When the Japanese Square video game company launched the first Final Fantasy, there was no sign of the enormous success the title was to achieve. Now, after many more installments in the series, we know the legend of the series is likely to shine forever. But – there’s another.

Two years after the premiere of the first Final Fantasy game, Square (now Square Enix) developed and released a SaGa series. It consists of games like Final Fantasy Legend or Romancing SaGa, which quickly won the hearts of players in Japan. The first game in this unique series was also the first role-playing video game for the Game Boy console. As we know today, the title had little to do with the original Final Fantasy, and the name itself came to life for marketing reasons.

However, it was a breakthrough in its genre, experimenting with the existing rules of video RPG. The gameplay featured an open world and a non-linear story with multiple endings. If you would like to take a closer look at the titles in this series, today is the day! Here is a list of all Final Fantasy Legends and SaGa video games!

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The Final Fantasy Legend 1

Game Boy
Nintendo DS
Switch
PC (Windows)
Release: 1989-12-15 (Game Boy) / 2021-10-21 (Steam)
Developer: Square Co

From the dawn of time, a gigantic tower has been standing in the center of the world. Its spike marks the way to Paradise. Many adventurers have tried to get to the top and explore this mystery, but none have returned from the expedition victorious. Maybe you will?

The Final Fantasy Legend 1

Choose from several classes like humans, mutants, and monsters and create your unique hero. Prepared for the road, travel to the top of the tower to discover its secrets and become its first explorer! On your way, you will encounter various enemies and potential party members. Recruit them for an adventure, discover multiple character development paths and become an ultimate hero!

Key features
  • Play the first game released on Game Boy
  • Create a character choosing from people, mutants, and monsters
  • Embark on an adventure to discover what is at the top of a massive tower
  • Explore the land and meet other characters

The Final Fantasy Legend 2, 3

Game Boy
Nintendo DS
Switch
PC (Windows)
Release: 1990-12-14 / 1991-12-13 / 2021-10-21 (Steam)
Developer: Square Co

Both following parts of the Final Fantasy Legend series offer a similar gameplay scenario as Final Fantasy Legend 1. Play part 2 and go in search of your lost father. Or try part 3 and discover a world of challenging time travels!

The Final Fantasy Legend 2, 3

The gameplay in both parts is similar, but you will also discover some new mechanics. Over the years, the character development has evolved a bit, and the pure fantasy climate of the story has taken on a bit more of a sci-fi nature. In these parts, you will also be able to play a new class – robot or cyborg!

Key features
  • Play the sequel to the groundbreaking game on Game Boy
  • Experience new adventures and discover breathtaking fantasy and sci-fi worlds
  • Recruit teammates and fight in turn-based battles
  • Develop your character as you want

Romancing SaGa

SNES
Playstation 2
Release: 1992-01-28
Developer: Square

Play RPG, which in 2006 made it to the list of the 100 greatest games of all time, according to Famitsu readers. Set off to the magical world of humans, gods, and demons and fight the evil god Saruin!

Romancing Saga 1

Choose from eight characters like barbarian, nomad, ranger, and more. Embark on your adventure in one of eight different locations and get carried away by the totally random meetings that can take you anywhere. Create a team, explore faraway lands and dangerous dungeons, and discover scraps of history by completing challenging quests.

Key features
  • Play as one of eight fearless heroes
  • Create a team and fight in the turn-based mode
  • Explore the map and develop your level to fight powerful enemies
  • Meet fascinating characters and complete quests

Romancing SaGa 2

SNES
Mobile
Switch
PC (Windows)
Release: 1993-12-10 / 2017-12-15 (Steam)
Developer: Square Enix

It is the next installment in the series, released in 1993 only in Japanese. In 2016, it got its remake and finally made its debut worldwide.

Romancing SaGa 2

When the Seven Heroes return as the evil demons, only the dynasty of rulers from Avalon Castle will be able to stop them. Take on the role of family members and grow in strength as a ruler and a whole nation. Take care of your kingdom, develop in combat and explore. And one day, you will be ready for the ultimate battle against your greatest enemy.

Key features
  • Play the remake of the best-selling game from 1993
  • Accept the role of a ruler at Avalon Castle and fight evil
  • Explore, develop skills and get stronger
  • Recruit new heroes for your party

Romancing SaGa 3

SNES
Mobile
PC (Windows)
Release: 1995-11-11 / 2019-11-11 (Steam)
Developer: Square

It is an epic role-playing game, released in 1995 on the SNES in Japan. Play a remaster of this fantastic story designed by the legendary Akitoshi Kawazu and discover a retro RPG in a new edition for PC.

Romancing SaGa 3

Every three hundred years, a Rise of Morastrum brings death to all born this year – regardless of race. However, one child survives each time, and this way, the evil Archfiend and the good Matriarch come to life. When the next eclipse arrives, no one knows what kind of hero will appear in the world. Choose from eight characters and set off on a journey to discover the mystery of the grim event of a deadly solar eclipse!

Key features
  • Pick one of eight characters and take control of your fate
  • Explore a magical land and recruit teammates
  • Fight in the turn-based mode and enjoy dynamic effects
  • Complete missions and gain experience

SaGa Frontier

Playstation
Mobile
Windows (Steam)
Release: 1997-07-11 / 2021-04-15 (remastered version)
Developer: Square Enix

It is the seventh installment of the SaGa series, the action of which takes place across the galaxy. Play the remaster of this classic role-playing game from 1998 and create your legend in a fresh new style.

SaGa Frontier

Travel across the solar system and discover entirely new nations and even more adventures! Pick one of seven unique heroes and follow their story path as you create the entire tale. SaGa Frontier is a video game with a non-linear storyline, leaving endless freedom of gameplay control in the hands of the players.

Key features
  • Play the remaster of the epic 1998 RPG
  • Travel around the solar system and encounter its population
  • Make decisions, explore and create your own story
  • Meet new party members and create complex attack combos in combat

SaGa Frontier 2

Playstation
Release: 1999-04-01
Developer: Square

It is the second installment in the SaGa Frontier series, with the story set in a slightly different reality, not referring to the previous part. Set off to the world of Sandail and discover two stories that blend throughout the plot.

Saga Frontier 2 - 1999 PS1 Game

Guide the fate of the exiled prince and see how his adventure will unfold. Or get involved in the turbulent relationships of the Knights family and see if they can find the ancient artifact. Welcome to the beautiful world that will engage you from the very first second! Explore, decide your own fate and create a team to reach the farthest lands of this endearing world.

Key features
  • Choose one of the two heroes
  • Set off on a journey and explore the most distant lands
  • Create a team and prepare your attacks
  • Discover numerous secrets and their origins

Unlimited Saga

Playstation 2
Release: 2002-12-19
Developer: Square

Meet seven brand-new characters and explore a magical fantasy land through their eyes! It is another installment in a fantastic role-playing game collection, released in 2003 for PlayStation 2.

Unlimited Saga 1

Play as each of the seven heroes and discover the chapters of their story. Accept missions, complete them, gain experience and explore. Get to know your hero better and make him gather fearless members for the team. The developers introduced 3D graphics, which took the gameplay experience to a whole new level of fun.

Key features
  • Play the stories of seven new heroes
  • Learn their goals and guide their adventure
  • Find worthy members for your team
  • Fight in turn-based mode and create deadly combos

Emperors SaGa

Social websites (GREE, Mobage)
Android
Release: 2012-09-18
Developer: Square Enix, AltPlus

It is a unique installment in the series, which significantly differs from other titles. The game was released in 2012 by Square Enix and featured elements of story known from previous games.

Emperors SaGa

You are playing as the ruler of the entire kingdom and keep your citizens happy by doing your best to ensure their well-being. This title focuses on combat featuring digital cards that display the statistics of particular fighters.

 

Key features
  • 2012 card role-playing game
  • Take on the role of the ruler of the entire kingdom
  • Confront your enemies and keep the citizens safe
  • Plan attack strategies and win

Imperial SaGa

Web browsers
Release: 2015-06-18
Developer: Think & Feel
Discontinued: 2019-12-26

It is the browser version and the eleventh part of the SaGa series of games. If you miss battles from Romancing SaGa 3 – this title offers an almost identical combat system.

Imperial Saga

Play as the mighty ruler of one of the many lands set on a fantasy map. Choose from a variety of heroes and locations to start your adventure! Become the dream emperor and defend your homeland against evil attacks. Form a team of legendary characters known from previous parts and set off on a journey to collect even more treasures and defeat more and more powerful enemies.

The game was discontinued in December 2019 due to waning support for Adobe Flash.

 

Key features
  • Play the browser version of the series
  • Play as the emperor and take care of your kingdom
  • Choose from a variety of characters and create a party
  • Explore, collect treasures, and defeat hordes of enemies

SaGa: Scarlet Grace

Playstation Vita
Android
iOS
Windows (Steam)
Release: 2016-12-15 (PSP) / 2019-12-03 (Steam/PC)
Genre: Role-playing
Developer: Square Enix Business Division 3, Studio Reel

Play the biggest installment in the series, released in 2016 on PlayStation Vita! Learn thrilling stories, explore breathtaking locations, and restore order to an epic fantasy world.

SaGa: Scarlet Grace

Learn the stories of four unique heroes and manage their actions to understand what they all have in common. Explore as much as you want and make your own decisions that will affect the story of the rest of the game. Fight in the turn-based mode and pay particular attention to the formation and location of your units, and you will surely win every fight!

Key features
  • Play as one of the four heroes and discover what they have in common
  • Explore the vast map and engage in various events
  • Create a team and fight to develop your skills
  • Get carried away by an intriguing story

Romancing SaGa Re; univerSe

Android
iOS
Release: 2018-12-06
Developer: Square Enix

It is a free-to-play continuation of the plot known from Romancing SaGa 3, which takes place 300 years after the events of the last part. Confront the rising evil and banish it once and for all!

Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe

Enjoy the classic SaGa gameplay and embark on a journey that will ultimately drain all evil of its power. Create a team, explore and discover the secrets to learn history even better. Meet characters, visit towns, and get carried away by the charm of the mobile jRPG loved by players worldwide.

You can get the Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe from Google Play or AppStore.

Key features
  • Play the story sequel for Romancing SaGa 3
  • Meet various characters and recruit them to your team
  • Explore the map and complete tasks
  • Enjoy classic gameplay that fans of the SaGa series love

Imperial SaGa Eclipse

Android
iOS
PC (Online browser game)
Release: 2019-10-31
Genre: Role-playing
Developer: Think & Feel

This browser video game is a sequel to Imperial SaGa, but the developers implemented some changes to improve the gameplay. Enter the world of gods, wicked spirits, and humans to discover your destiny!

Imperial Saga Eclipse

Play as Liber and create a party of the bravest heroes who will dare to undertake the journey of their life. Engage in turn-based combat, plan attacks, and develop talents by fighting and making friends with others. Learn to use your unique skills to your advantage and discover the darkest secret hidden by your fate.

Key features
  • Play the direct sequel to Imperial SaGa
  • Create a hero and learn his story
  • Meet other heroes and make friends
  • Fight and develop your skills

Final Fantasy Legends and Saga video games did not become a bestseller in Japan because Final Fantasy was their closest relative. Their success is the developers’ experimental approach to the game mechanics.

This unique collection has granted players unimaginable freedom of choice and the power to direct their own stories. With the charming graphics and a different captivating plot each time – this gameplay is pure perfection. If, after reading this list, you felt a sudden urge to play some retro RPG about magic and heroes – don’t worry. It is a completely healthy reaction!