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Square Enix Brings More SNES Goodies to Virtual Console

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Anyone order some Lufia or Final Fantasy III?

The Virtual Console news just keeps on coming! This time, two different sources have each revealed one new upcoming Square Enix-published game for Virtual Console.

Coming straight from Nintendo of Europe's site is Final Fantasy III, which will be released on VC in Europe next week. Better known as number VI, like the other two numbered Final Fantasy games available on the service in the West, this one was not originally released in PAL regions, so you can expect to pay an additional 100 Wii Points for it. We assume that North America will get it the week before or after as well.

The ESRB today brings us the first game in a franchise absent from VC up until now: Lufia & The Fortress of Doom. Its sequel recently got a DS remake, so we're not sure if we'll be seeing that anytime soon, but in the meantime this one should keep you quite happy. Like so many other RPGs, this was also not originally released in Europe, so if it makes it over this time, you can expect another price hike.

Square won't have many of their own titles left after these — time to move on to Enix's catalogue?


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Bass_X0 said:

Remember that Natsume Championship Wrestling is being released in America on March 21st. So it won't be that week. And since VC games are released once every two weeks... it could be April 4 before America gets one of these two games. I'll be getting FFIII next week for sure. Its funny that paying 900 points for FFIII is considered a price hike - just under £7 is still quite a bargain.



Link79 said:

This is great news! I still think Chrono Trigger needs to be added eventually even though they remade it for DS. It's been long enough that sales shouldn't be effected. I'm eager to try Lufia since I hear good things but never played it.



Shiryu said:

Better late then never, I guess. It was hard times as a European gamer back then, knowing of games such as Final Fantasy III/VI outside with nill chance of ever getting my hands on them for my humble PAL SNES. Chronno Trigger next?



ZarroTsu said:

The remake of Lufia 2 is totally different from the original game in every possible way, save for the general chain of events in the story. If it doesn't show in VC, Squeenix is tripping balls on some potent drugs.

That being said, the remake was far shorter than the original, so they'd be "losing money" in releasing a longer game for 1/8 the price.



Rapadash6 said:

Great news, but for us North Americans, we have at least a three week wait if the current pattern holds. We also have Super Bonk in the que as well so it could be even longer than that. At least we know some decent stuff is on the way, so it's good news all around. On another note is it official that Jeleco games just DON'T have a publisher in North America? We don't seem to get those ones at all.

Edit - Oh, forgot to add my obligitory "where's Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia and Terrinigma, Squenix?!"



Kevin said:

About time. Since Lufia's coming guess I won't have to waste 40-50 on amazon now for the SNES cart. Come on Square what about the Soul Blazer trilogy and Chrono Trigger?



KingMike said:

The remaining North American-released Square games are Rad Racer, Rad Racer II and Adventures of 3D World Runner for NES and Chrono Trigger and Secret of Evermore for SNES.
(and Breath of Fire I, if you want to count it because Square translated it)



madgear said:

OK I need to ask - is Final Fantasy 3 the one everyone raves about being one of the best RPGs of all time? Like if I don't really play Final Fantasy games and I decide to just get one of them, this is the one I should get?

Also I was just about to complain and say "yeah bet it's in bloody America and we have to wait a year for it" so that's a nice surprise.



cheetahman91 said:

Didn't expect to see FFIII this early. Hopefully we'll see at least one Enix game this year as well.



Noire said:

OMG get me FINAL FANTASY VI on the VC before my birthday and there will be so much love for Square-Enix, so much love, I will be gorging myself on it and Dissidia 012 and the 3rd Birthday om nom nom yeeeeeees.



NintyMan said:

Final Fanasty VI is my next VC game for sure! I'm glad it will finally arrive!



Bankai said:

I refuse to call it Final Fantasy III, because I base my numbering on the Japanese series.

Final Fantasy VI is awesome. I missed the GBA version, so for all these years the only way I've been able to play it is the terrible PlayStation port.

Good stuff, Square Enix!



TKOWL said:

I've heard Final Fantasy 3 (known as 6 in Japan) is the best game in the series. So I might have to check it out



brooks83 said:

I thought it was Taito that was publishing Lufia on the VC? Either way, I'm just glad we are getting it.



brainofj said:

Nice to see some big third party support. Too bad I'm not interested in these games. Call me when Dragon Warrior is released, SquEnix.



ZarroTsu said:

Come to think of it, why AREN'T they just out and calling it FF6? There are still japanese roms around, I'm sure, and I'm certain they have the original copies available regardless. Can't they just splice the JP title screen over the original rom, and rename the credits heading? Will FF5 never be released?



the_randomizer said:

....Only to skip the US Virtual Console altogether. Now bring Lufia 2, Star Ocean (translated) and Tales of Phantsia and my life will be complete.



killer6370 said:

give me lufia i must have it, i deserve it precious treasure. Gollum,Gollum
Here in germany we never got lufia, we only got the sequel



Terra said:

We really do need those Enix games one of these days. Come on SE...



KingMike said:

Square-Enix bought Taito around 2005, so now almost anything Taito related will be released outside Japan under the Square-Enix brand.



WiiLovePeace said:

Oh man, I thought this was the FF III that had only been released in Japan on the Famicom until it got a Nintendo DS remake many years later. I haven't given the DS remake much of a chance but I would've loved to see the original translated & in 2D rather than 3D. Oh well



MeloMan said:

What #38 said

OMG!!!!!! Lufia1!!!!
Minus the flaw of the battle system, that is a stellar game that DOES NOT need to be missed. It's been years since I played Lufia1, and I'm tempted to give it a go again. If I could just get word of:

1. Terranigma
2. Seiken Densetsu 3

...I'd be all set, name your price SE.

Oh and Act Raiser 2 would be nice as well for those that didn't get a chance to play it.



LittleIrves said:

I missed the whole JRPG boat when growing up, but I'm trying to catch up on the classics. Just started Chrono Trigger on DS... loving it so far. Finally getting my hands on FFIII (VI) is next on the list. And the suspend-save feature of the VC will help mightily with progressing through, I imagine. Virtual Console ain't dead yet!



retro_player_22 said:

Yes after Final Fantasy VI and Lufia 1, we still need Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest 1-4, Actraiser 2, Soul Blazer, Illusion of Gaia, Terranigma, Lufia 2, Secret of Evermore, Breath of Fire 1, and Mischief Makers (originally published by Enix/Nintendo and developed by Treasure in Japan/US).



supermonkey117 said:

final fantasy 3 omg classic awesome 3 5 6 7 8 and 10 are my best games of all time along with zelda metroid and classic resident evil's 1 2 and 3 have them on my pc but 3ds i realy cant wait now thats what i wanna see but what you want and what you get two different things but there to good of games not to bring out on it



CanisWolfred said:

Despite it being my least favorite FF game, I'm still excited for this. Though I'm even more excited for Lufia.



the_randomizer said:

@ WhiteLayer, I wouldn't be surprised if all this was a cruel joke; they just announced it to get our hopes up only to crush them the next day.



WhiteLayer said:

Nope, we never got FF IV (II in the US) or VI (III in the US) back in the day. Which is why this is such a big deal.



Bassman_Q said:

Glad to see that others will be able to play the phenomenal game known as FF VI. I may have to check out Lufia though. Been hearing good stuff about the series.



Klaarover said:

I've played some of VI before it got stolen, and I didn't like the melodrama aspect.

As for now I'm still tangled up in V, which is just fine.



Matmax14 said:

Wow, this actually made me excited.
Can't wait for Lufia, and I will probably download it, as soon as it comes out



Vosthex said:

We're into May and it's not here yet! What's going on behind the curtain?

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