|Final Fantasy Day?
A correction from yesterday about the FF VII figures:
In the PSX
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The first US release came in the form of the Cloud/Barrett/Tifa/Aeris 4-pack. Then they released
individually carded figures (apparently just the Japanese card with US copyright text sniped in)
of Cloud, Tifa, Aeris, Barrett, Vincent, Sephiroth, and Red XIII. But, Barrett and Red XIII are
packed 1 per case, whereas all the others are packed two per case, making Red XIII all but
impossible to find
Thanks to J. Parish for the explanation.
Note: There will not be a letter section tomorrow (Sunday), because I have always spent my
Sundays away from RPGamer. I like to take some time off "work" too. No worries, there
will be another new section on Monday.
Q: I have played through the US Release of Final Fantasy Tactics around
seven times. I have gotten Cloud, I have done the deep dungeon, I've gotten the
Materia Blade and the Zodiac Summon Spell- but despite all this I am still
confused. What is all this about "I had a good feeling"!? I've never seen
anyone in the story say this. Is it something I am missing? Something in the
Tutorial or the Brave Story? I just don't get it.
Mike: The quote comes from the propositions in each city. Enter a bar, choose a
proposition, name the three characters to take the job, and choose the number of days they will
be gone. After those days have passed in the game, return to the same town, and Report Job.
Ask to hear about the story, and as long as they did well, one of the chosen characters will say
"I had a good feeling!"
Q: If Square was able to ship copies of Parasite Eve already, why not ship as many as
fast as they can. I think its stupid that they would hold back copies if it was clear they
were ready to be I sold. Since I am not sure about buying Parasite Eve, I was going to wait
and see what other thought anyways, but I don't like the idea of holding back a release
when games are ready. I don't like the whole release date thing.
Mike: As you read in the news story, many fans are very upset that there were simply
not enough copies for everyone. That is why companies have official release dates. The release
date means to the buyers "We will have enough copies in the stores, ready to be purchased on this
day". There were only 248 copies accidentally shipped early, not nearly enough ready for the entire
As for the date being changed to the 15th, there has been no explanation that
I have seen, so your guess is as good as mine.
Q: On the FFVII OST Disc 4, track 16, the One-winged Angel, are the lyrics being
sung in Latin and if so, any idea what is being sung? I am surprised no one
else has asked this.
Secondly here in the UK, we are suffering a lack of Square games, the most
recent one was Bushido Blade in February (that should give you a fair idea
of how out of date we are), there is a growing campaign for Sony Europe to
release them and we are sitting in hope that something comes out of that
Square/EA deal, because while it is great for the US to receive these
quality titles, over here in the UK we get the feeling that we are being
left out in the cold for some strange reason, especially when FFVII did
especially well over here like it did in America. How did you manage to get
so many RPGs titles released in the US? I feel it is time for us to learn a few lessons.
Mike: Yes, the lyrics are in Latin. The original words, and translation, can be found
in our Final Fantasy VII information section. The title of the page is
One Winged Angel Translation and Background.
The easy answer is sheer numbers. The United States has over three hundred million people, while
the United Kingdom has a significantly lower population. This means that the U.S. is a much
larger market. But the more complex answer is that there isn't an easy way for the company to
release games in the U.K. Square/Electronic Arts have no real presence in Europe, and therefore
advertising options are extremely limited. There are also no production facilities on that side
of the Atlantic, making shipping costs very non-profitable. Unless the game is a guaranteed hit,
the company has a good chance for large deficits for the export.
Q: In Final Fantasy 6 (3 U.S.), what do those guys in the Veldt cave in the
World of Ruin mean when they talk about a dragon in a forest to the north?
Mike: The forest they are referring to is the ones with dinosaurs in the area.
The word "dragon" is a translation error.
Q: I just wanted to say that I really enjoy the new little quote thing
thats been showing up in the title bar. Is it automated, or does someone really sit up
that late and change it?
Mike: For now, our own Brian Glick changes the title every day. We hope to have a more
automated system soon, so Brian can get a full night's rest someday. As for now, we just hope
he can hang on with his few hours and occasional naps. One never knows when his brain may snap