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Final Fantasy X-2 not fucked up for Europe

Next to the previously reported inclusion of International+Last Mission content in the European release of Final Fantasy X-2, Electronic Arts (responsible for its localisation in this territory) announced this week that the title, currently scheduled for a mid-February release, would not support switching between 50 and 60hz display modes as is present in many other titles. When Final Fantasy X was released in Europe in May 2002, the title suffered from this decision through the ever-present large horizontal black bars running along the top and bottom of the screen. EA assures us this will not be the case this time around, however, going on to say that it will look "identical to the US version of the title". Let's hope so. There's nothing great about squashed T&A.1

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Square Enix confirmed that Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission, to be released in Japan on February 19 next year, will include a movie of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Now you actually have a reason to import it! Whether the upcoming PAL release of the game will include the video too is unknown, but probably not.1

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Ingenius gamers developing online Double Dash!!

The developers over at Warp Pipe have announced that major progress has been made in their latest Mario Kart: Double Dash!! build, which will eventually allow gamers to play the game online via LAN-line. No date has yet been given for release of the finished software, however. See WarpPipe.com for details and updates.1

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With Final Fantasy XI recently released on the PC (and doing quite successfully), Sony now has to make sure its end of the deal is good to go for the upcoming March 23rd NA release date. As such, it announced that it would be bundling FFXI with the required 40GB hard drive (pre-installing the game for your convenience) at the cosy price of $99. The other required peripheral, the broadband modem, will not be included in the deal.1

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Square Enix comments on the PSP: "no comment"

Upon Koei's recent commitment to Sony's PSP, the Japanese press looked to Square Enix for comments on a commitment to the handheld, to which Square Enix president Yoichi Wada replied "We cannot say whether development is moving forward or not." Given Sony's controlling interest in Square Enix, however, it is speculated that Square Enix titles will grace the PSP. As to what level Square Enix will support the PSP, or whether it will favor it over the Game Boy Advance is not known.1

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Back when Final Fantasy XI first launched in Japan, critics (and gamers) were skeptical as to whether or not it would actually be a success - especially after the launch of the network it ran on, PlayOnline, which crashed and burned under the underestimated traffic. Luckily, Square Enix appear to have things under control almost two years later, now that the title has been released in North America: 400,000 gamers are currently using the network, making it a pretty huge success. Who said Square didn't know what they were doing?1

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Matsuno comments on Final Fantasy XII

The Magic Box reports that Final Fantasy XII mastermind Yasumi Matsuno talked a little about his latest creation in July, at the Playstation Meeting, for god's sake, stating that it would come on two DVDs, feature "tighter controls", a less important love story, a huge "world map", resemble his 2000 opus Vagrant Story, and cause people to ask "Is this Final Fantasy?". He neglected to comment on whether or not Van has a bare ass like VS hero Ashley Riot.1

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Final Fantasy XII unveiled

Final Fantasy XII unveiled

One week before Square Enix's official unveiling of the title, Shonen Jump has shots of Final Fantasy XII, which Quiter happily got digitized for you. Judge them for yourself, then get into the forums to talk about it! Update: The main hero and heroine appear to be named, respectively, Van and Ashe. Whether the two characters merge into a super-summon-hybrid called "Vanish" is unknown as of yet.1

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Kutaragi reveals PSP concept design

At Sony's US shareholders' meeting on Tuesday, Playstation master Ken Kutaragi gave a quirky little presentation about Sony's upcoming new strategy involving the PSX and Cell processor. He also showed this design for the PSP, which although definitely not final, is pretty freaking sexy. The PSP will apparently be made to compete with the GBA, N-Gage, iPod, and cellphone/PDA market. Wow.1

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Unlimited: SaGa out in Europe

Square Enix Europe and Atari yesterday released Unlimited: SaGa in Europe. The only reason this is interesting is because I was in a store picking up Viewtiful Joe and happened to notice that it not only comes in deluxe cardboard embossed packaging with a 3-panel character art foldout, but also contains a second disc with the European version of Final Fantasy X Eternal Calm. Mmm-mm good.1

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Famitsu reports that the much hyped Creature Creation system that will be in the upcoming Japanese release of Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission has also been confirmed for the NA version of the title, leading Gamefront to believe that the NA version of the game will, in fact, include all elements of the International version. And if North America is getting it, then Europe is likely getting it too. Hopefully they won't muck up the NTSC to PAL hertz conversion this time around.1

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