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GDC Brings New Final Fantasies to Light
03.25.2009

TOM GOLDMAN
NEWS REPORTER


Square Enix

Today at the ongoing Game Developer's Conference Square Enix made a few announcements that should intrigue Wii owners. The least surprising was the confirmation that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, which was rated by the ESRB back in February, will be coming to WiiWare. Square Enix also announced Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord for WiiWare, a sequel to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King which was released in May 2008. Square Enix's third announcement was that the very first Final Fantasy will be available for download on the Wii's Virtual Console later this year.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has only been released in Japan as a cellphone game in episodic format. There is currently no word on how the title's release will be handled for WiiWare. The game follows Ceodore, the son of Rosa and Cecil from Final Fantasy IV. The After Years is scheduled for release in 2009 and the game's official website is available at http://www.ff4theafteryears.com.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord casts players as the daughter of the Darklord who must defend her tower from attacking heroes by placing traps and monsters. My Life as a Darklord is also scheduled for 2009 and the game's official website is available at http://www.mylifeasadarklord.com.

Final Fantasy, originally released for the Famicom in Japan and the NES in North America, was where the popular RPG series all began. Players choose the Warriors of Light from multiple classes to form a four-person party that is used throughout the entire game. The game will be available for download through the Wii's Virtual Console service in May 2009 in Japan. Though its North American release has not been narrowed down to the month it is expected sometime this year.



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