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Trigger and Final Fantasy IV for PlayStation?!
Square EA says the U.S. PlayStation versions
of Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV could debut this summer,
but they want fan feedback before committing to the titles.
The combination of an empty PlayStation schedule and the established
success of Final Fantasy Anthology led Square to consider publishing
these beloved 16-bit classics.
These aren't merely shovelware ports of SNES
titles, as Square has added some slick new content to these
32-Bit revisions in Japan. The PlayStation version of Chrono
Trigger features new anime cinemas, including an entirely new
ending that directly ties into Chrono Cross, the game's PS sequel.
These new cutscenes also feature newly arranged versions of
Yasunori Mitsuda's stellar soundtrack by Tsuyoshi Sekito. Like
the two games in FF Anthology, Final Fantasy IV sports new CG
opening and ending cinemas.
Square also informs us that these games would
debut at a "discounted price," as they are classic
re-releases. If you'd like to see these games stateside (and
we'd wager that you would), voice your opinion by mailing Square.
Your feedback does matter and Square is listening to the demands
of its consumers.
Fantasy IX is No. 1 In The North America
Square Electronic Arts has announced that
its latest Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy IX, has continued
to dominate charts since its November 14 release, and was the
No. 1-selling PlayStation game for the month of November. According
to the NPD,
Final Fantasy IX debuted at No. 1, selling more units than the
second- and third-ranked PlayStation games, combined. In addition,
sales for the epic RPG series have currently reached an amazing
30 million units in both Japan and in North America, making
Final Fantasy one of the best-selling series across all consoles.
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Christmas From Square
Square today updated its PlayOnline web
site with a Christmas-themed remix of the Final Fantasy theme.
The Nobuo Uematsu-composed track was remixed by Square composer
Kenji Ito; Ito was also responsible for the various FF-series
remixes in Chocobo Racing. The track can be downloaded
as either a 128 kbps or 64 kbps MP3.
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Square has joined forces with BakBone
to use the company's NetVault storage system to guard information,
which will be generated from its PlayOnline service.
"We'll be taking in tremendous amounts
of information, and needed to find the best way of managing
and securing that data," said Koichi Ise, PlayOnline's
system director. "NetVault proved to us that it is the
storage management software most capable of protecting that
data today, and growing with us as people around the world log
on to our site, and entrust us with their valuable information."
is due to launch in early 2001, offering consumers online gaming,
shopping, movie, and entertainment related news.
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The Chrono Trigger Petition
Another Squaresoft fan site, Squaresoft
Extreme, has started a Chrono Trigger petition. If they can
get one million people to sign it they will send it to Square
to see if we can get an American release of Chrono Trigger for
The petition can be found here.