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Platform 3DS, iOS Publisher Square Enix Developer Indies Zero Release Date 2012-07-03

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy review: never-ending melody

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is more than just a rhythm game based on a long-running series of RPGs; it's a love letter to our most powerful memories of those games. From the emotional highs of Final Fantasy VI's opera to the groan-inducing lows of Final Fantasy XIII-2's "Crazy Chocobo," Final Fantasy games are loathed, loved, and remembered as much for their music as anything else. What better way to celebrate Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary than a celebration of its music? And it works. With a track list over 40 songs deep and a strong progression mechanic inspired by traditional Final Fantasy games, Theatrhythmtugs on nostalgia without relying on nostalgia alone. It recalls the most beloved and despised moments of 25 years of Final Fantasy games with a background harmony of...

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call coming to North America in 2014

Rhythm role-playing game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, the sequel to Nintendo 3DS music title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, will launch in North America this year, Square Enix announced today. Curtain Call retains the original game's miniaturized art-style and includes 60 characters from players to choose from, including newcomers from series spin-off titles like Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, as well as more recent games, including Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and massively multiplayer online RPG Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The game will also feature more than 200 tracks from titles spanning the entire Final Fantasy franchise. The sequel features a Quest Medley mode, in which players can build and battle...

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Square Enix holiday sale cuts prices by up to 50 percent (update)

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Chocobo Racing 3D no longer coming to 3DS, says original creator

Chocobo Racing 3D, a Nintendo 3DS offering from Square Enix based off of the original PlayStation title Chocobo Racing, is thought to be no longer in development, according to the game's original creator Takashi Tokita. While Chocobo Racing 3D was revealed prior to both Bravely Default and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, development of the game has since gone quiet. "The original Chocobo Racing was made by me," Tokita told Siliconera. "But the one for the 3DS was a project being handled by someone else, and as far as I know, it has been closed. Now, if I had made it, I would have made sure that it came out. Unfortunately I was not!" Polygon has contacted Square Enix for details on the status of its development and will update when more information becomes available.

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What's new with the upcoming Curtain Call edition of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call coming to Japan next spring on 3DS

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, the next installment in Square Enix's rhythm-based franchise, is headed to Nintendo 3DS in Japan next spring, Gematsu reports. The news appears in the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Jump, a scan of which Gematsu acquired. According to Jump, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call will include more than 200 songs and 60 characters, a multiplayer mode and tracks from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The first installment in the Theatrhythm series, Indies Zero and Square Enix's Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, was released last year and made its way to Nintendo 3DS and iOS. For more on the music and the game, be sure to check out Polygon's review.

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Square Enix's Spring Into Savings Sale discounts Final Fantasy, Hitman and more

Square Enix's Spring Into Savings Sale offers discounts of up to 50 percent off of downloadable boxed games this week, according to a press release from the company. The sale will last through next Wednesday, March 27. Discounts include: Dead Island Windows PC download for $9.99 (regularly $19.99) Final Fantasy 7 Windows PC download for $5.99 (regularly $11.99) Final Fantasy 13-2 Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $14.99 (regularly $19.99) Heroes of Ruin Nintendo 3DS for $22.49 (regularly $29.99) Hitman: Absolution Windows PC download for $19.99 (regularly $39.99), Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $37.49 (regularly $49.99) Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Nintendo 3DS for $29.99 (regularly $39.99) Risen 2: Dark Waters Special Edition Xbox 360 for $29.99 (regularly...

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  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 07/03/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Indies Zero
    • Score 8.5
  • iOS
    • Released 12/13/2012
    • Publisher Square Enix
    • Developer Indies Zero
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