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Square-Enix shares a quick clip of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

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Square-Enix has shared a very straightforward clip of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on Twitter, which gives fans a look at the fresh coat of paint the game has gotten. It's safe to say that a lot more detail is now visible on character models, giving things a much-needed revamp as compared to the original.

Play-Asia adds a retail listing for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered

More evidence for the pile

While we wait for Square-Enix to confirm a retail release for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on Switch, there has been plenty of evidence pointing to one. There was an ESRB rating and multiple retailer listings, and now Play-Asia has joined in with a listing as well. You can find listings for North America, European, Japanese, and Asian versions as of right now.

Square-Enix digital entertainment division sees net sales rise, boost attributed to Final Fantasy X/X-2 and XII The Zodiac Age on Switch

Final Fantasy keeps raking in the cash

In their most recent fiscal report, Square-Enix noted that their digital division saw net sales rose by 17.5 percent year-on-year to 37.2 billion yen ($349.6 million). Square-Enix followed up by saying that those positive results come from the launch of both Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age on Switch/Xbox One. Good to know people were scooping up those games!

Final Fantasy IX Tribute Album EIDOLON Now Available

A new way to experience a classic soundtrack

SEATTLE - July 31, 2019 - Materia Collective has released EIDOLON: Music From Final Fantasy IX, a 63-track arrangement project paying homage to Nobuo Uematsu's iconic soundtrack. EIDOLON features everything from a big band jazz version of "The Final Battle" and a rock opera take on "Roses of May" to a renaissance-themed arrangement of "A Place to Call Home" and a riveting musical-style rendition of "I Want to Be Your Canary," and so much more. Contributing artists include the Triforce Quartet, Videri String Quartet, and StringPlayerGamer, videogame composers John Robert Matz (For the King), and Robby Duguay (Fossil Hunters), and many others. The album is licensed and available wherever digital music is sold:

"We thought the next Final Fantasy cover album from Materia Collective was long overdue, and we both have a big love for the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack," comment album producers Emily McMillan and Joe Chen. "As the game focuses so much on character development and connections, we wanted to celebrate those ideas with a theme of collaboration. Each track on EIDOLON is the work of multiple Materia Collective artists working together to develop their interpretations of the classic music of Final Fantasy IX."

Download/stream the album through multiple storefronts here

River City Melee Mach!! and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered rated in Korea

We should hear worldwide plans soon

Two more Switch titles have just received ratings in Korea. Downtown Rantou Koushinkyoku Mach!! has gotten a rating with the name of River City Melee Mach!!, so I guess we know what name the game will have here in the states now. On top of that, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been rated as well. With the Korean ratings coming in for these titles, it seems likely that we'll be hearing release date plans for both games worldwide in the near future.

Third portion of the fan-translated Iwata Asks feature now live

The fan translation of the late Satoru Iwata's chat with Square-Enix executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu concerning Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers is now live. This portion of the feature dives into Square-Enix's early work on the Game Boy, and how those efforts helped pave the way to Crystal Bearers on Wii. Check out the feature here.

GoNintendo Video - A Rebuttal to NPR's piece on Final Fantasy VII & crying from games

A bit of point-counterpoint

NPR recently featured a short discussion about Final Fantasy VII's infamous death scene, which lead to some talk of games stirring up emotion. The quick segment caused quite a few to get upset, so I set out to pick apart what was said and offer a different viewpoint.

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Second portion of the fan-translated Iwata Asks feature now live

RIP Iwata

As we mentioned last week, a fan has taken it upon himself to translate an Iwata Asks feature that never saw release outside of Japan. The feature focuses on Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, and saw Iwata sit down with Square-Enix executive producer Akitoshi Kawazu. You can check out part two of the interview here.

Square-Enix releasing Final Fantasy IX Vivi and Steiner figurines

The duo returns

Square Enix is continuing with their line of Final Fantasy IX figurines, as they've revealed that Vivi and Steiner versions are on the way. The figurines come with multiple weapons for accessories, as well as fire effect parts for Vivi. No word on when these figurines will release just yet.

New 'Inside Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age' Video Reveals Developer Secrets

Tell me party people, what's your Zodiac sign?

LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2019) – Today, SQUARE ENIX® released a brand-new video in the ongoing ‘Inside FINAL FANTASY®’ series that sheds light on the development of some of the most-beloved entries in the classic series.

‘Inside FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE™’ spotlights two of the creative minds behind the beloved game, director Takashi Katano and producer Hiroaki Kato, discussing development and their inspirations while making the vast and magical world of Ivalice.

The ‘Inside FINAL FANTASY’ series takes viewers on a deep dive into the legacy of the series bringing together interviews with a variety of original creators, artists and developers. Previously released videos in the series have given in-depth looks at FINAL FANTASY IX, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster, sharing new information on the development of these revered, fan-favorite titles. Follow the FINAL FANTASY YouTube channel for updates in the Inside FINAL FANTASY series: https://www.youtube.com/finalfantasy

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE is now available for STEAM®, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo Switch™ system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X. The title is rated T (Teen). For more information, go to: www.finalfantasyxii.com

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