Before And After, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Comparison Screens

By Spencer . March 26, 2009 . 8:29pm


Final Fantasy IV: The After Years began its life as an episodic mobile phone game only for Japan. Later this year, it will come out on WiiWare in North America. How do the two versions look side by side? I whipped up these comparison shots to give you an idea.


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The map in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has been expanded to make use of a widerscreen, but it doesn’t look like Square Enix is polishing the sprites. And why would they? Most of the graphics are actually from the Super Nintendo version of Final Fantasy IV released many moons ago.




Square Enix altered the battle display a bit. Since there is more room the menu shows each character’s maximum HP, remaining MP, and the ATB bar.

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  • Looks so good. Hope the story actually holds up though. Can you get any details on whether or not that’s being expanded for the WiiWare/American re-release? What little text we have so far leads to believe the script will be very flat (Wait…no…)

    • I’ll put both of these questions in a pile for a possible interview with Square Enix about this.

  • Vrakanox

    Does anyone know how long this game is supposed to be?

  • Dio

    So, will we have to download this one episode at a time like the mobile version, or are all the episodes compiled into one download?

    • Square Enix hasn’t detailed pricing or much about Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for WiiWare. At least we know we’re getting it this year. In Japan the game is considered TBA for release.

  • King

    I t would be great if they did the same with before Crisis!”

  • jarrodand

    Matrix did the cellphone original, are they behind the WiiWare port too?

  • I can’t believe people are going to pay for an official hack of Final Fantasy IV. The whole game looks like it’s made up of recycled graphics, levels, characters, enemies, and even story from FFIV.
    This is an insult to anyone’s intelligence.

    • Eric

      Uh, some people really liked FFIV, have already played the original version to death, and like the idea of playing new content with familiar characters in the same style?

  • Joanna

    I don’t really see a difference in the graphics, the Wii version is just larger and has a soft look to it, but other then that, the graphics look identical to the cell phone (not that I care because graphics are not one of the selling points in my eyes. nice graphics are nice, but I prefer better gameplay and story to better graphics ^_^)

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