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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)

Square Enix began a holiday sale in its online store today, offering discounts of up to 50 percent on some recent releases as well as older titles from its publishing catalog. Here are some highlights from the titles on sale: Final Fantasy 13-2 (PS3, 360) - $9.99 (regularly $19.99) Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (PC) - $14.99 (reg. $29.99) Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (PS3) - $19.99 (reg. $39.99) Hitman: HD Trilogy (PS3, 360) - $19.99 (reg. $39.99) Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Limited Edition (PS3) - $19.99 (reg. $39.99) Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) - $14.99 (reg. $29.99) The sale runs from today through Jan. 5, and customers can get free shipping with an order of at least $100. UPDATE: Square Enix also announced a sale of its mobile titles today. Chaos Rings...

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Square Enix bringing nine games to Jump Festa '14

Square Enix will show off nine of its games at Jump Festa '14, the annual anime and manga exposition in Japan run by magazine publisher Shueisha, Square Enix announced today. The video game publisher will showcase the games in various forms — playable demos will be available for some titles, while others will be shown only in trailers. Here's the full list: Dragon Quest X: Version 2 (Wii, Wii U, Windows PC) – trailer Bravely Default: For the Sequel (Nintendo 3DS) – trailer Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita) – playable demo and trailer Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 (3DS) - playable demo and trailer Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS) - playable demo and trailer Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) - playable demo and trailer Dragon Quest...

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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

Last week we brought you the first word on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, the sequel to the FF-themed rhythm game Square Enix released last summer on the 3DS. This week's issue of Famitsu features a more in-depth preview of the game, outlining the new songs, modes, and other additions Square Enix and the developers at Tokyo-based outfit indieszero are working on. According to the preview, Curtain Call will feature more than 90 songs in addition to the full track list from the original Theatrhythm, including tunes from such offbeat sources as FF7: Advent Children and the Super NES title Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. "The way that Masahiro Suzuki, the director over at indieszero put it, it's all really obvious song selection to him," joked Ichiro Hazama, producer on the T...

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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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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy out on iOS today in New Zealand

Rhythm title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy will be available on iOS today, revealed by a listing on New Zealand's iTunes App Store. The app itself is free and comes with two songs and 13 playable characters, many of them not included in the original Nintendo 3DS release. Additional songs are available for $1.29 (about $1 in US currency) each, and bundle packs of songs from the same Final Fantasy title are available for $4.19 (about $3.50 US) through the app. In addition to the modes in the 3DS version, Theatrhythm for iOS includes a new Quest Medley mode, a gauntlet of rhythm games set to iconic Final Fantasy soundtracks. Quest song lists will change each time players enter the mode, offering new combinations of tunes, difficulty levels and rewards. The game also includes Twitter...

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Theatrhythm website teases an announcement 'coming soon'

A website for Theatrhythm teases that something is "coming soon" for Square Enix's rhythm game franchise. The website shows a simple animation for a rhythm game. Underneath, it says "Coming Soon." Square Enix regularly ports games to iOS and Android platforms, so the teaser website could point an impending announcement to bring Theatrhythm Final Fantasy or a new game to smartphones and tablets. Earlier this year, a website for The World Ends With You paved the way for the game's iOS port. We've reached out to Square Enix and will update the article as more information becomes available. Released earlier this year for Nintendo 3DS, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy used songs from the role-playing game series' extensive catalog to propel its rhythm action. Be sure to check out our review,...

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Newegg offers Cyber Monday deals on Dishonored, Fallout: New Vegas, more

Newegg's list of Cyber Monday deals includes price cuts on Dishonored and Fallout: New Vegas. We're not sure why Konami instead of Bethesda is listed as the publisher for the latter title, but everything else appears to be in order with the game; the same can't be said for the off-brand PlayStation 3 controllers on sale. We've cherry-picked a few good deals for you below: $14.99: Dark Souls $19.99: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition (360/PS3), Theatrhythm Final Fantasy $24.99: Dishonored (360/PS3) $29.99: Sleeping Dogs (360/PS3), Forza Horizon Check out the full list of video game deals on Newegg here.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Releases
North America
  • 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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