Final Fantasy is a favorite for many retro and RPG enthusiasts and has been quite the influential franchise since its creation in 1987. The series has had a wild past but I’ll absolutely try my best to explain it. As avid fans know, the first game in the series was a last-ditch effort by the developers, Square, as they were going under and needed a real banger.
The creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, was a huge fan of RPG’s but Square had continually squandered his requests to make the game he wanted until they saw the success of Dragon Quest. Final Fantasy I was a huge hit and saved Square, and they are now one of the industries biggest developers. The next two games would also release on the NES and would be met with critical and commercial triumph.
They implemented many of the series staples like the job system, chocobocs and the character named Cid. The main thing about Final Fantasy 2 & 3 is that they were never released in North America and only in Japan. Only Final Fantasy 4 and 6 were released in North America but were titled Final Fantasy 2 & 3; Stay with me now. When the next generation of consoles came to be, Final Fantasy would completely skip Nintendo’s N64 and go to Sony’s PlayStation. The series moved to 3D and said that the N64 cartridges didn’t have the space required to have their games on. Since then, the series favored Sony consoles but would make its way onto Microsoft eventually. The main series would only be on Nintendo consoles because of spin-offs and remake. Final Fantasy 1,2 and 4-6 would get remasters on the Gameboy, while Final Fantasy 3 got a remake on the Nintendo DS. But we still haven’t seen a main title Final Fantasy since the SNES days but maybe those days need to come back.
A few days ago, after the Nintendo Direct was canceled, Final Fantasy 15 Pocket edition was announced for the Switch. Even though I personally don’t like Final Fantasy 15, I would like to see it come to the Nintendo Switch. I’m sure some people like the art-style and gameplay of the pocket edition, but it’s just not the same as the original Final Fantasy 15. The fact remains, Nintendo just isn’t making strong enough consoles. So what’s the solution here? Well, of course Nintendo could just make consoles that could run current triple-A games, but for now, we are stuck with the Switch (which is in no way a bad thing). Final Fantasy games have always been technically amazing, the graphics and engine have always been a staple in the industry. So for now, we are at a bit of a standstill.
I guess the only real thing we can get is re-releases and remakes. We could absolutely get collections of the first three games along with another collection of games 4-6 just like how Mega Man got his collection of games on the Switch. We could even see games before Final Fantasy 15 come to the Switch. I have no doubt that Square Enix has or will think about releasing Final Fantasy 7, 9, 10, 12, or even 13. The Switch could easily handle all of these games, hell, I think it could even handle the remaster of 12! Certain games really depend on licensing and issues with Sony, but as of this moment, Square Enix is a third party developer that is really supporting the Switch. I even bought my Switch just to play Octopath Traveler. The success and creation of Octopath Traveler also throws in a wild card.
If you have seen any gameplay or trailers from Octopath Traveler than you know that it is beautiful, colorful, and very much like an enhanced old-school RPG. Ever since it was shown off 3 E3’s ago, people all across the internet have been saying that older games in the Final Fantasy franchise should be remade in its engine. The most common request I see is that the fan-favorite Final Fantasy 6 be remade with the engine and I have to say, I totally agree. It would be a real game changer and would make this game very accessible for people who can’t afford to play the original or can’t find a SNES classic. And as many consider FF6 to be one of the greatest games of all time, it would be one hell of a remake.
I get that Nintendo consoles and handhelds have had a lot of spin-offs, many of which are some of my favorite games. But they just don’t have the same sparkle and allure. I personally don’t think that manpower or budget coincides with good games, but it’s the skill, passion, and love behind the project. I was just a kid when Final Fantasy made the jump to PlayStation, but by playing Final Fantasy 6 on the SNES Classic, I get the feel and nostalgia for this beloved series. I just believe that Final Fantasy and Nintendo deserve each other and the fans would benefit so much. If you think Final Fantasy should be back on Nintendo consoles, let Square Enix know somewhere on the internet! If you also just want to talk about the series, tell me your favorite game and why down in the comments! Stay Savvy everyone.