Video: Final Fantasy Creator's Fictional Hip-Hop Journey, as Told by Mega64

Watch the hilarious tale of how Hironobu Sakaguchi thought up the early Final Fantasy games.

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The story of the original Final Fantasy and its name is well known: Hironobu Sakaguchi created the game and titled it as such because he planned to leave the games industry if it didn't sell well. It did perform strongly, and Sakaguchi went on to make, well, quite a few follow-ups.

Sakaguchi was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at this week's Game Developers Choice Awards. To celebrate the occasion, Mega64 put together a hilarious video recapping how Square may have gotten him to make so many Final Fantasy games despite his dream of becoming a hip-hop artist. You can watch it above.

In addition to the many Final Fantasy games he worked on, Sakaguchi has also been involved with the development of Xenogears, Vagrant Story, and Legend of Mana. After leaving Square, he founded developer Mistwalker, which has gone on to make Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, The Last Story, and his current project, mobile RPG Terra Battle.

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Strange how they left out FF8 and FF9 from this video but I guess they didn't want it to drag on.

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Thanatos2k

You want to know why Square sucks now? Because this man doesn't work there anymore.

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senjutsu

Kinda funny, I loved the reasons for FF7 haha. "Only one nice person, let's make it a girl, and then... we murder the girl!' haha really cool stuff. Loved all those games but FFV (needed grinding, I hate to grind and FFV needed a lot). I CANNOT UNDERSTAND why Sakaguchi isn't coming back to Playstation. I've started Playing on this console with FF7, and did all NES/SNES games after FFIX. Really, he would make SO MUCH MONEY on PS4 (he's get at least 60$ from me lol). Really... we need this Sakaguchi!

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Darkmoone1

Final Fantasy movies were ahead of their time.

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J12456788

So a washed up video game programmer team up with a crappy comedy team to make to make a crappy comedy video good for him

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phimseto

<< LINK REMOVED >> That "washed up" developer accomplished more with just this video than you will in your entire life.

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Freedomination

That range of emotions.. Oscar next?

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Monsterkillah

This is so funny haha

Go mr sakaguchi and megas you guys rock

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z471

I did a search on this guy, apparently Square stopped making good games and became Square Enix when he left them. Is this a coincidence?

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maitkarro

<< LINK REMOVED >> That's just the nostalgia talking. They're all awesome in their own way.

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J12456788

<< LINK REMOVED >> uh your wrong Squar has put out a bunch of good games after that has been left

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well, Enix was a different company that merged with them. I'm sure he's old and rich now to be fair.

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JLomay

lol!

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gargungulunk

This is the funniest video I've seen in a long time.

I love his approach for FF6 & FF7...



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Sylveon128

He is the best and I did not know he helped with xenogear .i also liked final fantasy 1-6 and to bad we won't get that quality again because square want to milk it and now final fantasy is a joke.

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mnm59501

I have never played Tera Battle, but I have some good things to say about Mr. Sakaguchi. All of his games have gotten me through some tough times in my life. I want him to know that I appreciate everything he has done for me. His great storytelling abilities have practically saved my life. More than once. He's one of my heroes.

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Doozie78

This right here was the best thing I've seen come from Squeenix in decades. Just make one more!

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nayce54

I still think Wiz Khalifa's rap song for Mortal Kombat X reveal trailer was epic!

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HonorOfGod

Sakaguchi San I know you don't remember but you did reply to one of the comments I left you on Facebook about making a comeback to Square .. forget that!! just use Mistwalker (the new squaresoft) and make more RPGs on consoles please!!


Btw I dont use FB anymore but thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me, you are a very kind person. THANK YOU! ..now go make some RPGS!!
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bunchanumbers

<< LINK REMOVED >> That is so cool! Its gotta be like being touched by god. You are right though he needs to come back to consoles. I would love another lost odyssey or last story.

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HonorOfGod

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah! it was neat but I doubt he remembers me do since he gets so much comments and stuff. I think my question was about FF7 and him going back into SE to make it and he told me something like that what I was asking was deep or something like that and that the answer ..something something .. I forgot but he put it in nice words. Very nice guy.

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BrunoBRS

my GDC stream died the moment this sketch started, so thanks for that :P

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theteaface

It was great that Sakaguchi gave a special thank you to Mega64 when he received his life time achievement.

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iandizion713

<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah that was truly awesome. you could tell he meant it.

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xOmniCloudx

That was hilarious and had no idea Sakaguchi was so cool to do something like this.

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Okay that was effing hilarious. I commend this man for going through with this.

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Vexov

lol


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drumjod

This video just elevated Sakaguchi to hero status for me. Love that guy.

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Camou504

"It's Sakaguchi rockin gucci with a hoochie on the side as we ride to the club where I'm loved all the time"

Thats two bars from his debut album called "Life After Square"

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Warriors30

7/10, "Good"

THE GOOD

- It's really funny

THE BAD

- "Hip-Hop Journey"? I didn't find one.

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SoulScribe

\nnn/ SakaGUCCI! \nnn/

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SoulScribe

\nnn/ SakaGUCCI! \nnn/

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Renunciation

This video greatly exceeded my expectations. I am overwhelmed with amusement and laughter to the point where I cannot think of anything better to write than this.

That is all.

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bunchanumbers

People just were not ready for CG movies like they are today.

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Renunciation

<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not convinced that The Spirits Within ultimately failed just because it was a CG movie. What led to its failure, in my opinion, is that it just wasn't sexy enough. Low "Michael Bay factor", if you will. No gratuitous "fan service", either. In short, it wasn't "Hollywood" enough.

Don't get me wrong, non-"Hollywood" films can occasionally become big hits and rake in a lot of money. They can become classics. There's got to be some strong point of appeal, however, outside of "Oh cool, nice CG graphics." The Spirits Within didn't quite have that extra appeal.

I actually have a rather strong dislike for the Hollywood (or "American") style films, but -- like certain AAA video game series in spite of their unoriginality -- they do rake in the cash, and that's a rather crucial thing for a "successful" film to do.

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Doomerang

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not even close. Spirits Within failed because it was advertised as a Final Fantasy movie, hyped as a final fantasy movie.... and ended up not really having any elements of Final Fantasy (aside from a few name drops) at all.


General consensus between people who I've talked to about the movie is that the movie would've done much better had they just gone with "The Spirits Within" for the name and not hyped it as a Final Fantasy movie.

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Renunciation

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's a rather valid statement, and it would be silly for me to disagree with it --- so I won't.

However, isn't it also a bit silly to assume that one single reason prevented it from being a success?

Would you feel confident to say, "If the movie had been done in a blockbuster Hollywood style, it would still have been a commercial failure because it was marketed to Final Fantasy fans." ...?

If there is enough drive for a movie to be profitable, it will seek to reach outside its target audience. Some people call that "selling out", and that's exactly what it is -- but if you can do it tastefully, you're a genius. Ultimately, a movie about Final Fantasy failed to satisfy its fanbase and failed to draw any 'outsiders' into its fanbase (i.e., through Hollywood tactics).

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drumjod

<< LINK REMOVED >> If The Spirits Within didn't cost so much it wouldn't have been seen as such a huge failure. It did pull in $85 million in the box office. I thought the movie was pretty bland but enjoyed Advent Children quite a bit. The fact it was CG wasn't the problem. Toy Story came out 6 years earlier and costed about one fourth as much to make and pulled in more than four times as much money.

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SphinxDemon

Gamespot needs to fix its video player for mobile. It downright sucks and 80% of the videos don't work.

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Barighm

<< LINK REMOVED >> I never watch videos off GS. Just go to YouTube.

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iandizion713

This was the best and only good joke at the GDC awards show. Tim Schafer was straight garbage. But this shat was epic and set the internet on fire in a good way.