Square Enix’s Is Remastering Super Nintendo Final Fantasy Game Music

By Spencer . April 27, 2013 . 6:00pm

imageSquare Enix has a trio of nostalgic Final Fantasy CDs in the works. Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version is slated for release on July 3.


While we’ve seen a bunch of Final Fantasy IV soundtracks over the years, this CD has remastered Super Famicom tunes including "The Red Wings," "The Theme of Love," and "Battle with Golbez’s Four Fiends." First print copies will have a Yoshitaka Amano illustration on the cover.


Later this year, Square Enix will release remastered soundtracks for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI.

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  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    I’m definetely interested on this, I seriously need to increase my game OST collection (I only have the Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, Persona 4, Lost Planet, The Witcher 1 and 2, Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow, MGS4, TERA and GTA IV soundtracks).

    • I highly recommend the Persona 3 Burn My Dread Reincarnation ost

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        It sounds amazing.

  • Letiumtide

    I’m very curious about these, I own the IV soundtrack from back in the day and I’d love to hear a sample to see if the difference is worth me importing.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      There haves to be a difference, otherwise there would be nerd rage and that’s the last thing that Square needs now.

  • konsama

    I’d love to listen to FFVI one, Those battle themes, terra’s theme, ultima weapon theme, so much awesomeness and good memories. <3

  • DesmaX

    Would be nice if publishers like Square released globally their soundtrack on iTunes.

    The only OST’s I ended up buying there is Falcom ones because of it…

  • new_tradition

    I do admit, I get confused when I hear the word “remaster” get thrown around. These aren’t new arrangements, but just a higher calibre quality of the original gaming music? Is that correct?

    Either way, can’t wait hear these! ^^

    • Remaster is just better sound fonts I suppose. If they are rearrangements, then I’m all for another version of CLASH ON THE BIG BRIDGE. My collection of arrangements and fan remixes is over 140+. For I am the GILGAMESH FAN KING! MWA HA HA!

      • new_tradition

        Whoa, that’s impressive O_O

        I assume most of those are fanmixes? The only versions I’ve heard are the “official” ones (and I don’t think I’ve heard all of those either). I just know the one from FFV (I guess that was “remastered” for Dissidia too, lol), Black Mages, Piano, and the FFXIII-2 version. I think he shows up in the GBA version of FFVI, but I never played it so I don’t know if he got a theme there.

        • There’s only about 10 official arrangements. CotBB is one of the most remixed tunes by fans in the FF series.

      • Morricane

        A change in soundfonts (we call that samples) would already be more than a remaster.

    • Letiumtide

      My issue is that “remaster” is usually a very icky term for music. Generally it means that the sound has been compressed and blasted to sound louder, since most people tend to accept quality as how loud it is. So you end up with lower quality music that cuts off a lot of the finer sounds in the piece in favour of “NOW IT’S LOUDER!”.

      Now, I’m not sure if this will count, because I have no idea how Square Enix plans to “remaster” the audio, they could be legitmately finding a way to do it.

      I own the soundtrack for IV from the SNES days and I’m looking to buy this, I may in the end write up a comparison on the two, see if there are differences and if it’s worthwhile or not.

      • Morricane

        …even though it’s not louder per se :D
        It’s really fascinating how less dynamic range gives humans the impression of “loudness”…but yeah, I seriously can’t imagine going the brickwall-limiting route for something like a SNES era game soundtrack, that would be kinda ridiculous.

  • Pockystix

    FFV and IX would be lovely~

  • FatlusFan

    I’d love to listen to this.

  • Ishaan, Spencer, Kris, anyone! Please write an article about this!


  • now do full HD remakes of FF1-6 :P

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Oh man, FFII. I loved that game even with its battle system. The tone or feel of the whole game or story is not something you normally see in a FF game.

  • Brion Valkerion

    Love the old SNES/PS1 music, and not the remixed symphonic/digital stuff. Well both are great but love the doo do doo~ of the old stuff lol.

  • Isn’t the DS version of FFIV kinda already remastered? Unless of course if they’re rearranging it (I wouldn’t call that a remaster though).

    SE have done that to quite a few of their games already and quite a few FF tracks already have remasters/rearrangements so this isn’t really anything new I’d say.

    • Morricane

      Well, since it uses different MIDI samples compared to the SNES it is basically a full rearrange…
      Mastering has nothing to do with recording.

  • EvilRedEye

    The official website has a snippet of the original SNES world map theme, so I think this is an actual remaster rather than some kind of rerecording. Seems FFIV will be in the format used by the remake soundtracks, so spread over 2 discs instead of uncomfortably squashed into 1.

    I’m actually prepared to double-dip for the FFIV soundtrack on 2 discs and I don’t own the FFV and FFVI soundtracks at all, so I think I’ll be investing in all of these.

  • malek86

    Even with all the effort in the world, I’m not sure just how far you can polish SFC tune music. I wonder just how much better it will sound compared to the original OST. My guess is not too much.

    • EvilRedEye

      While I doubt the sound quality will improve that much, the original FFIV soundtrack had issues unrelated to sound quality. Because it was rammed on a single disc, the tunes only went through one rotation instead of the now-standard two. I think the Prelude even starts to fade out before it finishes a single rotation. This new version is split over two discs.

      It is kind of an odd release but I guess there’s still interest in it, and they’ll sell this CD and perhaps also put the remasters on iTunes – it’s a much better archival thing for fans to own and a better product to sell. Perhaps with continuing interest in the FF back catalogue and digital music downloads making it easy to keep soundtracks ‘in print’ and available across the world, they thought it was worth the limited expense to refresh the back catalogue a little.

  • KingGunblader

    Call me when the VI soundtrack comes out. I’ll be all over that.

  • William Cole

    I really thought that Square Enix, remastering, and SNES could only mean Final Fantasy 5 and 6 remakes. I guess I was wrong then. Well, at least the music is killer.

  • IV already got remaster songs with the DS game + some Dissidia 012 tracks, I’ll be all ears for a V – VI remaster ost. The PSone games would also be nice.

  • LightningFarron19

    Didn’t they already do this with the FF4 DS remake?

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