Final Fantasy XIII Drinks

Final Fantasy XIII Elixir

Square Enix is teaming up with the beverage company Suntory to release a Final Fantasy XIII drink, called Final Fantasy XIII Elixir. The drink will be out in Japan sometime this winter.

Always remember, “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”

An actual shot of the drink, below.

[ Kotaku ]

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Final Fantasy XIII Release Date Confirmed

FFXII Release Date December 17

Square Enix confirmed today that Final Fantasy XIII will be out on December 17th at a Japanese press event. That’s in Japan, Square Enix’s Yoichi Wada did talk briefly about the international release, though:

“In the past, it’s taken a year or half a year to release our games abroad, but this time we are aiming for an international release this Spring”.

Not too bad I guess, especially considering it’s priced at 9240 yen with tax, which works out to be about $100 USD, which is crazy. At least we’ll be paying a bit less.

Dragon Quest IX’s Japanese Launch

Dragon Quest IX Japanese Launch

I’ve always been curious what exactly goes on during a Dragon Quest launch in Japan. The game is kind of a big deal there. So big, in fact, that they only release them on Saturdays (instead of their normal Thursday launches), supposedly because everyone would skip school/work/etc. to play the game (I’m not sure if that’s the real reason).

Well, now I know, as Kotaku has an excellent write up cover many of the events.

I also learned that Thrasher would like 7-Eleven’s in Japan much more then in the U.S. because they a) don’t sell Slurpees and b) allow you to reserve video games there. Don’t ever, ever buy Thrasher a Slurpee.

New Final Fantasy XIII Screens

A few new screens have surfaced for Final Fantasy XIII in V-Jump, a Japanese video game and manga magazine.

There are a few details about the game we have been able to decipher despite knowning no Japanese. There appears to be a very prominent red-headed female character that is reminiscent of Rikku from Final Fantasy X. The gameplay screens are hard to decode, as the menu system looks a bit different and disjointed by comparison to previous FF games. Also, FFXIII appears to stay the course set by FFXII by showing enemies on the field rather than throwing players into random battles.

[ via SmashPad, Kotaku ]

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Dragon Quest X Coming to Wii

Yesterday, at an event in Japan, Square Enix announced Dragon Quest X is coming to the Wii. The event was held to promote their March 28th release of Dragon Quest IX for the DS (side note: Dragon Quest IX is going to cost 5,980 yen there, or roughly $64.73, which is insane). I hope it doesn’t use any sort of motion control at all, Dragon Quest Swords was not awesome.