Final Fantasy jumbo Chocobo plush releasing in Japan

He's a big boy!

Square-Enix has announced plans to release a Jumbo Chocobo plush in Japan sometime in June 2021. The plush is priced at 19,580 yen, and measures in at 42cm × 49cm × 59cm, with a weight of 2.41 kg. Unfortunately, there's no word on a release outside of Japan at this time.

Sakurai shares new insight into bringing Sephiroth to Smash Bros. Ultimate

A character with some unique challenges

Sephiroth is the latest character to join the Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, and he's been welcomed by players all over the globe. Seeing another boss join the game was rather unexpected, and not surprisingly, implementing him required some extra work. Sakurai shares details on bringing Sephiroth to Smash in his latest Famitsu column, which you can watch a breakdown of above, or read some bullet points for below.

- Sakurai wants boss characters to feel like bosses
- Sakurai wanted Sephiroth to have some unusual poses to better accentuate his strength
- Sakurai says it was difficult implementing the Sephiroth Challenge, and things took some extra time
- It took awhile to figure out how to best implement Sephiroth's reach and speed
- Sakurai thought of the plot for the reveal trailer before Final Fantasy VII Remake came out

GameSpot Video - Smash Bros Ultimate: Sephiroth Comparisons

Every little bit of inspiration

We take a closer look at Sephiroth's gameplay and see what references we could fine, as well as any shown during the reveal trailer you might have missed.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Sephiroth gameplay round-up (Sephiroth Challenge, Final Smash, victory poses, taunts, Kirby, and more)

All the Sephiroth you can stand

Sephiroth is in Smash Bros. Ultimate starting tonight, so long as you can win the Sephiroth Challenge. Plenty of people have managed that, which gives them the chance to play as Sephiroth early. Check out all sorts of Sephiroth gameplay in this post!

Check out Kirby's Sephiroth transformation in Smash Bros. Ultimate

The ultimate creation

It's always fun to see how Kirby will look with the latest character addition in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Today we finally get a look at Kirby when he manages to gobble up Sephiroth. Somehow he's equal parts menacing and cute!

Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Twin-Pack out now in Europe

Also now available in the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand!

LONDON (4th December 2020) – Square Enix Ltd., today announced the European launch of FINAL FANTASY® VII and FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered in a twin-pack physical release for the Nintendo Switch™ system.

Loved by fans the world over, FINAL FANTASY VII puts players into the shoes of Cloud Strife, a former member of Shinra’s elite SOLDIER unit now turned mercenary, as he embarks on an epic adventure to decide the fate of the planet. In addition to a powerful and emotional storyline, FINAL FANTASY VII also includes:

- 3x Speed Mode: Play through the game with three times the speed.
- No Encounters: Players will have the ability to turn battle encounters off to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story’s event battles.
- Battle Enhancement Mode

The original was first released in 1999 to critical acclaim and now with a swathe of enhancements, FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered gives players a chance to experience this classic again new eyes. Taking control of SeeD recruit Squall Leonhart and resistance fighter Rinoa Heartilly, players work to save the world from the military nation of Galbadia. FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered features updated character visuals and the following boosts to enhance the experience even further:

- Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
- No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story’s event battles.
- 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.

The FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered twin-pack is available for the Nintendo Switch™ now.

Check out an unboxing of the Asian physical release for Final Fantasy IX

Perfect for importing

Have you been thinking about importing the Asian physical release for Final Fantasy IX? Want to get a closer look at the package before you do? The game just hit Asian region a couple days back, and now we can get a closer look at what it includes. Check out an unboxing video above.

Square-Enix releasing Final Fantasy III "Four Souls" vinyl album on Nov. 18th, 2020

These arrangements sound amazing!

Square-Enix is set to release quite a tribute to the music of Final Fantasy III. A special tribute album entitled Final Fantasy III "Four Souls," and it contains new arrangements of tracks from the game. Get the full details on the album below, along with some samples.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY III!

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of FINAL FANTASY III, and to commemorate the occasion, we are releasing a vinyl record!

This album includes newly arranged versions of carefully selected songs from the 30-year classic, as well as their original tracks.

Additionally, a download code for a digital version of these tracks is included, so that you can enjoy the music even without a record player!

Release Date: November 18th, 2020

Track List:

[Side A] Arrangement Tracks

Eternal Wind
Crystal Tower
Battle 2
Elia, the Maiden of the Water

[Side B] Original Versions

Eternal Wind
Crystal Tower
Battle 2
Elia, the Maiden of the Water

Final Fantasy IX physical release due out in Asia on Nov. 27th, 2020

Ready to import!

Square-Enix revealed a physical release for Final Fantasy IX in Asia just a couple weeks ago, and they said it would be out this year. Now we've learned that the game is seeing release on Nov. 27th, 2020. Remember, this version includes language support for English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish, so it's more than ready for import.

An official Final Fantasy comic was close to releasing in the 90s, but was cancelled at the last minute

A look at what could have been

Here's an interesting tidbit of information for you. Back before the Japanese release of Final Fantasy IV, Square-Enix (then Squaresoft) had given the greenlight to a Final Fantasy comic series that would release in North America. Unfortunately, that project ended up getting cancelled before it could see the light of day.

Writer Kurt Busiek revealed that the comic would have featured interior art by Dell Barras, letters by John Costanza, covers by Mike Mignola, and Hollywood Comics would be publishing. Multiple scripts written and an issue and a half's worth of drawings had been done before the plug was pulled. Characters were loosely based on the North American version of Final Fantasy II, and some of the Japanese names would have been "Americanized."

Unfortunately, what we see above is pretty much all that's left of the comic. As to why it was cancelled so late into development, that remains a mystery.


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