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Square Enix Brings 'Final Fantasy' Titles to the Wii - Screens

by Rainier on March 25, 2009 @ 10:14 a.m. PDT

Square Enix announced at the Game Developers Conference the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles including Final Fantasy IV: the Years After and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles : My Life as a Darklord for WiiWare, as well as the Final Fantasy series for the Virtual Console for Wii.

Square Enix will be offering two new releases for WiiWare: Final Fantasy IV: The Years After and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord. Final Fantasy IV: The Years After is an RPG that continues the story that began in the 1991 Super Famicom title Final Fantasy IV. In Japan, this title was released as a downloadable cellular phone application in February 2008. It has since been lauded for its deep storytelling, and a year after its release, has been downloaded over 3 million times.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord is the newest installment in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series, which has shipped over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to grow further in 2009. This title will be a sequel to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, which launched simultaneously with the WiiWare service in May of 2008.

The Virtual Console allows Wii users to download and play classic titles released on previous game consoles, and now for the first time ever, the Final Fantasy series will be made available via home console download. The first installment of the series will be Final Fantasy, originally released for the Famicom in Japan in 1987, which will be available for download in May 2009 in Japan. The North American release is scheduled for a 2009 launch as well.

Final Fantasy IV: The Years After (Wii/2009)

18 years after Final Fantasy IV first stole the hearts of Japanese gamers, the adventure continues in Final Fantasy IV: The Years After.

Released as a mobile phone game in Japan, this wildly popular sequel has topped 3 million paid downloads as of February 25, 2009. The game focuses primarily on Ceodore, son of Final Fantasy IV heroes Cecil and Rosa. He is ably supported by a host of familiar faces from the original cast who star in a series of additional tales.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord (Wii/2009)

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord puts players in the highly fashionable shoes of the Darklord's daughter, a malevolent little Miss, charged with dispatching intruding do-gooders by strategically placing traps and monsters around the tower she calls home.

Players will need to get their hands on ever more diabolical traps and abominable monsters to stop those pesky adventurers from making it to the Dark Crystal at the top of the tower. Be warned, though – with heroes of all the races and job classes from the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series storming the Darklord’s lair in real time, traps and minions will count for nothing unless deployed like a true evil genius. Anything less and the Darklord’s beloved home will be reduced to rubble!

Final Fantasy (Wii/2009)

The historic first installment of the Final Fantasy series will now be available on Virtual Console. Players can select jobs to customize their party of four, and set off on an exciting adventure as the Warrior of Light. Staple Final Fantasy elements such as the job system and spells like Cure and Fire all began here!

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