Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

A short while after Final Fantasy XI got its release date, May 16 in Japan, Square Co. Ltd announced their plans of returning the successful FF saga to Nintendo. Six years after abandoning Nintendo Square will create a subsidiary, with the sole purpose of developing Final Fantasy titles for the GameCube and GameBoy Advance systems. The subsidiary will be Game Designers' Studio, a development house in Tokyo, with Akitoshi Kawazu as president.

History
Square first developed the Final Fantasy titles in the 1980's for Nintendo's Super Famicom and NES. Following financial difficulties and lot's of shrewd Sony moves, the titles found a new home in Sony's PlayStation and PS2. The move(1996) played an important part in the PlayStation overtaking Nintendo's N64 console. The N64 was more advanced, something like the XBox of its time, but developers found it extremely difficult to make games for it.

Square Troubles

Following the commercial failure of Final Fantasy the movie, Square found themselves deep in financial problems. In October Sony reacted to Square's worst-ever loss by supplying it with US$116 million. The recent Final Fantasy X which, despite being released in December, ended 2001 in the top 20 best selling games and the total of 30 million sales for the Final Fantasy series should also have helped.
Square however, are not clear yet and have reacted well to the idea that Fund Q, started in January by Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's president, would provide the financial resources for FF development.

What to Expect

It is difficult to explain how or why Sony would allow Square to supply a rival with one of its most successful titles. It is also unclear whether Sony could stop Square even if they wanted to. Analysts claim that the release of Final Fantasy titles for GameCube is likely to give Nintendo an edge in Japan rather than in the U.S. It is obvious that Nintendo and Square are considering all options since they have only hinted that the new Square titles for Nintendo will be part of the Final Fantasy saga. These hints can be read at the official Nintendo Web Site.

No one can underestimate the importance of having FF however, and the first Nintendo versions will begin surfacing in Q4 2002. For the time being only a Japanese release has been confirmed for those titles but no one has denied the possibility of a U.S. and European launch as well.

Final Fantasy XI, upon its release, will add the online-play experience to the successful series, based on the online services announced by Sony it is bound to attract attention. Nintendo have yet to announce any similar services for the GameCube so what FF will look like on Nintendo is anyone's guess.

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Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

Nope, it looks rock-fu*king solid. I think it is best for all gamers (Or at least a good number of them) to get a chance to try the ff series. Whie the obvious defference between the PS2 and the GC in power terms could point to a mutiny I highly doubt it because Sony now owns a good chunck of Square we should still see FF on ps (2,3, etc.) for a long while.

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

Since sony owns a large portion of Square, I think that Sony probably would not mind if there was a square title on the game cube. Any money that square makes would just raise the value of their stock, and thus sony would make money (the stock sony owns is probably paying out dividends as well).

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

Alright, looks like squaresoft has turned to the dark side. I can't believe they'd put such an awesome series on a kiddie game console such as the game cube or whatever lame system Nintendo has to offer. I dont care if the first few were on NES and SNES. At the time, that was a good move, but for their sake, and for graphics sake, they need to stay with Sony. Just look at those crappy polygons.

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

If square joins nintendo...they will ruin theyre reputation, and maybe go to down de drain nintendo sucks.Game Cube it is the worst of the current consoles...square will just be worse(in money) than she is now... and that is realy bad.. why don´t they try to make pc versions instead of making games to that stupid console...i agree with some guys !that must be a realy good joke:)

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

1. With out Nintendo, there would be no square soft(wtf they going to do go to sega doing the old days)2. some of u guys a mad stupid3. FF game is may ghetto super star doesn't even go on.. it just other game with the FF name on it.. thats how bs it is..4. kind of funny now that u guys have to get other console for FF game HAHAHA.. i know a friend that have to.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA u need a ps2/gamecube/pc HAHAHA.. good luck losers.. :)

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

Final Fantasy has always impressed me from the begining. What I think is the best part of FF series is not there style or gameplay, but there story line. I am so suprised that the stories for the FF games don't come out in novals. Like in FF7 when Aries died. It tuched me so much. It is the fantisy style that is what keeps them afloat on most of their games.

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

HAHAHA! I probobly know why Square is going back with nintendo. Just for the money! They loast all their money on that crap movie (final fantasy:the spirits within) and they need more money! So they join nintendo to make more money then just simply leave again,lol. That's what I would do! ;)

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

ummm guys first off aparently you know nothing on square history you haters. Sony is nothing but a big bully and retarded. PS2 is the worst console programming and there already making plans for ps3? WTF gay ass sony. SNES had the best square games ever made... 1.)Chrono Trigger2.)Secret of Mana (not shitty Legend of mana)3.)Final Fantasy 3Also nintendo is getting out of the kiddy crap becuase i meen there comming out with res. evil i don't think thats to kiddy...

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

I agree that Square's best appeared on the SNES, and I welcome them back to Nintendo. And it's not like they're LEAVING Sony anyway.And jeez you PS2 guys, quit whining! While you're playing FFXI online you'll have even more people to play along with since it's on another system. And you're not LOSING Final Fantasy, more people are getting the chance to play it.

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

It is my hope that even though these negotiations or whatever the relationship maybe between Nintendo and Square, that FF titles will still be released on the PS2. One of the main reason I own a PS2 is for the FF and new Xenosaga series. Many PS2 users will most likely react the way that I have in hearing about this. I hope that if Square does decide to release it titles on the Gamecube that they will not abandon the PS2 and if at all possible make a dual release on both the Gamecube and the PS2. This would be a possible boost in capital and maybe, just maybe keep Sony happy that the FF series will be with for a long time to come. Not to mention that this would satisfy the millions of people who bought a Playstation 2.

Final Fantasy to get Nintendo Treatment

I have a Gamecube and I love it. I have got a few games including Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. One bad thing about the Gamecube is online is limited. There are only two online games to date; Phantasy Star Online games. People wonder why Nintendo isn't selling as much systems as Sony and Microsoft. Its somewhat obvious: oline players will likely not pick one up, and older players might not be to interested because of all the games ment for a young audience. Nintendo should get online play and expand the audience just a little more.

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