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As mentioned on the main page of this section, the soundtrack for Final Fantasy VI was released in Japan on 25 March 1994 as Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version. According to Oricon, which tracks the sales figures in the Japanese music industry, the soundtrack sold 175,000 copies as of 2010. (Source; does not include digital sales.) This is the only sales figure I can find for the album, and I'm not sure if it reflects just the original printing of the soundtrack, or all of the reprints in Japan to that date.

Regardless, the soundtrack did well enough to receive a number of reprints over the years. These different releases tend to have slightly different tracklists; you can learn more about why on the tracklist page.

I've also included the various compilation albums and EPs that the original songs were released on. In other words, if it wasn't a remix or arrangement and had the music from FFVI on it, it's on this page.

The catalog numbers on each listing below link to VGMdb, which is a database of video game music that includes much more indepth information on the soundtrack. You can find further staff information and links to reviews, as well as album scans and extra notes about the individual tracks where applicable.

Listed by release date.

FINAL FANTASY VI STARSā˜†Vol.1&2

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: N09D-023 (vol.1), N09D-024 (vol.2)
Length: 13:05
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: 21 January 1994

These two minidiscs (remember those?) came out several months before the game and the soundtrack, and included 10 of the character themes (the ones depicted on the covers). Basically, it's all the character themes except for Gogo, Umaro, and Mog. Which makes sense, since they're the completely optional characters. The songs are identical to how they are on the soundtrack.

final fantasy vi original sound version

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: PSCN-5001~3
Length: 3:05:32
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: 25 March 1994

This is the original release of the soundtrack. As noted on the tracklist page, most song titles on this release are directly translated from the Japanese titles.

kefka's domain - the complete soundtrack from the final fantasy iii video game

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: SQ108
Length: 3:05:32
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: 1 December 1994

This is notable for a couple of reasons. While Final Fantasy VI was, obviously, the sixth game in the series, it was only the third Final Fantasy to be released in North America, so it was rebranded Final Fantasy III. Following in that vein, when the soundtrack was released, it was similarly rebranded. Now, why they called it Kefka's Domain and slapped Mog on the front, I have no idea.

As best I can tell, though, this was one of the first soundtracks Square ever released outside of Japan, which I find interesting. By that point Square had already started what would be a long line of arrangement albums for their games, but releases outside of Japan have always been slower, even now that we're in the digital era.

I'm the only person who finds this interesting, I know. Moving on.

MUSIC FROM FFV AND FFVI VIDEO GAMES

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: SLUS-00879/00900
Length: 57:20
Tracks: 22, on 1 discs
Release Date: 5 October 1999

This is a little out of place, but since it's not quite an arrangement album I figured I'd toss it in here. This was a promotional album released with Final Fantasy Anthology, the Playstation release of FFV and FFVI. It's only a single disc, and doesn't include the full soundtracks for either game — the first 9 tracks cover FFV, and the rest are FFVI songs. The songs are directly from the Playstation version of the game, but it takes a trained ear to hear any difference.

final fantasy vi original sound version

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: NTCP-5001~3
Length: 3:05:32
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: 1 October 2004

This was a reprint for the original Japanese album, ten years after the game's release. Same cover and everything.

Finest Box: Finest Fantasy for Advance

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Unclear (see vgmdb)
Catalog #: FFFB-0001~6
Length: 6:30:28
Tracks: 183, on 6 discs
Release Date: 28 March 2007

Similar to the Playstation soundtrack above, this collection was never available for sale, but rather was a promotional offer for those in Japan who bought the GBA remakes of Final Fantasy IV, V, and VI. Unlike the Playstation soundtrack, this includes the full soundtracks of those three games.

The music for FFVI makes up a full half of the set, covering discs 4 through 6. The music is directly from the GBA release, so it does sound different from the original music. There are some samples on the RPGFan review. While I really like the GBA version of the game, I personally found the music to be a downgrade from how it was on the SNES when I played it, and it does sound very different.

I do love the name of the release, though. Talk about alliteration.

final fantasy vi original soundtrack

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: SEMO-00007
Length: 3:07:18
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: Unknown (2007?)

This is the release on the US iTunes store. I'm not sure if it's available in other countries; if it is, please do let me know.

Couple of notes about this one: it doesn't have a catalog number, as it was put directly on iTunes, so instead I went with the equivalent catalog number of the release of the soundtrack on mora, a Japanese digital music retailer. The release date is also unknown; I bought it in July 2007, but I have no idea when it actually went up on iTunes.

This is also the first time it's referred to as a soundtrack.

final fantasy vi original soundtrack remaster version

Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger: Nobuo Uematsu
Catalog #: SQEX-10387~9
Length: 3:07:18
Tracks: 61, on 3 discs
Release Date: 4 September 2013

A remastering of the entire soundtrack. According to RPGFan's review, it's not noticeably different from the original. I haven't tracked this version down myself, but from the samples available on that page I don't hear any change, so. Let's just take it as another rerelease.

And that's it! ...For now, anyway. Give it another few years, I'm sure there will be more. In the meantime, there have been several arranged albums released over the years — why don't you check those out over here?

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