Back in December we heard it was coming, and now it’s indeed happened: developer-publisher Square Enix has launched its popular JRPG Final Fantasy IX on the App Store, and it’s available to download now.
Upgraded and better than ever
In the U.S. App Store, Final Fantasy IX retails for $16.99 and it’s optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. That price, mind you, is 20 percent off the eventual price for a limited time only (between Feb. 10-21).
And while Final Fantasy IX for iOS might look the same as the original PlayStation title, there are some big differences. You can unlock Game Center achievements in the iOS port, and seven new game boosters can also be enabled inside Final Fantasy IX for iOS. There are character models, HD movies, and game autosaves inside the iOS release, too.
The story itself, however, is the one we all know and love. It centers around the thief Zidane and Princess Garnet. In the app’s release notes, Square Enix explains:
Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle. Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, fall in with Zidane and set out on an incredible journey. Meeting unforgettable characters like Vivi and Quina along the way, they learn about themselves, the secrets of the Crystal, and a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.
So, what are you waiting for? Final Fantasy IX is available now on the App Store, and as mentioned, it’s optimized for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad (and is priced at just $16.99).