Romancing SaGa 3

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Romancing SaGa 3
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Super Famicom cover art
Developer(s)Square
Publisher(s)Square
Square Enix (remaster)
Designer(s)Akitoshi Kawazu
Artist(s)Tomomi Kobayashi (character design)
Composer(s)Kenji Ito
SeriesSaGa
Platform(s)Super Famicom, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
ReleaseOriginal
  • JP: November 11, 1995
Remaster
  • JP: 2019
  • WW: TBA
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Romancing SaGa 3 (Japanese: ロマンシング サ・ガ3, Hepburn: Romanshingu Sa Ga Surī) is the sixth title in the SaGa role-playing video game series developed and published by Square for the Super Famicom system in Japan.

Originally released on the Super Famicom system in Japan on November 11, 1995, the game was released on the Virtual Console in Japan for Wii on September 21, 2010 and Wii U on February 26, 2014.

A remaster for iOS, Android and PlayStation Vita was announced in 2017. On April 11, 2017, Akitoshi Kawazu tweeted that they would be working on an English version of the game after releasing it in Japan.[1]

On September 19, 2018, Square Enix announced that Romancing SaGa 3 will be released on multiple platforms in Japan in 2019. A new title called Romancing SaGa Re: Universe was also announced.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

When the game begins the player chooses from eight characters to be the lead; additional characters can be found and recruited to the player's party throughout the game;[3] the gameplay is similar to other console RPGs of the era, but with several notable differences. For example, instead of 'level ups', character stats increase individually depending on their participation in a battle. Also, a character has a certain amount of 'LP', which decreases when the character's HP is reduced below zero or when they are hit while their HP remains at zero. If the LP of a character is zero, they are removed from the party, but they can be recruited again with the exception of the main character of the current game, once the main character reaches zero LP, it results in an automatic game over.

During battle, characters can learn ("spark") new techniques which often turn the battle in their favor; the same goes for gaining the ability to evade certain enemy attacks. There is also a Commander mode, which requires at least one character more than the lead character, with the lead character on the back lines, out of the battle. If the player has less than a full party of 6 he or she may use one person smaller formations (i.e. using a four-person formation with a party of five so the main character can direct in Commander mode.) During Commander mode, techniques that involve multiple characters can be learned, depending on the formation.

When choosing to play as Mikhail, the player will start with a mini-war campaign, which continues as the game progresses; some of these war campaigns must be won or the player loses the game. In these battles, the player controls a band of soldiers instead of individual characters; the player issues commands (forward, quick forward, rush, defend, retreat, morale up, etc.). The point of the battle is to advance to the other side of the map (the player starts on the right and must advance to the left).

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

When the game begins the player chooses from eight characters to be the lead.

Julian Naul (ユリアン・ノール, Yurian Nōru)
A bright, green haired swordsman. Julian is portrayed by Fuminori Murase (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[4]
Thomas Bent (トーマス・ベント, Tōmasu Bento)
A merchant who will soon inherit his father's wealth. Thomas is portrayed by Ryouma Baba (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[5]
Mikhail Ausbach von Loanne (ミカエル・アウスバッハ・フォン・ロアーヌ, Mikaeru Ausubahha fon Roānu)
The arrogant but skilled and loyal marquis of Loanne. Mikhail is portrayed by Seijiro Nakamura (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[6]
Harid (ハリード, harīdo) / El Nool (エル・ヌール, Eru Nūru)
A dark mercenary, and a swordsman without parallel. His weapon of choice is a scimitar known as "Kamsheen" (カムシーン, Kamushīn). Harid is portrayed by Junji Shimizu (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[7]
Sarah Carson (サラ・カーソン, Sara Kāson)
A quiet, shy archer. Ellen's sister, she is also one of the two destined children. Sarah is portrayed by Risa Niigaki (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[8]
Ellen Carson (エレン・カーソン, Eren Kāson)
An aggressive, powerful axe wielder. Ellen is portrayed by Kasumi Hasegawa (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[9]
Monica Ausbach (モニカ・アウスバッハ, Monika Ausubahha)
Mikhail's sister, a regal and dedicated princess. Monica is portrayed by Hikaru Yamamoto (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[10]
Katharina Lauran (カタリナ・ラウラン, Katarina Rauran)
Voiced by: Aya Endo (Crystal of Re:Union)
Monica's bodyguard, who feels obliged to hunt and return the Masquerade, a relic of the Holy King. Katharina is portrayed by Tōma Ozuki (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[11]

Other playable characters[edit]

Tatiana Razaiev (タチアナ・ラザイエフ, Tachiana Razaiefu)
A runaway girl who loiters around various towns; goes under various food names, such as Candy or Bavara.
Sharl (シャール, Shāru)
A former knight who has lost the use of one of his hands. Sharl is portrayed by Atsuhiro Satō (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[12]
Muse Claudia Claudius (ミューズ・クラウディア・クラウディウス, Myūzu Kuraudua Kuraudiusu)
A young woman who is the daughter of the late Claudius. Muse is portrayed by Shizuka Umemoto (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[13]
Nora (ノーラ, Nōra)
A woman who runs a workshop in Pidona, where some of the Holy King's weaponry were forged.
Fullbright (フルブライト, Furuburaito)
A business man from Wilmington.
Poet (詩人, Shijin)
A man who strives to make new music and stories from the events that occurred. Poet is portrayed by Suguru Tanaka (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[14]
Tiberius (ティベリウス, Tiberiusu)
Leader of the Divine Church.
Undine (ウンディーネ, Undīne)
A water mage.
Boston (ボストン, Bosuton)
A Lobster from Limit Island.
Fairy (ようせい, Yōsei)
One of the faeries from the jungle.
Leonid (レオニード, Reonīdo)
The vampire earl from Podol.
Elephant (ぞう, )
A human that was transformed by the Devil King's curse, he watches over his brother who has fallen asleep after a tragedy occurred.
Bai Mei Nyang (バイメイニャン, Bai Mei Nyan)
An elderly mage from Xuan City.
Robin (ロビン, Robin)
A self-proclaimed hero from Yamas. Robin is portrayed by Yūta Ogasawara (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[15]
Fat Robin (偽ロビン, Nise Robin)
The same as Robin (impostor).Fat Robin is portrayed by Zendō Ware (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[16]
Paul (ポール, Pōru)
An adventurer turned thief.
Young boy (少年, Shōnen)
The second destined child. Young boy is portrayed by Yūki Kaon (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[17]
Snowman (ゆきだるま, Yukidaruma)
A walking, talking snowman. Snowman is portrayed by Toshiya Taniguchi (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[18]
Ward (ウォード, Wōdo)
Man from the north.
Yang Fan (ヤン・ファン, Yan Fan)
A general from the far east kingdom.
Herman (ハーマン, Hāman)
An elderly pirate.
Black (ブラック, Burakku)
A young pirate, transformed from Herman after battling Forneus. Black is portrayed by Yoshinobu Hirayama (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[19]
Zhi Ling (ツィー・リン, Tsī Rin)
A Mung girl who lives on the plains.

Supporting characters[edit]

Professor (教授, Kyōju)
A woman with intellect and beauty (or so she claims). She invents many things and lives in the forest near Zweig.
Duke Zweig (ツヴァイク公爵, Tsuvaiku Kōshaku)
Ruler of Zweig
Nina (ニーナ, Nīna)
Paul's girlfriend.
Johannes the astronomer (ヨハンネス, Yohannesu)
An astronomer studying the stars and their connection to the Abyss.
Anna (アンナ, Anna)
Johannes's sister.
Fatima (ファティーマ, Fatīma)
Princess of Naj Kingdom. Fatima is portrayed by Haru Kasamatsu (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[20]
Captain (キャプテン, Kyaputen)
Mayor of Vanguard.
Gwayne (グゥエイン, Gūein)
Child of Dora (ドーラ, Dōra); dragon that helped the Holy King battle Byunei.
Ken (ケーン, Kēn)
Helps Nora run the workshop in Pidona.
Volcano (ボルカノ, Borukano)
Fire mage that lives in the same town as Undine; quarrels with her over something hidden in the town's well.

Devil Lords[edit]

The major villains of the game are the Devil Lords. In truth, the Abyss gates are far too small to allow them entry into the world, so they send clones to capture the destined child to open the gate fully; each of the Devil Lords governs an element. They are each named after one of the 72 demons of the Ars Goetia: Alloces, Bune, Avnas, and Forneus.

Alloces (アラケス, Arakesu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Lord of Vermilion III, Lord of Vermilion Arena)
Earth Devil Lord.
Bune (ビューネイ, Byūnei)
Voiced by: Ruriko Aoki (Lord of Vermilion III, Lord of Vermilion Arena)
Wind Devil Lord. Bune is portrayed by Moemi Katayama (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[21]
Aunas (アウナス, Aunasu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Lord of Vermilion III, Lord of Vermilion Arena)
Fire Devil Lord.
Forneus (フォルネウス, Foruneusu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Lord of Vermilion III, Lord of Vermilion Arena)
Water Devil Lord.

Minor villains[edit]

Godwin (ゴドウィン, Godowin)
Former servant of Mikhail that plans a coup d'état to overthrow Mikhail and dominate Loanne.
Maximus (マクシムス, Makushimusu) / Jackal (ジャッカル, Jakkaru)
Leader of the Pidona division of the Divine Church, plans to use the Holy King's relics to dominate the world. Maximus is portrayed by Masaru Mori (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[22]
Dophore (ドフォーレ, Dofōre)
Leader of a major trading organization, handles many illegal goods.
Great Thief (大野盗, Daiyatō)
Leader of the Highwaymen blocking trade routes.

Others[edit]

Aurelius (アウレリウス, Aureriusu)
The Holy King (聖王, Seiō).
Ferdinand (フェルディナント, Ferudinanto)
The first marquess of Loanne.
Hilda (ヒルダ, Hiruda)
Ferdinand's wife.
Franz Ausbach von Loanne (フランツ・アウスバッハ・フォン・ロアーヌ, Furantsu Ausubahha fon Roānu)
Mikhail's father.
Clemens (クレメンス, Kuremensu)
Muse's father.
Ludwig (ルートヴィッヒ, Rūtovihhi)
Ruler of Pidona. Ludwig is portrayed by Shinichi Wagō (Romancing SaGa The Stage).[23]
Al Awadh (アル・アワド, Aru Awado)
The first king of Naj.
Yang Yuchung (ヤン・ユーチュン, Yan Yūchun)
General of Huang city.
Mikado (ミカド, Mikado)
Ruler of the East.
Zhao Gao (ツァオ・ガオ, Tsao Gao)
Prime Minister of Huang city.
The Destroyer (破壊するもの, Hakai surumono)
The Final boss.

Reception[edit]

Romancing SaGa 3 has sold 1.3 million copies to date.[24] Famitsu gave it a score of 34 out of 40.[25]

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