We already know that chances are good for some portion/spin-off of Final Fantasy XIII to come to some Nintendo platform. Looks like we might be getting more of a chance than we thought. IGN has gone through a recent Famitsu interview with Square Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto and translated most of it. That’s where the first bit of info comes in.
“Different from something like VII, which we expanded upon afterwards, with Fabula Nova Crystallis FFXIII, we’ve thought about an expansive world setting from the start. Under the idea of wanting everyone to be sucked into the world for 10 years, we’re preparing a number of categories.”
There was also talk of Final Fantasy Tactics A2…
“We’re centering it around the story of a new adventure involving the heroes who appeared in Final Fantasy XII. There’s content that will make people who played XII happy, and we’re also making it easy to get into the world for those who are entering XII for the first time with the DS. The gameplay systems are also made to be easily played on the DS.”
Things then moved onto Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, both Wii and DS versions…
“The DS version of FFCC is, in terms of development, further along. I believe that when you play it, you will think to yourself, ‘there is an action RPG this beautiful.’”
“Recently, I was able to check the progress on the Wii version. It’s coming along extremely well. However, developing a game that makes use of the Wii remote is difficult. For our Wii game Dragon Quest Sword, adjustments related to the remote took a long time.”
On the other hand, things are not looking too good for classic Final Fantasy games on the VC…
“We feel that the Japanese game market still requires media,” explained Hashimoto. “Also, FF and Dragon Quest are played by a wide range of users, from children to adults, so there are limitations when you consider the problems that we would have with billing systems.”
Finally, as we already know, Mr. Hashimoto told Nintendo fans to look forward to the Square Enix party.
“Look forward to the events as Nintendo fans, or, even better, as Square Enix fans.”