Fans know Final Fantasy IX as being a love letter to fans of the series. “Sakaguchi envisioned a “reflection” on the older titles of the series.“ It would only make sense that Final Fantasy IX would contain many homages to the original Final Fantasy game. But fans and theorist believe Final Fantasy IX takes place in the same world as the original Final Fantasy.
Final Fantasy Wikia lists several allusions to the first game. The most notable include:
- a Garland character, four elemental guardians reminiscent of the Four Fiends
- a pumice that summons an Ark (massive airship)
- several locations (Mount Gulug/Gurgu Volcano, Ice Cavern/Cavern of Ice)
Speaking of which, of all the maps Final Fantasy I and IX’s look the most similar.
Final Fantasy IX has allusions to every prior game in the series, and did so to provide nostalgia for fans.