Yesterday much to the surprise of myself and many others, Square-Enix dropped the news of re-releasing several classic Final Fantasy titles on the Nintendo Switch as well as the Xbox One. As someone who has always been adamant about Square-Enix, as well as many other developers, re-releasing more of their old libraries on the more current platforms. This is something that I personally enjoy seeing as it gives more people, who may have never had the chance, a means to try out some of these fantastic titles. Square-Enix is a company that I feel has if not the best, one of the best backlogs of video games ripe for re-releasing.
Going back to the Super Nintendo and original Playstation, games like Chrono Trigger, Illusion of Gaia, Parasite Eve, Secret of Evermore, Xenogears, Brave Fencer Musashi. You could honestly sit here for hours on end compiling a massive list of Square-Enix games that people, myself included, would happily toss money at for a chance to play. Over the past few years Square-Enix had been trickling out some titles, at least on the Playstation 4, but I feel this is something that should have been done a long time ago with more consistency. I grew up with Square being a massive juggernaut king of the RPG world, in a time you could look at a game and if it said Squaresoft or Enix on the front, it was more than likely going to be a game you’d be able to buy without thinking twice about quality.
Now while I have fond memories of Square-Enix primarily during their golden years, not every game they’ve released was an amazing feat worth of re-releasing, with some of the worst video games I’ve ever played coming from them alone during the Playstation 2 era. Failures like Unlimited Saga or horrible sequels to franchises I loved like the terrible Dawn of Mana. While these aren’t games I would want to taint my mind with again I feel there’s always someone out there who might want these and even with the bad, Square-Enix still had games from that era as well worth seeing the light of day again, Valkyrie Profile 2 and Radiata Stories a game I absolutely adored being one of my all time favorite under appreciated RPG’s that I wouldn’t have minded seeing at least being added on the late PS2 to PS4 section. Keeping in mind the couple straggler PSP games like 3rd Birthday and Crisis Core, these are all games that could still use some love. With all that said, Square-Enix still has a stockpile of options they can continue to bring over. It’s all just a matter of when, if ever.