A few weeks back, our crack Japan-based reporter Shaun Musgrave wrote about a new update for the iOS version of the original Final Fantasy [$7.99]. It was the first update to the game in more than two years. While the game didn't receive true widescreen support, it did get some lovely border art to fill in the dreaded "black bars" when playing the game on any of the widescreen iPhone devices. Similarly, the previous iPhone-only version of the game became Universal, though its scaling was a bit weird on iPad devices. Strangely, some of the long-standing bugs in the game didn't get fixed with that update at all, but at least it was nice to see Square Enix paying some kind of attention to one of their oldest iOS games.

Anyway, the bummer at the time was that the update for Final Fantasy was only available through the Japan-exclusive Final Fantasy Portal app, which is basically a one-stop shop that houses all the various iOS Final Fantasy ports. We don't have that here in the US, but today Square Enix finally did roll out the update to the standalone Final Fantasy app for folks outside of Japan.

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Again, this update does leave a lot to be desired, but at least Square Enix is actively updating the game and perhaps there's a chance they'll continue to update it fixing bugs and working on new features. Or, maybe this is it, who knows. It's definitely better than nothing, and now I'm hoping that we'll see a similar type of update for Final Fantasy 2 [$7.99] someday.

  • Kugiro

    How can they update final fantasy but not TWEWY? Are they really losing that much money on it but not on this, no offense, dinosaur of a game? They wait two years to update it and the best they can do is make the black bars look prettier...

    • Goggles789

      They should update both! They have the resources to do so.

      • Morgan01

        They update FF because it is their staple. I imagine the FF and Dragon Quests titles will be the ones to receive updates or they might as well just shoot themselves in the foot.

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    • Shaun Musgrave

      There are lots of possible explanations (completely different development teams, fewer fixes to make, this app being the spearhead of a new marketing campaign in Japan), but even in the absence of all those things, Final Fantasy 1 has, does, and will forever make more money for SE than TWEWY, and not by a little, either. It's their best-selling premium app and even outperforms most of their free games in downloads. If anything, it merits far more attention from SE than it has gotten.

      • rpgmind

        Really? That's interesting! Even more than Tactics and the Chaos series? Wow. I'm curious as to why.

      • Shaun Musgrave

        Well, familiar brand puts it over CR. Beating Tactics is likely a combination of price, familiarity, and the tendency of people to want to start a big series with the first installment.

  • Goggles789

    Thank god!!

  • Alexythimia23

    I really would love dragon quest 8 sorted with proper fps control style, and the additional voiceovers added in since the 2 gb restriction has gone, if they did this i would be a very happy guy, i have also just finished ff4 which was a fantastic game, and now starting ff6, only played 30 mins so far but so far ff4 seems like the better port? I love square enix for giving us these titles, but i just wish they would make the ports more solid... But either way good to see they are doing something. Guess twewy is going to be a long wait?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      FF4 had a high-budget DS port to work from. As that release was less successful on the DS than SE expected, the 3D remakes ended there. FF5 and FF6 on iOS are special versions just for iOS, and unfortunately had to work within the budget of expected sales of a premium-priced app on mobiles these days.

  • http://backloggery.com/TJF588 TJF588

    After realizing the load times of the still-UMD-only US release of the PSP version, I'm hoping for some iOS updates for FFII as well.

  • PoloBaquerizoH

    There is no way to trust this company, they are thiefs!

    • PoloBaquerizoH

      If Square Enix care for its customers hopefully someday we will see an update for TWEWY, but really for now there is no one to believe or trust

    • Martin Meier

      Again, this is a ridiculous claim. You have proof for that?

  • Dailon Huskey

    Finally! This is the first one but a classic and the first JRPG I ever played back on NES and this version is great! I can now get back to playing it over and over again along with the 20 or so other RPG titles I have just wish this planet had more than 24 hours in a day 🙂