One of the highlights of the recent Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase was the announcement of the Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend - celebrating the SaGa series' 30th anniversary.
The collection - featuring the first three Game Boy games - will arrive on 15th December. In Japan, there'll also be a limited edition - although, it doesn't come with a physical copy of the game. This will set fans back 14,500 yen and is exclusive to Square Enix's store.
Here's what it does include: a special sleeve case, a SaGa series medal set, a download code to redeem a digital copy of the game, an album soundtrack with music from all three games, and a 600-page SaGa series novel compilation.
There's been no mention of a local release. Would you like to see Square Enix made something similar available here in the west? What are your thoughts about limited-edition releases that don't include a physical copy of the game? Share your thoughts down below.
After releasing the Collection of Mana as a physical edition, this decision makes absolutely no sense...
Utter crap, sorry to those who may like this stuff, but thats a huge ripoff.
Would be cool if we could all get stuff like that but y'know, cheaper. Looks like the soundtrack is piano arrangements which would be pretty cool. I own the original soundtracks for these games but having piano remixes of them would be great.
Crazy that they produce all this stuff but no gamecard.
Doesn't make any sense. These collector editions are made for the hardcore fans that like to collect physical items, which should include the game. It has a CD soundtrack and an art book, but no game card. Bonkers
That’s a lot of useless beautiful junk if it doesn’t come with the game itself.
All this but no game card??????? Wow, how far do these people have their heads up their [bleep]s? I'm really losing respect for Square.
All that trash and no cartridge? Saaa'crew that!
This is like selling a special edition of an album where the actual music is supplied as a mere download code.
I'll jump at a proper physical release, but they can stick this where the sun ain't shinin'.
It is especially bad because that release can pretty much be done without getting a day one patch or future updates.
If it had a physical game cart then I would be hoping for this collectors edition too come too europe but since it is a download only it makes the price a bitter pill too swallow.
No physical game card? Why bother, then? Square is getting senseless..
Why are company so afraid of making physical game? It's not like gamer's are stealing anything from them and it's definitely way better than buying useless junks.
Square did great with Trials of Mana but it seems like they just can't help but fumble over themselves ever since the release of FF7R. FF Crystal Chronicles and its bungled multiplayer now this.
What's next? A Xenogears remake that you only get one half of?
They would get more sales initially if they made a physical release of this game. Especially if they only had a limited amount for each region. As it is digital I am in no rush as I know it won't sell out and will be in an inevitable sale.
@mazzel Even the collection itself has some questionable decisions.
Why does the background look like a NeoGeo Pocket? "Holding the Joycon vertically to resemble playing on a Game Boy" Do these people not know what an original GB looks like?
As someone who absolutely loves square enix's games, with final fantasy legend being one of their games I love...yeah this is a huge rip off
If it came with a physical game it would be cool but without it seems pointless.
Without the gamecard it's just a merchandise collection.
Square Enix is damn stupid. They're great at losing money, but have no clue what fans really want.
So it's a glorified Loot Crate full of crap that costs $136 and they can't be bothered to included a 1GB game cartridge (the cheapest Cart Nintendo has for production!). Wow, this is ridiculous and just plain insulting to the fans, get bent Square Enix.
More trash to accumulate dust on the shelf. No, thanks.
Just don't expect me to buy it then.
I have to agree with the masses, its just a bunch of stuff they could sell invidually.
I...erm. It's very...umm. Thing is, if...
I DON'T GET IT!
A physical collectors edition with no physical copy. Do you even get a code hahaha? Honestly, it beggars belief that there are people that think this is a good idea. It just shows a lack of pride / integrity and comes across as cynisism.
@KingMike it looks like some knoc of emulator. maybee it was lol
The actual game card?
Other stuff looks cool for collectors, but....
@mazzel putting three Game Boy games on one Switch cartridge is a huge waste.
So, it’s basically just merch, then. That’s a big «no» from me.
This is idiotic even by Square Enix standards.
People who want physical games want physical GAMES.
@KingMike oh man, now that you mention it 🤣
@Bass_X0 yeah, totally agree! Huge waste of opportunities to release an awesome collection physically! For Europe, it's the first time the games are officially released, at least the original game boy version.
But following your logic, the price for the collection should be very low, because no cartridge!
@mazzel Mana was 2 SNES (One making its official debut in the west) and a GB game. This collection is nothing but GB games. Do you think many people will shell out £30 for GB games?
Hopefully this will be reflected in price for the digital version. Could easily be 10 bucks.
For Europe, it's the first time the games are officially released, at least the original game boy version.
I got Final Fantasy Legend III in England in the late 90s from Electronics Boutique, but the others were available too.
Considering the going rate for a used copy of the original games will set you back $74 loose according to my source it sounds like a great deal!
@Bass_X0 yeah that might get be true, but I guess it was the NA release. According to Wikipedia, it was never released in Europe, so there is no localized version for other languages. All other Square Soft games from that time that got released in Europe also got localized versions.
@Angelic_Lapras_King was the Mana collection 30£? And I thought the 30€ was expensive
Considering what you have to pay for the GameBoy version now, I think some people would pay 30 bucks for three Gameboy games, yes!
Check the Arcade Archives games. Usually 6,99€ each game. Buy three and it's already 21€ for three digital games. So sure, I would pay 9€ on top to get it physical. That's my opinion, because I.love to own the games ✌️
@GameOtaku for collector's. The games and collection will only really appeal to those who either grew up with a GB or those that collect for the library. Everyone else, they're just 3 very old black and white/green 8 bit games. At the very least, the SNES Manas still look very good graphics wise for everyone and even have modern remakes for fans to compare the two.
@mazzel well, it was about £30-35 as I was keeping an eye on it regularly to save as a birthday treat. Luckily when my bday did come, it was on offer for £22. XD
But yeah, for those that know these games it's a bargain. For everyone else, they're just old black and white/green 8 bit games so I don't think this collection has a wide reach as the Mana Collection. With any luck, that will be reflected in the digital price, it would be as low as 10 bucks for all we know....
Why? This really defeats the point of a collector's edition of a video game.
I would never buy something like this without a cartridge. I will consider getting the game, thought. I really enjoyed Final Fantasy Legend when I was a kid.
@Angelic_Lapras_King yeah, I guess you are right, Mana is by far the more popular series, at least in a global context. I hope.the collection will be cheap enough to overlook the only digital issues...
This reminds me of the Sonic Mania collector's edition. Lots of cool bonuses, but ultimately lacking the one thing people actually want; a physical game.
$137 for a code-in-a-box and some swag?
An easy pass and mildly insulting to a collector like me.
i dont think i still own a single game from any collector's edition i have. why bother? i have 200 games on my switch, forcing one to live in a tiny plastic cart is just a waste of space
@Magician what's it like to be insulted by a soundtrack cd and art book?
@RushDawg yeah crazy they didnt throw a 2MB gameboy game onto a 16GB cartridge.
@Manah only grandpas want physical games. the rest of us went digital 20-25 years ago
@sanderev dang, this merchandise collection is some kinda merchandise collection?! crazy
@Silly_G i always want special edition music as a download. itll sync to my phone, pc, and tablet all at once. what would i do with a CD or tape? go back to 1990 when CD players still existed?!?
i play my switch 2-3 hours a day, have ever since it came out and i'm not 100% sure if the cartridge goes in the top or bottom if i dont look
@russellohh : You can still do that with a CD, provided that you have a disc drive. Plus, the music on a CD is encoded as lossless LPCM, which is certainly a cut above what most digital sellers provide, which is usually encoded at only a tiny fraction of the quality of what you get on a CD.
And with the CD, you can also choose to downgrade the quality if you want to save room on your device. I still buy CDs because they (by and large) offer the best quality audio on the market. I would have considered switching to digital by now if online sellers sold the music I wanted in lossless quality. It's the same reason I buy Blu-ray discs instead of digital/streaming. The quality of the latter doesn't even come close.
@russellohh "the rest of us went digital 20-25 years ago"
People were buying games digitally in 1995?
Seriously, though. Okay, you enjoy digital. Fine. Enjoy being able to play that game for only as long as the servers exist.
Games bought on the Wii Shop 10 years ago? If you didn't back them up several times to SD cards, can't play them now.
"crazy they didn't throw a 2MB game onto a 16GB card"
You sound like a young person who has not given old and new games a real fair comparison.
16GB can be used to create some good games... or it can be used to polish a turd.
EVERY console generation has good games, and every one has garbage.
Well-made games from classic generations can absolutely use only only a few MB (or less) to better effect that garbage of newer eras.
One example of how I'd take a 2MB game over a 4GB game:
I tried that Contra Rogue Corps or whatever. Maybe some day I'll give it another shot but after like 10 minutes of cutscenes of awful storyline that reads like a 10-year-old Internet sh**poster wrote it (the location is called "The Da*n City" or something equally juvenille) followed by 20 more minutes of tutorials telling me how to use every button on the controller for something.
WHAT IS SO HARD about "you run, you jump, you shoot"? The SNES and Genesis games were comparatively revered because THEY GOT TO THE POINT. Simple, but effective. Shoot stuff, and it blows up. Fun with only 4 buttons needed.
What is so hard about giving a high-def version of that? Or if you ABSOLUTELY MUST make gameplay that needs 14 buttons, gradually introduce it rather than railroad it so I don't give up immediately.
Considering the Venn diagram of people who want collector's editions and people who want physical games is a perfect circle, yeah, I'd say it's pretty crazy.
And this would hardly be the first retro compilation of tiny ROMs placed onto a 16GB cartridge. Hell, Square Enix themselves did it with Collection of Mana.
It's also hilarious that you say "only grandpas want physical games" in the context of a collection of Gameboy ROMs. This collection is literally being made for grandpas. These are ancient games that only old geezers are interested in.
Lastly, you're just flat out wrong to say that everyone except "grandpas" went digital 20 - 25 years ago. For consoles, digital distribution has only really been a thing for, at most, 15 years. AAA retails games didn't really get digital distribution on consoles until around 10 years ago. Even so, physical game sales remain a huge part of the industry to this very day.
@JR150 Square is also screwing up the Avengers game.
All this and no physical game 😂
To be fair, very young people everyone above a certain age very old. When I was a kid, people in their thirties seemed ancient to me.
Bought Collection of Mana physical, imported Romancing Saga 3 physical and Dragon Quest 1-2-3 physical, would've got this physical even if I had to import it. But this... nah. Even the novels which might be interesting... are set to be released as an e-book later.
Romancing Saga 2, 3, Scarlet Grace, and now Collection of Saga... this is the fourth Saga for the Switch and none of them have a western physical. If Collection isn't going to sell well enough alone, just stick them all on one cart and call that a Collection of Saga.
No physical copy of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles her win North America and now this ridiculous crap?!?
Square, I'm making respect for you and I didn't buy FFCC for my Switch unless a physical release in NA and now this means I won't buy your stuff any more.
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