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Posted: 14th September 2018 13:49

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Nintendo did a new Nintendo Direct late last night (America time, that is). And if you have a Switch and are a classic Square Enix fan, you are 100% in luck - there are now a ton of Final Fantasy games coming your way. First, five games from the late 90's/early 2000's: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy XII were all announced for 2019 releases on the Nintendo system. One would have to assume that for these games, they will be ports of the most recent Windows releases, and in the case of X/X-2, will be purchased as a single unit as they have been previously for PS4 and PC.

The cute and simple version of Final Fantasy XV, called Pocket Edition, was released on mobile in February of this year, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One just last Friday. The Switch version was likely also ready for that release day, but as Nintendo Direct was delayed a week due to hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean, the announcement lost a bit of momentum and fell behind the other consoles. It's priced at $29.99 on Switch, but currently you can get it for 40% off as a release celebration.

World of Final Fantasy is also coming to Switch, on November 6. The Switch edition will be called "Maxima," will add in a new feature called "Avatar Change" in which the player characters Reynn and Lann will be able to change their appearance to that of classic Final Fantasy characters when in their non-Jiant modes. Cloud, Lightning, Yuna, and Noctis all appeared in the short video snippet as Avatar Change options, though it's likely that many more will be available.

Finally for new news, a remaster of Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon was also announced for release sometime this winter. This game was originally released a decade ago for Wii, and the new version is subtitled "Every Buddy" because in the new release, every monster is available as a friend option (and because two people can play by splitting the Joy-Cons).

If you don't have a Switch, though, you won't be left out. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be getting a number of these games as well. Microsoft gamers get the biggest lift, as most of the games were not previously available there: World of Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Final Fantasy XII will all be arriving on the XBO; WoFF will arrive on November 6 just as for Switch, with the others coming next year. PlayStation 4 gamers will also get Every Buddy, and can upgrade their WoFF to Maxima with paid DLC. WoFF will also be coming to PC!

Source: Siliconera
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Posted: 14th September 2018 15:29

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So, I'm guessing Nintendo don't like Final Fantasy VIII either? biggrin.gif
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Posted: 14th September 2018 15:57

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Posted: 14th September 2018 19:12

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laugh.gif I love it.

It is strange that's it's not being released though (or at least not announced yet). I can't think of any obvious reason why they wouldn't release it.

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Posted: 14th September 2018 21:31

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Well, as I mentioned, I'm guessing that the 7-12 games are being brought over using their most recent Windows versions. 8 doesn't have one of those to use, which would explain it. Now, why they wouldn't release it for PC again, I'm not sure.

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Posted: 15th September 2018 20:09

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Well, as I mentioned, I'm guessing that the 7-12 games are being brought over using their most recent Windows versions. 8 doesn't have one of those to use, which would explain it. Now, why they wouldn't release it for PC again, I'm not sure.

VIII has a steam version though.
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Well, as I mentioned, I'm guessing that the 7-12 games are being brought over using their most recent Windows versions. 8 doesn't have one of those to use, which would explain it. Now, why they wouldn't release it for PC again, I'm not sure.

VIII has a steam version though.

Yeah, there's a lot of speculation on why FFVIII is excluded, best article I found is here. Tl;dr, the source code of FFVIII might be lost and harder to piece together than FFVII (where they definitely lost the source code), or they might just have that much trouble with rights to the vocal version of "Eyes on Me". I personally find the latter harder to believe due to the Steam release though.

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It's interesting how many games have already had their source code lost.

One possibility would be to rebuild it from scratch with a crowdsourced effort helped by fans, but I doubt that Squenix is the kind of outfit that would be willing to go to that trouble.

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