Final Fantasy IV Summoned For Virtual Console

By Spencer . March 8, 2010 . 10:38am

imageFinal Fantasy XIII comes out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week. What do Wii owners in North America get? Final Fantasy IV or Final Fantasy II as its called on the Virtual Console.


Square Enix’s Super Nintendo classic will be available as a digital download later today. This version is the original North American version, which means no dashing, protect spells or Recall ability for Tellah. The game will cost 800 Wii Points ($8), 200 Wii Points less than this weeks WiiWare games — Dracula: Undead Awakening and Max & the Magic Marker.

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  • LastFootnote

    Boo to the original US version. Sure, nostalgia is good, but I’ll always prefer a version that doesn’t have spells and abilities stripped out. If they can’t be bothered to give us a complete version of the game, I can’t be bothered to buy it.

    • TyeTheCzar

      Agreed… though it’s not like I’m going to pay for anything by Square-Enix anymore. They’ve shown just how little they care about their fans(Two words: Crimson Echoes) and they have confirmed it here by just releasing the inferior version of FFIV.

      • fallen

        I have actually been doing the same thing since they canned Chrono Resurrection. Glad to see there are others like me!!!

    • Seriously you can’t believe they would release anything other than the original U.S. version in the “Virtual Console”. All they do is slap the original ROM into a package with the Wii’s SNES Emulator.

      • LastFootnote

        I’m well aware. As far as I know, they haven’t ever modified any of the Virtual Console games they’ve released. They don’t even do a quick localization job on the imported ones. I’m just saying it’s a policy that I’m unhappy with.

        • fallen

          To my understanding, they updated some of Sin and Punishment’s menus to English, and they also added “Photo Channel” functionality to Pokemon Snap.

          • LastFootnote

            Well, I stand corrected. Good for Nintendo!

          • jarrodand

            There’s also script changes here and there. In Ogre Battle “Jihad” magically became “Judgement”, lol.

            I’m actually surprised they kept the “Final Fantasy II” title. You’d think they’d want to change it to “Final Fantasy IV” to keep Square’s modern work with the series consistent.

        • malek86

          They’ve actually made some modifications to some of the games. SM64 PAL now works with no black bars, although it’s still 50hz and slowed. Also, Waverace 64 had some advertising banners removed due to a lack of license.

          • It’d be funny to see on the PAL VC. They didn’t get this game on SNES.

          • Kunio_kun

            Yeah, all the names in Tecmo Bowl for the NES were removed when it dropped in the States… All players = no name… Lame…

    • Total agree.

      But, hey, if nothing else this is arguably better than FF XIII is anyways considering the give and take on reviews both good and bad.

  • malek86

    Was this the version where Cecil never gets more than 1 damage for, uh, pretty much the first third of the game?

  • It’s pretty dumb if they’re calling it “Final Fantasy II” still, even if that’s what the title screen says. Especially considering a completely different game called Final Fantasy II was just released on the iPhone.

  • Justinzero

    Hey cool, its been a long time since I played this version. It will make the perfect pairing with my FF IV: The College Years.

  • garven

    I’d love to know who would bother with the inferior version here. Not only is the script almost bad enough to rival the Engrish of Breath of Fire II, this isn’t even the best version, it’s based on the Japanese Easy Type and the US version further stripped out some spells and abilities. Really, you’re better off finding another version of FFIV.

  • garven

    Quick addition to other post, since editing comments seems to be broken right now: I’d rather FFVI on the VC than this. Much, much better translation.

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