Final Fantasy IX Reportedly Getting Physical Nintendo Switch Release in Asia, Winter 2020

Final Fantasy IX Physical Switch

Square Enix Asia are reportedly producing a physical version of Final Fantasy IX on Nintendo Switch.

The news comes via Reset Era and Twitter, citing an allegedly deleted post on Square Enix Asia‘s Facebook page. The physical edition will launch (in Asian regions) this Winter, and supports English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Final Fantasy IX originally launched on PlayStation in 2000, but later came digitally to Windows PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.

After an attempt to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria turns out to be exactly what she wanted, Zidane ends up on a journey to stop Queen Brahne, the invasion of Burmecia, and an army of Black Mages.

Players learn new abilities by using equipment, eventually mastering them to be used freely. Players can also create items via Synthesis, and enter powerful Trance forms in battle when they take damage.

Modern ports also include improved character models, autosave, and “game boosters” such as high speed and no encounter modes.

You can find the full rundown (via Nintendo) below.

Selling over five million copies since its release in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX proudly returns on Nintendo Switch™!

Selling over five million copies since its release in 2000, FINAL FANTASY IX proudly returns on Nintendo Switch™!

Experience the adventure once again with characters and pre-rendered movies featured in high definition, as well as a new booster system with a selection of various modes such as “high speed” or “no encounters”!

Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexandria. To their surprise, however, the princess herself yearned to escape the castle. Through a series of unusual circumstances, she and her personal guard, Steiner, fall in with Zidane and set out on an incredible journey.

Meeting unforgettable characters like Vivi and Quina along the way, they learn about themselves, the secrets of the Crystal, and a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.

■Gameplay Features

  • Abilities
    Learn new abilities by equipping items. When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options.
  • Trance
    Fill your Trance gauge as you sustain hits in battle. When fully charged, your characters will enter Trance mode, granting them powerful new skills!
  • Synthesis
    Never let items go to waste. Combine two items or pieces of equipment together and make better, stronger items!
  • Minigames
    Whether it’s Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, or Tetra Master, there are plenty of minigames to enjoy when you’re not off saving the world. You can even earn special item rewards!

Additional Features

  • 7 game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes
  • Autosave
  • High-definition movies and character models


Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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