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Final Fantasy's Battle System Is Based On American Football

Posted by Damien McFerran

Who knew?

Square Enix's Hiroyuki Ito has revealed to 1UP the origin of the turn-based battle system in the original Final Fantasy - and it's somewhat unexpected, to say the least.

Driven to create an efficient system for Hironobu Sakaguchi's seminal NES RPG, Ito turned to professional sports for his inspiration.

1UP: So did you create the battle system, or work on balancing it...?

HI: I actually created the battle system, yes.

1UP: What was your inspiration for that?

HI: Basically, there's no one inspiration that I got that battle system from. It was just a logical process, where I thought, "How can I create an efficient battle system for a role-playing game?" That's the answer that I came to. At the root of it all, though, there's a basic kind of system that comes from professional sports...

1UP: Any particular sport that you had in mind?

HI: Yeah, the NFL. Football is probably the closest thing.

Whatever next? Super Mario was influenced by Tiddlywinks? Zelda was inspired by Volleyball? Where does it all end?


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Linkuini said:

Well, don't that put things into perspective? Never would have thought JRPGs owed anything to football.



bezerker99 said:

The NFL is so awesome. (I thought the battle system was based on Dragon Quest tbh just like the rest of the game)



The_Fox said:

That black mage casting the spell in the picture is looking at a 10 yard penalty minimum.



Boo_Buster said:

@The_Fox That is a Personal Foul bro, 15 yard penalty and automatic first down. You can't use Thunder on the Quarterback!



Boo_Buster said:

@edcomics Yeah. Chrono Trigger, the first 9 Final Fantasies, Dragon Quests, Super Mario RPG, ect.... I hate all those game! (not)



retro_player_22 said:

Fun Fact: Super Mario Bros. was actually inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the eating mushroom to grow big, exploring a fantasy world where everything is trying to kill you, and taking down a royal villain.



TheBaconator said:

Well when you look at the statistics and play calling, the NFL looks like one big RPG/RTS game. In fact, Football is becoming more popular worldwide in places like Japan for its focus on a strategic play style and overall appeal.



machomuu said:

So Final Fantasy fans, doesn't that technically make us jocks? And they said we had no lives.



FluttershyGuy said:

So, when is Zanarkand getting a football franchise to join the blitzball Abes? Time to see if Tidus can do the Bo Jackson two-sport superstar thing.

Oh, that black mage is perfectly welcome to use Flare on Tom Brady, Meteor on Ben Rothlesberger, and Ultima on Eli Manning. And we need a summoner to sic Bahamut on Tony Romo.



FluttershyGuy said:

Also, there is evidence part of Ocarina of Time is based off of tennis! Link & Ganondorf were playing "hit the lightning ball" Sampras & Agassi-style. Not too fair that Ganondorf is always on serve, though. Maybe Link would like to serve for a change!



arrmixer said:

that's actually kool.. it makes perfect sense for me... I usually care more about the stragety of the game than actually play the game itself... awesome...

maybe that's why I like rpgs some much



GreenDream said:

WOAH. It all makes sense now! So that's where the convention to have player characters and enemies line up to face each other came from...

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