Final Fantasy IX confirmed for NA PSN

Square Enix announces plans to rerelease acclaimed RPG through Sony's online platform; release date TBA.

Odds seemed good that North American gamers would not be excluded when Square Enix announced in Japan last month that Final Fantasy IX would be rereleased through the PlayStation Network. After all, the publisher has within the past year revived its heralded original PlayStation classics Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII through the online platform in the US, as well as other regions around the world.

Sure enough, Square Enix has now confirmed FFIX for a North American release through the PSN. In a brief post to Sony's official PlayStation Blog, Square Enix VP of marketing Ami Blaire noted that the role-playing game can be played through both the PlayStation 3 and PSP. The publisher expects to announce additional information, including a release date, "soon."

Vivi got his big break in Final Fantasy IX.

Originally released in 2000 on the original PlayStation, Final Fantasy IX documents the travails of the plucky youth Zidane, who hatches a plan to make off with Princess Garnet. The game also introduces fan-favorite black mage Vivi. For more information, check out GameSpot's review of the original.

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the_tosser
the_tosser

Lost disc one a while ago so this is good news. bought a new copy of ff7 for £40 and see now that a new copy of 7,8 Y and 9 can set you back £120+. Any chance of this being released before xmas?

Xx_Kares_xX
Xx_Kares_xX

Sweet, FFIX is coming out just in time for me to continue my playthrough of the series ^^

JadeTorchwood
JadeTorchwood

I'm glad that they're releasing this game out onto the Playstation Network store.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@JukedSolid I would have gotten one myself if they had offered EVERY game on psn. Instead, they don't. I hope for your sake they do some day.

sieg6529
sieg6529

sweet, Vivi is the man...mage...thing

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

I wish Sony knew that not supporting PS2 games on the PS3 is a key factor in me not currently owning one. It's awesome to see that I can play old PS1 games on it though, except to be frank I'd rather play those on my PSP - Cheaper memory cards PLEASE!

Lightsyde
Lightsyde

@GunGriffin if the PS3 started supporting PS2 games each PS2 game sale could translate into a PS3 game not sold. Not market wise for sony.

SLjimbolian
SLjimbolian

Makes sense seeing this is the 10th anniversary.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Seeing that the new PS3's can't run PS2 games I'd say we won't be seeing downloadable PS2 games anytime soon. Besides, with internet speeds the way they are, who wants to spend 4 hours downloading a 2gig file? And before you say "your internet connection sucks", no kidding! There's two choices in my area; AT&T DSL and Comcast. And Comcast just raised their rates AGAIN! So I'm stuck with AT&T which leaves a lot to be desired.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

i bought this for my niece years ago, never got to play it myself, to PSPGO welcome to FFIX.

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

i cant wait till they start offering ps2 games on the ps3 come sony its about time already

sugrim
sugrim

YEAH!!!! i am definitey getting this one. Keep it up the more the merrier.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Well this should make Retro gamers for PSone lovers happy. Vary happy as on the PS3 you can add PS smoothing, as well as upscale the picture to make it look ten times better then it ever did on the PSone. IE 1080pHD with PS smoothing, on top of that don't bother to set it to Wide screen and you will have the best looking PS one game ever built no lie. If only they would do this with PS2 titles, many of which did support WS TVs. Killzone anyone? Shadow of Collossus? Naruto Ultimate Ninja 4? All of those would look great upscaled, and in WS if done right. In fact Sony proved they could do it with God of War Collaction on the PS3. Now they need to do that to all their top selling PS2 games over PSN and they might get some major PS2 gamer cross over sales like with God of War3, Killzone 2, Ratchet and Clank, etc all those games were huge on the PS2 system.

Zaka
Zaka

FF9 is my favorite FF game of all time!!!!!

UbiquitousAeon
UbiquitousAeon

If anyone doesn't feel like waiting, you can get a brand new physical copy on Amazon.com for $15 or straight from Square Enix's online store. Same with Final Fantasy VIII, Chronicles (IV and Chrono Trigger), Anthology (V and VI), as well as Chrono Cross. It's rather amusing for me to see the amount of people who think these games are hard to find.

lovetheblindone
lovetheblindone

YES! YES!! YES!!! CAN! NOT! WAIT! WOOOOOOOOO!!! F**K YEAH!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!

NeleNel
NeleNel

Awesome. I wonder if they play on releasing 1-6 as well? Maybe a little Chrono Trigger hmm?

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

this is definitely cool that this is coming to NA PS Store. maybe ill pick it up since its not a huge need of mine to be in my collection in disk format but at the price of what will probably be 9.99 ill definitely buy the digital version

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

Lingleface: lol dude told me to cool my jets....but its only true and i even said im not trying to sound rude i was just saying so the thumbs down from whoever did so were unnecessary especially when it was correct

Lingleface
Lingleface

@Eazy1891 Whooo, cool those jets, Rocketman!

Lingleface
Lingleface

"Soon" isn't good enough! Want FFIX now! FEED ME

Irsaan
Irsaan

Best. FF. Ever. Also, I need to get Vagrant Story somehow.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

yes. this is another reason i hope a job will call me SOON. ffix? i never finished it. i was at the end of disc 3!!!!! come on!!! I AM READY

IWKYB
IWKYB

The best of the PS1 era FF's is this one. Might get a Ps3 after all.

darkraiders
darkraiders

Finally i'm not really interested in FFIX but since i have FFVII and FFVIII in my PS3 i want to get that one too and complete the PS FF collection.

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

GBeaudoin: look harder ive found it for 50-60 at a lot of places.incuding everything

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

Master_Mikkie: first of all i dont mean to sound rude second of all theres a reason that the word @$$ is in assume.... third of all ill explain why because you make one of yourself when you do so 75% of the time. because let me be frank if it was on in all countries. then why would we ask for it to be on PSN? just wondering

anti-altair16
anti-altair16

@ luffy11234 DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!you just took it back how long ago.Tomba needs to make it to psn

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@Master_Mikkle: It's only been released in PAL territories. For once, you guys got something us Americans didn't.

Master_Mikkle
Master_Mikkle

Why is everyone asking for Vagrant story still? It's been out on the PSN for months. I got it from the aussie one so i can only assume it's on every other countries.

GBeaudoin
GBeaudoin

Now put Valkyrie Profile which you can't actually find anywhere under 100$.

nirvanaphoenix
nirvanaphoenix

Yes, I love playing FFVII on PSP and am nearly done with it, I'm not gonna play VII again so IX needs to hurry up to the UK Store

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

Finally! Whoever hasn't played this game should play it when it releases. It's one of the best in the series :D

freema
freema

OH Man! That is AWESOME news! FF IX is one of my favourites. Ever since I heard it was being released in Japan I was hyped and now finally this ... :D

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

Yes !!!! .. Need to hurry up and finish FFXIII so I can buy and play FF 8 and 9 ..

JukedSolid
JukedSolid

@psx_warrior Yes that's exactly it. It was a birthday present and it's awesome I can play these classic FF games for it but that they don't have one of the best games exclusively for the PSP on the PSN really ticks me off

jonboy202
jonboy202

this is great news now all i need is xenogears and frontmission 3 and ill be in heaven

demonic_85
demonic_85

FF 7, 8, and 9 are my favorites. I cant wait to have all 3 once again.

tekken220
tekken220

I can't wait to play this again! :D

solidsnake10123
solidsnake10123

When will it be on psn in Australia i want to play it on my psp dammit i love ff9

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

After playing 7 and 8 I was a little disappointed with 9. Not this time though. I've been waiting ages to give this game the second chance it deserves. Day 1 purchase.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I now have all the reasons (FF) to buy a PSP, and not a modded one or from a pawn shop. I can also put away my PS to the farthest end of the closet (I have a PS2, but if that thing dies i can at least put off a purchase.)

shehabXZA
shehabXZA

can't wait for this one, This is my favorite classic style final fantasy so far

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@JukedSolid Are you a PSP Go owner? This is exactly why I didn't get a Go. I'm just curious. That's the complaint most Go owners have is that Crisis Core isn't on PSN.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

I'm lovin FF VII on my PSP. PSP was made for games like this.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Do want but can they put some anti alias to it. I have a hard time going back to these PS1/PS2 classics that look like a jumble of pixels.