Final Fantasy is a beloved franchise that has been ongoing for quite some time now. In fact, Square Enix is currently working on its latest entry to the series, Final Fantasy 16. That being said, the older games in the series are still receiving love from both the fans and the studio.
The fans of the ninth installment actually have something to look forward to. Many fans love Final Fantasy 9 because it went back to its historical/medieval roots, deviating from the more futuristic themes of the 6th, 7th, and 8th games.
Nintendo Switch users have been able to purchase Final Fantasy 9 on the Switch eShop for more than a year now since the title was ported to the Nintendo Switch last year in February.
That being said, it appears that the title might be getting its own physical edition. In a recent discovery, the online retailer Play-Asia has listed a physical version of Final Fantasy 9 for sale on its website.
According to the retailer’s website, the physical edition will feature English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish language support. What we can deduce from this information is that the game will make its way to Europe and the US at a later time.
The news that Final Fantasy 9 will be getting a physical edition came after it was revealed that Final Fantasy 7 and 8 will be having physical editions some time this year as well.
That said, the upcoming physical edition will be just like the download version from 2019. Not only will the high-definition movies and character models be present, but you will be given the option to fast forward through various random scenes, and there won’t be encounter modes as well.
With that in mind, neither Square Enix nor Nintendo has officially announced or confirmed that Final Fantasy 9 will be getting a physical release. We aren’t surprised by this though, as Nintendo normally doesn’t make any announcements that are too far ahead.
As such, it’s likely that the company will confirm the news within the next few weeks, as it’s probably still finalizing the Nintendo Switch games that are meant to be released for the holidays.
Nintendo and Square Enix have had a long history of working together, so much so that all the Final Fantasy games from the 80s through 90s were released on Nintendo consoles. Although Square Enix deviated from their usual partnership with Nintendo to release Final Fantasy 6 on the original PlayStation.
That being said, Square Enix has since been supporting the Nintendo Switch ever since it was released with its many Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest installments. It’s safe to say that the series is available to most if not all major consoles.
The most recent installment was Final Fantasy 15, which was made available on the Xbox Game Pass last month, while the remake of Final Fantasy 7 was launched on the PlayStation 4 earlier in the year.
The physical editions of Final Fantasy 7 through Final Fantasy 9 should keep dedicated Square Enix fans engaged and busy as they prepare for the highly-awaited Final Fantasy 16 to be released on the PlayStation 5.