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FINAL FANTASY on your iPhone

The two that started it all are back...

Mullets and parachute pants may never come back in style, but there are couple vestiges of the late 80s that have returned with a vengeance!

 You don't need this anymore...
 You don't need this anymore...

Square Enix is re-releasing FINAL FANTASY I and FINAL FANTASY II for the iPhone.   The RPG’s that once required blocky cartridges and a big, gray Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES as we liked to call it back then) can now be played on the same gadget you use to text your friends and prank call your principal with.  

 Blame it on the i...i...iPhone.
 Blame it on the i...i...iPhone.

Check out the trailer here…, at Kotaku.com

Maybe this is speaking from a novice’s perspective, but I always think it’s funny that a franchise called FINAL Fantasy has been going on for 23 years and over thirteen installments - - “Seriously guys, we mean it this time. This is the Final fantasy.”   I suppose it’s like when Kiss goes on one farewell tour after another for more than ten years. 
 
GIA EDIT: We just snatched up the trailer. Enjoy!

  

 

 
 
You like what you see in the trailer, Anime Vice community? Do you feel nostalgic? Curious? Or do those old school 2D sprites fail to impress you?  

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Konandaon Feb. 15, 2010 at 10:37 a.m.

The reason it's called Final Fantasy is because the creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was planning on leaving the videogame industry after completing the game. It proved popular though so he ended up staying and Square decided to make it into a franchise so when the new one came out they kept the name.  
 
Oh and a warning to anyone thinking of buying Final Fantasy II. I'll just say it is the worst Final Fantasy of them all.

JJOR64on Feb. 15, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.
How many times has Square ported this game?  I say screw this an stick with the superior port that was on GBA.
N15PCAon Feb. 15, 2010 at 3:41 p.m.

Love playing Final Fantasy.  Didn't care for Final Fantasy II though. 
AleMon Feb. 15, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.
The paradoxes of life are what make life so interesting. =D
TubeOxenon Feb. 16, 2010 at 2:43 a.m.
Not that I don't like the original Final Fantasies, but don't you think they could do something more than just continuously port them to newer systems? How about a sequel, or a story that branches off one of the original games? A little bit more original content than just the same old stories all over again would be nice.
 
Then again, I suppose Squeenix has their hands full with their newer RPGs, but I can't say I've liked any of them as much as FF4-6.
John_Martoneon Feb. 16, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: You bring up an interesting point on the finality of these fantasies. However, I'd theorize that they probably infer that these stories/games are, relatively, the finale of said universes. The coverage point of age old monsters/mythos and modern man. The exploits of your character might be the last legendary story/adventure.
 
Least that's my knee jerk reaction.
No_name_here staff on Feb. 16, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
@Konanda: Hm... didn't know that. I like it.  Nothing better than something considered to be concluding effort lead to such a success.
No_name_here staff on Feb. 16, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
@John_Martone: I like this explanation too.
Konandaon Feb. 16, 2010 at 6:51 p.m.
@John_Martone:  
Well some fans have debated if FFX and FFX-2 is a prequel of sorts to FFVII since the kid named Shinra talks about using the energy of Spira as a potential power source and along with his name it implies a relation to the company in FFVII. Interviews with the scenario writer Kazushige Nojima and producer Yoshinori Kitase have further alluded to a connection between Shinra corp and the young Al Bhed Shinra as being the descendents of the technological prodigy that journeyed to some other planet. 
 
Although this provides no real relation between the stories other than a little backstory to Shinra corp's creation. Other than that the direct sequels/after or another stories such as FFX-2, FFIV: The After Years have been the only sequels in the same universe. However this is excluding the world of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and any game set in the world of Ivalice since even though they are different stories that have no real relation to each other they do occur in a set timeline of that world. Games that are part of Ivalice, FFXII, FFXII: Revenant Wings, FF Tactics, FF Tactics Advance, FF Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift and Vagrant Story.(this is never explicitly said but it is alluded to) However the timeline is kind of screwy since they all have small differences in between them. Also FF Tactics Advance could be said to not really take place in Ivalice since it was actually just one created by Mewt's will. (Spoilers for anyone that was planning to play a 7 year old GBA game since you should have done it already that was a great game.) 
 
Also the only worlds that have really been outlined as a fairly fleshed out universe have been Gaia, (the most overated Final Fantasy of all time and it's merchandise train aka FFVII and company) Ivalice, (see above) and Spira. (FFX and FFX-2) I mean sure the rest have had a world as well but they have all been kept to one game pretty much. Maybe the Fabula Nova Crystallis will establish another universe although the only thing that has really been revealed about this trilogy of FFXIII is that all the games involve crystals somehow and share certain similarities or references to each other. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be in the same universe however. 
@TubeOxen:

You can always get FFIV: The After Years on Wiiware. In comparison to the original game though it's not that great.

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