Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call is a game I should be falling right in line with. I love portable rhythm games, and I love Final Fantasy music, and with over 200 songs from every game in the series, what is there not to like?
And I do mean every game in the series. The latest trailer dives beyond the main numbered series and shows off some of the less popular side-games in the long running series. Where is a better place to start than the often maligned Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest? The trailer begins with both the normal random battle theme and boss battle theme as two different offerings from the game.
For those who don’t know, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is one of those games Japan made especially for the American audience because it felt that the real thing might be too difficult to grasp. Tossing aside the fact that Final Fantasy is actually a simplified version of Dungeons & Dragons for Japanese audiences, many fans of the series still find it difficult to move beyond their hate of this game because of the slap in the face it represents.
Truth is, I really liked it back in the day after playing Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy VI, so I hold no grudges. It’s not the best game in the world, but when you are at your grandmother’s house for an entire summer vacation and have nothing else to play, you have to do all you can to convince yourself that that the game is a masterpiece.
Despite the universal hatred, most fans agree that at least the music rocks.
Other spin-off games included are Final Fantasy Tactics, a true masterpiece in the series. Composer Hitoshi Sakimoto is fabulous in every game he works on, and chances are you’ve heard something of his if you play Japanese games. The game’s opening theme is featured in the trailer, and it plays like a Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! stage. The cutscene playing in the background was also exclusive to the PSP version of the game, making its appearance on the Nintendo 3DS a little awkward.
The rest of the bunch are Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia 012, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. That’s a lot of games, not all of them good, not all of them even available in America, but even the worst Final Fantasy games still have a few selections of tunes worthy of your time.
Square Enix even confirmed that two songs from the Romancing SaGa series will be making an appearance, the only songs from beyond the series. A few notable absences are the portable Final Fantasy Tactics Advance games, The 4 Heroes of Light: Final Fantasy, and the ugly mole on the series’ face, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. I guess Square couldn’t salvage anything from that mess.
No announcement for an American release yet, but Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call will be released in Japan next week on April 24th for the Nintendo 3DS.