Three Final Fantasy Ports Come To Nintendo Switch In April

Gamers have been clamoring for more games on the Nintendo Switch. It's a highly popular platform with a ton of games in the pipeline. Some publishers have been attempting to placate the requests by announcing various ports to the system, and one such publisher is Square Enix, who announced that three Final Fantasy games will be ported to the Switch in April.

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It starts with Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, two of the more popular Final Fantasy games from the PS2 era. The two titles will be released as HD remasters, as announced on the official Nintendo of America Twitter account, starting April 16th, 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.

The HD remasters of both games aren't new. They've actually been around since 2013, when they were originally remastered by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3. Square would later re-release the HD remasters for the PlayStation 4 back in 2015, just two years after giving gamers a taste of the classic JRPGs on the PS3, which was winding down its seventh gen run at that time.

The Switch version will likely be based on the PS3 version of the game, since there were some complications with the initial PS4 port that had to be fixed via post-launch patches. There have also been some problems with some games being ported from PS4 to Switch in recent times, so a stable PS3 port would probably seem more feasible than a risky PS4 port.

Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 won't be arriving alone, though. The third game to round out the trilogy of HD remasters coming to the Switch is Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, which was revealed via a tweet, as well.

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This particular version of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is actually based on the original Japanese release. When the game first came out for the PS2 it featured a rather complex job setup, almost like a completely overhauled version of the jobs from Final Fantasy V but ramped up by 11.

Players were given the ability to assign certain jobs to certain characters and improve their overall abilities and class types.

The Zodiac Job System requires a lot more attention to detail and dedication to the craft because it's not a simple system to master, and it attempted to elevate the JRPG genre with something more complex and in-depth.

The original Western release of the game on home consoles completely removed the Zodiac system and replaced it with something more simplified. After gamers complained about the missing features, back in 2017 Square finally re-released the game on home consoles and PC, and added 60fps support, as well as higher resolutions, and brought back the missing features. The game is now scheduled to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch starting April 30th, 2019.

It's unclear if the Switch version will support 1080p and 60fps, but most fans are just happy to be receiving the game in the first place.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.