Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Coming To Wii (Update: Screens)

By Spencer . February 27, 2009 . 7:25am

image Our trademark research was right on the money! Square Enix will release Final Fantasy IV: The After, a direct sequel to Final Fantasy IV, in North America under the name Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. The ESRB spilled the surprise rating Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for Wii with an E rating and gave this description.

 

This is a 2D role-playing game in which players embark on an adventure involving magical crystals and a mysterious kingdom. Players traverse across a field map or through dungeons and can enter into turn-based battles along the way. Players use a menu screen to select attacks or magic spells against tiny enemies (e.g., leopards, birds, knights, fish monsters, etc.) that blink and disappear when defeated. An item called “Bacchus Wine” is occasionally used to defeat enemies in battle.

 

Since all we have is a rating we don’t know if Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will be a retail release or if Square Enix will release the game in downloadable parts via WiiWare, similar to how the original mobile phone version was distributed in Japan.

 

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years features Cecil, Rosa, and the entire cast of Final Fantasy IV years in the future. The story begins with their son Ceodore and introduces new characters like a brigade of ninjas under the command of Edge who is now the King of Eblan.

 

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Update: These are some screens from the mobile phone release in Japan. Since the ESRB lists it as a 2D game chances are it’s going to have similar — if not the same visuals as the cell phone counterpart.

 

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  • http://www.siliconera.com/ Ishaan

    Oooh, it finally got confirmed. Great news.

    I hope it’s WiiWare. Square shouldn’t be spending too much time on prepping this for a retail release. I’d rather see something new from them than a cellphone port.

  • MadMirko

    It’s called “The After YearS”, so it might be a compilation of all episodes on one disk.

    I’d prefer WiiWare as well, though.

  • Mazzic

    Why does it feel like this game would be better suited as a downloadable DSi game? I understand why it is a better business reason to put it on the Wii for SquareEnix, but you would think Nintendo would want to get it on the DSi to help sales even more.

    • pressstart

      I agree. It would help move the people that got FFIV on their DS or GBA to the DSi. Maybe both DSiWare and WiiWare (linked would be better of course)? So you could play on the go with DSi and at home on a TV. Save file would be an issue though, but they have SD card slots, so use them!

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      A downloadable DSiWare version would be awesome since this was designed as a portable game in the first place. Perhaps, Square Enix will port it there in the future? If Crystal Defenders is any indication Square Enix likes to bring their mobile games to as many platforms as possible.

    • EvilAkito

      I’d actually rather have it on WiiWare since then I wouldn’t have to buy a DSi to play it.

  • Mikael

    I hope its universal and not just for the wii. Looking forward to this eitherways :)

  • dangalf

    Wow – all I can think about it how jealous I am of Japanese mobile phones. Those are some nice looking resolutions and sprites for a cell phone game.

  • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

    Do WiiWare games get rated under a separate category from Wii? This can’t possibly be a retail release. Again, don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have it on disc and not have to go the episodic route.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Some do, but most don’t. Crystal Defenders R1 & R2 which were also rated today and are WiiWare games were just listed in the “Wii” category.

      • http://denpanosekai.blogspot.com denpanosekai

        Questions for your next The After Years post: Can you find out how many hours of gameplay the game offers when you compile all the episodes together? Also, just how many episodes were released? Or are they still coming out? etc. etc.

  • Roto13

    I love you guys for this kind of thing.

  • Rciwws

    It probably doesn’t cost much to make this as a download for PSN and Live also. The amount of money they would make from the other two systems would be great. Square-Enix are you getting kickbacks from Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft for getting us loyal Square fans to buy all 3 of the current gen consoles?

  • Darrien

    …lovely. Didn’t think I’d actually get a shot at playing this. Now then, hurry up and bring Before Crisis to DSiWare (would rather have PSN version…but the camera and colors thing seems more suited to the DSi than the PS Eye…)

  • Anonymous

    The Update: Screens part got me all excited for nothing.

  • squall3031

    I want it to be available on PSN too!!!!
    Gah stupid square-enix

  • http://dinikusuma.com toddler activities

    I’ve been reading along for a while now.
    I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work

  • Ukonkivi

    Good news is quite the understatement.

  • Ukonkivi

    :D

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