Just about a month ago we saw the release of Final Fantasy III [$15.99] in the App Store, Square Enix’s 3D remake of their 1990 NES role-playing game and an enhanced port of the 2006 Nintendo DS release. The iOS version is the definitive version of the game, featuring Retina Display graphics and an intuitive touch interface, and despite some archaic gameplay design as a result of being based on a game from 20 years ago, we thoroughly enjoyed Final Fantasy III in our review.

While Final Fantasy III was released for iPhone and iPod touch devices, many players in our forums noted that the game played extremely well on the larger screen of the iPad in 2x mode. Yesterday, however, Square Enix revealed on their Facebook page that they will be bringing a native iPad version of Final Fantasy III to the App Store this Thursday. It isn’t clear whether there will be any further enhancements to the iPad version beyond a native resolution and screen size, but it should be a better experience than pixel-doubled mode for iPad gamers wanting to get in on some Final Fantasy III. Here’s a single teaser shot from the iPad version:

In other Square Enix news, the developer has updated the teaser page for Chrono Trigger that we stumbled across last December to include a date of April 25th. Unfortunately, it appears that the date mentioned is in regards to a mobile version of Chrono Trigger for feature phones, and not the iOS iteration that we’ve been patiently anticipating. Since their recently announced new game specifically mentions smartphone devices, we would expect the same from the Chrono Trigger teaser page if it had anything to do with an iOS version of the game.

There’s still no further word about the release date for the long, long awaited port of Final Fantasy Tactics on iOS either, but we’ll keep digging around for more information on this and anything new with Chrono Trigger coming to iOS. Also, we’ll take a look at the iPad version of Final Fantasy III when it hits the App Store this Thursday.

  • PitchBlak14

    I'm going to go out on a limb and assume this will reach the $19.99 price point. I can't imagine it going higher than that.

  • Juroz

    Final Fantasy VI is already release, what's the point =)

  • Broski

    Hope they release Final Fantasy IV soon. I don't care about Chrono Trigger >_>

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

      I'll skip CT too.. I've played through that one countless times ..

  • Michael

    Gosh darn it! When can I play Chrono Trigger on my iPod Touch?! I still think they're going to release it on iPhones anyways, since they've been successful on this market insofar... But that's just me hoping.

    I wonder why SE is always so private in their operations...

    • starcat

      when you learn how to jail break it and use emulators? im playing chrono trigger right now for free.

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

        legally?

      • Michael

        You know I meant legally.

      • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

        Of course you did.

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

        The real question is, does Square know that someone already did the work for them, "porting" CT to iPhone hahaha

    • Eleven

      Even when you get to play it legally it won't be anywhere near as good as the actual game on the emulator. 99% of the time ports are never good as just playing the original on an emulator.

      • SMP

        Doesn't matter, as far as I'm concerned, it's digital theft, which I have no interest in doing.

      • Billoddy

        You must be joking. The iOS FF3 is better than the DS version, let alone any FF on the GBA. And the GBA emulator is far from perfect. Playing any game via emulators on the iphone is a chore. I'd much rathe play a half decent port with touch controls, than using a dodgy emulator with crap sound and terrible sontrols.

  • http://twitter.com/ahamling27 Andrew Hamling

    Can anyone confirm that this game can be played on a 3G?

  • Chinito77

    I invested a ton of time into the iPhone port. I don't see myself buying the iPad version if they don't support my game save.

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

      there's no way on earth they would 'support' that...

    • Anonymous

      Isn't the retina iPhone version basically already looking great on the iPad?

      • Anonymous

        It wouldn't have his saved progress in it, though.

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

    I already own the iPhone version, but wow... look at the resolution on the grass... just beautiful!

    • Anonymous

      oooooo pretty weeds

  • Anonymous

    Who would pay $15-20 for a feature phone game?

    • kreflo$

      Somebody.

      • SMP

        If it's Chrono Trigger or FF, I don't see why not

  • Crono

    Why would they release Chrono Trigger only in Japan??? It's not right! Someone should start a petition for Chrono Trigger on the iOS! It's high in demand, are the developers even listening???

  • Eleven

    Yikes that interface looks like something out of a flash game

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

      haha.. that's just the battle UI.. obviously not an RPG fan ;)

      • Eleven

        Seeing as how you said you played CT countless times, you must have falsely assumed I wasn't an RPG fan. I'm a huge RPG fan and it's a horrifically hideous skeleton of a UI. Not the typical polish that I expect from Square.

      • wulf

        I agree with you, it's very basic in comparision. But it's enix now, that's why

      • Twelve

        What the hell are you talking about? The interface is fine. No different to the DS version. In fact, having just finished FF3 on the iphone, and started FF7 again, there is very little difference. Completely stupid complaint.

      • wulf

        It's not a stupid complaint, it's a point of view, and a valid one too. I'm a big FF fan too but the interfaces look like they have been made last minute, especially if you compare it to something like the warcraft series.

      • Twelve

        But it's very similar to other SE game interfaces. Including the FF3 ds interface. And many other FF games. So why would you expect 'more polish' from SE? Did you expect them to radically change the DS interface? They made one improvement (transparant menus), and everything else is the same as far as I can remember. I'm not saying it's as polished as the warcraft series (not interested in those games). But it's exactly what I'd expect from SE. Especially having played the DS version.

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

        So, you have a huge problem with the menu screen? Amazing.

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

      haha.. that's just the battle UI.. obviously not an RPG fan ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391598287 Matthew Greene

    I would really like to see iPad updates for FF1 and FF2. I like those on the phone but I use the iPad for gaming more to preserve my iPhone battery.

  • Samuraipeter

    I was hoping they would release an iPad version, and I also hope they do the same with FF I and II.

  • Mark

    So does this mean if you purchased the iPhone version already for $15.99 I have to spend another $15.99 or more for the same thing iPad compatible? Is that bull or what? Nice way to gouge out peoples eyes and pocket books at that.

    Why can't more apps go the way of dual apps? API's are there, they just want to make more money (greed ack).