This is a welcome surprise, if you're into old Final Fantasy games. Square Enix has just confirmed that Final Fantasy 4 is coming to iPhone and iPad this December 20. An Android version is slated to hit at some point in 2013. The price of the iOS version is expected to settle around $17.99 after an introductory launch sale.

Final Fantasy 4 mobile appears to be a port of the Nintendo DS re-make of the game. It's re-make that saw 3D graphics added to the experience, as well as other tweaks, features, and enhancements like, say, mini-games and a new translation.

Japanese gaming web site Gamer has the first screenshots of the iOS version, and we've included a few of those just below. Check 'em out:

If you dug Final Fantasy 3 on iOS, we're guessing you'll probably be on board with this latest re-release, as the controls and framework are pretty similar. Square did a good job making the mobile port of a DS re-make work in that case, so we're pretty confident about this upcoming one.

[images via Gamer]

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.charalambous.714 Andy Charalambous

    Sorry kids, no Christmas presents this year.
    ;-)

    • ap3604

      ROFL

    • ahmed2250

      This actually made me laugh

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.fernandez.9022 Sebastian Fernandez

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I've waited so long for this to come to iPhone. The DS version was one of my favourite RPG's on the platform! Cannot wait!!!!

  • aftermarketradio

    This is the game got me into RPGs when I was just a wee lad. Assuming the controls are competent, this might instantly become the best game in its genre on the iPhone.

  • PureRumble

    finally! looks like square enix are getting their act together!

  • http://twitter.com/DavisChuah Davis Chuah

    after this, please, 7, please

    • borntodie007

      Apparently u can't count. after 4 is 5 buddy.

      • Relytgninroht

        They haven't remade 5 yet.

  • severinggecko

    Final Fantasy 4 has always been my favorite! Glad it's coming to iOS!

  • PureRumble

    Freaking finally! considering the crap square enix has been cramming out on the ios lately, it now looks like as if they're getting their act together!

    hopefully they'll keep it up and keep ticking until they reach...

    the magic number VII

  • zergslayer69

    About damn time, was only a matter of time after we got ff3. Now make ff5 and 6 for the 3ds or something and then port it over!

    • http://twitter.com/DavisChuah Davis Chuah

      i thought ff3 was ff6?

      • gryphonofmight

        Japanese version.

      • http://twitter.com/DavisChuah Davis Chuah

        actually im kinda confused with USA FF3 and Japan FF6

      • zergslayer69

        USA ff3 is the same as Japanese ff6. Now if we are going by the official numbers, 3 is the one that's already out on iOS. It is NOT the one with kefka, story isn't as complex. I think it originally released on nes

      • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

        Thanks for clarifying that actually. I've always "known" this but I always doubt myself when I finally bring it up in a convo haha.

    • bigE1669

      Dragon Quest 7 is getting ported to 3ds.

      • Relytgninroht

        It's getting remade, not ported.

    • Relytgninroht

      With the speed these were ported over, it'll definitely be a while. 4-5 years after both these released.

  • MarkyMarc

    I never played the console version. What iOS game can this be compared to? Thanks in advance.

    • http://twitter.com/DavisChuah Davis Chuah

      nothing in iOS currently is comparable, if there is, just FF3 which was released months back

    • zergslayer69

      Similar to final fantasy 3 on iOS with a much better fleshed out story.

    • Onikage725

      You could compare the graphics of FF3, character progression of FF1, and story flow of FF Dimensions. More or less.

  • gryphonofmight

    This gives me hope that final fantasy 7 will make it to the app store.

    • zergslayer69

      If we do get ff7 it'll at best be a straight port from the play station 1 version. They have not expressed any desire to remake it anytime soon.

      • gryphonofmight

        I thought they made a remake for PC recently.

      • Onikage725

        Nope, that's a re-release of the old PCM port. Same game, with crappier music, but accessible to ppl who don't have Sony consoles.

      • zergslayer69

        But...achievements...boring achievements...(like extra boring achievements)

      • PureRumble

        "ff7 will at best be a port from ps1" u say...

        and that would be a bad thing how exactly?

        well honestly i can see how it would be a somewhat bad thing considering the difference in resolution.

        but i would love a pixelated version over nothing any day!

        and right now i've got nothing... :'-(

  • heronymo

    Are they going to make it Universal this time? Or at least toss in iCloud support.

    • Onikage725

      No and no. Such silly questions lol

  • Sabaki

    Brilliant!

    I'm from South Africa and the NES & SNES weren't huge over here.

    So while we played games in either the Shining Force or Phantasy Star universes, we never had the chance to play the Final Fantasy games until the PS arrived.

    Just bought I, II & III...bring on IV!!!!!

  • curtisrshideler

    Wow. I've been playing FF III for years now. Little by little. Eventually picked up FF I and racked up a few hours on it. Wanted something new for the holidays so I picked up FF II and have put a good 6 hours into that. And now this?! Man. There goes another $40. Here's hoping we'll get FF VI eventually. I'd much rather start my winter with those guys running through the snow in the opening of that one instead of FF IV... But I'll take what I can get I guess.

  • NPeart

    I like this at least as much as 7...probably even more, and this is rather good remake. Too bad I already played the DS version years ago.

    BUT Jebus, remake the 6th already! Its my favorite FF and would also benefit from remaking.

  • Zerol3onheart

    SE doesn't update their games. Chrono Trigger doesn't work on the iPhone 5, and all of their other games haven't seen updates in well over a year. I can't continue to fund the Crappy Port Machine known as SE. I'll pass on this one, even though I love the crap out of this game.

    • Onikage725

      Not entirely true. FF Dimensions was updated right away with full support. Chrono Trigger has been updated, and Secret of Mana. They aren't stretched to the iPhone 5 screen, but they are supported by the device. Most of their other games that I've tried on iOS 6 work fine except TWEWY. That's a crash fest and they sorely need to update it.

      • Zerol3onheart

        Sweet! I was waiting to re-download CT and I appreciate the heads up! I knew they wouldn't stretch CT for the 5 because I'm sure it would look weird. Thanks again!

  • http://twitter.com/TouchedWieners Tyler Piderit

    Glad to see them porting these DS remakes over :). I started playing 4 on my 3DS and never finished it and sold my 3DS due to being broke. Can't wait to restart and actually finish the game on my iPhone.

    I agree I wish they would update the other titles to fit the screen for iPhone 5. Especially when people are paying $15-$18 a piece for their games. FFT is one of my favorite games of all time and I wish it would populate my entire screen on i5.

    FFVII would totally be possible to do as well. With Rockstar porting entire GTA games over, FFVII should be a cakewalk for the hardware to handle. Also egarly awaiting FF6... :)

  • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

    This is actually my favorite Final Fantasy game and I haven't played the DS version, so... I might just have to gift myself this as I don't want to miss the promotional window

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    Texture filtering it seems, continues to elude SquareEnix. It's a recent advancement in gaming to be fair, we've only had it for the past 20 years.

    • Relytgninroht

      But that would require even more work than just porting it.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Looks fun but it's kind of hard to shell out for Square Enix's prices when everything else on the app store is much cheaper. Not saying I won't get it, but the price does have me on the fence, especially when there's a lot I other great stuff on ios right now that I want to play at a fraction of the price. People can argue for SE all they want, but in the end, their mobile pricing system is not really helping their image much.

  • Bby Twitty

    I bought the FF3 and after 3 weeks of continuous playing, finally completed the game.
    It is the best game i've enjoyed on the iOS platform.
    The graphics are much MUCH more sharper and detailed on the IOS than on the 3DS (which looks pixelated and grainy on 3DS). And when i say best, i mean it.
    You are missing out on some incredible piece of gaming history, if you don't get the FF3 or the upcoming FF4. It is simply a masterpiece, no joke.

    I'm looking forward to FF4 topping it.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    One step closer.

    FF6 is the money-maker. Then FF7 will be the money-shot.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    One step closer.

    FF6 is the money-maker. Then FF7 will be the money-shot.

  • Relytgninroht

    Owned the DS version of this, and own the PSP remake (it's in the style of the first two Final Fantasy remakes- 2D with new art and sprites, new music, etc.) collection (includes two other games that take place after the events of IV). I much preferred the PSP version. The voice acting in the DS version can be bad at times, and I think the 2D art style just looks better- not a huge fan of the chibi models used in it (I liked them for FF III though). Might pick this up, but probably won't anytime soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070033004 Albert 'Akari' Van Otto

    The price is still unreasonable... Square think this game is originally for console/portable game so they can steep the price.

    SQEX need to take a look at GTA, Baldurs Gate, Bard's Tale or any Console to Smart Phone game port how cheap these games, and SQEX just want the cash all the time...

  • http://www.facebook.com/blackchaos10 Renel Nuestro

    No ipod? :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/blackchaos10 Renel Nuestro

    No ipod touch 4g?

  • TopWarmachine

    Why do people insist on complaining about the price of these games? This game on DS is $19.99 used. If you don't like the price go and play some short and depthless $0.99 game.

    • Gamer_Kev

      On the DS, you get a physical copy, a box and printed manual, plus they have to pay a large licensing fee to Nintendo, when a costumer buys a game for the DS, they are also paying for the extra costs. When they charge the same for games on iOS, they are charging the customer for something that is not there, as the iOS user does not get anything from the additional charge. I don't know why people defend Square Enix by comparing mobile with retail. They are two different markets and do not work the same way. There are great games besides the ones that SE puts out available on the app store cheaper. The bottom line is that it is nothing but arrogance and greed that they refuse to accept a system (between $5-$10) that every other developer has to accept if they want their games to sell. Not only that but it is also very unfair to other (some who are even better) developers who can't sell their games at higher prices when customers let SE get away with it but no one else. There are also some very good gems out there for .99 so it's very inconsiderate to developers to imply all games at that price are poor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuel.landa.988 Manuel Landa

    Enough of the FF games, we want Vagrant Story

  • EnlightenedOne1

    Front Mission 3 would be perfect for iOS!

  • http://www.webtronia.com/ Stalyn

    i need this in my life.

  • CarlxZen

    It will be compatible whit iPhone 3GS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1134582760 Nicole Hunter

    December 20th... if the 20th even happens. O_O