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Square-Enix Announces Two New Final Fantasy WiiWare Titles

Posted by Corbie Dillard

Final Fantasy fans are in for a real treat with the announcement today from Square-Enix that they have not one, but two new Final Fantasy titles headed to the WiiWare service later this year.

Below is the announcement from the official press release handed out at the Game Developers Conference.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles including FINAL FANTASY® IV: THE AFTER YEARS™ and FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a Darklord™ for WiiWare™, as well as the FINAL FANTASY series for the Virtual Console™ for Wii™.

The release of these new downloadable titles represent Square Enix's recognition of the growing demand for online distribution of content/services, and the commitment they have made to provide content/services that match the needs of their customers.

Square Enix will be offering two new releases for WiiWare: FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS and FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord. FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is an RPG that continues the story that began in the 1991 Super Famicom™ title FINAL FANTASY IV. In Japan, this title was released as a downloadable cellular phone application in February 2008. It has since been lauded for its deep storytelling, and a year after its release, has been downloaded over 3 million times.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord is the newest installment in the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series, which has shipped over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to grow further in 2009. This title will be a sequel to FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™, which launched simultaneously with the WiiWare service in May of 2008.

You can also check out the official game descriptions from Square-Enix below as well for a little more information on these two upcoming WiiWare titles.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: Wii
Genre: RPG
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Launch Date: 2009
18 years after FINAL FANTASY IV first stole the hearts of Japanese gamers, the adventure continues in FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS.

Released as a mobile phone game in Japan, this wildly popular sequel has topped 3 million paid downloads as of February 25, 2009. The game focuses primarily on Ceodore, son of FINAL FANTASY IV heroes Cecil and Rosa. He is ably supported by a host of familiar faces from the original cast who star in a series of additional tales.

For more information, please visit the official website at:

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.
Platform: Wii
Genre: Real Time Strategy
ESRB: Not Yet Rated
Launch Date: 2009

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord puts players in the highly fashionable shoes of the Darklord's daughter, a malevolent little Miss, charged with dispatching intruding do-gooders by strategically placing traps and monsters around the tower she calls home.

Players will need to get their hands on ever more diabolical traps and abominable monsters to stop those pesky adventurers from making it to the Dark Crystal at the top of the tower. Be warned, though – with heroes of all the races and job classes from the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series storming the Darklord's lair in real time, traps and minions will count for nothing unless deployed like a true evil genius. Anything less and the Darklord's beloved home will be reduced to rubble!

For more information, please visit the official website at:

We'll have more information on these two new Final Fantasy titles as it becomes available as well as a full review once they hit the WiiWare service.

Thanks go out to Herzlos for giving us the heads up on this press announcement!

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User Comments (33)



odd69 said:

the screens for darklord look amazing the website also has some stuff up! im super excited about BOTH of these games



Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

Sounds kind of like Darklord is a Tower Defense game. That strikes me as odd, given that we're probably getting Crystal Defenders too. I guess one is in the FFCC setting and one is in the FFTA setting, though...



Stuffgamer1 said:

I thought this was announced earlier at GDC. Why'd it take so long to get its own article? Just wondering.

Anyway, can't wait for The After Years, and Darklord might be good after I finally download and play My Life as a King.



odd69 said:

here is a link for some screens of darklord incase anyone cares.
it looks quite different from both crystal defenders and my life as a king. actually those two games put together can explain how darklord looks. it's like a hybrid of those two i cannot wait for this game seriously



Corbs said:

I'm putting up screenshots as we speak. We've been a bit busy today shooting game play videos, capturing screenshots, and reviewing the 4 new Arcade releases on the Virtual Console today.

We'll have more screenshots soon.



odd69 said:

cool i havent seen the years after screenshots yet. it thought id would be 3d like the remake on ds.



KDR_11k said:

Is it just me or does that tower look like it has a giant pair of boobs on the top?



Corbs said:

Is it just me or does that tower look like it has a giant pair of boobs on the top?

Well now it does.



Starwolf_UK said:

Sounds kind of like Darklord is a Tower Defense game.
Its actually set in a tower for once. You have to give it that

I hope FFIV: The After Years isn't too episodic...



Adam said:

I had my doubts about The After Years since it was on a cell phone, but the screens look like it stays true to the FFIV formula. Should be good.
And if I ever get the new update to install, I might even get Darklord since I'll have the space for it, though I haven't played the sequel.



Terra said:

Once they finish The After Years, i hope we get the FFVII prequel they released on Mobile Phones as well. That would be awesome if they did.

"Is it just me or does that tower look like it has a giant pair of boobs on the top?"
Thank you for putting that image in my head



Stratos said:

I thought it was heart shaped because she was a female darklord.
Shows what you have on your mind...



Terra said:

Hold up. The Girl's the Darklord? I thought she was The Darklord's Daughter. Doesn't matter too much either way though. She reminds me of Two-Face a bit, if he was female and not scarred. It's mainly the duality in her appearance



Popyman said:

I want both of those.

I hope they release IV on VC soon, I haven't played it...



Wiiloveit said:

Well, I should probably get around to trying Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles My Life As A King, first. Some DSi FFCC titles would also be nice aswell.



gig said:

Darklord looks cool I love crystal bearers on the xbox and ipod so a new FF tower defence game will be a must, especially with some nice looking graphics and a little deeper game play.



Bahamut_ZERO said:

A bit late Corbie

But anyway, is it me or is SE trying to push RTS? First eh Crystal Defenders, now this.



Kawaiipikachu said:

Wow screenshots for both.
I be getting them both I'm a bit final fantasy fan.
@KDR-11k thanyou for placing a weird mental image in my head.



Crazynoodle said:

life as a darklord looks pretty sweet, kinda like a 3 d tower defence. I was kinda hoping u caould fite 2 though, like locks quest but it still looks good, im keepin my eye on this and swords + soilders



Objection said:

Koto, I sure hope so. I have been waiting for that with little news for the last 2 years.



MarkyVigoroth said:

Crooked cucumbers; I wanted to play as the Dark Mister!
Then again, the Dark Mister being playable as a second playthrough/epilogue is possible.

By the way, did not one of the directors want to play as the Dark Mister?



RankoSao said:

The Darklord game sounds kind of like a final fantasy-ish Tecmos Deception. I like interesting sounding games like this, and if its as fun as My Life as King,im definetly getting it



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Wiiloveit: I just did finally get it, and it's GREAT so far! I wish I could've downloaded it when it released 10 months ago, but it looked way too big without the storage solution. It exceeded my expectations, anyway.

@Corbie: This is horribly off-topic, and apologies for that, but I saw your name on GameFAQs today while I was looking for Neutopia info. It was a pleasent surprise to see a guide submitted by a guy I know from a different site. A darn good one, too! Not that it answered my question, since I'm trying to find info on an overworld thing (which no guide I've seen covers in sufficient detail). If you don't mind my asking here (and if you can actually think of it off-hand), is there actually any way to reunite that lady in the underworld sphere with her son on the land sphere? It's REALLY bugging me because I can't find anything about it online! Thanks if you can help, understood if you can't.

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