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Square Enix today launched the iOS version of its popular game Final Fantasy IX [Direct Link], which was originally released in 2000 for the Sony PlayStation. New to the iOS version of the game, players will be able to unlock achievements, activate 7 additional game boosters including a rapid-pace "high speed" mode, game autosaves, and improved high definition cut scenes and character models.

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Gameplay Features
?Abilities
Learn new abilities by equipping items.
When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options.

?Trance
Fill your Trance gauge as you sustain hits in battle.
When fully charged, your characters will enter Trance mode, granting them powerful new skills!

?Synthesis
Never let items go to waste. Combine two items or pieces of equipment together and make better, stronger items!

?Minigames
Whether it's Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, or Tetra Master, there are plenty of minigames to enjoy when you're not off saving the world.
You can even earn special item rewards!
Otherwise, the ninth game in the JRPG series will remain the same, with the story focusing on the adventures of a thief named Zidane, who finds himself in the midst of a war between two powerful factions when he kidnaps Princess Garnet, the heir of the war-torn nation of Alexandria. Last summer, Square Enix re-released another game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, for iOS as well.


As with part seven in the series, Final Fantasy IX takes up about 2GB of storage space on an iPhone, but requires over 8GB of free space to download. Square Enix encourages users to "make sure that ample spare memory is available" before attempting to begin the game's download.

Final Fantasy IX is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the iPod touch 6th generation. All devices will need a version of iOS 7 or any recent iOS update to run the game. Square Enix is also running a sale for Final Fantasy IX's launch, so starting today and until February 21 users can download the game at a discounted price of $16.99.

Article Link: Square Enix's 'Final Fantasy IX' Launches on iOS App Store
 

jamescharley22

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Oh my lord, yes! Hopefully this means Final Fantasy X is next! I would drop even $49 without hesitation to play Final Fantasy X on my phone. What would be great is if it was ported at 1080p and scaled down for the iPhone 6 and 6s. Hopefully we'll see it within a few years, fingers crossed. I would not mind restarting my journey again.
 
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cerote

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All time fav one. I actually have several copies of the game across the consoles that it releases on and I have. But gonna skip this one because playing games like these on my iPhone is just not comfortable.
 
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Valkyre

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Is this game full screen on iphone 6s or is it with the black bars on each side?
 
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I can't wait for Final Fantasy X-2.

While not the best game in the franchise, it has significant nostalgic value to me.
 
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Man, memories of this game bring tears to my eyes, it was just absolutely perfect. After playing 1-6 in the series and then taking a hiatus from the old-school feel with 7 and 8, FF9 was the most nostalgic game I've ever played. If this is your first time playing this game, do yourself a favor and wear headphones, Vamo'alla Flamenco will be stuck in your head for a long time.
 
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anthdci

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Loved working through this back in the day with my brother. I'll be putting it on my iPad mini2 since there is no chance of it fitting on my 16gb iPhone (which I regret getting should have got the 64gb)
 
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Only just downloaded it, haven't started playing, but from the main menu it definitely seems they went through more effort to port this to mobile. Menu is quite different than the original as opposed to VII. Wish it didn't have that ugly battery meter in the corner though...
 
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HumpYourWayUp

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I might buy when I am done with Fallout 4...

OK? Thanks so much for letting us know ...
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Only just downloaded it, haven't started playing, but from the main menu it definitely seems they went through more effort to port this to mobile. Menu is quite different than the original as opposed to VII. Wish it didn't have that ugly battery meter in the corner though...

A pretty solid remake. The battery symbol is awful ;-)
Sadly it is not iPad Pro optimized so it looks very blurry!!!!
 
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Makosuke

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This is fantastic--I got distracted from 9 about a third of the way in and never got back to it, and this will make finishing it much more convenient (even if I've been informed that the part I played is the best of it).

That said... what the hell happened to 8? That's my favorite after 6! Yeah, the gameplay was weak, but it had a great story and characters. Heck, 8 even had a PC port already, although apparently nobody bought it.

Now if they'd just release all these for the ATV...
 
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KrisLord

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are there any proper gameplay videos? as a former Xbox gamer, I never really played final fantasy. The promo doesn't look like something from a mobile 2016 game. It looks like it's still 2000.
 
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ATV and controller support would be nice. I'll wait for the price drop or update, whichever comes first.
 
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Harry Pujols

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Really excited!! Never played IX before, but played the heck out of VII, X, V and VI (the latter two on IOS). Now playing through VII (again) on IOS and really enjoying it - thought wish there were more touch enabled capabilities.. which is my question - is IX navigated 100% with the Dpad (like VII) or did they create a more user friendly touch screen interface for menus, etc?
 
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Makosuke

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The promo doesn't look like something from a mobile 2016 game. It looks like it's still 2000.
Of course it looks like a (somewhat more polished) 2000 game; this is a port, not a complete remake. (Actually, while I haven't bought it yet, the gameplay bits of that video look like they use full-resolution rendering and smoother textures with more or less the original models, so it does look somewhat better than the PS1 original.)

Similar to how FF5 and FF6 on iOS look like somewhat more polished 1992 and 1994 games, and FF1 and FF2 on iOS look like quite a bit more polished 1987/1988 games.

The only Final Fantasy games to have gotten full remakes available on iOS are 3 and 4, which were originally remade in roughly FF8/9 level graphics and style for the DS, and 4: The After Years, which got a full remake with fancier graphics originally for iOS and Android.

Well, technically FF Adventure also got a remake, but it's now more correctly titled as part of the Mana series where it belongs.
 
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Traverse

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Because of the hot springs scene?

Mmmmmm, dem pixels. P:

Actually, it was the first F.F. Game I ever played and it took a significant amount of my childhood to get that 100%! Plus, it was the last gift by a certain family member that I received.
 
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OK? Thanks so much for letting us know ...
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A pretty solid remake. The battery symbol is awful ;-)
Sadly it is not iPad Pro optimized so it looks very blurry!!!!
Playing now, not sure what you're on, but it looks great on my iPad Pro...
 
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