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FF Tactics Advances on Europe this June

There's simply no in-between when it comes to PAL localizations of Square Enix games: they either take absolutely ages to arrive, or no time at all. Happily, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2: Grimoire of the Rift will fall into the latter category, with the game appearing across Europe on June 27th, three days after its U.S. debut. We're attaching another gold star to your record, Square! Nintendo and every other company out there who puts Euro gamers through the mill far too frequently: take note!

If you're still too impatient to wait another five weeks, you may want to keep your thumbs and brain busy with a close alternative -- and conveniently enough, we have a whole bunch of recommendations for you to try out.


[Via press release]

Screens for Valkyrie Profile you don't have to squint at


Famitsu has a small piece up on Square Enix's upcoming DS entry in their Valkyrie Profile series, providing us with some screens, as well as a small taste of the brilliant cutscenes that often get sprinkled liberally throughout the RPG kingpin's titles. And while we'd like to report on more of the game, we just cannot. We're not even sure when this is going to release in Japan right now.

Head on over to Famitsu to check out the screens (now with 100% less blur!).

[Via Go Nintendo]

File these new FFCC Ring of Fates screens under 'new'


With the game set for release next week, we're anxious to see how the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles formula will work out on the DS. We had a lot of fun with the game on the GameCube and are looking forward to the Wii Ware game, so it's only natural that we'd get excited for the DS game, as well. How about you all, though? Still on the fence?

Hit up our gallery below for a bunch of new screens. It may bring you down off that fence.



[Via Wiiz]

2008's Biggest Blips: Final Fantasy Tactics A2



Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Release: TBA

What separates Final Fantasy Tactics Advance from most other handheld SRPGS? Its level of polish. As with the original Final Fantasy Tactics game for the PlayStation, Square Enix put its talents and resources behind FFTA's soundtrack, character designs, and solid mechanics. Even today, five years later, the GBA title's presentation outclasses releases like Hoshigami Remix and Luminous Arc.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift continues that high-budget, high-quality tradition. While Square Enix hasn't yet announced a US release date, and we're disappointed about the the game's lack of both online and offline multiplayer features, we're excited about all the sequel's additions -- 400 missions, Revenant Wings-esque item synthesis, a reworked law system, bigger enemies, an expanded map with distributed "area maps," and a ton of new job classes.

FFTA2 now boasts over 45+ different professions, ranging from Chocobo Knights (Chocobo-riding Moogles) to Bastards (a surly lot). Just as interesting as the vocations included are the ones that were cut from the final release due to time constraints or continuity issues. We came across their design documents while sifting through Square Enix's dumpster for discarded figurines, and we've posted the never-seen-before job classes right here for you!

Chimney Sweep

Action Ability
  • sweeps your chimney
  • walks around covered in soot
Combo Ability
  • after years of choking on grit and dust, dies an early death due to cancer caused by inhaling carcinogenic chemicals in the soot

Real World Roommate


Action Ability
  • accuses you of disrespectin' her
Reaction Ability
  • refuses to accept any apologies or assurances that you had no intention of disrespectin' her
Support Ability
  • tells everyone in the house that you're disrespectin' her

Damn Cargo Shorts-Wearin' Kids

Action Ability
  • wears those damn cargo shorts every day
  • has too many pockets for their own good
Support Ability
  • perpetuates the misbelief that wearing camo anything is acceptable fashion (e.g. camo cargo shorts)

Gangsta Rapper, Circa Early-to-Mid 90s

Action Ability
  • checks himself before he wrecks himself ('cause shotgun bullets are bad for his health)
  • is the capital S oh yes so fresh N double O P -- D O double G Y D O double G, ya see
Reaction Ability
  • calls his crew while you call your crew so you can rendezvous at the bar around two
Combo Ability
  • is better than your favorite rapper

Overbearing Asian Mother


Action Ability
  • belittles any and every measure you take to establish yourself as an individual
Reaction Ability
  • repeatedly insists that you should've become a doctor or a lawyer, like your successful cousins, instead of studying "computer"
Support Ability
  • leaves you with crippling feelings of inadequacy and social ineptitude

Cute Friend Whom You Have a Crush On

Action Ability
  • hair smells of strawberries, sunshine, and summer possibilities
  • is a kindred spirit; totally on the same wavelength as you
Reaction Ability
  • looks at you pityingly when you ask her out
  • just wants to be friends
  • isn't ready to date anyone right now
Combo Ability
  • sleeps with four other dudes -- simultaneously! -- the following week

ALF

Action Ability
  • is back in pog form



Apollo Justice
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No joke: DQMJ for $25

Though $25 might not sound like much of a sale for a DS game, this is the lowest price we've seen for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker yet. Developed and published by Square-Enix, this Pokemon-esque spin-off of the Dragon Quest series normally retails for $39.99!

Amazon will ship the game to you for free, but you'll have to order soon -- before the end of the day, at least -- to buy the monster-collecting RPG at that reduced price. Check out that guy's hair! Wouldn't that cover look great on your shelf?

Gallery: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker


[Via CAG]

Europe gets a date for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

A 2008 release date for Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker was always on the cards for Europe, and Square Enix has now settled on March 14th. Yes, that's a whole 146 days after the Pokémon pretender monster-hunting RPG first arrived in North America, and well over a year since it cropped up in Japan, but heck, are we really all that surprised? We probably don't need to mention that the region won't be seeing any consolatory preorder bonuses.

Fellow Europeans are welcome to quash their sense of injustice by perusing our gallery below for some pretty images of the game in action. Pretty images solve everything.

Gallery: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker


[Via press release]

FFIV fan translation patch for spoony bards

Once again, we're delving into the ethically dubious practice of ROM hacking (and ROM having), this time for the Japanese release of Final Fantasy IV. Impatient fans have been translating the game's script since the 3D remake's release last month, and they have already released a "semi-final beta" translation patch with most of the description text now in English!

According to the group's progress table, only a few sections still need translation (e.g. monster descriptions, location names), so a full and final English patch doesn't seem too far off. A Translation Wiki is also available for those missing bits or for those of you who'd rather pass on using the patch altogether.

Square Enix has yet to announce its plans for Final Fantasy IV's release outside of Japan. Our best guess? Mid-to-late 2008.

All of the news DS Fanboy saw fit to print in 2007


Well, not all of it. This is more about the highlights, the big news of the year. The kind of stuff that we should look back to and highlight as being memorable in 2007. It's been one hell of a year; a roller coaster ride of hits and misses. So, grab your admission ticket, buckle yourself in and join us for this look back at the news of 2007.

Continue reading All of the news DS Fanboy saw fit to print in 2007

Final Fantasy IV boxart gets final


Famitsu dropped a megaton on us: Final Fantasy IV boxart. We know, we fell down when we found out about it, too. In fact, our bottom still hurts from the force at which it slammed to the ground.

Personally, we're liking the character grouping in the center, but could do without all of the blue everywhere. We understand it's cloudy, but sheesh. Toss some color in for us outside of Japan, please!

Gallery: Final Fantasy IV

Release schedule announced for Ring of Fates, The World Ends With You



Square Enix unveiled its release strategy for early 2008 today, keeping its games on our minds and reminding us to plan our spring budgets accordingly. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, the four-player co-op ARPG, ships out to North American stores on March 11, 2008, almost seven months since its debut in Japan. With that long of a delay, we're hoping for some added content with the US release (e.g. online features with more depth than moogle-trading).

As for The World Ends With You (a.k.a. It's a Wonderful World, Subarashiki Kono Sekai), Square Enix plans to bring the stylized romp through Tokyo's Shibuya district stateside around "spring 2008." You can check out screenshots and artwork for both games in the galleries we've dropped below. Still missing from Square Enix's schedule: Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, Dragon Quest IV, and Dragon Quest IX.



[Via Press Release]

Final Fantasy IV Japanese site rolls out the updates


The Japanese website for Final Fantasy IV has updated with new goodies. First off, is an update to the character section, which describes a lot of the game's characters. There is also the download section, which has some sweet wallpapers available. Three of those wallpapers are of in-game characters, with the last new wallpaper available being one kickass piece of concept art. So, head on over and check the new stuff out.

[Via Go Nintendo]

FFIV looking as sumptuous as ever in new trailer



We already knew that Square Enix's remake of Final Fantasy IV was going to require a whopping 1 gigabit cartridge, and this latest trailer from the company's official site neatly sums up why. Look at it for heaven's sake! FMV, full 3D models, voice acting, and all playing out to Megumi Ida's entrancing vocals. As long as our favourite line is preserved in the localized English version, Square Enix may as well take our wallets from us now.

[Thanks, creamsugar!]

It's a Wonderful World (outside of Japan)


The game we've had our eye on for quite some time, Square Enix's It's a Wonderful World, is going to be releasing outside of Japan. Titled The World Ends with You, the game will supposedly be released in the spring of 2008 to North America and Europe. As you already know, it was developed by the team behind the Kingdom Hearts series of games.

In case you missed our previous coverage of the game in action, it's pretty busy regarding gameplay, but in a good way. We wonder if Square will decide to release any special edition DS Lite with the game like they did in Japan?

Megumi Ida lays down some vocals for Final Fantasy IV


Back when we heard Japanese singer Megumi Ida was selected to provide her musical talents to Final Fantasy IV, we didn't get that long of a listen to the new jam. Now, thanks to JeuxFrance, we've got a longer version of that trailer, providing us with a good listen. The trailer also sprinkles some cutscenes from the game in, for good measure.

Fans equip FFTA2 editor for translation project



Translating Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift just became serious business, as the GBAtemp community has actually built an application around the project to streamline its script-editing process. With this sort of dedication and this new specialized editor, it won't be long before the team releases an English translation patch for, uh, people with pirated ROMs.

Though an official FFTA2 localization seems certain, Square Enix has yet to announce any plans to bring the SRPG stateside. Why not settle for Front Mission DS in the meantime?

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