The following is a list of 2006's featured articles. This was the year that featured articles were implemented. There was no real updating schedule however, so they will simply be listed chronologically here.
The Gullwings are a group of sphere hunters that Yuna, Rikku and Paine (also known as YRP in the American version and YuRiPa in the Japanese version) belong to in Final Fantasy X-2. As implied by the term "Sphere Hunters," their main purpose is to hunt spheres, in order to uncover the history of Spira. However, they perform many other side quests, mostly because of Yuna's innate desire to help people in need and inability to say "No." They have no political affiliation to any of the political groups in Spira.
The Gullwings were founded by Rikku, Brother and his old friend Buddy, and they were shortly thereafter joined by Shinra, followed by Paine, and then Yuna. They are capable of traveling all over Spira by use of their own personal Airship, the Celsius.
The Black Mage is a special Job class in the Final Fantasy series, and is featured in several installments. Black Mages have been known to equip magical rods in the earlier installments and staves in the later ones. They can also equip some light daggers. Their armor usually consists of several lightweight vests and mage robes. They are known for incredibly high magic stats and MP, but low physical stats and HP.
The Black Mage has become one of the most recognized symbols of the Final Fantasy series, similar to Chocobos and Moogles. Black Mages are characterized as wearing long blue robes and pointy hats. Their faces are invisible except for their eyes, which often shine brightly on their clouded faces.
A Black Mage's primary ability is to cast Black Magic, which usually consists of attack spells, but also contains some effect spells. In later installments, Black Mages were given the "Focus" ability, which allowed them to store power for the next turn.
Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII Fainaru Fantajī VII) was released in 1997. It is the seventh iteration of the series, and the fourth to be released in the US. It was the first game of the Final Fantasy series to be produced for the sony PlayStation instead of a Nintendo system, and the first game in the series to be ported to Windows. Additionally, it was the first Final Fantasy title with 3D graphics. Since VII, all the main Final Fantasy titles have been 3D and on the PlayStation or PlayStation 2 platform.
The English release for the PlayStation was criticized for its translation, which was viewed by some as awkward and contained numerous grammatical errors. The Windows port uses the same localization script, but several of the more egregious errors were corrected.
The game was a critical and commercial success: it received glowing reviews from most video game magazines and by 1999 the game had sold more than eight million copies worldwide, with about 3 million in the first 48 hours of its release. It was one of the first console role-playing games to achieve widespread popularity outside of Asia, and the ongoing popularity of the title led Square Enix to produce a series of sequels and prequels under the collective title Compilation of Final Fantasy VII in the mid-2000s.
The game incorporates references to a variety of religious and philosophical systems, reflected in character names like Sephiroth (drawn from the Kabbalah) and Heidegger (likely a reference to German philosopher and Nazi Party member Martin Heidegger), and place names such as Midgar and Nibelheim (both from Norse mythology). Additionally, several references are made to previous Final Fantasy titles, including several character names (such as Cid, Biggs and Wedge, originally from Star Wars), and the repetition of soundtrack motifs, such as the chocobo theme.
The game followed in the footsteps of Final Fantasy VI for presenting a world with considerably more advanced technology than previous installments. The gamut of the game's technology covers space flight, robotics, highly advanced genetic engineering, automatic firearms, directed energy weapons, automobiles, helicopters, limited antigravity technology, and major global corporations; the level of technology in the world of Final Fantasy VII could be said to approximate that of near-future science fiction.
Cecil Harvey is a player character in the game Final Fantasy IV. He is the main character in this game. He is one of the few characters in the series that changes his job during the course of the game. He starts out as a Dark Knight, but at a certain point in the game, he transforms into a Paladin. (More...)
Tidus (ティーダ T'îda in the Japanese version) is the protagonist in the game Final Fantasy X. As the leading character, the player controls Tidus through the world based in the game, manipulating his actions through the unfolding storyline in true traditional Final Fantasy style. Final Fantasy X was the first title of the Final Fantasy series to feature on the Sony PlayStation 2.
The storyline of Final Fantasy X revolves around Tidus, a rising blitzball star player from Zanarkand. After a mysterious creature attacked his hometown, Tidus was transported to the world of Spira. Lost, confused, and seemingly out of place, Tidus meets a newly-fledged summoner, Yuna, and her guardians. The summoner is soon to set out on a pilgrimage in an attempt to put an end to the very creature that destroyed Zanarkand, so by joining them Tidus hopes he will find his way home.
Like the other characters in Final Fantasy X, Tidus' abilities are built around a classic Final Fantasy job class, in his case that of the "Fighter" class; normally considered a balanced melee fighter. However, Tidus also features many abilities from the Time Mage class, particularly in the form of enhancements for himself or his group. (More...)
Sephiroth appears as a tall, handsome character with long silver hair, bright emerald green eyes, a long black coat, and metallic shoulder guards. He carries the sword Masamune (a weapon that has appeared in each installment of the Final Fantasy series). He was the most famous member of SOLDIER, the paramilitary branch of Shin-Ra, until he mysteriously disappeared five years prior to the start of the game. He then returns to enact a sinister plot which threatens the game's world, one which the game's heroes must stop. (More...)
Rydia, sometimes referred to as Rydia of Mist is a playable character in Final Fantasy IV. She is a Summoner from the village of Mist and is one of the most powerful Summoners in the village. This is due to the fact that she is only seven years old. Summoned monsters from the Land of Summons tend to trust innocent, young girls more than they do adults.
Bahamut is one of the most popular Summons in the Final Fantasy series. He has appeared in several installments, as well as his own game, Bahamut Lagoon. He also appeared as a boss in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. His attack, Mega Flare (sometimes translated as Sun Flare) deals non-elemental magic damage.
Narshe (ナルシェ Narushe) is a city in Final Fantasy VI. It is a coal mining town at the northern edge of the world. It is run by an Elder. Moogles such as Mog and a sasquatch live deep within the mines. It also has a classroom where players can learn the basics of the game.
The Mediator, sometimes referred to as a Trainer or Beastmaster, is a job class that appears in various titles in the series. They are characterized by wearing clothing similar to one who works with animals. Mediators use daggers and whips as weapons. Their stats are usually physical in nature. Their abilities include the ability to catch monsters and release them on their opponents, and can also Control the actions of opponents and lure them away.
No notable Mediators have ever appeared.
"A mysterious young woman, controlled by the Empire, and born with the gift of magic..."
Terra Branford is a playable character in Final Fantasy VI. Her name is Tina in the Japanese version. Although Final Fantasy VI has no true main character, the main plot revolves around Terra. Yoshitaka Amano has stated in an interview that Terra was his favorite character to design.