Highly respected Japanese developer Square-Enix has broken its silence regarding the lack of support for Nintendo’s Virtual Console service in a recent interview at the 2008 Game Developers Conference.
Producer of WiiWare title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King Toshihiro Tsuchida lifted the lid on why the company has been so reluctant to publish titles on the retro download service:
We’re definitely looking into all the other download mediums. We don’t think the games and the IP that we have have lost value yet, so we haven’t decided if releasing them on VC is the best idea.
It’s a matter of the package — which is downloading. You look at a game, and you have to decide whether it will be better to be sold in a retail store, or if it will be better for download.
We’re making that decision carefully for each of the games that we have. It comes down to the games that we think we could make a good remake of haven’t been on VC yet.
So it’s a case of “never say never”. Square-Enix has been mining its back catalogue for retail releases (the Final Fantasy remakes for the PSP and DS are a good example of this) but the comments above may hint that the developer is considering the Virtual Console as a potential avenue of release. We sure hope so, because plenty of Virtual Console gamers are crying out for the likes of Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana and, of course, the Final Fantasy titles.