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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition removed from the Switch eShop in Australia and New Zealand

Gone, but not forgotten

Just the other day, we shared a story about Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition and some online issues that players in Australia and New Zealand were having. Players in those regions couldn't get into an online game for more than 30 seconds, as they'd end up getting disconnected.

Now we're seeing that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition has been yanked from the eShop in both of those regions. While we don't know the official reason why the game was removed, it likely has something to do with this online issue. There's no doubt Square-Enix is working on this problem, and the game will return to the eShop soon. When it pops back up, we'll be sure to let you know.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition players in Australian and New Zealand are unable to play online

Well that's no good...

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition makes it difficult for everyone to play online no matter where they live, but the situation appears to be much worse for those in Australian and New Zealand.

For whatever reason, Australian and New Zealanders are unable to get into online games for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition. If they can manage to hop in on a game, it disconnects just a few seconds later. This isn't an issue specific to the Switch, either. It seems to be impacting all versions of the game.

Square-Enix is yet to comment on the matter, but hopefully they can issue a fix soon.

Check out the launch trailer for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition

The fantasy is back!

SQUARE ENIX® today welcomes seasoned adventurers and newcomers alike to explore a world like no other, as FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition is now available on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the App Store® and Google Play™ Store for mobile devices.

In FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition, adventurers can embark on an enchanting adventure either solo or with friends via online multiplayer with cross-play functionality*. Including a host of new and updated features such as updated graphics, a newly-composed soundtrack, end-game high-difficulty dungeons, a new Mimic mode feature and more, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition welcomes all players to take up the crystal chalice and explore a unique and magical world.

Players can also try the game for free from today with the release of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite**, which provides access to the first three dungeons in both single player and online multiplayer with cross-play functionality. Additionally, players who purchase the full game will be able to host multiplayer sessions with players using FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite, so a full party of up to four caravanners can play through up to 13 dungeons in the fantasy adventure together with one copy of the full game. Save data can be carried over from FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition Lite to the full game, ensuring players can seamlessly continue their progress in the magical fantasy adventure.

For returning FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES players eager to relive their memories, new downloadable content is also available to purchase which will allow characters to take on the appearance of classic FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series characters via the game’s new Mimic mode, such as Layle (FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: The Crystal Bearers™), Leo (FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™), Sherlotta (FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Echoes of Time™) and many more. Additionally, special weapons bundles are available to let adventurers take on their adventure in style.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition is rated T (Teen) and is now available on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system, the App Store® and Google Play™ Store.

Square-Enix shares a special piece of art to celebrate Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition's launch

Let the fantasy continue

As we shared earlier, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition is now officially available on the Switch. To celebrate the occasion, Square-Enix has shared the brand-new, gorgeous artwork above. Even if this version of the game seems to be a bit lackluster in areas, it's still nice to know that people will have a chance to experience it. Just seeing this art brings me back to the days when this game was revealed for the GameCube. I can't help but feel nostalgic!

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition now available

Time for a blast from the past

Excited to get your hands on Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition? No need to wait any longer, as the game is now available to download on the Switch eShop! Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition is priced at $30, and you'll need 4.1 GB of space to download the title.

Thanks to ArmoredFrog for the heads up!

IGN Videos - Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition gameplay and GameCube comparison

Want to see some more of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition? IGN has a series of videos that show off the game in action, as well as the comparison to the GameCube version above. Plenty of content to check out!



Three new demos now available on the Japanese eShop (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise, and The Number Puzzle)

Japanese Switch owners have some new demos available!

Three more demos have become available for Switch games on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
Published by: Square Enix

FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES™ Remastered Edition is an enchanting action RPG that follows a young group, known as the Crystal Caravans, as they embark on an epic journey to search for myrrh, a precious and rare liquid needed to cleanse and maintain a crystal protecting their world from the deadly gas, miasma.

Call upon magic and might and team up with faraway friends to take down fearsome foes! Enlist comrades to your crystal caravan in online multiplayer mode with up to four players.

Adventure and exploration await your caravan in brand-new lands teeming with wonder. Featuring new areas inside dungeons, even those who played the original version will have rewarding surprises in store!

Agent A: A Puzzle In Disguise
Published by: YAK

You play as Agent A in this stylish secret agent world full of retro futuristic contraptions, hidden gizmos, gadgets and clever logic based puzzles. But do be warned… Ruby La Rouge is no spy to be taken lightly! Explore a labyrinth of perplexing puzzles in this quirky game of cat and mouse that’ll have you wondering whether you’re the cat… or the mouse!!

Notice something strange or out of place? Making mental notes and observations (like a good secret agent) will aid you in solving tricky puzzles later on. As you explore Rubys secret hideout, collecting objects and using them cleverly is crucial in unlocking a trail of puzzles leading you ever closer to your target!

THE Number Puzzle
Published by: D3 Publisher

In THE Number Puzzle you follow easy rules to fill in a grid with the numbers 1-9.
So simple you will get addicted!
500 puzzles in all!
With 4 sets of rules and 4 difficulties, you'll never get tired of playing.
•Normal, Mini, Diagonal Line, and Overlapping play modes!
•The How to Play gives easy instructions for each play mode's rules!
•You can pick from 4 difficulties for each set of rules! Beginners and experts alike can enjoy!
•There's even ranked mode! Compete with other users for the fastest completion time.
•Unlock achievements! Play the game to collect all 50 background images.

New details on Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition's characters, voices, online play, and more

The next wave of details

A new video for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition has popped up, and it gives us a slew of new details to go over. Check out the info below, courtesy of Sephazon.

- in the artwork above, you can see all the default character appearances
- assign one of four voices to your character during character creation
- global character voices can be turned off
- in-game text chat feature for online play
- cross-platform saving will be added in the future
- dungeon bonuses are displayed when playing online
- there is no longer a 64 item inventory limit, and items are organized by category/quantity now
- Moogle Stamps now help unlock mimic costumes, and you can change your appearance at Moogle houses.
- you can now deposit items that you don’t want to carry in towns
- every player can pick up items dropped by enemies (except artifacts/magicite, which can only be picked up by one player)
- lite mode players will be able to play 13 of the 14 dungeons
- full game players may be able to match with players and friends who are exploring more advanced dungeons on any cycle
- once again, it seems village multiplayer capability is not included

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition's online play is region-locked

No, Square-Enix...not like this!

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition allows you to hop into a game online with other players on Switch, PS4, and mobile devices. That's a pretty great feature for Square-Enix to include, but unfortunately, there's another aspect that's not going to make people happy.

Square-Enix has confirmed that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition is region locked when it comes to online play. You'll only be able to play with others who are in the same region. Along with that, you will need a paid online subscription to take advantage of online, be that Switch Online or Playstation Plus.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition piles friend codes on top of friend codes for online play

We heard you like friend codes...

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition adds online play to the classic experience, complete with cross-play on PS4/mobile. That means there's all kinds of people meeting/matching up online, and Square-Enix has gone with a rather interesting system to keep everyone together.

The screenshot of the game above indicates that not only will Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition utilize friend codes for players, but it will also have a separate 6-digit friend code. These codes seem to pertain to your party number, which can be search/joined by other players. Furthermore, these numbers only last for 30 minutes, when a new 6-digit number will be distributed.

Seems a bit convoluted, especially when there are other cross-platform games out there that handle online play without nearly as much hassle. Hopefully the system is a bit easier to use than it seems.

Thanks to Sephazon for the heads up!