my ride, you receive the car without chocobo racing



Riding my car on the water and gongaga



Who doesn't like Tifa?


this fight was tough rude was very strong to me


Gongaga, there's the cemitery below too, you cant go to the reactor tough


AKA best final fantasy character (zack parents)


So two things of this pic. 1- The car still works, there's a mountain in the place so you have to leave the car there, and i spent 5 minutes to figure out that little green thing is cosmo canyon.


cosmocanyon.mp3


finished for now

i will do the next part the rest of cosmon cayon, nibelheim and cid next
 

Atolm

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It's surprisingly faithful, you can recognise almost all places without looking at the names.

I'm wondering, how legal it is to download this ROM?
 
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Eylos

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It's surprisingly faithful, you can recognise almost all places without looking at the names.

I'm wondering, how legal it is to download this ROM?
I think to own the real thing is Fine, since Its an unoficial a game, the cartridge money wont Go to square and to actualy sell for profit would probably be ilegal, so to download would be the best i think.
 
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Eylos

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Small part this time
bugen house, nice view


planetary and bugen


cave of the gi


Seto


Nibelheim





Sephiroth fan club


Wake-up Vincent, we have to kick the butt of your GF son (yeah the mansion is only that =/)


Mt. Nibel, there's no reactor to go and its only this in the world map


Rocket Town at the world map


Rocket Town, the small thing at the left of the guy with beard is the Tiny Bronco, its really tiny (tudum tsss), probably because of HW limitations




Inside the rocket with el capitan


Cid's house, Shera making tea


unfortunately no truck


Run away scene




Wutai in the world map


I think the person who hacked the game wanted to add wutai, but never finished it, but congrats for the incredible work done in the rest of the game



I will explore the rest of the world, the gold saucer events, and probably temple of ancients
 
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Keym

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Oct 26, 2017
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This looks fantastic, thanks for the thread OP. I'd kill for a FF6-esque demake of 7.

Oh and I'm starting a petition to add those moogle workers for the 7 Remake.
 

storaføtter

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I always found this bootleg fascinating but did not know that fans actually put effort into making it into a playable game.

I am guessing it doesn't work on original hardware so cant play it on the Analogue Mini NT.
 
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I played this couple years ago, if anyone curious how full the game is...
It basically follows the story fully up until start of Disc 2. You reach North Crater, Cloud gives some speech IIRC and then you fight Safer Sephiroth. So the Huge Materia quests are omitted.
 

Fanto

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Damn, thanks for all the screenshots OP. I'd love to play through this someday, but for now just seeing all of your screenshots has made me feel like I've gone along on the journey with you haha. Keep them coming, man!
 
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Eylos

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2 spoiler tags this time and some tips to who will play this game
1- This game uses a lot of hidden passageways so you can progress some dungeons
2- When you get tiny bronco you still have random fights, and some are very hard, so save often and if you want to level up go to midgar area the monsters there will give almost the same XP than the harder region ones.
3- There's two healing points in the beginning in midgar, where you can lvl up easily use it there.
4- This game doesn't have a world map so use this one:
Source:https://shadowlugia2009.deviantart.com/art/Final-Fantasy-VII-World-Map-NES-8-BIT-Styled-468544250


So you can see that the person who did this replicated ff7 even the areas that you cant enter, for example Mideel is there but you will just pass over it, some other places you cant enter too.

gold saucer event, temple of ancients and bone village
Weapon seller is there


Said he was going to join a band called black sabbath


stop body building Dio start singing


Nanom... Jenova cells son


Sorry Aeris Zack is dead. Aeris is the canon girl on NES also there's no cable car scene only this one.


TraitorStarwars.gif


Temple of Ancients World Map


Temple of Ancients




Inside its only some rooms like this, but you just have to find the hidden wall to progress to the mural part


Sephiroth is high


The hole


The scene where cloud lost his mind cuts to black before clouds starts beating aeris, if you didnt had played FF7 you wouldn't understand what happened here


Bone Village





Next time the big moment of the game
 
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pikablu

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Ive always been fascinated by this given the extra work people did to make it even better.
 
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Eylos

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Forgotten Capital, icicle inn, greater glacier, gaea cliff, north crater
so there's that hot and cold kind of mini-game to find the item to enter the sleeping forest


sleeping forest


forgotten capital world map


forgotten capital



aeris praying





this part is always sad





T.T


T.T


T.T


Icicle inn world map


Icicle inn




Dr. Gast House


Lost in the glacier


Rescued from the glacier


World map entrance to gaea cliff and the house you are rescued


top of gaea cliff (its the biggest dungeon of the game and looks's the same all the way)


cut to rufus arriving


North Crater


entrance north crater with that tree


Sephiroth makes cloud remember.
Here My boy zack with cloud, cloud and tifa


Nibelheim in flames that dude in the bottom is Zangan


Sephiroth in that weird thing and then cloud gives the black materia


Cloud remains there sad, but he starts to remember everything here in this white screen still at the crater

To impress my waifu, i mean you tifa

Next is the last one, i only need to lvl up, besides tifa, cloud and barret the rest of my group is weak to fight the last battle that uses all the party members

time to grind
 
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Eylos

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So the ending:
2 last tips for who will play this game:
1- The last dungeon (gaea cliff) is very hard sometimes, depending of the group of enemies you face, take with you lots of potions and bomb smokes to flee the hard fights, also save after each fight.
2- To obtain the best weapons of the game you must have all the weapons of that character. Then there's two ways of getting the weapon 1 - random fights, the monster have a small probability to drop weapons for the party that's fighting. 2- battle arena, idk of the probability of the battle arena if its higher,i haven't figured out, i readed this on internet, but it takes a long time and i obtained 10.000 gil the time i won. I managed to obtain by loot the last weapons of Tifa, Barret, Cid.

Time to kick sephiroth ass


1st last battle


OneWingedAngel.mp3


Last Last Battle


Like the game is just a decorative fight, 2 hits and done


Nes Gore, the end of sephiroth


Now some images with text to show the ending



The end

So if anyone is curious about the optional boss and dont want to find, those are the optional bosses:
First go to the temple of ancients, there's this weird tile there's a hidden path in the grass at the left.


Then you will find the hacker's room


Then you will have 3 fights with the original chinese characters
Cloud, Tifa, Cid


Aeris, CaitSith


Barret (its not the original chinese this one), RedXIII


And the hacker of the game

The prize is an ammount of GIL

Well i would recommend this NES version to any FF7 fan, its not the best version to a new comer, but for a fan its no doubt a fun and enjoyable game that you must play.
 

Keym

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Oct 26, 2017
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Thanks again OP, that was quite the trip. Makes me want to give VII another replay.