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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy For iOS: Dissected

By Kevin on Dec 13 2012 02:12 AM
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Yesterday, when we announced that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was iOS-bound for North America and Japan, a lot of us became pretty excited. Those of us who own the 3DS version of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy found a sincere love for its robust selection of nostalgic melodies, wonderfully unique gameplay style and relentless challenge.

Now that the App is officially listed in Apple iTunes for North America, and the mysterious Japanese teaser site has lifted its curtains, we have access to all the pricing info. We've taken the liberty of sifting through each and every bit of content that's currently available as IAP (In-App Purchase). When you're finished grazing the list, you might be singing the blues, instead of a Final Fantasy battle theme.

Before we get started, we'd like to make something perfectly clear. The application, itself, is entirely FREE, and comes "packed" with a few songs and thirteen different characters, ranging from FFI - FFXIII.

Included Songs
  • FFVII's One-Winged Angel BMS (Battle Music Stage)
  • FFX's Zanarkand FMS (Field Music Stage)
Included Characters
  • Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy)
  • Firion (Final Fantasy II)
  • Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III)
  • Cecil (Final Fantasy IV)
  • Bartz (Final Fantasy V)
  • Terra (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Cloud (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Squall (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Zidane (Final Fantasy IX)
  • Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
  • Shantotto (Final Fantasy XI)
  • Vaan (Final Fantasy XII)
  • Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)
Now, let's get down to business with add-on content, available for purchase. As a note (completely intended pun), this is the breakdown for all purchasable content, along with prices.
  • 13 Basic Bundles (4-song set) @ $2.99 ---> ($38.87 total)
  • 25 Characters @ $1.99 each ---> ($49.75 total)
  • 59 Individual Songs @ $0.99 each ---> ($58.41 total)
  • Grand total for all add-on content is $147.03 (excluding tax)
Anyone can see that this is clearly rigged as a potential wallet snatcher; only including two songs and a handful of characters. For those interested enough in downloading the free App, you're likely interested enough in the game to purchase additional content, which is made ever-so-convenient for you to purchase. For the record, we're not complaining, we're simply pointing out the facts. What we do like, is that we have an array of different options when it comes to additional songs and characters.

Let's go ahead and look at the lush line-up of add-on content, starting with the 13 different Basic Bundles and 59 individual songs.


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1) Final Fantasy

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle (BMS)
  • Main Theme (FMS)
  • Mt. Gulg (FMS)
  • Matoya's Cave (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Sunken Shrine (FMS)

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2) Final Fantasy II

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle Theme 1 (BMS)
  • Battle Theme 2 (BMS)
  • Main Theme (FMS)
  • Tower of the Magi (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • The Rebel Army (BMS)
  • Dungeon (FMS)

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3) Final Fantasy III

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle 1 (BMS)
  • Battle 2 (BMS)
  • Eternal Wind (FMS)
  • Crystal Cave (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • This is the Last Battle (BMS)
  • The Crystal Tower (FMS)

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4) Final Fantasy IV

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle 1 (BMS)
  • Battle With The Four Fiends (BMS)
  • Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV (FMS)
  • Within the Giant (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Battle 2 (BMS)
  • The Final Battle (BMS)
  • The Red Wings (FMS)

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5) Final Fantasy V

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle 1 (BMS)
  • Battle at the Big Bridge (BMS)
  • Four Hearts (FMS)
  • Mambo de Chocobo (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • The Decisive Battle (BMS)
  • The Final Battle (BMS)
  • In Search of Light (FMS)
  • Home, Sweet Home (FMS)
  • A New World (FMS)

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6) Final Fantasy VI

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle (BMS)
  • The Decisive Battle (BMS)
  • Searching for Friends (FMS)
  • Terra's Theme (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Battle to the Death (BMS)
  • Dancing Mad (BMS)
  • Celes's Theme (FMS)

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7) Final Fantasy VII

Basic Bundle:
  • Let the Battle Begin! (BMS)
  • Fight On! (BMS)
  • Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII (FMS)
  • Cosmo Canyon (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • JENOVA (BMS)
  • Aerith's Theme (BMS)
  • Judgment Day (FMS)

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8) Final Fantasy VIII

Basic Bundle:
  • The Man with the Machine Gun (BMS)
  • The Extreme (BMS)
  • Blue Fields (FMS)
  • Ride On (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Force Your Way (BMS)
  • Don't Be Afraid (BMS)
  • The Castle (FMS)
  • Ending Theme (FMS)
  • Fisherman's Horizon (FMS)

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9) Final Fantasy IX

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle 1 (BMS)
  • The Final Battle (BMS)
  • Over the Hill (FMS)
  • Dark City Treno (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Battle 2 (BMS)
  • Something to Protect (BMS)
  • The Darkness of Eternit (BMS)
  • Melodies of Life ~ Final Fantasy (FMS)
  • Not Alone (FMS)

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10) Final Fantasy X

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle Theme (BMS)
  • Fight With Seymour (BMS)
  • Mi'ihen Highroad (FMS)
  • Movement in Green (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Challenge (BMS)
  • A Contest of Aeons (BMS)
  • Otherworld (BMS)
  • Final Battle (BMS)
  • A Fleeting Dream (FMS)
  • SUTEKI DA NE (Isn't It Wonderful?) (FMS)

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11) Final Fantasy XI

Basic Bundle:
  • Battle Theme (BMS)
  • Awakening (BMS)
  • Ronfaure (FMS)
  • The Sanctuary of Zi'Tah (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • FFXI Opening Theme (BMS)
  • Fighters of the Crystal (BMS)
  • Ragnarok (BMS)
  • Shinryu (BMS)
  • Vana'diel March (FMS)
  • Gustaberg (FMS)
  • Sarutabaruta (FMS)

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12) Final Fantasy XII

Basic Bundle:
  • Clash of Swords (BMS)
  • Esper Battle (BMS)
  • Giza Plains (FMS)
  • The Dalmasca Estersand (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • FINAL FANTASY ~FFXII Version~ (BMS)
  • The Battle for Freedom (BMS)
  • Desperate Fight (BMS)
  • Boss Battle (BMS)
  • Ending Movie (BMS)
  • The Royal City of Rabanastre/ Town Ward Upper Stratum (FMS)

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13) Final Fantasy XIII

Basic Bundle:
  • Saber's Edge (BMS)
  • Fighting Fate (FMS)
  • The Sunleth Waterscape (FMS)
  • March of the Dreadnoughts (FMS)
Individual Songs:
  • Blinded By Light (BMS)
  • Defiers of Fate (BMS)
  • Desperate Struggle (BMS)
  • The Archylte Steppe (FMS)

Other Individual Songs Include

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Final Fantasy Tactics:
  • Antipyretic (BMS)
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Final Fantasy X-2:
  • KUON: Memories of Waves and Light (FMS)
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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles:
  • Sound of the Wind (FMS)
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Final Fantasy VII Advent Children:
  • Beyond the Wasteland (BMS)
  • ~Advent: One-Winged Angel~ (BMS)
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Final Fantasy 零式 (Type-0):
  • We Have Arrived (BMS)
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Final Fantasy XIII-2:
  • Etro's Champion (BMS)

And, lastly, here are the 25 characters currently available for purchase.
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Characters
  • Princess Sarah (Final Fantasy)
  • Minwu (Final Fantasy II)
  • Cid (Final Fantasy III)
  • Rydia (Final Fantasy IV)
  • Kain (Final Fantasy IV)
  • Faris (Final Fantasy V)
  • Locke (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Celes (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Aerith (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Sepiroth (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Tifa (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Seifer (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Rinoa (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Vivi (Final Fantasy IX)
  • Garnet (Final Fantasy IX)
  • Yuna (Final Fantasy X)
  • Auron (Final Fantasy X)
  • Prishe (Final Fantasy XI)
  • Ashe (Final Fantasy XII)
  • Balthier (Final Fantasy XII)
  • Snow (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Hope (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Serah (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
  • Cosmos (Dissidia Final Fantasy)
  • Ramza (Final Fantasy Tactics)
So, there ya have it. That's every bit of content that 's currently available for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for iOS. We can assure everyone that there will be newly released songs and characters in the coming weeks. Also, don't ask us why we typed all of this out; we just did.

Additionally, you can indulge in this beautiful iOS Launch Trailer.


For hardware & software requirements, or any other unimportant information related to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for iOS, please visit the official website below.

Source: THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY | SQUARE ENIX


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Comments: 3

Wow this is crazy. Well this is what we have to deal with when console games get ported to mobile phones and tablets. I am sorry but this kind of tactic really rubs me the wrong way. I would never purchase this game again let alone on a mobile phone/tablet.

Yes, I understand that this is good for the company. Having it available on other platforms (even though iOS is not a true platform in my eyes) lets many others enjoy an incredible game.

My main gripe is the addition of characters not available for download on the 3DS version. That has me really angry.
That's a crazy rip off! I was going to consider getting it for the iOS instead of the 3DS one, but not at those crazy prices. I didn't care for the demo, but for those prices you mine as well stick with just the demo of the game because right there you get 2 songs for free lol
I expected something like this, but not to such a ridiculous degree. I'm still not big on mobile gaming, so I'm just gonna turn a blind eye. It'd be nice if Square Enix could eventually add this content to the 3DS version, the character additions would be pretty unlikely.