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   A Sneak Peak At Square's Chocobo Land ... news | joshua

   New artwork and screenshots of Square's upcoming GBA title Chocobo Land have landed at The Magicbox. The game is a board/dice game similar to the PSOne title Dice de Chocobo. Importers can look forward to the game being released in December; no word yet if the game will see American shores.

   source | The Magic Box

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   Square In Final Fantasy XI Partnership With Dell Japan ... news | joshua

   Dell's Japanese division is offering two of its Dimension PC models with the PC version of Square's online RPG, Final Fantasy XI. The Dimension 4500 and 8200 models are each equipped with an Intel Pentium IV 1.8GHz CPU and a Nvidia GeForce 4 Ti4200 graphics accelerator with 64 MB DDR-RAM (the PC version of FFXI has been optimized for the GeForce 4 Ti4200 chip). A Dell website dedicated to the deal can be found here. The PC version of Final Fantasy XI will be available in Japan on November 7th.

   source | RPGFan, Minazuki

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   More Details On Final Fantasy I & II Remake ... news | joshua

   Square showed off its latest Final Fantasy compilation in its booth at the Tokyo Game Show. The latest compilation for the PlayStation will include both Final Fantasy I and II. Both games will also be available seperately. Like Square's previous conversions to the PlayStation, the games will feature enhancements over the NES originals.
   Like Square's previous PlayStation compilations of its Final Fantasy titles, both of the games will get a graphical face-lift. The most dramatic addition to the games is what Square and the modern Final Fantasy games have become known for since Final Fantasy VII--a CG intro, complete with original music. The remakes will also feature new arrangements of the original music.
   In terms of content, both games will offer extra features such as an easy mode, an encyclopedia of monsters, and a gallery of illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano. The games will also offer some extra features, most notably all-new event sequences that highlight pivotal parts of each game's story.
   Final Fantasy I & II will be available this October in Japan. Details for a US release of the games have yet to be revealed.

   source | GameSpot

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   Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle First Look ... news | joshua

   Game Designer's Studio has released its first official screenshots and high resolution artwork for its upcoming Gamecube project Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle. Both The Magic Box and Gamers.com are hosting the shots, which appear to depict that Moogles as well as the classic FF Job system will be playing a part in its release.

   source | The Magic Box, Gamers.com

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   Tokyo Game Show 2002 - Day One Roundup ... news | stealthriot & joshua

   A short collection of news stories coinciding around the web. There has been no appearance so far of Final Fantasy X: Another Lord or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle.
   Of particular focus at the Square booth has been the upcoming games of Unlimited SaGa and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. The Final Fantasy Tactics Advance site, which went live a few days ago, has now been updated with more information, including battle system details and story information.
   Unlimited SaGa has been given a release date in Japan, of December 19th.
   Square has also partnered with nVIDIA for the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XI for the PC, which will be released in Japan on November 7th. The press release was released on nVIDIA's website and can be located here.
   We are crossing our fingers and hoping that Square might pull out a surprise or two tomorrow.

   source | Gamers.com, Gameforms, RPGFan, nVIDIA.com

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   Square Confirms TGS Line-Up ... news | stealthriot

   Only one day before the start of this year's Tokyo Game Show, Square has officially announced the titles they plans to exhibit at the show. Below is a run-down of what you can expect to see and play at Square's booth

   • Unlimited SaGa, PlayStation 2, December 19th 2002
   • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, PlayStation 2, Winter 2002
   • Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D, PlayStation 2, TBA
   • Final Fantasy XI, PS2/PC, Now Available/November 7th 2002
   • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, GBA, December 2002
   • Final Fantasy I and II, PlayStation, October 31st 2002

   Among the various goods available at Square's both will be merchandise for Final Fantasy X and XI as well as Unlimited SaGa. It remains to be seen if Square will show or comment on other any of its other upcoming games such as Final Fantasy X Rikku and Yuna Version, Final Fantasy XII, the mysterious light-hearted PlayOnline RPG for PS2, Seiken Densetsu for GBA or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle for GameCube at the show.

   source | RPGFan

   OneUp Studios to Release "Time & Space" ... news | stealthriot

   OneUp Studios has recently completed the work on Time & Space - A Tribute to Yasunori Mitsuda. Similiar to Project Majestic Mix's tribute albums, the new album will feature arranged versions of Mitsuda's compositions for Chrono Trigger, Xenogears and Chrono Cross. Styles will vary from rock over jazz to orchestral.

   A limited quantity of albums is up for pre-order through OneUp Studios' website for a discounted $17.99USD (shipping not included). The album will be on sale at the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Festival and the shipment of pre-ordered copies will begin in early October. The price for the one disc set has been set at $20.99 USD.

   source | RPGFan , OneUp Studios' "Time & Space"

   Details on Final Fantasy XI PC ... news | stealthriot

   Square announced they will release the Windows version of Final Fantasy XI in Japan on November 7. The basic requirement of the game are: Pentium III 800 MHz, 128MB Memory, GeForce 3 with 32MB VRAM. The game will run on Windows 98 / 98SE / Me / 2000 and XP. It is possible to share the save data between the PlayStation 2 and PC version.

   source | The Magic Box

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   Tune In To All New SquareAMP Radio ... update | joshua

   SquareAMP Radio has been completely re-done!! We are proud to launch both stations with revitalized playlists, as well as accurate links and information for tuning into both stations.

   On the 24kbps stream you have:
      Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2) Original Sound Version - Composed by Hiroki Kikuta
      Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack - Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda
      Brave Fencer Musashiden Original Soundtrack - Composed by Tsuyoshi Sekito
      Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack - Composed by Yoko Shimomura
      Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
      Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
      Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu

   And for higher bandwidth users, our 56kbps now has:
      Final Fantasy X Original Soundtrack - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Junya Nakano
      Final Fantasy XI Original Soundtrack - Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Naoshi Mitzuta, and Kumi Tanioka
      Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack - Composed by Yoko Shimomura

   As always, you can click on over to our SquareAMP Radio page to find out more information, as well as instructions on how to tune in now.

   source | N/A

   Kingdom Hearts Ships ... news | joshua

   Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. (Square Electronic Arts), the exclusive publisher of all SQUARESOFT® products in North America, and Disney Interactive announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS, for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, started shipping to retailers nationwide.
  An action role-playing game, KINGDOM HEARTS is the first video game project between Square and Disney Interactive that not only features many classic Disney characters and worlds with new characters and worlds, but also introduces new characters and environments created in the renowned Square style. The unprecedented inclusion of original and new characters and worlds tells a new story and offers breakthrough creative content

   source | KingdomHearts.com

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   FFT Advance Web Site Launched ... news | stealthriot

   Square has opened the official Japanese site for Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. While the site has yet to reveal any new information or screenshots, Square does plan on making a more substantial update to the site on September 20, the first day of the Tokyo Game Show.

   source | GameSpot

   More Details On Hanjuku Hero VS 3D ... news | stealthriot

   Square announced yesterday a new PS2 RPG, Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (Half-Boiled Hero VS 3D). This new installement in Square's humorous series will have a theme of "the battle of 2D versus 3D". The main characters will be in 2D, and fighting an army of 3D characters.

   The monsters will have very varied designs; additionally, Square, Weekly Jump and V Jump are launching a campaign to gather monster designs from fans. The selected designs will appear in the final game and the authors will receive prizes (more details can be found in Weekly Jump).
   The Hanjuku Hero series started on the Famicom in 1988; a second game followed on the Super Famicom in 1992 and was remade on the WonderSwan Color ten years later.

   source | RPGFan

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   Something a Little Different From Square ... news | stealthriot

   Square announced yet another new PlayStation 2 title called Hanjuku Hero 3D (Originally released on the Super Famicom). The latest installment of the crazy and humorous simulation RPG, which has never been released outside Japan. The story is about the battles between two army forces - 2D and 3D. The characters in the 2D army are created with traditional 2D graphics, while the 3D army are created with 3D CG. During the battles, you can summon the Egg heroes to battle the enemies. There are over 100 kinds of Eggs in the game, each with different effects and summon characters.

   source | The Magic Box

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   Tokyo Game Show 2002 - FFX Spin-off Titles ... news | stealthriot

   Square will be showing the Final Fantasy X spin-off title - Final Fantasy X: Another Lord - The Lord of Future for PS2 at the Tokyo Game Show, the game is scheduled to release by the end of the year, there will be a Yuna and Rikku version.

   source | The Magic Box

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   FFT Advance Characters & Classes Info ... news | stealthriot

   The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu contains more information on the recently-unveiled Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. Here are the descriptions of the three main characters:

   • Marsh Radieux is the main character of the game. He moved from the country to the city of St Ivalice because of his parents' divorce and his brother's illness. Kind-hearted, he has the ability to immediately understand people's pain.

   • Mute Landel is one of Marsh's classmates. He keeps his teddy bear with him at every instant, and, like his name suggests, he's rather the quiet, shy type of boy. Incidentally, his father's name is... Cid.

   • Ritz Malheur is another classmate of Marsh's, and the heroine of the game. She's the type who think they can handle anything, but her "winner" personality keeps her at some distance from the others. Her hair was originally white, but she secretly dyed it.

   One day, the three friends put their hands on a mysterious book, the "grand grimoire" (!), written in ancient signs. When they open the book, the world around them transforms from the modern city of St Ivalice, to Ivalice, a world of swords and sorcery, and it is the beginning of their adventure.
   Final Fantasy Tactics Advance features several character races: Human, Banga, N'Mow, Moogle and Viera. Each of the races can change jobs, and the various combinations of race/job will result in characters with various abilities and characteristics. Some of the jobs shown in the article include Soldier, White Monk, White Mage, Black Mage, and Archer - nothing too unusual so far. While the looks of the game have changed and this new installment is definitely aiming at a younger audience, there are already names and elements re-emerging from the previous game. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance will be out this Winter in Japan.

   source | RPGFan

   Final Fantasy VII Music Box ... news | stealthriot

   Digicube, the marketing branch of Square, is planning to release a music box to commemorate Square's epic RPG, Final Fantasy 7, that opened a new era in graphics and gameplay for video games. The box is made out of a rare wood and will feature 50 notes that will reproduce Aeris' Theme from the game. Although exciting in concept, only the most interested (and wealthy) Final Fantasy collectors will purchase it; with a price tag of 42000 yen ($355 US) it will definitely be a rare item for a collector to own.

   source | FFOnline