It’s been quite a long time since a Nintendo console has hosted a main-line Final Fantasy title. While Square Enix began the series on the NES, it soon took its production to the PlayStation, leaving Nintendo fans to make do with various spinoffs and remakes over the years. However, Nintendo confirmed in a Direct last September that 2019 will see a huge number of past titles coming our way! The Switch, as well as Xbox One, will be getting a grand total of 9 games from the series. And now we’ve gotten our first two release dates: Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remastered on April 16, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on April 30.
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remasted is a collection that includes an updated version of both X and X-2. The original game released on PlayStation 2 in 2001, with its sequel X-2 following in 2003. The HD remaster, which features vastly superior graphics, resolution, and game options, came out for PS Vita and then later for PS3, PS4 and PC. These games and their remasters are some of the most highly rated games of the Final Fantasy series, so this is a fantastic addition to the Xbox One and Switch library. This one will be hitting the shops first on April 16.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is another remake of a PS2 classic, released on PS4 in 2017. It also got great reviews, including our own, for its upgrades to the original, which again included better graphics, options, and it even made great changes to the job mechanics. This one is coming to us just two weeks after Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remasted, on April 30.
All said, it’s a great start to the 2019 Final Fantasy rollout. Also confirmed for future release dates are Final Fantasy XI, Fantasy Pocket Edition HD, World of Final Fantasy Maxima, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, all of which can be seen in the original announcement below. We don’t have exact dates for those yet, though they are expected sometime this year.