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Should Nintendo Partner With Square-Enix?
By aquizero on Jul 03 2013 08:36 AM
Square-Enix is releasing three main series Final Fantasy titles within the span of about two years: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XV. If you want to add insult to injury, you may also include the HD remastered editions of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, which will be released sometime this year. None of these titles are making their way to Nintendo's Wii U. This is a huge missed opportunity as the Final Fantasy series has a large fan base.
Will Nintendoâ€™s home console ever be given a main series Final Fantasy title? I personally do not see this happening any time in the foreseeable future. Instead, Nintendo should work closely with Square-Enix and revive the spin-off series Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, which was originally released for the GameCube in 2004 and was received pretty well. This particular title focused on local multiplayer cooperative play using connectivity with the Game Boy Advance. Though the series has received some later releases on the Nintendo DS, WiiWare, and Wii, none of them featured enhanced gameplay mechanics or were received as positively as the original.
My idea and sincere hope is that Nintendo and Square-Enix partner up to bring us the ultimate Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles experience to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. We know that inter-connectivity between consoles is possible based on the release of Capcomâ€™s Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. Why not with the series that started the trend? For this to work, Nintendo would have to have their hands in the title as well. I say this because the Wii U install base is not as high as many third-party developers would like, so it is doubtful this would come to fruition without Nintendo helping to fund the project. Also, Nintendo excels at bringing us fun, engaging, and unique local multiplayer experiences which would only benefit a title like this.
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles has never left a Nintendo platform before and there is no reason for the series to leave now. The Wii U is in need of more third-party exclusive titles and this might just be the golden ticket. Who knows, if this does well, other Final Fantasy titles may follow.
What do you think about this proposed partnership and exclusive title? Sound off below.
About the Author
Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!
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