Final Fantasy II is a video game, created by Squaresoft (now Square Enix), for the NES. It was originally released in Japan, and didn't have an English translation until Final Fantasy Origins on the Sony PlayStation, and later Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn Of Souls on the Game Boy Advance. It was released on December 17, 1988. It is the sequel to the very popular video game Final Fantasy (though the stories and characters are completely different).
The Empire of Palemecia is trying to take over the entire world. A rebel army is created in the Kingdom of Fynn to stop the Empire. The Emperor's Dark Knights attack Fynn, and succeed at taking it over. Four teenagers, Firion, Maria, Guy, and Leon are attacked by the Dark Knights. Firion, Maria, and Guy end up in Altair, the new home to the rebellion, and eventually join the rebels to help fight Palamecia.
This game has a world map that connects all of the game's towns and dungeons. Walking on top of the town or dungeon on the world map will take you inside. On the world map and in dungeons, there are random encounters. The battle system in this game is that of a turn-based RPG. Unlike the original Final Fantasy, your characters don't level up on this game. Instead, their stats level up by using them in battle. Another feature in this game is "Key Terms". You can learn certain words, and say them to various NPCs for various effects, such as learning new Key Terms and progressing through the game.
This game was not originally imported to English-speaking countries. It was entirely translated, but Square decided not to release it in America. Square did not believe that English translations were important at the time. English speaking Final Fantasy fans can now play this game on the GBA and the PlayStation 1, in the remakes "Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls" and "Final Fantasy Origins". The same remake was also released as a standalone game for Sony's PSP system. The 8-bit original also received a fan translation by NeoDemiforce that was released on March 21, 1998.