Final Fantasy Origins

PSX PlayStation Final Fantasy Origins Black Label Retail Release

Jewel Case Release


Role Playing Game Compilation
April 8, 2003
6 62248 90301 9
Sony ID:
1 Player
1 Block (Each)
Teen Violence
Box Copy:

The Birth of Adventure

Experience the re-release of two classic games which started the most popular RPG series worldwide.

Contains complete versions of the ground-breaking Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II which has never before been released in North America. Both games contain enhanced graphics, sound, and music, plus special features unique to this collection.

Collector’s Package Bonus Features:

  • New theme songs and CG opening cinemas
  • Art galleries of Yohitaka Amano’s illustrations
  • Detailed bestiaries of enemies for each game
  • Expanded event scenes and new story scenes




Final Fantasy Origins is no stranger to variants, so let’s get them started. First is the Canadian release with the second manual in French. This would have been shrink-wrapped to the front of the case. No informational changes.

PSX PlaySTation Final Fantasy Origins Black Label Canadian Retail Release with French Manual

Canadian Release with French Manual

Next up is the trusty Greatest Hits Release. Info is now SLUS-01541GH and PSRM-025191

PSX PlayStation Final Fantasy Origins Greatest Hits Green Label Release

Greatest Hits Release

Now we have the “Silver Bottom” variants from the Square-Enix Store. Along with several other Squaresoft titles, FF Origins was reprinted on standard silver disc media – not the usual blue / black dyed discs as usual. These Silver reprints haven sold for years and directly from Square-Enix. There are at least two known print runs.

The first one looks exactly like the original Greatest Hit print run, except the the right-side copyright text is a little thicker / bolder.

PSX PlayStation Final Fantasy Origins SIlver Bottom Disc Square-Enix Store Release Version 1

Silver Bottom Square-Enix Store Release Version 1

With the second known silver print run, the manual and back insert’s Greatest Hits “green” is a bit darker, as is the manual’s back artwork. However, the disc’s right-side copyright info is now back to being the thinner font of the original Greatest Hits. In fact, it’s even thinner!

PSX PlaySTation Final Fantasy Origins Square-Enix Store Silver Bottom Release Version 2 with Darker Green

Silver Bottom Version 2 with Darker Green Greatest Hits bars.


  • There are no known misprints.




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  • In the original NES version, there was a headstone that read, “Here Lies Eldrick” in reference to Dragon Warrior’s protagonist. Here in the re-master, the same headstone now reads, “May Link Rest in Peace” – a nod to Nintendo’s RPG hero.
  • Features a much more robust storyline and includes all new and expanded cinematics. It really does look like a Super Nintendo compilation rather then an NES one.
  • Includes both an Easy and Normal Mode.
  • Also new to the disc is a really nifty ‘Collections’ section buried in the Configuration screen. It offers a Bestiary that tracks every monster you meet and offers notes on them, a list of world locations, and insanely high-resolution scans of Amano’s original sketches.




Secrets and unlockables for Final Fantasy 1.
  • Achieve 100% Bestiary
    Find and defeat 1 of every known enemy in the game, including bosses. The final ??? is Chaos, the end boss. Full set is viewable in Game+ Mode
  • Achieve 100% Item Collection
    Find every single treasure chest with an item in it, all Story related items, and finish all side quests (Excalibur, etc).
  • Achieve 100% Art Collection
    Finishing the game with a full Bestiary will unlock all the art pieces as the player progresses. Full set is viewable in Game+ Mode.
  • Photo Mode
    Finish the game once on Easy and once on Normal (in any order) on a Completed Game+ Save to unlock both halves of the Photo gallery
  • Find and fight WarMech
    The “Hidden Boss” of Final Fantasy 1 can be found on the bridge leading to Tiamat’s room in the Floating Fortress. You have a 1-in-64th chance of triggering the fight. Be warned, he’s a hell of fight.
  • Find and fight the Iron Golem
    The rarest enemy in the game. It can be found in the B4 Level of the Temple of Chaos. Head to the bottom right diagonal hallway where you find the Masamune. If you walk back and forth it will eventually appear.
  • XP Exploit #1
    The Peninsula of Power To the Northeast of Pravoca, there is a small green peninsula just past a port and a mountain. The top two squares will produce monsters you should not normally fight until later in the game. Use this area to quickly earn XP and Gil. Just be sure to use Memo and bring Healing Items!
  • XP Exploit #2
    The Hall of Gigas (Giants) – On the first floor of the Terra Cave is a long hallway to the left. Every single space in this hallway – plus two spaces leading into it, will trigger a fight. Each fight will feature a mixture of Gigas with a few other creatures mixed in. It’s a power walk, but you’ll rack up a crazy amount of XP and Gil.
  • Hidden Tiles Game
    Hop onto the Pirate Ship, then hold Cross and press Circle 64 times. A mini game will pop up, which if completed in a certain time frame will award you various items.
  • Access the built-in map
    Press Start and Circle together while in the open world, and you’ll access a map with two different views.
  • Item Usage in Battle
    Certain weapons and armor can grant magic spells while in-battle. Be sure to check the description of items as you find them to see their potential. To cast the spell, Choose “Item” in-battle and and then choose the weapon or armor. To use an item you’re wearing, press Up in the Item menu to access your wardrobe.


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