In a rather strange and altogether puzzling move, Sony and Square-Enix have announced that Final Fantasy III is coming to the PlayStation Portable. Thats right, not the PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation Portable. (However, its worth noting that the game should technically be playable on Vita should you choose to download the game to it.)
First discussed by Andriasang several days ago, the PSP version of the game is essentially a port of the Nintendo DS version that came to that handheld back in 2006. Its due out in Japan on September 20th and will cost 3,990 Yen (approximately $50) on UMD and 3,300 Yen (approximately $41.50) on the PlayStation Network.
Further details note that the port will support 16:9 ratio, a gallery mode with BGM and illustrations, the option for switching to the original Famicom/NES music, and an auto battle option that doubles the battle speed to two times.
Final Fantasy III originally came to Famicom in April of 1990 and shouldnt be confused with the SNES iteration of Final Fantasy III released in the west in 1994, which is in fact Final Fantasy VI. Initially scheduled to come to the Wondersawn in the early 2000s, western gamers didnt get their hands on the game (legally and properly translated, anyway) until the 2006 Nintendo DS release. It was the last primary Final Fantasy game to be released in the west.
Theres no word yet on a western release of Final Fantasy III for PSP, though well keep you updated as we learn more.