Surprise! What we initially thought was going to be a Japan-only release turned out to be a worldwide release under a totally different iTunes ID (which is sort of rare to see). Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] should now be available everywhere. If you're looking for the Japanese (and potentially other regions?) iTunes link, click here. Some interesting things of note now that the English iTunes description is available is that it's selling for $16.99 with a 20% off sale that runs out on February 21st, so hurry up and grab this before it goes up in price.

Also, just like Final Fantasy VII [$15.99], Final Fantasy IX features cheater options Squeenix calls "Game Boosters" where you can ramp the speed of the game up as well as disable enemy encounters.

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So, yeah, mash that download button. Final Fantasy IX is widely considered by many to be the "best" modern Final Fantasy game, but even suggesting that sort of thing is likely to start an argument. Now that the game is available, definitely swing by our forums for first impressions which will inevitably be quickly rolling in.

Update: Here's the Google Play link if you're an Android person.

  • Bloodangel

    Not in UK yet ๐Ÿ™

    • tinkie277

      It is now.

  • Marvin

    At work, to many gigs.... HOTSPOT enabled from my phone to iPad, bypass that pesky Apple restriction!!! Downloading now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Martin Meier

    It's in the UK. These days, the search engine for game names seems to be updated at last.
    Search for Square/Enix on your Appstore, choose to see the whole catalogue and scroll down to the very end, there it is.

  • Derp

    VIVI DIES

  • DanKetch

    Now if stupid squeenix could fix the FF4 & After Years bundle which is still in the Canadian App Store, yet when I go to finish my collection it says "no longer available" they also took down the huge FF bundle, was looking to get 1-3 for cheap since I already have the rest. Anywho, Hells Yeah!!! final Fantasy 9!! Used to leave my PS1 at work for people and got 4 guys hooked on it, one being a 60+ year old man.

  • barefootdragon

    Boosh!

  • Derp

    VIVI DIES!!!

  • curtneedsaride

    Can't wait to finish work today now. I just want to start this adventure all over again. Focusing on work will be challenging today!

  • Chungston

    Yes! One of my favs along with 7 and 6

  • portstrop

    Just about to finish the download:). Haven't been this excited to try a game here in years as this is its first release since the PSX and ffvii is out on pretty much everything now. Now fingers crossed for ffviii next though that might be wishful thinking.

  • mcorleonep

    I can only imagine trying to get a perfect score using touch controls during the scripted fight scene towards the beginning of the game.

    • madcanada

      depends on how they do the controls. recently replayed that game on epsxe and it wasn't a problem (no more of a problem than getting perfect score on psone).

    • Taeles

      oh god, the sword fight! i always rested with the fact that i could survive it as a kid. no doubt se made an achievement for it.

      -winces-

    • Marvin

      I did it 4 or 5 times, didn't do horrible any of them, but the last one I got a perfect. It controls very well.

  • tinkie277

    This is a big deal, a great start to 2016 with what I would say the first major AAA release.

  • http://www.unexpect3rd.com unexpect3rd

    Just jumped into a hole which may or may not be my grave known as "going full time indie", annnnd id still decide to get this.

  • bpcookson

    App description says 20% off sale runs from Feb. 10 and today is the 9th. So that's weird. Gonna have to wait and see if it isn't cheaper tomorrow, but... oh man I'm so excited! This is the only FF I haven't really finished.

    • Rollan000

      Yeah I was wondering the same thing. I'm assuming they just put the 10th because of Japan being a day ahead.

      • Sebastian Gomez

        I hope someone stopped time in Japan before they released the game on day 9.

        $16.99 is a "lot" of gil... So good I still have until 21st to make my mind up.

    • Sebastian Gomez

      I thought the same. That's kinda expensive. AppStore is gonna lead me to bankruptcy.

      I know it's not AppStore's fault, but I can't just accept it's mine, can I?

      • bpcookson

        Of course not. Let's hope it drops to $12.99 tomorrow.

    • InTheAir

      I would assume that the app is already 20% off, considering that a reqular price would be $19.99, a mainstay of modern games ported to iOS.

  • Matt Dahlberg

    Anybody know if there is MFi Controller support and/or if it's iPad Pro Optimized? Thanks!!

    • Taeles

      my moga xbox look-a-like is playing nicely with it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • BattleMoo

      I have a Hori controller and it *does not* work well at all. I hear the SteelSeries Nimbus controllers also do not function correctly.

      • Sick of Labour

        Yeah the Nimbus is totally messed up and unusable. Most of the buttons don't do anything and right on the d-pad is start.

  • scottsoapbox

    So excited! And so behind on playing through all the FF out already!

  • Joshua Woodward

    Had me going for a minute, I thought that said XI... Still cool though. Almost there! I'm guessing they'll be released in order.

  • Milotorou

    23.99$ here in canada.., but oh well who cares when its for such a great game, buying as soon as i get home !

  • Anonomation

    Where is 8?

    • Taeles

      squareenix knows where its money is. 7 had its epic 'modern' fanbase so it hit. 9 was always a swan song for the snes era 6 fans.

      8 was mixed results with what some argue were the worst monster leveling and magic systems.

      me? i enjoyed 8, fantastic soundtrack, amazing summons, story was a tad hard to keep focused on, but definitely not a sour apple in the stable in my opinion.

      • matth3w

        8 popped my FF cherry. Too many fond memories to hate it. have played 1-8 & currently playing 9.

      • Taeles

        8 will always be fond for me as well, it was the only psone era final fantasy that i ever beat. actually more than that. it was the last final fantasy i ever beat, wife took over around 7 and i got pushed out the final fantasy door from 8 on heheh.

      • matth3w

        It was the only psone era for me as well. Fortunately (or not), I'm not married yet, so I've the luxury to play through the FF series. Even so, I'm slacking on playing through 9. haha

      • Deygus

        8 was always a fav of mine too

  • Sebastian Gomez

    Good news is all of those FTP games have given SE enough gil to make decent ports.

  • rj118

    Got it and loving the port so far!

  • Montanx HS

    Fantastic game. Played it many years ago.

  • Taeles

    -climbs on soapbox--
    Second best of all time. Best was 6. Now, it is the BEST of the psone era final fantasies.
    -climbs off soapbox-

  • xerosided

    Absolutely my favorite FF game, but I don't think I'll ever be able to give it enough attention on mobile. I intend to grab it on PC when it comes out then.

  • eddy moussa

    got it played it for 4 hours now (I'm in france) Easily the best port of square Enix on IOS. Everything is great. Much better than FFVII port. Ergonomy is great. animaton is fluid (I have an Ipad mini 2), backgrounds are still low resolution as they were on PS1 but there is some work about it later in the game, and it is not that annoying. World map has a better frame rate than FFVII. menus are great. I didn't test how autosave is handled, but it seems there is one. Considering how much content there is, the price is right.

  • eddy moussa

    got it played it for 4 hours now (I'm in france) Easily the best port of square Enix on IOS. Everything is great. Much better than FFVII port. Ergonomy is great. animaton is fluid (I have an Ipad mini 2), backgrounds are still low resolution as they were on PS1 but there is some work about it later in the game, and it is not that annoying. World map has a better frame rate than FFVII. menus are great. I didn't test how autosave is handled, but it seems there is one. Considering how much content there is, the price is right.

    • curtisrshideler

      I closed out of the app while in Alexandria playing as Vivi, and when I opened the app and hit Continue it took me back to the screen I was last on. So, it seems to save with each screen change. How awesome is that?! We just have to remember to hit Continue I guess.

      • eddy moussa

        great it will make short sessions much easier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nkx

    I almost buckled on adventures of mana I'm glad I waited for this

  • Phillip Nicewaner

    Now we need Star Ocean: The Second Story.

    • DanKetch

      Agreed. Amazing game. I wouldn't mind Xenogears also.

      • HeavenAndHell

        Xenogears with the ability to fast forward dialog. Now that i want!

      • eddy moussa

        I would love xenogears as well but I think it would be too much of a financial risk for them unfortunately. I mean the game has obviously a cult aura and a fanbase. But the very complex story and some rough on the edge presentation (I am thinking about many parts in CD2 who were just about reading) are somehow difficult to present to newer audiences. But who knows? ๐Ÿ™‚ i would definitely go for another round if the decide to release it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valerio Guiggi

    Hi, someone have understood how save the game?

  • Bones00

    I'm holding out for a sale or the inevitable PS4 release.

  • William Yu

    I want to know if English version has Japanese voice track?

    Could anyone confirm or deny?

    • Shaun Musgrave

      There are no voices of any kind in Final Fantasy 9.

    • Shaun Musgrave

      Except, I suppose, for the theme song "Melodies of Life", which is in English.