Square Enix’s ‘Final Fantasy IX’ Launches on iOS App Store

Square Enix today launched the iOS version of its popular game Final Fantasy IX [Direct Link], which was originally released in 2000 for the Sony PlayStation. New to the iOS version of the game, players will be able to unlock achievements, activate 7 additional game boosters including a rapid-pace „high speed“ mode, game autosaves, and improved high definition cut scenes and character models.

Gameplay Features

・Abilities

Learn new abilities by equipping items.

When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options.

・Trance

Fill your Trance gauge as you sustain hits in battle.

When fully charged, your characters will enter Trance mode, granting them powerful new skills!

・Synthesis

Never let items go to waste. Combine two items or pieces of equipment together and make better, stronger items!

・Minigames

Whether it’s Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, or Tetra Master, there are plenty of minigames to enjoy when you’re not off saving the world.

You can even earn special item rewards!

Otherwise, the ninth game in the JRPG series will remain the same, with the story focusing on the adventures of a thief named Zidane, who finds himself in the midst of a war between two powerful factions when he kidnaps Princess Garnet, the heir of the war-torn nation of Alexandria. Last summer, Square Enix re-released another game in the series, Final Fantasy VII, for iOS as well.

As with part seven in the series, Final Fantasy IX takes up about 2GB of storage space on an iPhone, but requires over 8GB of free space to download. Square Enix encourages users to „make sure that ample spare memory is available“ before attempting to begin the game’s download.

Final Fantasy IX is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini 2 or later, and the iPod touch 6th generation. All devices will need a version of iOS 7 or any recent iOS update to run the game. Square Enix is also running a sale for Final Fantasy IX‘s launch, so starting today and until February 21 users can download the game at a discounted price of $16.99.

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App Store Holiday Sales: Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Notability and More

In time for the holiday season, a number of paid apps and games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have been discounted on the App Store this week, including Alto’s Adventure, Final Fantasy VII, Lara Croft GO, Launch Center Pro, PDF Expert 5, Scanner Pro, This War of Mine, Thomas Was Alone and more.

Apple’s annual iTunes Connect winter shutdown takes place between December 22 and December 29, during which time the following features are unavailable: new app submissions, app updates, in-app purchase submissions and TestFlight submissions for external testing. All other features, and access to iTunes Connect, remain available.

Apps on Sale

Agent A ($2.99 → 99¢)

Alto’s Adventure ($2.99 → 99¢)

Aqueduct 101 ($1.99 → Free)

Bastion ($4.99 → 99¢)

Blek ($2.99 → 99¢)

Broken Age ($4.99 → $2.99)

Civilization Revolution 2 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Clear ($4.99 → $1.99)

Day One ($4.99 → 99¢)

Deliveries ($4.99 → $2.99)

Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition ($4.99 → $2.99)

Drafts 4 ($9.99 → $4.99)

DuckTales: Remastered ($9.99 → 99¢)

Fantastical 2 ($4.99 → $2.99)

FlightTrack 5 ($4.99 → 99¢)

FINAL FANTASY VI ($15.99 → $7.99)

FINAL FANTASY VII ($15.99 → $10.99)

Grim Fandango Remastered ($4.99 → $2.99)

Heroes of Might & Magic III ($9.99 → $4.99)

Hitman GO ($4.99 → 99¢)

Hitman: Sniper ($2.99 → 99¢)

I Am Bread ($4.99 → 99¢)

Infinity Blade III ($6.99 → 99¢)

Lara Croft GO ($4.99 → $1.99)

Launch Center Pro ($4.99 → $1.99)

Leo’s Fortune ($4.99 → 99¢)

Mines of Mars ($4.99 → $1.99)

NBA 2K16 ($7.99 → $3.99)

Notability ($5.99 → 99¢)

Oceanhorn ($8.99 → $4.99)

PDF Expert 5 ($9.99 → $4.99)

Power Hover ($3.99 → $1.99)

Procreate Pocket ($2.99 → 99¢)

Rogue Star ($4.99 → 99¢)

Scanner Pro ($2.99 → 99¢)

Ski Safari 2 ($1.99 → 99¢)

Splendor ($6.99 → 99¢)

Tetrobot and Co. ($2.99 → 99¢)

Tiny Guardians ($3.99 → 99¢)

This War of Mine ($14.99 → $4.99)

Thomas Was Alone ($4.99 → 99¢)

Transistor ($9.99 → $2.99)

Trick Shot ($1.99 → 99¢)

Wizards and Wagons ($4.99 → $1.99)

XCOM: Enemy Within ($9.99 → $4.99)

Xenowerk ($1.99 → 99¢)

There are dozens of other iOS apps discounted for the holidays beyond those listed above. Keep track on our sister website AppShopper.

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Square Enix’s new apps are a dream come true for Final Fantasy nerds

It might be kind of hard to keep up with all of the Final Fantasy news that’s suddenly everywhere. We have a high-definition remake and an iOS port of PlayStation 1 classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII in the works,…Read more ›



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Square Enix to Bring Final Fantasy VII to iOS in 2015

During Square Enix’s E3 event that was held this morning, the company announced plans to bring iconic game Final Fantasy VII to iOS „before the end of summer“ this year. Little detail was made available on the game aside from an upcoming release date, but it appears it’s a port of the original PS1 game and not the Final Fantasy VII remake that was announced by Sony earlier this week.

Square Enix has made the first six Final Fantasy games available on iOS devices, but Final Fantasy VII for iOS will mark the first Final Fantasy port coming from a PlayStation game. Released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series created for PlayStation and it quickly became one of the most popular Final Fantasy games.

In 2013, Square Enix producer Takashi Tokita said in an interview that a release of Final Fantasy VII was „years away“ from release on iOS because of the space limitations on the platform. „It’s that currently, space will be an issue,“ he said. „Phones won’t be able to contain the space it takes. It’s over a gigabyte. People are probably going to have to wait for a few years.“

Prior to 2015, Apple limited the size of apps to 2GB, but in February, that limit was expanded to 4GB, perhaps making games like Final Fantasy VII more feasible on iOS. A PC port of Final Fantasy VII comes in at over 3GB, so it’s possible that the 2GB size restriction was the limiting factor.

A game that’s 3GB in size will be a tough sell to customers who have 16GB iPhones and iPads, but upcoming features in iOS 9 could help slim down the install size of Final Fantasy VII and other games that take up a lot of storage space. App Thinning, a feature Apple introduced at WWDC, allows developers to optimize apps for specific devices for the first time. For example, a game being played on the iPhone won’t be required to download all the iPad art assets, saving much needed space.

The App Store and operating system optimize the installation of iOS and watchOS apps by tailoring app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets you create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that can be applied by Apple. Faster downloads and more space for other apps and content provides a better user experience.

Square Enix also gave an update on Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ, its upcoming smartphone game. Unchained χ was previously announced in May, but as of today, Square Enix has confirmed that it will be available worldwide when it launches.





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Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos [iOS Blog]

Last week, we heard reports that a hidden „diagnostic port“ was present on early Apple Watches currently in testing. The TechCrunch report indicated the port was being used for diagnostic purposes, and 9to5Mac claimed that the diagnostic port would not ship in the final version.

The port has a 6-dot brass contact array inside the groove for the ‘bottom’ strap connector slot. Several sources have confirmed its existence and placement to me. It is very similar to the connector for the Lightning connector in iPhones, as that connector currently only uses 6 of its 8 available pins. Apple recently began opening up the Lightning port for use by third parties. A source says that this port is currently for diagnostic purposes only — but that there is nothing preventing it from being a connection port for future accessories.

The port was spotted by our forum members in a number of the new Apple Watch promo videos that Apple released today.

Matthew Panzarino, the original author of the report, confirmed today that the port still exists, but he remains uncertain if it will ship in the final version:

The Apple Watch will begin shipping in April with pre-orders starting on April 10th.




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Final Cut Pro X finally gets some love from Hollywood

If you plan on seeing Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie this weekend, you will be watching the first major studio film edited entirely with Final Cut Pro X. Originally criticized as “iMovie Pro” for its incredibly simplistic interface and…Read more ›



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Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate to Developers, Public Beta 5

Apple today released a second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, a week after releasing the first candidate golden master and the fourth public beta. Apple has also released the fifth public beta to those who signed up to beta test the new Mac OS.

The latest Yosemite update, build 14A386a, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Dev Center.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new „Today“ view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release, which is expected in late October.

The current build, like the previous golden master candidate, may not be the final version of OS X Yosemite, depending on the outcome of final testing. Last year, Apple seeded multiple golden master versions of OS X Mavericks, with the final version coming a couple of days ahead of the software’s public release.




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