20 years have come and gone for what is without a doubt the single most influential game in my gaming career. October 20th, 1994, saw the release of Final Fantasy VI (at the time Final Fantasy III) for the Super Nintendo in the United States, and ever since I threw it in my console at home for the first time, the JRPG genre has become the staple of my video game background.
Seems I'm not the only one either. The game has amassed a huge fanbase over the years with crowds and publications often comparing it favorably in retrospect to its ultra popular PlayStation younger brother, Final Fantasy VII. And then there is video game mixer Matt Hopkins, a mega fan hammering out a project he calls Final Fantasy – The 3-6 Chambers, mashing up the game's unforgettable music with tracks from the legendary, one and only Wu-Tang Clan.
The Wu-Tang Clan, the legendary kings of rap, espers buried deep within their 36th chamber of skill, come forth into a land on the brink of destruction. The evil magic-abusing warlord Kefka holds legions of rappers and producers under his iron grip, using his Slave Crowns to make us work for him. The Wu-Tang are able to free me, but I still have to prove my skills in remixing if I am to join them in battle. Come with me on an audio journey chronicling my love for the Wu-Tang Clan's music and culture and the story and themes of one of my favorite video games of all time. Happy 20th birthday, Final Fantasy 3-6. You've aged extremely well.
Seriously, just check this out. It's fabulous, but just be forewarned of the language please.
Hopkins has experience with mash-ups of this kind before with his irreverently named Chrono Jigga, combining the music of Chrono Trigger with tracks from Jay-Z, and other projects which mash-up rapper Nas with music from the Castlevania games.
That being said, it's wonderful that Final Fantasy VI can still be enjoyed to this day, and many younger fans can still find ways to play it. It's just one of those eternally perfect and playable games that feels as if it hasn't aged a day since it was first released. The fact that fans like Matt Hopkins still find new ways to celebrate its legacy twenty years later is a testament to how it is one of the all time greats.
Spread the word and remind fans about the important 20 year birthday we just had. Also, be sure to tell the younger generation to seek out the real deal, not the butchered smartphone port. We don't need a lost generation who thinks those are standards to live by.
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