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ESRB Update: Four New WiiWare Games on the Way

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

The ESRB has updated with a whopping four new WiiWare ratings! Three of these games have already been released in Japan, but have now gotten their first sign of a release elsewhere. The other's quite a surprise!

Crystal Defenders R1 and Crystal Defenders R2 are the first two parts of Square's Crystal Defenders. As you might remember, the game was originally released for iPhone, and is now being ported to all three current consoles - It's too big for WiiWare though, so that version is being split up into seperate parts!

Family Pirate Party is the third game in the "Family" series. In this one you roll dice and move around a game board, then play minigames, not quite unlike Mario Party. The previous two games in the series weren't that hot, maybe this one will deliver?

The big surprise, however, is Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. This is a direct sequel to the SNES game, set 17 years after its events. It is currently being released in Japan for mobile phones (In monthly parts), but Square said not too long ago that a western release would most likely be on WiiWare - It seems they spoke the truth!

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Starwolf_UK said:

FFIV: The After was released as 13 episodes in Japan (at ¥500 an episode...except the first which was free).

I would hope Square-Enix give us the whole lot in one go for a nice price but knowing Square-Enix and all their current WiiWare releases, I can see it having a similar pricing structure to Space Invaders Get Even.



MrPinguy said:

OMG O_O i tought that i would never play FFIV: After.
Now i have the chance



Link79 said:

This new SNES style Final fantasy looks sweet! Since the numbers of the FF games in America are different from the Japanese games It's so confusing. Is this the sequel to our FF 4 which was called FF 2 in America?



MrPinguy said:

Not that again, the numeration was corrected in several re-releases outside jp and some even on Nintendo Consoles (GBA and DS as FFIV).
So forget the old US numeration for our good sake ;P
FF2:Is Firion's Final Fantasy
FF4:Is Cecil's Final Fantasy
This is the sequel to Cecil's Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy IV

EDIT: If you also want to know Terra's FF also was corrected too, to Final Fantasy VI
The rest is the same, since the first one is really the first and at FFVII, Square droped that numeration.



Kawaiipikachu said:

More Funal Fantasy for Final Fantasy Fanboys who loves Final Fantasy & i know of one Final Fantasy fan who be intrested /looks at his Final Fantasy Collection/



Terra said:

Considering what Square-Enix are did with Get Even, that idea may be quite likely, Although we should probably need to know just how much each episode took up memory-wise before making that assumption.



Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

I don't care how many episodes FF4:TAY gets released in, nor do I care how much they each cost. I will get them all. I love FF4!



Bahamut_ZERO said:

I am a FF fanboy points to name, so we get THREE FFs!!!

Thanks WWW for making my day.



thewiirocks said:

I'm confused. Everyone keeps mentioning that this is a new 2D FF, but the screenshots look a LOT like a Tower Defense clone. Is this an RPG or is it really a Tower Defense game? (Personally, I'd much prefer Tower Defense. If you thought "time sink" was a metaphor, you've never been to this website.)



thewiirocks said:

Sweet! This will probably be the first FF game I ever buy. (I'm a huge fan of Tower Defense in case you didn't notice. ) Thanks Toddr!



Adam said:

This is unexpected. I had never heard of this cell phone game. I enjoyed FFIV for awhile before I quit (not too into RPGs, but it's definitely one of the better ones I've played), but I can't imagine such a game playing well on a cell phone...
I'm skeptical, but still excited WiiWare should be getting its first RPG (excluding that other FF game, which doesn't sound too RPGish).



Cthuloops said:

I'm in the same boat as Adam. I've never even heard of FF: TAY. If it is anything like the original 6 16-bit FFs, then it should be pretty damn good.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@thewiirocks: YOU NEVER PLAYED AN FF GAME!!!!!! Thats worse than not buying WoG!!!

Go on eBay and buy FF Aniversery Collection for PS1/2/3. If you dont have that, then buy VI for GBA. Do it now. Right now. Stop reading this and buy it right now.

Ahem- back on topic. CDR1 looks kind of cool, if its as good as Ninjatown it'll deserve an 8/10 at least.



Objection said:

As shameless as it might be, the FFIV game looks good, but the y better not price it too high considering that it's using a 15 year old engine. I hope that the R games are good too but I think that dividing them in 3 parts (prolly necessary for spcae restraints) means we're going to get nickel and dimed (except for 1000 points at a time, most likely.) I have no faith in the "Family" series...



Wesker said:

Most RPGs are boring. There's not enough happening to keep my brain engaged. They all seem to follow the same inevitable patterns.



thewiirocks said:

@Bahamut ZERO - I was never a fan of true RPGs. I love Zelda and, but that's not a true RPG. (Even that took some convincing!) My sister used to play FF7 like mad back in the day. Honestly, the entire concept bored me to tears. I'm fully aware of the series' history and all the variations offered, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Sorry.

BTW, GameTrailers has an excellent retrospective on the series if you haven't seen it yet. Much more fun than actually playing the games!



Chunky_Droid said:

F'ING AWESOME! Except Family Pirate Party.....

I'm actually going to download more than 3 WiiWare games this year it seems



CanisWolfred said:

What the fu...when the hell was this one announced?! H-honestly, this just came right out of the blue for me. Really, a sequel to a 17 year old game...sigh well, at least it's a sequel to one of the better games in the series. Then again, the story was pretty much the one and only thing that made the game enjoyable for me, so I really, really hope they don't screw that up here, or that, at the very least, they'll be able to make the game itself enjoyable as well.

EDIT: If what Starwolf says is true, this won't be worth it. I'm not buying 13 different episodes for a game I might not like.

Oh, and they split that Crystal Defenders into two games? Great! Now I have two games to ignore.

And finally, Pirate Party...a party game with cutsey graphics, and pirates...seriously, NO THANKS!

Yeah, I could never really get into RPGs either. You gotta admit, that whole turn based thing is really boring and uneventful. Of course, I did love most of Mario RPGs(minus Super Mario RPG), as well as Pokemon, Digimon, and Dragon Quest Monsters, but other than those, I tend to find most Turn-based RPG's incredibly boring. There was a period during the summer when I really got into them, but that period seems to be well and truely over. The last RPG I played was Chrono Trigger at Christmas time, and it was really boring, honestly - a lot worse than it was when I played it during the summer. However, I have been getting the urge to play Final Fantasy and Pokemon lately, so who knows, maybe I'll be able to get into them again.

Of course, Action-RPGs are another story. Most of those tend to be incredibly enjoyable, even if most of them don't really stack up to their pure-action counterparts (than again, what can live up to games like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden?).



y2josh said:

Crystal Defenders R1 & R2 and FFIV: The After Years = Epic Win

Family Pirate Party = Something I would like to see in real life. hehe

Seriously, can't wait for the Crystal Defenders or FFIV: The After Years... w00t



Chrono_Cross said:

FF CD really caught my attention. FF haven't always been well the best for a while now. FF 4, 7, 8, 10, and 12 are probably the best in the series but FF 7 takes the golden crown!

"Sweet! This will probably be the first FF game I ever buy."

Are you a gamer? FF is one of the best series ever made(next to Metal Gears and The Legend of Zeldas). But then again people have Wiis and have yet to play AAA titles such as Super Mario Galaxy nor Brawl.



Jockolantern said:

The Crystal Defenders tower defense games AND a sequel to Final Fantasy IV?! I just wet my pants in excitement. Fantastic news!



Kawaiipikachu said:

You comminting on on how that FFIV sequal looks like a true 16 bit game but it's a screenshot from the mobile phone version meaning it might not be anything like the WiiWare version.
If it's was a screen shot from the WiiWare version it would have been underneath the artical but as WWW only have access to the mobile screenshot so they used that as an example.

For me I'm glad that I can access the game after all.
I'm holding that Palom & Porom are still these cute 6 year old twins . Joking there.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Crystal Defenders can fit on a possibly itty-bitty iPhone, but not on THAT Wii?

FF4+ is a must-download for me! Yay for the 1st US WiiWare RPG!
hopes for that FF7 cell phone game



Wiiloveit said:

Excellent news I'm sure. I'm not too bothered about any of the titles, but I'm sure that crystal defenders and FFIV will keep many people happy, as well as help them keep faith in the WiiWare service.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@wiirocks: So? You have to play just one, even if you hate.Not even beat, just play. Its like saying that you've never played a Zelda game. You have to play every major franchise out there.



AVahne said:

WOOHOO ANOTHER WIIWARE RPG BUT ONE THAT''S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE RELEASED IN AMERICA!!!!!!or might be,looks like Square is supporting the wiiware service



themortalangel said:

Hmm could be rathrer intruiging...of course we all know to at least keep an eye on Square's work in general. Very rarely do they half a$% anything. Even their remakes are well done (although theres too many remakes right now.) Depending on a price range the FFIV sequal may or may not be worth it though.

As far as the Family Pirate game...well I really hope its good for Aksys sake. I'm not holding my breath though.

Hey so freaking shot in the dark, but since Square just pulled three games pretty much out of nowhere. Any chance the WWW staff might try to do an interview. I'm sure we all have a ton of questions, and to top it off maybe we'll get lucky and here some rumors of some other upcoming games. You never know what our friends at Square (Taito) are cooking up.



Chipmunk777 said:

wow!!!! a new 16-bit final fantasy!! And it's a sequel to my favorite FF too!! I am super excited about this! And I suspect when it gets an NA release it will top the charts for quite some time

Also, reading through these comments, I can't believe how many rpg haters there are on this site! RPG is my favorite genre, and pretty much any genre that mixes with RPG is great too (Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games). And at any rate, I have enjoyed every FF game in the series, except maybe for 2 (I've never been able to finish that one). I even like FF12! The story is so weak in that game, but the gameplay is so addicting.

But, I'm apparently alone in all of these views on WWW



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@Crono: You forgot V and VI. Those are the best, hands down.

Also, we need to chalk up more great games for WW. Where's all those 360 fanboys saying how much better XBLA is than WW now

@Chipmunk: Your not alone. Im a huge RPG entusiest too. My personal favorite genre.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

@MrPinguy: When somebody asks me what my fav FF is, I always get torn between the 2.

Than I remember the FF Aniversery for PS1 and it makes life a lot easier



Objection said:

My favorite is FFX. I've played a few of the others but the only other one I completed was I. (I got close with II and III.)



MrPinguy said:

@Bahamut ZERO: One have a wonderfull customization of the characters with good RPG gameplay.
and the other have a fantastic story and and a unique cast of characters.

Better than this only if they were merged XD
So why is so difficult to chose form those two



CanisWolfred said:

My Favorites are a tie between Final Fantasy 1 and X.

FFX had a decent story that always kept things moving; it never felt like I was staying in one place for too long. The world was nice and linear, so I always knew where to go, and while there wasn't a lot of exploration, at least there was plenty of treasure to be had. I really liked the battle system, which was deep without being overly complex, even though I never really had to use the BS to its full potential, since the game was so easy. And I really liked that it was so easy, it meant that I could relax when I when I was playing it, and that I never really had to level-grind all that much - just kill every enemy that appears, and I'm set. The only bad things I can say about the game are that one stupid mini-game that wound up being a huge road-block to my progress for several months, and that the level-up system, while cool, didn't really add much to the game (some branching paths would've been appreciated).

FF1 had simplicity: no overcomplicated battle system, no mini-games, no cutscenes, hell almost no story at all! And simplicity is about all I could ask for, gameplay boiled down to its essence, without any tacked-on knick-nacks to overcomplicate things. The only negative I can say about it is that it can be a bit too challenging at times, even if it's a challenge that I am more than willing to overcome.

I haven't played that many games in the FF series, but so far, those are my favorites. I had also played FFIV(which had a great story, but the gameplay was a little lackluster...then again, anythingh that has time guages loses favor with me), FFVI(which was simply bland in every way), and FFXII(which was infuriating in every way), and I do have an interest in playing FF2 and FF5(neither of which I expect to top my favorites, but I at least expect them to be enjoyable).



CanisWolfred said:

Why? I can't play the NES version, and the GBA version fixed all the problems, so I don't think there's much of a problem here.



Chipmunk777 said:

I've tried all versions of FFII, and I just cannot get into it! I don't know why. That and XII are the only FFs I haven't completed.


If you thought the gameplay of FFIV and FFVI were boring, I doubt you'll like FF2. It sounds like you'll enjoy FFV, that's a great one. The job system is very addicting. In the same thought, you'd probably like FFIII also (the 3d remake on DS is great!). You know, I really like every final fantasy though. FFVII is probably one of my favorites (I find customizing the materia and trying different things on each play through very enjoyable), I have to have played through it at least 10 times. FFVIII is probably my least favorite, there wasn't much new, and it was hard to get into. I did like it of course, the story was pretty good, but it's not one I'd play over and over again FFIX is also great, just because the story and characters have a very retro feel. It's like a modern version of classic FFs. It's one of the most underrated FFs, I think. And as for FFX, I think that may be one of my favorites as well. I've replayed that one maybe 4 or 5 times. I actually think the sphere grid allows for quite a bit of customization. On other playthroughs, I like to try giving the characters different roles (on one playthrough, my main group was Rikku, Yuna, and Lulu, and they all did 99999 damage with their regular attacks, and Tidus, Wakka, and Auron were my magic users ). Aaaaaaaaand as for FFXII, it's certainly not one of my favorites. The story is boring (and basically non-existent), but I personally found the gameplay very addicting. I liked the whole "hunt for monsters" thing, too. They tried to make that one more like an mmorpg, it seems (kind of modeled after ffxi I guess ).

BUT!! I have high hopes for FFXIII, especially since it is coming out on the xbox360 now (PS3s are too expensive!). My favorite FFs? It's hard for me to choose! I'd have to say FFI, FFIV, FFV, FFVI, FFVII, and FFX. But as I've said, I really do like all of them. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm going to have to give FFII another try today :]



MrPinguy said:

Yes that's the reason, XD the GBA and PSP version are more enjoyable.
the others (NES and PSX for example) the character stat development is a bit more dificult.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

I have no hope for XIII. It looks like SE just wants another title to milk besides VII.

They even made the character like Cloud. They even said "We are trying to make her a female Cloud."



Ricardo91 said:

Sweet! I don't care about the Crystal Defender games or Family Pirate Party, but The After Years looks great! Sadly, I've never played FFIV, but I've been meaning to for a long time.

The only FF games I played are the first 3 (the real first 3, not the 2 and 3 that were actually 4 and 6.), but I loved them all (minus II, I despise it's leveling system). I especially liked the job system in III. I've been looking for VII for ages, and am also interested in trying VIII, XII, V, and VII.



CanisWolfred said:

I have no interest in FFXIII either, although Versus XIII looks slightly more promising.


I heard that FF3 was like FF5, except a lot worse, so I think I'll skip it. And I think I will enjoy FF2. Something about it just appeals to me.

Also, while they aren't part of the main FF series, FFX-2 and Crisis Core are also high on my wishlist.



Objection said:

FFXIII can go catch on fire for all I care. I want Final Fantasy Versus XIII!(the one directed by KH's Tetsuya Nomura.)
@MIckeymac-I actually enjoyed FFII alright. The lvl up system is a little weird but if you liked FFI, you'll get over it and liek it almost as much.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Fantastic news! FF IV: After is just what Wii Ware needs, and it fits in so well with the "back to basics" trend along with Mega Man 9. I doubt FFIV:tAY will be as good as the original game, but it´ll still be the greatest FFIV hack of all time!

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