The latest Nintendo Direct had a number of fun announcements for upcoming 3DS and Switch games (check out the full presentation here). One of the biggest announcements was the reveal that Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X and X-2, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age are all coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2019. That’s right, most of the mainline 3D Final Fantasy games will be playable on our favorite handheld-console hybrid system! (That a was a mouthful reading out loud; sorry.)
It was also revealed that the cute spinoff titles World of Final Fantasy Maxima and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Everybuddy are coming to the Switch as well, with Maxima set to launch on November 6. AND Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD, a retelling of FFXV with chibi-style graphics that the Switch hardware can handle, available now on the eShop.
ALSO, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered is headed to Switch too! This is a polished up version of the Gamecube classic, known for its confusing/frustrating multiplayer that required four linked Gameboy Advanced systems. This time you can play multiplayer locally and online, so no need for the extra systems and cables. Look forward to Crystal Chronicles Remastered coming to PS4 as well.
While this is all awesome and we’re glad Square Enix is finally bringing its classic to Switch, we can’t help but notice one game is missing… You know, the number that comes between seven and nine?
That’s right, Final Fantasy VIII isn’t coming to Switch. In fact, it’s not even available on PS4, despite VII, IX, X, and XII all ported there.
Although VIII isn’t as revolutionary as VII or refined as IX, it’s a shame it keeps getting left out.
We’re rooting for you Squall, keep your head up.