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What’s Next For Final Fantasy And Nintendo?

By aquizero on May 30 2012 08:10 PM
I am sure by now you have read up on a funky little Nintendo 3DS title called Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy. The people at Square Enix are really finding some “inventive” titles for their spin-off games. This game aims to merge our love for past Final Fantasy titles, and the epic music that accompanied them. The only issue is, how will this game draw in someone new to the series? Unless you're a huge rhythm-based gamer, I doubt the title will be appealing at all. All that aside, this game seems to be a step in the right direction to rebuild the relationship between Final Fantasy fans and Nintendo. Rebuild the relationship? Was the relationship ever broken to begin with? Let me explain.

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At the beginning of Final Fantasy’s life, the series was basically a Nintendo exclusive. To be specific, Final Fantasy titles numbered 1 through 6 were all originally released on Nintendo consoles. This is where the focus shifted from Nintendo to the Sony PlayStation. Final Fantasy titles numbered 7 through 12 were originally released for Sony PlayStation. In my opinion, the games featured on PlayStation consoles were really the heavy hitters. PlayStation Portable (PSP) has given us some great Final Fantasy spin-offs as well. Dissidia Final Fantasy is just one of the great examples for the PSP. Even Microsoft is now in the good graces of Square Enix, having High-definition (HD) versions for Final Fantasy XI Online (FFXI Online), Final Fantasy XIII (FF XIII) and Final Fantasy XIII-2 (FF XIII-2) available for their Xbox 360. All of this goodness was sadly missed for Nintendo.

[alignleft]Posted Image[/alignleft]In spite of all that, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance saw the title Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and the Nintendo DS received Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, roughly five years later. The Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series spanned across multiple Nintendo systems, and more recently, Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for the Nintendo DS. No one can deny that these games have their own place in the Final Fantasy universe. By comparison though, these Final Fantasy titles simply don’t stack up to the other non-Nintendo releases. Whether you want to include remade/ re-released titles for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, the support from Square Enix isn't equal. The fact is this. With Nintendo's hardware having limited processing power, standard definition graphics and inadequate online features, it was simply not enough to draw full support from Square Enix. At the end of the day, Square Enix's primary focus, as with any game developer, is to be as profitable as possible. If Nintendo’s hardware could have satisfied their current line of Final Fantasy titles, then we would have seen more of them make their way to the Wii. Limiting your consumer audience just doesn’t make sense from a business standpoint.

My hope is that Nintendo's newest upcoming console, the Wii U, will prove to be a capable machine and gain love and support from the Square Enix developers. Show the hardcore gamer that the system can handle these monstrously gorgeous games! Deliver to us a block-buster, exclusive, main series, numbered title! I might be getting ahead of myself, but one can dream, can’t he? I think that the age of exclusive games is fading at an enormous rate. With Wii U finally balancing the power between the three companies (and making a "perfect Triforce"), developers would have to be a fools not to soak up as much money as possible by releasing their games to each. That being said, I see “temporary” exclusives being more realistic. I, for one, would welcome a “temporary” exclusive, main series title on the Wii U.

Do you think that the next Final Fantasy main series title should come to Wii U?

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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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Comments: 6

Well, there's this rumor as that's all we should call it for now is that Versus XIII has been renamed XV and will also be on the Wii U.

Video seems fake but that FF Font looks convincing.
Nice post! This would be great if it is true. Funny thing is I do not see a logo for Microsoft Xbox 360 which makes me happy. FFXIII Versus was a dumb title to begin with. They delayed it too much that it is kind of off the radar. It would be nice if they just focused it into the next numbered title.
They had no plans on putting it on 360. This is Nomura's baby and we both know how he loves the PS brand. But FF started on Nintendo, so if this is true then this will surely move Wii U systems.
Thank goodness. I mean I was upset that FFXIII was put on Xbox 360 in the first place when it was announced as a PS3 exclusive. Though as I said on this post, " I think that the age of exclusive games is fading at an enormous rate... I see “temporary” exclusives being more realistic"

So, if this is true, I think it is only a matter of time before Xbox 360 gets it as well. On the flipside, I really hope they utilize the Wii U controller in a unique way that would make players consider purchasing the Wii U version instead.
More people should be exposed so i wasn't mad when it came on 360.
Only thing i didn't like is how much they have flipped flopped on the issue.
I think they need to stop working on so many games at the same time, that is part of why the games are taking longer to come out.

People have said they have different teams which is true but it's still SE as a whole.
So if they focused on two projects at a time instead of 4 to 5 they can finish those two faster cause they are getting more people on those projects to help build them.

They also need to stop announcing games ahead of time, that is not good for hype or for business.
People are getting tired of waiting for Versus and think it is a myth or will be cancelled, and all Nomura and Wada can say is please be patient. Well if they didn't announce the game 6 years ahead of schedule people would be more content.

I love Square and want them to succeed but so far all i see in terms of big games from them for E3 is Tomb Raider and another one i can't remember. And those games are not really SE products they are just the publisher.
Yes I agree fully. They should focus on fewer games so that they aren't taking years to release.

They annouced FFX HD for PS3 and that one I am excited for however I hope they don't stop there because FFX-2 and FFXII truly deserve an HD edition. I would pay for them in a heartbeat! I mean more Final Fantasy games with trophies! Yay! I already platinum'd both FF XII and FF XIII-2 and I would do the same for all FF games since I love them so.