Yuukyuu no Kaze Densetsu: Final Fantasy III Yori, or Legend of the Eternal Wind: Final Fantasy III in English, is a manga based on the original NES version of Final Fantasy III, published in 1991 by Kadokawa Shoten.
The manga is written by Kenji Terada, the game's scenario writer, and drawn by Yuu Kinutani. From 1991 to 1992, Kadokawa Shoten's Famicom gaming magazine, Maru Katsu Famicom (マル勝ファミコン), published Legend of the Eternal Wind. It was subsequently collected into three tankōbon under Kadokawa Shoten's Dragon Comics imprint: Legend of the Eternal Wind 1, from Final Fantasy III, Legend of the Eternal Wind 2, from Final Fantasy III, and Legend of the Eternal Wind 3, from Final Fantasy III.
As of 2012, this publication has not been translated into English or any other language by either Square Enix or fan groups.
The manga chronicles the events of the original game and notably has completely different characters featuring as the Warriors of the Light than the game's remake (in the original game the protagonists are generic and have no names or personalities): Muuchi (ムウチ), Doug (ダグ), J. Bowie (J・ボウイ), and Melfi (メルフィ, the only female in the group). The manga is a dramatized retelling of the battles in the original game, showing the boss fights as huge action scenes. It also details the characters and the surrounding world in far greater detail than the NES game ever could. This version of the story is considerably darker than that depicted in either the NES or 3D game, featuring large-scale destruction, horror scenes, and nudity. Though it covers the same events as the game, many of the events are changed and most of the dungeons and their bosses do not appear in this version.
Volume 2 features the heroes battling an attack from a giant tree monster that devours Melfi. Melfi is able to escape and join up with the party, who travel to Hein's palace to fight him. Hein's palace however is a confusing M.C. Escher-esque labyrinth and the demon lord summons Ifrit and a male demon (possibly Shiva) to do battle with the party. The volume ends on a cliffhanger.
Volume 3 features the conclusion to the battle against Hein and his minions, with the party victorious after a difficult struggle. However, the world continues to be under attack, this time from a massive dark demon coming up from the bowels of the planet. Unei and Doga appear and give the party their aid. With their support, they party is able to defeat this final and most dangerous threat, and the world is saved. With their journey over, the group splits up to continue on new adventures.