Back in '80s, Square was a struggling developer on the verge of bankruptcy. The games they were putting out just weren't bringing in the desired cash flow. It was decided that they'd put everything they had into one final game and it would be a fantasy title, which is where this series name originates from. On December 18th, 1987, Final Fantasy hit the Famicom and thankfully, did well enough that the game was translated and released on the NES on July 12th, 1990.
I've always found the history behind the Final Fantasy series to be a highly interesting one. What was thought to be the company's last game went on to become a mega-hit franchise that has lasted over 20 years.
What makes the Final Fantasy games unique is that each title feels different from the last. Final Fantasy III introduced the innovative job system, Final Fantasy V expanded it even further. The first few games only let you choose between a handful of party members, Final Fantasy VI let you choose between a total of 14.
Like the Mega Man games (another one of my favorites), the Final Fantasy titles have highly enjoyable music. The music has been primarily composed by Nobuo Uematsu, but other composers have also had a hand in contributing to the game's scores such as Junya Nakano, and Masashi Hamauzu. Just the same as Mega Man music, the game's music has enjoyed amazing remixes and arrange themes from the gaming community. Just check out OC Remixe's Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream.
The last Final Fantasy game I played the Final Fantasy VI on the GBA and I've been thinking of playing some games from the series again. I still haven't beaten Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy Tactics (I'm bit intimidated by the that one, to be honest), or even baught Final Fantasy XII. I always could play one of the games I've already beaten, but it would be nice to get more into some of the titles I'm less familiar with.
There really aren't enough good things I can say about this epic series. Here's to another 20+ years of it's existence.