Romancing SaGa

Romancing SaGa (ロマンシングサ·ガ) is a role-playing video game originally developed and published by Square as the fourth game of their SaGa series in 1992 for the Super Famicom. The game was designed by Akitoshi Kawazu who had served as head developer for the previous SaGatitles, with fellow series veteran Kenji Ito providing the game’s soundtrack. The original Super Famicom version sold over a million copies worldwide and was voted by readers of Japanese Famitsu magazine as the 53rd greatest game of all time in a 2006 poll.

The game was later ported to the WonderSwan Color handheld system in December 2002, being exclusive to Japanese players. In April 2005, an enhanced remake of the title for the PlayStation 2 called Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song was released in April 2005 in Japan, and in English for the first time in North America the following October simply under the title Romancing SaGa. In 2009, the original Super Famicom version was ported to mobile phones and the Wii Virtual Console service in Japan.

The game serves as the basis for most of the series that comes after, featuring the ability to choose between eight different characters to play as, a non-linear adventure with free access to the whole world, dozens of quests to embark on, and a unique leveling system. It is also the first entry that Tomomi Kobayashi did character designs for, and established her as the main character designer for the franchise.

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