More info on Crystal Chronicles, plus release dates for the two Square GBA games.
The Square Meeting 2002 Autumn was held today in Tokyo. Square revealed their focus and strategy for the second half of their fiscal year. Specifically, Square will be focused on package business, online business, mobile content, and the Nintendo platforms. Before presenting FFXI for Windows and new titles for PS2, Square presented its lineup for the Nintendo platform.
Square introduced their three titles for the Nintendo platforms, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Chocobo Land, and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. There were no screens or footage shown for FF Crystal Chronicles, but the game is still slated for a spring release in Japan. According to the press information kit, the game can use the GBA as a controller and will support up to 4 players. Players will be able to use their GBA to display personal information that other players cannot see. As a result, players will have to communicate and thereby feel more like they are on an adventure together. For example, when you are low on life, since the other players do not know your health status, you will have to tell another player to use a cure spell.
The two GBA games both received a specific Japanese release date. FF Tactics Advance will be out on February 14, 2003 and Chocobo Land will hit shelves on December 13, 2002, which also happens to be the release date of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto. The only in-game footage was of Chocobo Land for the GBA. Chocobo Land will feature additional times and more stages than the original PlayStation version.
After the games were shown, a Nintendo executive spoke shortly about the relationship between Nintendo and Square. It is now confirmed that Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles will be published by Nintendo.
Stay tuned for more information.
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