Final Fantasy fans got a nice surprise during the February 13, 2019 Nintendo Direct. During a quick block on the Final Fantasy titles, Nintendo casually dropped that the classic Final Fantasy IX is available today.
Nintendo first outlined plans to release most of the Final Fantasy backlog during the September 13, 2018 Nintendo Direct, but no release dates were issued at that time. Nintendo has not only issued that release date for FF9, but dropped it on unsuspecting viewers right now.
This isn't the first time that Square Enix has dropped Final Fantasy IX as a stealth release. Back in 2017, Square Enix announced the game would be coming to PlayStation 4 during that year's Tokyo Game Show, releasing the game on the PlayStation Store on that platform on that same day. This continues the FF9 revival that began with the game's PC release back in 2016.
For the unfamiliar, Final Fantasy IX is the PS1 classic that tells the story of Zidane Tribal and the Tantalus Theater Troupe, who have kidnapped Princess Garnet. What they don't know is that the princess wanted to escape the castle all along, as the princess eventually slides right into the troupe ranks and ventures along with them on a new adventure. The typical Final Fantasy turn-based battles are back, along with abilities like equipping items, the Trance gauge, and some engaging mini-games. The game goes for $20.99 on PC, so expect a similar price point on the Switch.
Fans of the original Final Fantasy VII got some news, too. The classic game featuring Cloud Strife and his battle against the evil Sephiroth is finding its way onto Nintendo Switch on March 26. Those looking for more of a Mystery Dungeon type of game will be happy to hear that Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! will release on Switch just a week before that on March 20.
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Damn! I keep saying I want to finish my current games before buying any new ones, but this is tempting. The recent AGDQ run stoked up some old nostalgia.
It's a tragedy that they lost all the hi-def art assets from FF9 in some kind of server crash at Square. It would be so awesome to have this game updated.
I hope they shot whoever was in charge of their IT for that massive loss. It's amazing that a company like that lost absolutely everything. I believe it was all the assets from FF8 and 9 wasn't it?
Offsite backups for something like that is such a no brainer, even back then.
Having this be 4:3 on the Switch screen is butt. I assume FF7 will be as well. Not worth the money they are asking. Should be like 9 bucks tops
Also it has the ugly font and UI from the phone version.