Importers, rejoice! Square has not enabled Sony's software lockout for the
Japanese version of its recently released four-disc masterpiece, Final Fantasy IX.
For the uninformed, this means that owners of modified PlayStation consoles can
play the Japanese version of the game without resorting to using a Gameshark
as a work-around to the lockout.
This news comes as something of a surprise, considering the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII
was equipped with the anti-mod lockout. Why Square elected not to use the lockout
for the Japanese version of Final Fantasy IX is
a still a mystery to the press.
For those interested in importing this fine game, the Japanese price is ¥7800,
roughly translated as $73 US. Import game stores are selling the game for anything
from $74 - $85. Considering that the import price is almost even with the price
Japanese consumers are paying off the shelf, importers are getting a good deal.
To get the novice importer started, try these links to different stores:
Video Game Depot
Considering this new revelation and the fact that Square's North American titles have all lacked mod protection, the North American version of Final Fantasy IX
will most likely arrive mod-chip friendly this November. Stay tuned to RPGamer for all further details on Square's newest Final Fantasy!