Nintendo has revealed that some incredible Final Fantasy titles that were previously released for PlayStation console will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s been recently revealed that Final Fantasy VII will release on Nintendo Switch on March 26 while Final Fantasy IX will release for Switch today, February 13. Final Fantasy XII, X, and X-2 are expected to still be released for the console sometime later this year.
The initial announcement, which was made during September’s Nintendo Direct, started with the reveal of Final Fantasy XII for Switch, which makes sense when you consider that it appears to be a port of the recently released Final Fantasy XII remaster, The Zodiac Age. So far as that goes, you can expect the Switch version of the game to feature many of the improvements and content additions we saw in that remaster. It also doesn’t seem that the Switch version will suffer any kind of visual downgrades.
We know a little less about the ports of X/X-2, but our guess is that they will be based on the most recent upgraded versions of those titles. As for whether or not the Switch versions of these games will feature any additional content or upgrades…well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
We also can’t help but wonder why Final Fantasy VIII isn’t on this list of upcoming remakes. We’re tempted to suggest it has something to do with the game’s controversial legacy as a disappointing follow-up to the legendary Final Fantasy VII, but it’s more likely based on some kind of business decision or issue that’s preventing Nintendo from releasing the game at this time.
It would be fantastic to see Nintendo release some of the other classic Final Fantasy titles that once called Nintendo platforms their home. Until then, we’ll just be happy to receive some of these Switch ports alongside the other Final Fantasy titles that are coming to the Switch.
Oh, and don’t forget that Square Enix is still planning on releasing the controversial – but underrated – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles sometime in 2019. Sadly, there’s no definitive release date for that port available at this time.
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