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Square Enix Announces 2006 Lineup

by Stan Ferguson - April 24, 2006, 1:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: press release

Square-Enix loves the Nintendo handhelds.

Square Enix to Showcase All Encompassing Line-Up at E3 2006

- Entertainment Experiences to be Unveiled for All Platforms -

LOS ANGELES, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of

Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, will

have on display entertainment experiences for all platforms at this year's

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to be held May 10-12 at the Los Angeles

Convention Center in South Hall, Booth #746. Square Enix will hold a

preview event and reveal special product announcements during its press

briefing on Monday, May 8.

"E3 attendees will be immersed in Square Enix's most diverse line-up ever,"

said Daishiro Okada, President and COO, Square Enix, Inc. "We're evolving

and growing, extending the Square Enix brand beyond video games to a variety

of entertainment vehicles and a broader consumer base bridging the

generation and gender gap. Our goal is to provide consumers with the most

engaging and immersive entertainment experiences possible and we hope to

give attendees at E3 a taste of what's to come."

Following is a partial list of entertainment products Square Enix will have

on display:

  • Game Boy(R) Advance

  • FINAL FANTASY V ADVANCE & FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE

    The classic FINAL FANTASY games that premiered on the Super Nintendo(R)

    Entertainment System are now making their way to the Game Boy Advance! Hot

    on the heels of FINAL FANTASY IV ADVANCE (now available in stores), FINAL

    FANTASY V ADVANCE and FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE will soon be available to

    handheld gamers. However, these titles are more than simple ports -- every

    aspect of the games has been reviewed and enhanced. Additionally, a host of

    brand-new elements have been seamlessly merged with the original games,

    providing unexpected surprises for longtime fans. With new dungeons, new

    job classes, and other exciting features, both old-school players and

    newcomers can enjoy these genre-defining FINAL FANTASY titles in a portable

    format!

    The magic of the FINAL FANTASY classics is returning to gamers' hands -- and

    soon the wait will be over.

    FINAL FANTASY V ADVANCE & FINAL FANTASY VI ADVANCE will both be released

    2006. These titles have not yet been rated by the ESRB.

  • Nintendo DS(TM) System

  • Children of Mana

    In ages past, an island called Illusia floated at the center of the world.

    At the heart of the island towered an ancient, enormous tree that stretched

    up to the very heavens. For ages past, chaos and sorrow had engulfed the

    world until at last its salvation appeared in the form of a boy, a girl, and

    a holy sword. Time flowed on and peace returned. The sword and the tree

    remained, and they soon came to be known as the Sword of Mana and the Mana

    Tree. Followers of the Mana Tree returned to Illusia as the world started

    slowly but surely down the path to recovery.

    More Magic with the Eight Spirits

    The eight elemental spirits are a staple of the Mana series. These powerful

    allies aid you with healing and special status effects. They can also

    unleash fearsome magic upon your foes.

    Cooperative or Competitive Gameplay for Up to Four Players

    The greatest innovation of this installment of the Mana series is allowing

    four players to advance the story and solve quests together while

    maintaining the feel of an action RPG. Players' actions affect each other

    in a gameplay experience completely unlike previous action RPGS!

    Children of Mana(TM) will be released 2006. This title has not yet been

    rated by the ESRB.

  • DRAGON QUEST HEROES: ROCKET SLIME

    The latest game from the creative minds behind the 2005 RPG classic, Dragon

    Quest(TM) VIII: Journey of the Cursed King(TM), has arrived on the Nintendo

    DS. The hero of this brand-new action-adventure is a slime -- one of the

    most popular monsters from the Dragon Quest series. The game is set in the

    kingdom of Slimenia, a peaceful land that is suddenly invaded by a

    mysterious cartel called "the Plob," who then proceed to kidnap all the

    slimes in the capital city of Boingburg. Our protagonist, Rocket, is the

    only slime left behind, and must embark on a journey throughout Slimenia to

    save his friends and uncover the Plob's nefarious plot!

    Bounce, Stretch, and Carry

    The adventure stages consist of our hero bouncing and stretching, as well as

    carrying various objects on his head, while solving the mysteries behind

    each area, and rescuing his captured slime friends along the way. Simple,

    streamlined controls allow players of all ages and skill levels to take part

    in the action with ease.

    Fierce Tank Battles

    Each adventure stage culminates in Rocket hopping aboard a colossal

    slime-shaped war machine called the Schleiman Tank and battling it out with

    the enemy's Monster Tanks. Customize tanks by collecting a vast array of

    weapons and items. Call upon allies, each with their own individual

    personality and abilities, to aid in the heated tank battles. Even shoot

    your fellow slimes so they can infiltrate and sabotage the enemy's Monster

    Tank! Pit tanks against a friend's in exciting player-vs.-player action,

    using the Nintendo DS wireless multiplayer game feature!

    DRAGON QUEST HEROES: ROCKET SLIME(TM) will be released 2006. This title has

    not yet been rated by the ESRB.

  • FINAL FANTASY III

    The only FINAL FANTASY that was never localized -- the third installment of

    the original series -- will finally reach North American shores! Lauded as

    "legendary" by the Japanese fan base, FINAL FANTASY III has been reborn,

    incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology. Using the features

    of the Nintendo DS to their fullest, FINAL FANTASY III features graphics

    that have been reworked and remodeled in 3D, while maintaining the mythical

    FINAL FANTASY look and feel.

    This is the fans' chance to complete the circle. The legend of FINAL

    FANTASY III is reborn.

    FINAL FANTASY III will be released 2006. This title has not yet been rated

    by the ESRB.

  • Talkback

    ArbokApril 24, 2006

    Final Fantasy 6 Advance is so mine... So is FF3 for the DS for that matter.

    However, am I the only one thinking "meh" in response to the Rocket Slime game? Hopefully some screens would be able to sizzle the concept better.

    KnowsNothingApril 24, 2006

    Wow, I know at least two of those I'll definitley buy, probably three =o Unfortunatley there's no Mario Basketball to be seen face-icon-small-frown.gif

    Also, no FFCC Rev. Perhaps they're still NDA'd, but they HAVE revealed it already, and I'd imagine that if it were coming out they'd list it. Maybe it won't make launch :frown;.

    vuduApril 24, 2006

    I'm really looking forward to FFVI (because somehow I've never played it).

    I've never really heard much about FFV. Why is this? I know it wasn't released in America on the SNES, but I believe the PS got a port of it quite some time ago. Is the game any good? People always talk about how great FFIV and FFVI are, but FFV always seems to get skipped over.

    FFIII and Children of Mana both look great. However, the last few Mana games haven't been that hot, so we'll have to see how it actually plays.

    Karl Castaneda #2April 24, 2006

    According to Chris Kohler, Children of Mana isn't that great. Bummer, too, because it looked interesting in the screens.

    Ian SaneApril 24, 2006

    Is anyone else a little annoyed that we finally get Final Fantasy III but it's a new 3D version? It would be nice if we could maybe try out the original before they completely redo the whole thing. Hopefully it'll be available on the Rev download service.

    They re-release the other 2D games like a hundred times yet THIS is the one they remake in 3D. Of course my sprite bias is affecting my opinion a lot. A least we're getting FF3 in some form.

    So are Final Fantasy V and VI being released seperately or together? I'm assuming they're seperate but it's a little unclear in the wording of the press release.

    CalibanApril 24, 2006

    I have yet to finish Final Fantasy 1, 2, 4, and I know I will get Final Fantasy 3, 5, 6. Children of Mana and Rocket Slime will be on hold for me until I see some fooatge and read some reviews. However I still want a true Dragon Quest game for the DS, none of that slime-only-game.

    ArbokApril 24, 2006

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    Originally posted by: Ian Sane
    Is anyone else a little annoyed that we finally get Final Fantasy III but it's a new 3D version?


    No, but in the best of both worlds you could just slap the original version on the new DS one as a extra without too much trouble.

    AnyoneEBApril 24, 2006

    Quote

    The greatest innovation of this installment of the Mana series is allowing four players to advance the story and solve quests together while maintaining the feel of an action RPG. Players' actions affect each other in a gameplay experience completely unlike previous action RPGS!
    After all, SD2 (Secret of Mana) and SD3 (both SNES) only supported three player multiplayer and this one supports four player! Color me unimpressed.

    MysticGohanApril 24, 2006

    Would this mean we could expect FFVII soon? hmmm....

    CalibanApril 24, 2006

    I heard FF7 was being remade for PS3 with a different take on it, so unless Squeenix decides that it is viable (meaning they have good $$$ from these portable FF's) to make FF7 DualSword, but don't count on my word for it.

    NephilimApril 24, 2006

    naw they stated ff7 wouldnt start *if* it did til 2007
    Square are busy working on there new MMORPG with there main FF team

    DjunknownApril 24, 2006

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    I've never really heard much about FFV. Why is this? I know it wasn't released in America on the SNES, but I believe the PS got a port of it quite some time ago. Is the game any good? People always talk about how great FFIV and FFVI are, but FFV always seems to get skipped over.


    Hmm... where to begin? The best way to describe FFV is the precursor to Final Fantasy Tactics/FFX-2. They game's selling point is the job class system. You have four characters in the game, but you can mix and match classes/abilities like the two titles I mentioned earlier. The story was ok, though I won't say anymore aside it involves crystals its been a while since I played.... Like FF II, American gamers don't talk about it that much since it didn't come out when gaming was simpler and our minds more impressionable...

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    According to Chris Kohler, Children of Mana isn't that great. Bummer, too, because it looked interesting in the screens.


    I'd probably still buy it. I liked Secret of Mana, but Seiken Densetsu 3 is the pinnacle of the series. I can't sing its praises enough. Find more about it here. For some reason, Square(enix) hasn't recaptured that magic. Sword of Mana has some shades of SD3; it should really get a legitimate U.S release. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Children of Mana, I still want it...

    Yeah, FF:CC is suspiciously absent. 3rd parties are announcing Revolution support, maybe their NDA's expire at different times? Also remember the key phrase "a partial list of entertainment products Square Enix will have on display."

    mantidorApril 24, 2006

    The only game Im interested in from SE (Mario Basketball) is nowhere to be found.

    And wasnt there a FF:CC for the DS? or am I confusing it with a rumor?

    MaleficentOgreApril 24, 2006

    the only ones I care about are the DS games. I'll end up getting the other FF games, but I own the originals somewhere in some capacity.

    MarioApril 24, 2006

    Mario Basketball will no doubt be published by Nintendo, so that's why it's not there. I'm surprised all of these games are coming over!

    These games are intriqueing...

    But even if they weren't, I suspect that I'd have to buy all of them on matter of principle to show my support for decent thrid party involvement on Nintendo systems. Color me fanboy.

    ~Carmine M. Red
    Kairon@aol.com

    IceColdApril 24, 2006

    mantidor, FFCC DS is real, but it probably won't come out for awhile..

    ruby_onixApril 24, 2006

    Quote

    Originally posted by: Arbok
    Quote

    Originally posted by: Ian Sane
    Is anyone else a little annoyed that we finally get Final Fantasy III but it's a new 3D version?


    No, but in the best of both worlds you could just slap the original version on the new DS one as a extra without too much trouble.

    Squenix can't port the original version of FF3 to anything. They tried and failed on both the Wonderswan and the PSone. They've said in some interviews that FF3 was programmed with some funky code that nobody at Squenix can understand, the guys who wrote it are all in different positions/jobs/retired now, and the original documentation is gibberish and/or incomplete. They said that building an entirely new game is literally easier and faster than trying to reverse-engineer the original game.

    ruby_onixApril 24, 2006

    http://www.square-enix.co.jp/e306/

    ff3_logo.jpgimg01_ff3.jpgimg02_ff3.jpgimg03_ff3.jpg

    mana_ds_logo.jpgimg01_mana_ds.jpgimg02_mana_ds.jpgimg03_mana_ds.jpg

    slds_logo.jpgimg01_slds.jpgimg02_slds.jpgimg03_slds.jpg


    BTW, here's some older FF5 and FF6 Advance pics, in their proper resolutions, compared to the SNES originals.

    ff5_logo.jpg
    ff5-gba1.pngff5-snes1.png

    ff6_logo.jpg
    ff6-gba2.pngff6-snes2.png

    Ian SaneApril 25, 2006

    "Squenix can't port the original version of FF3 to anything. They tried and failed on both the Wonderswan and the PSone. They've said in some interviews that FF3 was programmed with some funky code that nobody at Squenix can understand, the guys who wrote it are all in different positions/jobs/retired now, and the original documentation is gibberish and/or incomplete. They said that building an entirely new game is literally easier and faster than trying to reverse-engineer the original game."

    That sucks. I imagine they could still use an NES emulator though so hopefully it'll be on the Rev download service. But then they still have to translate it so I guess it depends on how funky the code really is.

    nitsu niflheimApril 25, 2006

    I want the slime game. I love slimes.

    KDR_11kApril 25, 2006

    Hm, did FF3 have the job system? The black and white mage have the standard job clothes (or at least the clothes used for those jobs in 5). But then again, Vivi and Garnet in 9 have the standard job clothes as well.

    I've played 5, it's less story-heavy than the modern FFs and the gameplay seems to be better. The job system is much less confusing than that junction or sphere board crap, plus you can earn more jobs throughout the game.

    nitsu niflheimApril 25, 2006

    The job system started in FF3, it was reused to a much lesser degree in FF4 (each character had a set job that did not change, except for Cecil), and then in greater use again (similar to the use in FF3) for FF5

    UltimatePartyBearApril 25, 2006

    I played FF3 for a little while on an emulator. There's a patch available for the rom with a fan translation, so I decided to try it out the only way I could. I enjoyed it at first. It introduced the job system. The four characters are completely blank slates that you are able to develop however you want, for the most part. I reached a point at which I was apparently required to turn everyone into dragoons in order to progress. There was a tower full of bird monsters that were way too strong for me to fight normally, but were weak against jumping. However, even with that ability, if a character was on the ground during a monster's turn, he'd be killed instantly. I grew tired of it at that point and never went back.

    I can believe that the code is impossible to decypher. The overworld had some interesting differences from the previous games (that might be spoilers if I went into them here), and it was far above its predecessors graphically.

    Bill AurionApril 25, 2006

    img03_mana_ds.jpg

    Oh my, Vaati has a cameo! =D

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