It's Wednesday morning and time to do the same old song and dance we do every week around here: Go digging through the New Zealand App Store to see what kind of treasures await at 11:00 PM EST when those same games are released on the US App Store. This week comes with a particularly awesome haul, both expected and unexpected.

If you're new to this whole deal, as mentioned previously, all of these games should show up for download in the good ol' US of A later tonight. If you're reading TouchArcade from somewhere other than North America, these games should all automagically appear on the App Store in your neck of the woods around midnight local time. Usually these same links will work as well to find the game in your region.

Final Fantasy III, $13.99 - Originally sold in Japan for the Famicom in 1990, the game didn't hit American soil until 2006 when an entirely remade version was released for the Nintendo DS. 5 years following this, and 21 years (Wow, really? I feel old.) after the initial release in Japan, it's appearing on the App Store with an interface completely retooled for iOS devices and Retina Display graphics. For a rundown of the plot and what makes this difference from other Final Fantasy games, check out the shockingly exhaustive Wikipedia article.

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, $4.99 - Initially, S&S will only be available for the iPad. If all goes as planned, the iPhone version should be released in around a month. I've put it through its paces already and posted a preview of the game which is worth checking out while you wait for it to appear on any of the international App Stores today.

Max and the Magic Marker, $1.99 - A clever looking platformer from EA which integrates the all-too-familiar line drawing mechanic to modify the game world to allow Max to do all kinds of things. We got a look at this game during GDC, and I'm excited to get further into it to see how complex the drawing mechanic gets. There's also an iPad version of this game available for $4.99.

Mr. Ninja, 99¢ - It looks like this game plays similar to DizzyPad [Free], but with ninjas. I don't really have a problem with that, as I've absolutely loved every Ponos game ever released. I'm expecting to enjoy Mr. Ninja just as much. (Don't let me down now, Ponos!)

The Witcher: Versus, 99¢ - It seems like this game has been "coming soon" for an eternity, and it's finally here. I got a quick peek at the game at PAX East, and it's basically an incredibly elaborate online game of rock paper scissors with asynchronous multiplayer which ties in to the existing browser based game. I'm looking forward to spending more time with it, as it seemed like a big part of the game was tweaking your character over time, which is a feature that's very difficult to demonstrate in a 5 minute preview.

  • Forakullo

    Let the WTF-13,99-USD moanings begin!

    • http://twitter.com/jindofox Jon Folkers

      The trailer says $15.99.

      I still have my $39.99 DS version, but this looks much prettier.

      • chumsize

        Wonder if they'll take a color Wonderswan cart in trade... now that was a crap version...

    • Chance617

      WTF! *moaning* Sweet I'm the first one :D

    • Sanderwesterweld

      What!!! This game is $16 dollars. Square are being the greedy bastards, because this will then set the new price for premium games. Wait till they bring out more and eventually release FFVII for $25. It always begins by increments. Eff this.

  • http://twitter.com/ntay99 Nic Taylor

    $13.99 isn't bad considering I paid $35 when this came out for DS years back. I'll probably pick it up. Does anyone know if FFIII has iPad support?

  • Valo

    I'm going to pick up all of these games when they hit the app store. I need to jump on FF1 & 2. I haven't even touched them yet...

  • Zandog

    Oh Noes! Don't do it, most_uniQue!

  • Tgoulart

    How the hell they made ff3 that they just announced and did not put FFT that sould be done last year =

  • Jsayreallen

    $4.99 for S&S - Definitely buying.

  • http://twitter.com/Shamko Max Shamko

    eww

  • gamerssmellofbo

    witcher sounds like complete crap.rock paper scissors! i played that age 4 in school.

    • Artfoundry

      Gameplay looks boring as hell too. And it briefly mentioned using "premium" to get an edge. So the payers are going to be the winners. Yeah, that seems like a real winner...

      • shadowcock

        yea i call bullshit on that. if you dont want to/cant pay premium your going to loose. absolute crap.

        and please a £400 touchscreen device and the best they can come up with is a 100 year old children's playground game. pathetic!

      • shadowcock

        yea i call bullshit on that. if you dont want to/cant pay premium your going to loose. absolute crap.

        and please a £400 touchscreen device and the best they can come up with is a 100 year old children's playground game. pathetic!

  • shadowcock

    is final fantasy a universal app or is there an ipad version?

  • Anonymous

    No instabuys for me, but I'd like to read the reviews of some of these.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    The FF3 port looks terrifyingly bad. The lack of texture filtering and the atrocious frame rate are bad even by Square's extremely low iOS standards. Have these clowns even seen Infinity Blade or Rage? There's simply no excuse for such appalling coding now. I'm sure Square will rub salt into the wound with a comedy price tag too.

    • shadowcockend

      inifinity blade is a on rails 2 or 3 hour game, more like a demo. hardly sensible to compare the 2.

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        I'm comparing the tech, the underlying game engine. The length of the game is irrelevant. You could put the same ultra low-end Nintendo DS geometry from FF3 into the Unreal 3 engine (as used in Infinity Blade) and it would run at hundreds of frames per second with plenty of visual effects.

        Square's technical incompetence on iOS is in a league all of it's own. No other big developer has so spectacularly failed to code the iDevices properly.

      • Aswgrhe

        nerd rage much? it's just an iPhone game, stop acting like it's life and death you loser.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    The FF3 port looks terrifyingly bad. The lack of texture filtering and the atrocious frame rate are bad even by Square's extremely low iOS standards. Have these clowns even seen Infinity Blade or Rage? There's simply no excuse for such appalling coding now. I'm sure Square will rub salt into the wound with a comedy price tag too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596831785 Arthur J Schoenfeld

    For some reason I missed that S&S would be iPad only initially. My hopes of playing S&S tonight when it's released were just crushed. :(

    • Rasterico

      Where have you been? They've been talking about this staggered release since just after the audience calibration trailer was unleashed, you'll have to wait another month to try the iPhone version (or run out and buy an iPad tomorrow!)

    • Anonymous

      I knew they'd be separate but my hopes were still crushed.

  • Anonymous

    At $5, there's no reason ANY iPad owner shouldn't try S&S EP.

    • P0tent1al

      [[[Shrieks like a girl!!]]] Swords and Sorcery EP!!! Counting the hours until midnight in the UK.

  • Anonymous

    Witcher looks just awful. I was bored of those character models before the end of the video let alone actually playing. So I can choose from a whopping THREE different character models? Oooooooh, be still my beating heart.

    Wasn't Witcher the PC game a few years back, best described as hack and slash and sexy ladies? If the best they can do on iOS is freemium rock paper scissors then that game must've really had nothing going for it besides the 'sexy ladies'.

    Swords and Sorcery does look worthy of picking up though.

    • actually

      the witcher was p good actually

  • Hollywood

    I really don't get why they have to release S&S for ipad first, doesn't it make more sense to release it on the platform that more people own? I don't know maybe i'm just pissed off that i have to WAIT ANOTHER MONTH to play it when everyone on the ipad (thank god no one i know has one) already gets to although the majority of people WANT IT ON THERE IPHONE! Looks like i'm not gonna have enough money by the time it comes out :(

    • Anonymous

      Maybe they want to put out the best experience first, rather than try and make the most money off the bat. Lots of people will buy it anyway, they have been doing a great job at churning the hype machine. There is no doubt that it will be better on the iPad compared to iPhone. It was designed for the larger screen. Quit your whinin'.

      • Hollywood

        Yea, but why not release on BOTH at the same time so the people that are missing out on it won't completely forget about the game and everyones happy. The game has so much hype around it why make the majority of the people wait for it? But w.e ill guess ill go back to "whining" when im just trying to have an opinion.

      • Anonymous

        I was joking about the whining :).

        Anyway, if they wanted to do both at the same time, then it wouldn't be out for another month. If the argument is for them to make more money, then obviously putting it out now instead of a month from now is ideal.

        World of Goo is doing the same thing, and I don't think their sales are hurting that much.

      • Anonymous

        There's a perfectly logical answer: The dev team only has one programmer, and they wanted to let him focus on one thing at a time to make sure that the game is as good as it deserves to be.

      • Cowboysfreetyme

        It was designed for iphone first and then ipad. Just saying...

    • Rasterico

      It's quite simple, they're optimising it to make it work on all iPhones and touches, even 2G iPhones I believe, this is great for those of them that own the older technology but it does mean you'll have to wait.

      Stamping your feet like a child won't make this happen any faster, the iPad version is ready to go, for once, iPad users get something first, personally I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad so I always have to wait to see if a HD version is on the cards before buying the iPhone version, you don't see me crying about this situation though as it's pointless.

      Don't worry though I'll be sure to swing by the iPhones upcoming games thread and tell you how good this is after I download it tonight!

      • Hollywood

        How am i stomping my feet like a child and crying? I'm just saying USUALLY a developer will release both versions at the same time. It would be nice for them to do that. And i can't see why they just wait a month for both versions to come out at the same time that way everyone gets to play it and nobody else is complaining how other people get to play it first. But my opinion doesn't matter cause you guys already own an ipad and get to play it and anything i say is automaticaly considered whining.

      • Rasterico

        No, usually the iPad version comes long after the iPhone version, trust me, as an iPad owner I know this.

        You are acting like a spoilt child, just because you have to wait everyone else should too? Ridiculous.

        I explained in detail why iPhone users on this occasion have to wait a while longer, Jealousy is such an ugly trait my friend, you are making yourself look foolish!

      • Hollywood

        I'm not saying everyone should wait just because I can't play, I'm saying that they should just release both versions at the same time. Even if that means pausing an iPhone version so it can come out on iPad at the same time. Some people might forget abut the game in a month too because one version isn't out on their device yet (although unlikely)

      • Hollywood

        I'm not saying everyone should wait just because I can't play, I'm saying that they should just release both versions at the same time. Even if that means pausing an iPhone version so it can come out on iPad at the same time. Some people might forget abut the game in a month too because one version isn't out on their device yet (although unlikely)

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        Obviously doing both requires more development time. Guess what? They need money! They're a tiny team with little to no funding. They'll take the millions of revenue and work on the iPhone version asap.

      • Rasterico

        No that's exactly what you're saying!

        I bet you've NEVER complained on behalf of iPad users when an anticipated game launches weeks before on iPhone in the interests of fairness!

        Are you seriously suggesting that you would prefer all developers to hold off on iPhone releases till the HD iPad versions are ready for everything?

        You sir are talking rubbish and anyone that reads through you comments will see through this thinly veiled jealousy and indeed you in turn.

        I'm not one for arguing on the Internet usually as its ultimately pointless but this one was too good to miss.

        Your final point about people forgetting about this game is absolutely ludicrous, this game has been hyped for over a year now, are you seriously suggesting that people will forget about it because of a 4 week delay in one of the versions??!!

        Just be happy that it is finally nearing release and you are actually going to get to play it, unlike all the people who bought into the smartphone philosophy on the cheap via the android Market and are currently crying about the fact that there are no plans for a port.

      • Hollywood

        How am i talking rubbish? All i'm saying is that games should be released at the same time on both devices if there planned that way. I'm just excited about the game, like you said its been hyped for a year. If you've been hyping a game that long then people are gonna be jealous when they have to wait longer then someone else because they wanna release it on the ipad first. A month is a lot of time to some people so not EVERYONE is gonna remember to check the appstore to see if the game is coming out, especially people who don't go to this particular website that heard about the game on a website that might not talk about it again.

      • Anonymous

        As an iPad owner, it's always been a waiting game as the iphone/touch would get all the goodies first. We had two choices: Purchase the iphone version and play in 2X mode (not pretty but serves a purpose), or wait days, weeks and even months for an iPad version. Because of this, many an iPad owner suffered double-dipititous. So every once in a while, something amazing comes out on iPad first...let us have our party. I'd get use to it, because it will happen from time to time and my guess is, more frequently.

      • Rasterico

        My guess is now iPad 2 is launched globally this is gonna happen more frequently, get used to it Hollywood, the iPads time is nigh!

      • Rasterico

        And so we finally get an admission of jealousy out of you! That's all I was aiming at, the fact you tried to disguise it with ridiculous arguments is laughable but I understand.

        It won't be long, trust me the hype machine will keep rolling on this game well past the next 4 weeks, there's no way on this planet you or anyone else that has followed and anticipated it's release will be forgetting about it.

        I have a feeling it May feature heavily in apples new and noteworthy if not hit the high spots of the app store.

        It deserves too as the most unique thing to hit the app store since it's inception.

        Soon my friend soon, don't be jealous, be happy that's it's nearly here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrzej-Raczynski/668591493 Andrzej Raczynski

    Seems only S&S supports ipad, so probably the only one i'll bother supporting in return.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, snap!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, snap!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, snap!

  • Anonymous

    S&S purchase tonight - no question, however, zero interest in the other offerings as there are no uni or separate iPad versions. Plus "Forget me Not" is getting bought tonight & the highly anticipated Dungeon Raid update is out. w00t!

    • Anonymous

      the new dungeon raid update is so freaking awesome.

  • gee

    cool, im definitely gettin final fantasy 3, its looks pretty..i little bit pricey for an IOS game, but worth with all the hours of gameplay you'll get (^_^)

  • 199!!!

    Looks like it's 19.99!!! Has there ever been a game that expensive for the iPhone?

    • 199!!!

      My bad...19.99 NZ dollars. That sounds like 15 US to me though.

  • Alex S.

    FF3 is $15.99 btw.

  • Christiseattle

    I had no issues paying 12.99 for chaos rings when it came out. New game, new ip, the price seemed fair. however, 15.99 for a port of a game older than I am? Not going to do it, not when I have three other versions, and there's nothing new here other than some updated graphics.

    SE certainly follow P.T. Barnum's line about a sucker being born every minute though.

    • Rogue

      Uh, III only had an NES version (Japan only), a canceled Wonderswan remake, and the DS remake. For people in the U.S., this is only the second time it has been released. I agree that the price is too high, but until today the only way to have it in the U.S. was to get the DS version...unless you're talking about VI.

      • Erik3brown

        There's been a translated rom out for at least a decade. Hit up google you'll be playing it within five minutes.

      • Erik3brown

        I'll be purchasing this app however in the morning regardless. It's a well developed classic and I'm happy to support Square Enix.

        Looking forward to all future ports and new IPs.

        I'm so bored with 1-10hour games that cost .99 cents, it's exciting to see some companies interested in making the IOS a legitimate gaming platform, if you can't handle the price stick to your cheap puzzlers and defense games that are made over and over.

      • Rogue

        I know about that, and I have the DS version. I was just talking about official releases. Fan translations aren't something that companies are against, but at the same time ROMs are always a grey area because it's technically illegal to grab them. So even though the translation itself is legal, downloading the Famicom version of III is not.