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Square Enix plans further GBA support with new FF titles

Rob Fahey 17:34 22/04/2004

More Final Fantasy outings for Nintendo's pint sized console

Japanese giant Square Enix is to throw the not insubstantial weight of its Final Fantasy franchise behind the Game Boy Advance once again, with an original Final Fantasy game and remakes of Final Fantasy I and II on their way to the platform.

The move is further evidence of a reconciliation between Nintendo and Square Enix, after relations between the two companies finally thawed following the retirement of Nintendo's former firebrand president - and outspoken Square critic - Hiroshi Yamauchi.

The first Final Fantasy game to grace a Nintendo console since the SNES era, Final Fantasy Tactics, was used to launch the Game Boy Advance SP in Japan last year, and went on to become a massive commercial success on the platform.

Now Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita has reportedly gone on record saying that the company will create a brand new Final Fantasy RPG title for the Game Boy Advance, and will also create a conversion of classic NES titles Final Fantasy I and II for the platform.

According to Tokita, Nintendo had requested that the company create a version of Final Fantasy III, but it has elected to port the earlier titles first. It's not known whether they will be released at full price, or whether they will join Nintendo's popular Famicom Mini range of budget-priced NES remakes.

Square Enix' relationship with Nintendo on home console platforms may also bear new fruit in the near future, with rumours abounding that a new GameCube title from the giant RPG publisher will be unveiled at E3, following the commercial success of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicle. This would however represent a significant departure from form for Square Enix, which has not previously used E3 as a platform to launch new game titles.

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Slightly OT but is Chrono Cross any good?

IMHO its excellent, although some people don't like the fact that there are so many playable characters in it. I'd say its a must if you've played Chrono Trigger, plus it has a great soundtrack.

I think its the RPG I enjoyed the most on the Playstation, probably tied with Grandia.

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No, it's not FFVI but FFIII which was released on the NES. I would personally cream my pants if FFVI was releases on the GBA.

Hey this is far far far better then another port of FFVI!

FFIII has never been released in the west previously - first time in English!

My FF collection will finally be complete *hurrah*

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The commercial success of FF:CC will ensure that the new FF game unveiled for the Cube at E3 will be FF:CC 2. Yay.

Was it a commercial success? I got it into my head that it bombed, badly. Dunno where I got this from, though. Probably dreamt it.

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remakes are great for the GBA, it's like having a SNES in my pocket <_<

Absolutley. Carrying around a SNES/Control Pad/Portable T.V./Portable Electric Generator + Fuel, is slightly more inconvienient. :D

I have mixed feelings about GBA remakes nowadays. I always used to say that they should use the same game engine but with new levels/weapons etc, but they did exactly that with Metroid Fusion and it was'nt as good as Super Metroid.

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