Rydia's Tale in FFIV: The After Years available

E3 2009: Square Enix announces the release of Rydia's Tale, the first episode in its latest WiiWare game.

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LOS ANGELES--The sequel to the popular Super Nintendo classic Final Fantasy IV: The After Years arrives on WiiWare today, available to download for 800 Wii points and an additional 300 for Rydia's Tale, the first of nine episodes.

Originally released for mobile phones in Japan, this epic journey is set 17 years after the events of the original game. In a time of peace, the second moon has magically appeared and is now uncomfortably close to the Blue Planet. The story follows the young prince Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa, who must uncover the truth regarding the strange events that have unfolded in his world.

The After Years will have single-player and multiplayer modes. Players can team up so they can coordinate their commands into a single attack. This mode allows up to four players to band together in battle. The game's lunar phases will also play a large role in combat, which will affect the physical and magical abilities of players and foes. Rare creatures may also appear during specific lunar phases.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is available exclusively for the Nintendo Wii, and future episodes are set to be released in the coming months.

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gedbyz

Never been a fan of Final Fantasy

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SQUALL20XX

I'm getting this for sure

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SSBFan12

I wish they would fix the graphics a bit but other then that the game looks really fun to play.

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Icehearted

[quote]I wish the graphics were like FFIV DS :/[/quote] [quote]I'm glad the graphics aren't like FFIV DS[/quote] LOL :D

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DarkNeoBahamut

good

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PSFreak1

cool news

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nescgi

I got it the second it came out, the base game lasts about 4 to 5 hours. I'm only about an hour into Rydia's Tale so I can't tell you how long that is yet. Overall it's worth the price of admission if you have completed and enjoyed the original. If not, this is an easy skip.

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Junior_AIN

This is interesting. Maybe I should get this.

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chefstubbies

I'm glad the graphics aren't like FFIV DS

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MikeyIsPogi

I wish the graphics were like FFIV DS :/

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pakhair

SHOCKING NEWS............... at least 4 me.............

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Rikufan

yes been wating for this all year

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tazzug

I have exactly 1100 Wii points left I know where I will be spending them :)

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gmax

These days there's a FF for just about any mood you're in.

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leon-graham

omg! this gonna rock!

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hhap52

9 episodes, cool!

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hhap52

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japanesegoth

wow are we going to end up paying like $50 if we want all the episodes?...i'm really getting sick of all these stupid extras that gaming companies are putting out. pretty soon i'm just not even going to bother with video games. it's getting old.

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WapoStyle

Nice, I actually forgot all about this game and just read this to realize it's out! I know what I'll be downloading tonight.

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The_Weekend

i can't believe it ... the original characters being so weak? Argh!

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shinian

Better late than never.

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ZabuzaR

Sounds great! Too bad I don't have a working Wii at the moment.

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Galen20K

Hmmm 9 episodes. Does that mean we have to buy it 9 times? I hope not.

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madsnakehhh

Looks great and it's the sequel for my second favorite FF (VIII its my favorite) i'll probably gonna get it.

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Rottenwood

Nice. IV is still my favorite; will definitely give this one a peek.

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almightybob14

Personally I think that games like this are a perfect example of the lack of originality of RPGs on Nintendo systems. They're all either ports, remakes, or sequels to outdated games that were great for their time, but like I said before, they're outdated. Don't get me wrong, I love FFIV, and I'm not just some nostalgic fanboy, I hadn't played it until 2 years ago when I found the SNES version in a thrift store. I'll admit it's a great game. It's just that Nintendo and Squenix insist on being lazy with all of these sequels and whatnot. And it's not just this, it's also with the 3d FF and Dragon Quest remakes and whatever else there is that I forgot about.

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Dualmask

I haven't bought a WiiWare game in months...but I'm about to buy one now.

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Caco

this type of RPGs are the best!! i want my wii back!!

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CitizenGeek

This looks great! I loved FFIV so I did :)

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TruthOpinionSpk

... beating a horse that was alive until it becomes very, very dead. You're doing it right, Square Enix. That said, I'll probably buy it anyway, jus' 'cause I'm a rabid FF IV fan. Not quite a fanboy, but definitely a fan. First FF I ever played. SPOONY BARD!

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Great_Ow

This looks awesome! FFIV rawks!

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lego863

Cant wait!!!

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flyingteddy

would have preferred it on DS as i dont have a wii argh

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Gamer4Iife

RYDIA!! :D I'm so buying it. :P

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Zerocrossings

Wtf that freaky Octopus boss dude is back again. D:

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Hanzoadam

I want this shame its on wii though

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dark_being

I never got into the FF experience. No intention of doing it now.

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ShadowLaguna

I can't wait to get this myself.

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wogboypaul

cant freaaaaaaaking wait.

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nb49

I'm stoked!!!!! So glad I've got a wii! :)

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Alan808

omg now i have to get a wii... screw you SE

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somberfox

This makes me want a Wii

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mariokart64fan

800 points inst bad , ,, ,for a big named game and 300 for expansions aint bad either, , at least it aint 20 like microsoft gta iv ones lol that was pathetic for 12 more missions, 1 new car , get real lol

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Earthbound_X

I'll be waiting for the full version, I believe I heard in Sep.

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Gohan_Egret

$8 to start. $3 (per additional episode) x 9 = $27. So ... $35 for the whole package!? And I thought "Space Invaders Get Even" was expensive ...

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acerazer

I haven't played the DS remake, but I've beaten the original and the GBA port. One of the best FF games still to date, I'll probably have to check this out.

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mrklorox

I remember reading about this when it was fresh in Japan and being all jealous as a result. Sadly I never finished FFIV (i quit some time after fighting shiva over a decade ago) so I'll have to hold off on this. I think it's excellent that there are episodes coming. I would have loved something like this in the FFVI SNES era.

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Shenmue1000

Hmmmmm I wonder if it has just as many random battles as the orignal

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Bobzfamily

Looking good although I was expecting it to be tailored after the recent DS remake.