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Promotional Consideration: Tactical advertisements



Did you forget that Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift ships in North America this week? We wouldn't be surprised if you did, as, aside from two magazine advertisements, Square Enix hasn't done much to promote the SRPG sequel.

In fact, unless we've missed something, the only two handheld game commercials Square Enix has aired in the U.S. since the GBA were for the Final Fantasy III remake and Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker -- Mario Hoops 3-on-3 doesn't count. That's a shame considering how creative the original Final Fantasy Tactics Advance commercial was!

Bring your mages, ninjas, and gunners past the break for the GBA clip and the two FFTA2 magazine pieces we mentioned above!



Mar-shay. Annoying rules. Irritable Mewt.

Pretty much everyone but us loathes this FFTA commercial -- we can't help that we're easily won over by corniness! Really, there aren't enough parodies of 80s/90s helpline commercials out there.

If you pay close attention while Mewt is accosting his caller, you'll notice that someone dressed up a bunny with wings to make it look like a Moogle! It's not as cool as the Moogle in the Final Fantasy III (FFVI in Japan) SNES commercial, but the rabbit is still cute!

Though Square Enix doesn't seem to have any plans to promote the game to television audiences, the studio has put out two different magazine ads in the past few months:





Not bad at all! You can even get that first image as a desktop wallpaper -- 1024x768 and 1280x1024. FFTA2's Japanese site also has a wallpaper featuring the imposing judge with his back to the game's protagonist, Luso Clemens -- 1024x768 and 1280x1024. Set one of these as your background, and you'll have no trouble remembering to pick up the SRPG later this week!

Promotional Consideration is a weekly feature about the Nintendo DS advertisements you usually flip past, change the channel on, or just tune out.

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