It is merely a fantasy, unfortunately
, Going free-to-play on 3DS in Japan next month
Square Enix is bringing its Picross-style title Pictlogica Final Fantasy to the Nintendo 3DS as a free-to-play release, it has been revealed. It's based on the smartphone version of the game, which was released in Japan in 2015. There are more than 300 puzzles to beat and 160 characters are...
A fantasy filled menu, Chocobo parking extra
It's been well documented that Akihabara has one of the largest clusters of game, anime and technology shops in Tokyo, the capital and largest city in Japan. You could spend from morning til midnight just walking up and down the many streets and shopping for classic games, new games, DVDs and Blu-Rays,...
It is merely a fantasy, unfortunately
There's much to look forward to with Nintendo Switch, but one of the older rumours from the 'NX' days can be put to rest - for now, at least - and allow us to focus on some games that are coming to the system. It seems that Final Fantasy XV, released to critical acclaim and commercial success last year, isn't...
On the road again
The world of Final Fantasy is never dull. On top of the main series of games, spin-offs and remakes, there's always been a lot of fun items and events that fans can enjoy. 2017 is no exception and one of the bigger events this year will be the Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo concert tour. Starting on 2nd April and continuing through...
"We don't want you"
Final Fantasy is a series which began its life on Nintendo hardware, and its success - and the ultimate success of its publisher, Square (now known as Square Enix) - owes a lot to the incredible popularity of the Famicom in Japan during the '80s and early '90s. Final Fantasy was the franchise which put Square on the map and it...
"I want to hit it with my mother chocolate"
Modern gamers are quite fussy about how Japanese games - RPGs in particular - are localised. Back in the 16-bit era, translations were often hack-jobs riddled with errors, but more recently we've seen a rise in quality which is all down to the tireless efforts of localisation teams who seek to maintain the...
A final fling that launched a dynasty
With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition (NA) / Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System (PAL), we're going to (eventually) provide short profiles of all 30 games included on the system. This time around we look at Final Fantasy. The Mini NES is packed...
Check out this vintage interview with Hironobu Sakaguchi
Fire Emblem may have taken its sweet time finding fame in the west, but it's been a popular franchise in its native Japan since the days of the Famicom. In fact, it's such an influential series that Hironobu Sakaguchi - the creator of Final Fantasy - claims that he had to resist playing it...
Could Nintendo's new console be more powerful than PS4?
When Square Enix revealed its plans to release Dragon Quest titles on NX last year, it became the first third-party to pledge support to Nintendo's mysterious new console. Such news would suggest that the firm has NX dev kits in hand, and this lends credence to the following rumour. Got a...
Hack it, and they will come
Whenever a new piece of gaming tech is released one of the first things that many enthusiastic bedroom coders try to do it hack it, and the 3DS family is no exception. Despite Nintendo's attempts to secure the system, exploits are periodically found which allow users to run unsigned code on their machines and perform all...
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Tactical Fantasy Action
It wasn't that long ago that things were going so well. With just one member of the opposing clan left against the three on your team, wrapping up this mission seemed to be straightforward enough. Then he took out your mighty Bangaa warrior and is now causing your sword guy plenty of trouble on account of the fact he returns...
Europe and North America, sharing the goods
The Virtual Console can be a strange sub-platform, as Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of America sit huffily on different sides of the room and rarely agree which games to release. Months can pass between regions with some releases, but thanks to the imminent Final Fantasy Explorers we seem to have...
Where should they go next?
The Theatrhythm series of games for Square Enix is an interesting spin-off that holds a lot of potential. Over its long run, Square has produced countless memorable soundtracks to accompany its games, and somebody finally got the bright idea to make a rhythm game focused entirely on this music. While the two that have...
Will hopefully journey to the West
Nintendo hardware may not be benefitting from all of the main-series Final Fantasy releases, but the recent arrival of Cloud in Super Smash Bros. and the upcoming release of Final Fantasy Explorers in the West are both indications of the solid relationship between Nintendo and Square Enix. Another small piece of...
It's coming West in January, don't forget
With the recent arrival of Cloud in Super Smash Bros., Square Enix and Nintendo seem to be bringing Final Fantasy back into the frame, even if the mainline entries continue to elude the latter's hardware. It's easy to forget with all of the current distractions, of course, that Final Fantasy Explorers is...
Even the Monk is ready for battle
We all love a good infographic, right? They're a visually pleasing way to gawk at information on upcoming games, or perhaps to show off timelines and franchise histories without all that confusing text. Square Enix clearly sees the value of them, too, as it's now in on the act. It's promoting Final Fantasy...
Let me be your (final) fantasy
Last week's Nintendo Direct broadcast had a few neat surprises for fans, but the biggest shock of all was the revelation that Final Fantasy VII's protagonist Cloud Strife is joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. The trailer showed plenty of footage of the new fighter in action, and unsurprisingly...
Arriving on 26th January
One RPG that some 3DS fans will hope to keep in the limelight is Final Fantasy Explorers, a twist on the franchise that prioritises co-op adventuring. It's heading to North America on 26th January and is sure to be on plenty of wishlists. It featured in the North American Nintendo Direct, and Square Enix has now issued...
More details coming in Special Smash Bros. Direct next month
Nintendo's "one more thing" for today's Direct broadcast was something of a shocker - Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife is coming to Super Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. No, we didn't see that one coming either. Possibly the single most famous character in Final Fantasy history, Cloud is a...
Let's hope an art book is included
Update: Square Enix has advised us that details around a Collector's Edition for Final Fantasy Explorers is based on information that was "posted inadvertently and is subject to change before being finalized." With that in mind we should wait and see what details emerge in future. Original Article: In just a...
Clearly a fan of Nintendo
The conventions of The Legend of Zelda series have been re-imagined on numerous occasions in recent times, so how does a new game starring Link and drawing design elements from the latest Final Fantasy game sound? To celebrate the 600th issue of Japanese publication Dengeki PlayStation earlier this month, the magazine...
Posters for the lucky ones
With the inconsistent nature of localisation it's never clear which major releases in Japan will make it to the West, so a much-welcomed Summer announcement was when Square Enix confirmed 3DS title Final Fantasy Explorers for North America and Europe. It'll arrive in January next year (26th in NA and 29th in EU) and will...
Negotiations with Nintendo yet to happen
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida has revealed to DualShockers that a port of the game could come to the Nintendo NX, but there are still some hurdles to overcome. Square Enix has already caused considerable interest by announcing that Dragon Quest X and Drag
You'll need to venture to Hall 9
Gamescom is statistically the biggest gaming expo in the world, attracting enormous crowds and stuffing itself into many, many halls. There'll be plenty for attendees to do next weekend, and now 3DS fans have an extra stop for their itinerary. Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Explorers will be playable...
And we thought it had been forgotten about
Square Enix has confirmed that Monster Hunter-wannabe Final Fantasy Explorers is coming to the west next year. The company has released an announce trailer - shown below - which lists the release date as January 26th 2016. Given that Square had gone quiet on the title during most of 2015, many had assumed...
Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi sets the record straight
Final Fantasy is arguably the most important release in the entire history of Square Enix - or Squaresoft, if you'd prefer - and one of the biggest names in the video game business. For many years it was said that the game was so named because it represented the last throw of the dice for the...
"I hate them"
Hironobu Sakaguchi is the man who made Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, arguably one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. Under his guidance, the series experienced many best-selling instalments across the NES, SNES and PlayStation, but never a direct sequel - all of the adventures were brand new, with entirely...
The Diet Coke of Monster Hunter
We’ve finally got around to try out the "Lite" version of Square Enix’s new team-based action RPG Final Fantasy Explorers; a playable taste of the early stages that allows adventurers to transfer certain parts of their save to the real thing when it releases in Japan today. Anyone who’s played Monster Hunter...
Still likes the Circle Pad Pro, though
If you're one of those people who likes to move that 3D slider up to "max" then you might want to stop reading now. Square Enix has confirmed that its upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Final Fantasy Exporers will not feature stereoscopic 3D graphics output. It's not all bad news, though — Final Fantasy Explorers...
Owners of Final Fantasy Explorers will receive the game for free
While western gamers are still waiting on a possible announcement from Square Enix regarding the release of its latest 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers in both Europe and North America, Japanese gamers are currently bracing themselves for the title’s release towards the end of this...
Tap and slide for GP and prizes
Anticipating Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call's release later this month, Square Enix UK has released a video showcasing the game's new Quest Medley mode featuring a combination of classic Theathrythm gameplay and some new features such as the stage-hopping airship: Quest Medley mode features the classical...
See more of the game not yet confirmed for the West
Final Fantasy Explorers, a multiplayer RPG that Square Enix hopes will serve as the ideal introduction to the franchise, arrives in Japan later this year. This Japanese presentation will show more of the game in action, so we'll watch and fantasize of a future localisation in the West.
Onion knight gear also available, chive knight is chuffed
Square Enix has just announced a limited edition of Final Fantasy Explorers, available though the company's own online e-STORE in Japan. The bundle features the 3DS game, the mini-soundtrack Final Fantasy Explorers Suppin Tracks, an art book with illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano, Gen...
Still no word on a western release, though
It has been confirmed in today's Japan-only Nintendo Direct that Square Enix's new 3DS RPG Final Fantasy Explorers will be hitting Japanese stores in the winter. The four player title is intended as a stepping-stone into the world of RPGs and will boast famous creatures from the history of the esteemed...
The final frontier
Japanese publication Jump has revealed in its latest issue that Square Enix is currently developing a multiplayer action-RPG game for the 3DS called Final Fantasy Explorers. According to magazine, players will be able to select from a variety of different classes for their character, essentially enabling them to narrow down to a...
CDs! 3DS case! Cards!
We've been giving plenty of coverage to the Japanese version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call here at Nintendo Life, though we were relieved recently to hear that the expanded version of the popular rhythm game was being localised for the West. In exciting news Square Enix has not only confirmed release dates, but...
When is a Final Fantasy not a Final Fantasy? When it’s a SaGa!
Way back in the mists of 1989; when we were all wondering how Nintendo’s Game Boy could possibly stand up to the mighty full colour Atari Lynx and whether it was really worth handing over $200USD/£190 for Sega’s new console, Squaresoft (as it was then known) decided to release...
No, one of them isn't "Justin Bailey"
The ESRB has passed its rating on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, which is set to release in the West sometime this year. A bit surprisingly, Curtain Call has been given a "Teen" rating, one notch higher than the "Everyone 10+" of its
Music to our ears
If you've been following our coverage of the Japanese version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call then you'll probably be wondering if and when the game is coming to the West. Thankfully, we can now confirm that a western launch is indeed happening, and it takes place at some point this year. To celebrate the announcement,...
Did your favourite make it in?
Last time the official Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call website updated we were able to bring you news of the classic Final Fantasy tracks that were confirmed for inclusion in the game; now we can finally tell you which tracks from Final Fantasy VIII all the way up to
We'd play a Super NES version any day
Final Fantasy XIV, an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for the franchise, has had a troubled history. The first version was such a disappointment that Square Enix eventually dropped it, reproducing the game and changing up the development team that eventually released the far-improved A...
Faces old, new and import-only are now part of the crew
We've already looked at the demo before, but now Square Enix have released some new information about Curtain Call's new versus mode as well as artwork for Makina and Rem, both from the currently Japan-only Final Fantasy Type-0. Versus mode can be played against either a friend or against...
Mega potions in the air like you just don't care
Final Fantasy IV is known as one of the most highly regarded RPGs of all time, and for good reason. Interesting characters, a classic battle system and an engaging plot all helped set it apart, but what stood out most for many players was its truly masterful soundtrack. Nobuo Uematsu's timeless score...
When Square was in a tough spot
The Final Fantasy franchise is one of the best known in the industry, and over the course of nearly three decades has evolved in numerous ways. It's also the source of one of the most interesting stories in gaming, as its very name is testament to its status as a last-ditch attempt at survival for Square, the...
Makers of Final Fantasy: Terra "seeking permission" from Square Enix
We love a good fan-made movie here at Nintendo Life — although they often look a bit goofy or unintentionally amusing, they show just how passionate and creative gamers can be when they've got a HD video camera, a decent PC and a capable video editing program. Final Fantasy:...
But 3DS offers better value for dedicated players
Earlier this week Square Enix teased the world with a website showing a couple of symbols from the popular Theatrhythm Final Fantasy on 3DS. Was it teasing a sequel? A new Theatrhythm for a different series? Nope, it was just an iOS port. That iOS port is available right now and can be do
Square Enix's Hiroyuki Ito has revealed to 1UP the origin of the turn-based battle system in the original Final Fantasy - and it's somewhat unexpected, to say the least. Driven to create an efficient system for Hironobu Sakaguchi's seminal NES RPG, Ito turned to professional sports for his inspiration. 1UP: So did you create the battle...
A quarter century of turn-based bliss
Square Enix's world famous Final Fantasy series celebrates its 25th birthday this year. What started life as a last-ditch attempt by series founder Hironobu Sakaguchi to make a success of his then-flagging career in the video game industry - hence the title of the game - Final Fantasy has gone on to sell over...
This one's only $50,000
A little while ago we posted news of a prototype cartridge for The Legend of Zelda on eBay, with the seller pricing it at $150,000 — though ultimately it went for around $55,000. Today brings another NES cartridge with a price tag to make the eyes water; this time it's a copy of Final Fantasy II on NES for $50,000. The...
Time to work on your Japanese
The original NES Final Fantasy was released on the Famicom in Japan in December 1987, which means that this year will be a landmark 25 year anniversary for the series. Release in the west was substantially delayed, but Square Enix is starting the celebrations in Japan with an anniversary website to show off the legacy...
Unique character customisation system explained
The folks at Square-Enix have just sent over the newest video for Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light which shows how to use the game's unique Crown Job System. As you can see in the video, there is a huge degree of customisation made available to the player by wearing and upgrading the various Crowns, not to mention a wealth of new abilities that..
Storybook scenery comes to life!
The nice folks over at Square-Enix were kind enough to send over the newest gameplay video of their upcoming DS role-playing game Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light in action. In this new World Map Trailer, you'll be given a glimpse of how your characters will move around the world map as well as a peek at some of the interesting locales you'll travel to during..
Something old and something new
With so many great games on the E3 show floor, it was difficult to find the time to get in some solid playing time on them all. But of all the titles I was fortunate enough to get to play during the E3 show, it was Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light that I found myself going back to time and time again whenever I had a free moment in between booth visits. I think I..
Showing the user interface, game environments and enemies
When Square Enix announced that Western gamers will be sampling the delights of the latest Final Fantasy game built for the DS, we could hear the dusting-off of robes and the clunking of armour from continent to continent. Now, we have a bit more to share with you as we take a look at the official E3 trailer. Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of..
The DS has an entirely new chapter of the Final Fantasy saga to conquer
With the HD consoles getting the main series in the Final Fantasy franchise and the with the Wii having its own Crystal Chronicles series to tuck into, DS owners might be getting a bit tired of getting old ports and updated versions of past Final Fantasy games. Well, now you can stop cursing at the skies because Square Enix has..
Fantasy not quite final
Those of you who have enjoyed Final Fantasy's previous reinventions on the DS may be dismayed to read a recent Twitter tweet from Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto regarding the (hopefully) upcoming remakes of the fifth and sixth outings: For FF5 and 6, there are technical issues as well, so at present these are also undecided. We're not sure exactly what technical..
Nintendo trademark is for a new Mistwalker RPG
Remember that mystifying trademark that Nintendo registered a while back? Turns out it's not the subtitle of the next Mario adventure (as we half-jokingly predicted) but an RPG from the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi. Nintendo has confirmed the launch of a new Web site dedicated to the game (alas, in Japanese) which has a logo and little..
Better get those Nintendo Points ready. Lots of them!
According to the official Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord web site, the game is set to hit the North American WiiWare service on Monday, July 20th for 1000 Nintendo Points. Below is a list of all the available downloadable content and you can also check out the official trailer for the game on the official web site..
Check out the official English trailer of the game in action!
We got our hands on the official English trailer for the upcoming Square-Enix WiiWare release FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord for everyone to check out. As you can see from the trailer, the game is a very different gameplay experience from the original FINAL...
A quartet of games for you lucky North American people
A four-game salvo awaits North American gamers this week; Mighty Flip Champs we already knew about but Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is likely to be the pick of the bunch for most Nintendo fans. The WiiWare release is set after the events of the fourth Final Fantasy game and promises the...
The brand new Final Fantasy title is set to hit the WiiWare service June 1st.
According to a Square-Enix ad in the June issue of Nintendo Power magazine, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will be coming to Nintendo's WiiWare service on June 1, 2009. While we haven't seen a lot of new information on this title lately, it has to be exciting for fans of the Final Fantasy series to hear news of this..
Square Enix opens the window to one of their latest Wiiware offerings...
If you're a fan of the Super Nintendo classic, Final Fantasy IV, then prepare to bask in a deep bowl of nostalgia soup. Square Enix's Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is soon to arrive on WiiWare services around the globe, and for a sip of this rich classic gaming stew you can visit the newly launched website dedicated to the..
Square-Enix makes up for lost time with eleven preview videos.
As reported previously, the official website for Square-Enix's upcoming Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers launched with a message reading "More Visits, More Movies!" True to form, the site was flooded with visits from the far reaches of the internet, and as such there are now not one but..
The more people that visit, the more we see!
Just like the site implies, the more visits the site has, the more content that is shown. In just two days since we reported on the Crystal Bearers' new webpage, even more content has been revealed - with more teasers to come! If you head over to the Crystal Bearers site, you'll now see new gameplay footage under "It's Gonna Be a Long Night"..
Not much there yet, but it’s still worth bookmarking!
The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers website is finally up, and fans of the the series now have a new place to look for information on the highly anticipated Square Enix title. The site is still very new and upon entering you will be greeted a slight variation of Final Fantasy IV's prologue music. So far crystalbearers.com..
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..
More shots of Square's upcoming Wii RPG
Some wonderful screenshots for SquareEnix’s forthcoming WiiWare title (deep breath) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Young King and the Promised Land have surfaced, along with some lush artwork. Sharing the same visuals style as the Gamecube Crystal Chronicles, this might not be an epic of FFVII proportions but should be enough to keep fans happy. A..
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