The impossible has finally happened. After a wait of over twenty years, Nintendo fans can finally enjoy Final Fantasy VII on a Nintendo system.
It seems that Square Enix is all-in with Nintendo, as a ton of Final Fantasy titles is coming to the system, including remastered versions of games that were previously only released on PlayStation consoles.
The Nintendo Direct that ran on September 13th revealed that the Nintendo Switch will be receiving the remastered versions of Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, and XII in the future, as well as Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD, World of Final Fantasy Maxima, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, and Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is an updated port of a title that was originally released on the GameCube. The original version of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a complicated game to run, as it required several Game Boy Advance systems and link cables, which have been done away with in favor of an online mode.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will be released in 2019.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD is a port of a mobile game that attempted to tell the story of Final Fantasy XV on a much smaller scale. The design shifted from giving the player freedom to explore the world in favor of a more streamlined quest system.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD is available right now.
"Sorry Squall, you'll have to wait until someone cares enough to remaster your game"
World of Final Fantasy Maxima is an RPG where you make a team composed of chibi versions of the famous monsters from the series. In the original version of the game, you could summon heroes from the Final Fantasy series, but in the Maxima edition, you can actually transform into them.
World of Final Fantasy Maxima will be available on November 6th.
Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy is an updated port of a title that was originally released on the Nintendo Wii. It is a roguelike game where you play as a Chocobo as it explores randomly generated dungeons. The Every Buddy version of the game will allow you to use all of the monsters in the game as allies, which can be controlled using the new co-op features.
Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy will be available this Winter.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is the recent HD port of the original PlayStation 2 game that added all of the extra content from the later Japanese versions of the game.
Final Fantasy: XII The Zodiac Age will be available in 2019.
The last reveal of the Nintendo Direct was that the remastered versions of Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, and X-2 will be coming to the Switch in 2019.
When the Nintendo Switch was first announced, it seemed that Square Enix was putting a lot of faith in the system by offering Octopath Traveler as an exclusive. Octopath Traveler was a huge success on the Switch, which may have prompted this deluge of Final Fantasy titles coming to the system.
A Nintendo version of Final Fantasy VII is the most surprising, considering that this was the game that caused a rift between Nintendo and Squaresoft in the late '90s. Squaresoft abandoned the Nintendo 64 in favor of the Sony PlayStation, due to the fact that the 64 wasn't going to use CD-ROMs for its games.
It seems that the hatchet has very much been buried between the two companies, with the adventures of Cloud Strife and the members of AVALANCHE finally coming to a Nintendo system after a wait of over twenty years.