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Square-Enix Confirms FFIX For Japanese Network

We kind of figured this would be happening, what with the hints Square-Enix had already dropped. But it's good to get the confirmation.

As reported by Andriasang citing the Square-Enix Members Twitter page, Final Fantasy IX will launch on the Japanese PSN at some point in the near future. We don't have an official date or price just yet but we imagine those are forthcoming very soon; Square-Enix CEO and president Yoichi Wada made the brief announcement himself. If you missed FFIX, you definitely missed another masterful RPG; it was a little different from FFVIII but then again, all FFs are "a little different" than the one before it, and although I personally didn't like the characters very much, the game ruled. Just out of curiosity, did anyone else finally beat Ozma buy chucking a piece of Dark Matter at him? I was down to only Zidane and I figured I'd have to reset and try again, so I just tossed a piece of Dark Matter I didn't need any longer and bam, max damage...dead. It was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  Just priceless.

But anyway, the point is that FFIX is coming to the Japanese PSN and I'm relatively certain it'll be available on the US PSN at some point, too. We'll let you know when they release full details.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy IX

4/4/2010 9:26:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (57 posts)

Highlander
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 9:53:53 PM
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Wonder if SE know how many wallets are ready for the arrival of FFIX here in the US?

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Qwarktast1c
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:02:25 PM

wonder if SE knows how many wallets are ready for the VII remake worldwide???

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frylock25
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:07:13 PM

i think they might have gotten a clue recently. if they do anything with that clue i dont know, but im pretty sure they got it.

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Darthvintage
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:48:26 PM

ALthough i wish they did
they will never remake that game

SE Will Forever Dangle that carrot in fanboy's face's until they go bankrupt.

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Irievibes
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:56:48 PM

i wont have my wallet ready highlander....

i will however keep a 20$ balance AT ALL TIMES on my psn account so i can buy it the microsecond i know its avalable, awsome awsome ff...tetra master, best minigame evah!!! and yeah i never did kill ozma, but that sounds priceless ben, funny stuff!

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kokoro
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 11:23:12 PM

I never understood how tetra master works, having never tried the card game from final fantasy 8, which is supposed to be similar.

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spiderboi
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 2:52:02 AM

No offense to Irievibes, but tetra master jsut wasnt rewarding enough. Granted it was fun, but its just not like triple triad were we can refine the cards. It was the only letdown for that mini-game. Oh, and i read somewhere that if you manage to collect all the cards with a master rank (inm not sure if its master), the game will hang and not register your completion. hehe

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Irievibes
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 8:20:29 AM

wich one wastriple triad again?>

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Vitron
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 9:08:13 AM

took them long enough, they should be more proud of what they made

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frylock25
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:06:31 PM
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ffIX is the only one of the ff i have i didnt beat. i have 7 8 9 & 10. i have 11 and i tried it for a while but just wasnt for me. didnt play 12 and i dont think i will get 13. i dont know that i have the time for a ff game any more. either way i still have all of them on disc if i really want to play them.

all this talk of ff games makes me want to play one. ugh i would finish 9 if i had a clue where i was. still have the save file but its been like... man when did 10 come out. i stopped playin 9 to play 10.

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Highlander
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:32:35 PM

Well, these PS1 classics are - to me at least - a way of releasing more games for the PSP because the PSP has the perfect screen for them. PS1 games look like crap on a big screen TV, but the PSP screen is just about perfect size and resolution wise.

Can't play PS1 CDs on a PSP after all, so even if you own these on disc, it's worth a few $$ to play it on the PSP.

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Jawknee
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:40:20 PM

I noticed Square doesn't size the game perfectly to the screen. Theres always black bars at the top and bottom and it tends to look stretched no matter what option you choose except its original size. I bought RE2 and 3 and Capcom fixed it so it fits perfectly with PSP screen. At first when i noticed it, before i bought RE2, i just assumed it couldn't be helped. But Capcom sized it right, Square could have too. I hope they noticed this and fixed it for IX.

"Can't play PS1 CDs on a PSP after all"

With remote play you can. :)

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Highlander
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:48:53 PM

One word.

Lag.

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Jawknee
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:50:34 PM

i concur.

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Irievibes
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 11:03:26 PM

you CAN convert your ps1 games to isos, even if its multidisc, ive done it before but of course this needs a CFW psp to begin with so its a moot point for most people, but it was doable...still i own said psp, can make the isos, own the original ps1 games, and you know what?


id still pay 9 bucks just to not have to bother with any of that crap i mentioned above...
totaly worth it, and as jawknee has said before, its a whole new experience playing it on the go with psp, it just works beautifully with it

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Captain Cod
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 5:58:44 PM

@ Jawknee - Can you? Can you?!? Thank you for this information. I was struggling and wondering how to custom firmware my PSP-3000 so it could emulate FFVI. I hope the lag TheHighlander mentioned isn't too noticeable.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 11:22:25 PM

@Cap'n Cod

PSp-3000 doesn't have custom firmware, you're out of luck.

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Temjin001
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:12:02 PM
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I look forward to this one. Back when FFIX launched on the PSX I was already swept away by the Sega Dreamcast and possibly even the PS2(seems like it launched right around then).

However, with the PSX classics having re-released on PSN I've been enjoying them on my PSP. I re-visited FFVII a couple months ago which I hadn't played since launch. Currently, I'm slowly working through FFVIII for the first time. I'm on disc 3, so I think I'm getting close. Squall's realizing he likes Rinoa-like I didn't see that coming =)

Anyway, FFIX has a quirky look to it that seems really divergent from the previous two. I heard the battle system is good. I just don't know about that guy with a monkey tale.

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Irievibes
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:59:12 PM

zidane rocks, hes got sort of a "robin hood/balthier thing going on, i like it, steiner is funny too, but i liked how the guy grows on you, hes anal to absurdity but his heart is as big as his armor, i personally loved the story and kuja istn a bad guy at all, but seymour was the best, totally wacko

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:31:44 PM
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I will download it on the 1st day like I did with 7 and 8. After playing through 13 I'm ready to go back to the formula I love.

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Jawknee
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:40:54 PM

Same. I'm ready and waiting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 11:41:18 PM

LV, thought you were on a self-imposed PSXE fast?

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:32:55 AM

damn, 47 days goes by QUICK!

perhaps 47 alien days is actually only 3 or 4 human days. it all fits logically.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 3:30:44 AM

Oh I see so Ben can break our hearts but I can't throw a little BS around too!?


I've been....BUSY....

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Vitron
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 9:12:52 AM

*salutes*

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Jawknee
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 10:44:09 PM
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While i liked this one the least out of the PS1 Final Fanties, I'm still getting it. These are perfect for the PSP.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 4:07:09 AM

Oh come on, what's not to love? You honestly enjoyed VIII more? WHY?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 7:44:28 AM

indeed, the only reason you like FFVII so much is cuz it was the first in 3D =p FFIX is da awsomes.

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Jawknee
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 9:20:03 AM

@LV, I liked the gameplay in VIII more. FFIX was the only final fantasy I couldnt figure out how to max out all the characters HP and MP. I liked the Junction system more then the one in IX too. Although I do like Zidane more then Squall. he's a whiney pusscake. I still really liked IX just not as much.

@Wolf, I actually like VII the most because it has a better cast, story and magic system. Materia > all.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 @ 11:56:12 PM

Eh, Cast? who then? Cloud? because he's just as emo as squall was. Tifa? Barret? they pretty much all have counterparts in other games. I mean look at FF13, Vanille is obviously Yuffie, Lightning is Cloud, Hope is Vaan, etc. etc. but i mean obviously that's just base characteristics and eventually your gonna run out of models, haha

But you are right about Materia, it was pretty awsome, but so was FF8's. I really don't remember much of FF9's magic system anymore, been so long..

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BigT_1980
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 11:01:00 PM
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I hope they release Final Fantasy Chronicles. I'm really want to get down on some Chrono Trigger on my PSP.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:31:39 AM

Cool avatar.

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BigT_1980
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 10:19:09 PM

Thanks!!! I had it for a while now. Your avatar is cool as well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, April 04, 2010 @ 11:42:28 PM
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Good idea, now take all this money and remake FFVII, or at least return the good stuff for FFXV. Still got my old discs so I don't need the DL.

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aaronisbla
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:33:07 AM
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imo, its the best ps1 FF game with a number behind the name. Awesome story, good characters that grow on you, the BEST ending out of just about any FF games imo. But FF Tactics is still my favorite out of the ps1 games.

Currently playing thru 9 right now,4 hours into it

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WolfCrimson
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 1:04:55 AM
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Dang, more proper FF goodness!! I remember back in the late PS1/early PS2 days when getting properly working discs for the PS1 FFs was almost impossible! I had a working copy of FFVIII, but I never had the chance to play VII and I partially played IX because I borrowed the discs from my cousin, and they crashed on me during cg cutscenes. But now, I can get them all, and they're cheap too! I'm so happy I have a PS3.

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slimey
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 3:53:48 AM
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@TheHighlander
you can play ps1 discs on psp, via remote play, although its a bit of a faff

anyway, this is great. I somehow missed FFIX - I must have been too wrapped up with my new ps2

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 4:06:25 AM

Highlander is aware of that feature, though he's aware of LAG as well which hampers his playing of them via Remote Play. It doesn't hamper me because I'm sexy.

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Highlander
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 11:37:24 AM

It's the extensive cranial ridges and secondary mandibles that do it LV, that portrait of yours is awesome.

Oh and Slimey, if you want to get technical, when using remote play, you are not playing the PS1 game on your PSP, you're playing it on your PS3 and using your PSP as a remote control. Technically speaking of course.

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FullmetalX10
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 6:25:42 AM
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Nice, I still plan on getting these FFs (VII,VIII,IX) all at once, I'll just have to wait for the money to come, I'm kinda hoping they'll bring the prices of VII and VIII down a bit, lower price is almost always good, almost always, because the PS3 doesn't need another price cut in my opinion, just sayin'

PS: good to see ya back LV, from your suspension(?)

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LightShow
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 6:50:11 AM
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oh god yes. looks like im learnin me some japanese...

now all sony has to do is gimme a $150 Go! and i'll be their biggest fan again.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 7:45:10 AM
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Thank you SE, finally my fav Final Fantasy game growing closer and closer for me being able to buy =D

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 8:22:45 AM
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The more i think back to the time i went on FFlX's epic journey back in 2001, the higher it becomes in my FF chart.

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coverton341
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:11:55 PM
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I can finally stop playing this game on my PC through an emulator using a 360 controller. These are bright days indeed!

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Highlander
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:23:00 PM

If you have it on disc already, why not play it on your PS3 which surely does a better job than your PC for running a PS1 game with a proper PlayStation controller.

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coverton341
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 10:28:59 AM

Day late so you'll probably never read this but my actual disc 2 broke and I am left with my back up iso files. I've had all the PS1 games that I really enjoyed on this dusty old hard drive for years now and that just happened to be one. Hence the reason I can actually enjoy Crono Cross but curse the stars when I want to play FFIX

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 11:24:31 PM

I gotcha, I have a couple of *old games* that are very brittle, I'm afraid to play them in case they break. I completely sympathize.

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slimey
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 12:24:26 PM
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remote play is one of those things which seem pretty cool but which probably never get used

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Highlander
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 1:07:41 PM

It'd be great if I had lots of video downloaded on my PS3 because I could stream to the PSP via the Internet, but it is a feature of limited point.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 1:34:00 PM

I use it almost everyday for that very feature Highlander.

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Highlander
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 1:38:05 PM

Well, you are limited vertigo, so of course you'd use a feature of limited point...

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 3:25:54 PM

I don't get it...

Wait, I got it.

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Highlander
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 11:23:03 PM

LOL! I wrote it and I'm not sure *I* got it.

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Condemnedsoul23
Monday, April 05, 2010 @ 2:34:52 PM
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That's great news. I am 65 hours in on FF8 so should be ready for 9 soon and I still have the strategy guide for 9 so I am more than ready. Hopefully, although I doubt it, it's released here before June since I start school then and will have limited time. I know the best news for me would be making XII downloadable. That was one of the best for me but since that is a PS2 game probably won't happen but from what I understand they can make any game downloadable but the system won't play the actual disks.

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Hazama
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 @ 11:03:40 PM
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Can some 1 tell me a storyline from 9 im not sure if i played it or not i cany even remember it being released here knowing australia it probably wasn't

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 @ 12:12:34 AM

Young man kidnaps a princess with his fellow friends but she wants to be kidnapped then they embark on a battle to defeat bad guys that want to destroy the world, yada yada.

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Hazama
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 @ 5:05:09 AM
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thx 4 tht i,ll probably get it anyway bcuz its FF can some1 tell me when FF13 gets good im up 2 fighting 2 turtle things Enki and whatever bcuz up 2 here has been chronically boring

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