Square Enix Press Conference 2006 - Handheld Games
Square Enix Press Conference 2006 - Handheld Games
by John McCarroll - 05/08/06
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Valkryie Profile: Lenneth (PSP)
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Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a remake of the original Enix and tri-Ace title for the PSOne tweaked for the PSP. Lenneth has been retooled for the 16:9 widerscreen of the PSP and has recieved brand new CG sequences. On top of that, Square Enix has re-localized the game to remove a bit of the Engrish found in the original version of the game and the sound has been re-encoded. Square Enix also mentioned to us that the game had more than 30% new content - SCEA's barrier for re-makes for the PSP. Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is slated for a July 18, 2006 release, just in time for you readers to buy me a copy for my birthday.

Final Fantasy III (DS)
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The third title of the Final Fantasy franchise is the only title not to make it to the shores of North America, at least until the release of the DS iteration in September. Not simply a bit of a graphical tweaking and a slight script re-tooling like Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS is a completely 3D remake of the title that's had its script completely overhauled.

Players will be able to take advantage of the Nintendo DS's touch screen control for both movement and combat, though at this point, the top screen was limited to just being a map. Final Fantasy III is lauded as being the first title to sell over a million copies in the series, as well as being the first game to incorporate summons and the job system. Nobuo Uematsu's company, Smileplease, is behind the music, and Uematsu himself serves as Musical Supervisor on the title.

Final Fantasy III may very well be the system's first great RPG when it hits stores in North America in September.

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
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Square's only non-mobile game at their conference that wasn't a something-RPG, Dragon Quest Heroes: Slime Knight is a bit of strategy, a bit of action, and a lot of bizarre. All of the denizens of the Slime city Boingburg in the Kingdom of Slimenia have ben kidnapped by a group called The Plob. It's up to Rocket, the only slime left from the city, to save his friends from The Plob. Slime Knight's gameplay is deceptively simple, as players control Rocket as he controls a giant tank, which bears the resemblance of a slime, as he launches stuff at opposing tanks. Rocket's not limited to running around his own tank, however, as players will maneuver him into opponents tanks to wreak havoc, and eventually destroy the heart of the tank itself.

Slime Knight also features wireless (though not Wi-Fi) multiplayer for up to four players to face off. Unfortunately, we found that the title will not support single-cart play, so all of your friends need to save up for their own copy of the game. Dragon Quest Heroes: Slime Knight is slated for release in September 2006 in North America.
Codename: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (DS)
Codename: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates was another title relegated to video, though what we saw was shaping up well. Taking use of the 3D capabilities of the DS, Ring of Fates seemed to share a similar gameplay style with the GameCube title, cursors and all. While it wasn't shown what both screens looked like simultaneously, expect menus on the bottom touch screen while you take out enemies up top.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was only shown in video form, and we weren't introduced to footage of the gameplay itself, but we did have a chance to find out what happens when a talented team of developers gets their hand on the PSP - an amazingly gorgeous game for a handheld. We'll have more information on Crisis Core as it becomes available.

Final Fantasy V & VI (GBA)
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There wasn't much shown for Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI, just a few short clips, a bit of artwork, and the promise for additional content for the game. Expect fun with Umaro and friends later this year.

©2006 Square Enix. All Rights Reserved.

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