Remembering the Good Times
Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, there was no stronger friendship than what Nintendo had with Square Soft. Some of the best JRPGs, (not just Final Fantasy) were released on both the NES and SNES systems during that time, and both companies seemed primed to go into the new millennium hand and hand.
Of course, that was not meant to be. Square Soft saw the potential of Sony’s new system, the PlayStation, and focused their attention on developing games for that console. In 2003, Square merged with Enix to create Square Enix, and as a result, they moved even further away from Nintendo. Though Square Enix licensed a few games to Nintendo, especially for the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld systems, the main franchise of that company seemed to elude Nintendo’s grasp. That was, of course, the Final Fantasy series.
A Partnership Reborn
With the release of the Nintendo Switch last year, Square Enix began to reassess their relationship with the Japanese company. The hybrid console has quite a bit of potential, especially for those who remember the “good old days” of the 90’s. With that in mind, Square Enix threw out an olive branch, a little title that harkened back to the 16-bit area called Octopath Traveler. This game was exclusively for the Switch, and it helped to resurrect the partnership between the two companies.
On Thursday, that partnership was confirmed as Nintendo announced that eight previously released Final Fantasy titles would be available for the Nintendo Switch this year and in 2019.
Upcoming FF Titles for the Switch
Here are the upcoming FF games that will be released for the Nintendo Switch:
- Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition– Now Available
- World of Final Fantasy Maxima– November 6, 2018
- Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy– Winter 2018
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered– 2019
- Final Fantasy VII– 2019
- Final Fantasy IX– 2019
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remaster– 2019
- Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age– 2019
A Welcome Surprise
For most fans of the franchise, all this comes as a welcome surprise. Nintendo has said that these are the titles that are scheduled for release, but more may be on their way. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Cloud Strife face off against Sephiroth right in the palms of my hands!