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In a surprise launch this morning, publisher Square Enix unleashed Final Fantasy IX upon the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This classic role-playing game, which originally released for Sony’s PlayStation console back in 2000, is now available in the App Store with a special 20 percent launch sale for $16.99.

Designed to let players relive the adventures of Zidane and his crew in the palm of their hands, Final Fantasy IX brings Game Center achievements, autosave, crisp graphics with high-def movies and character models, seven game boosters like high-speed and no-encounter modes and other perks.

As mentioned, the story follows a talented young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the great war. Like with the original game, new abilities can be learned by equipping items.

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“When fully mastered, these abilities can be used even without equipping items, allowing for nearly endless customization options,” says Square.

Like in the original game, you can combine two items together to make a better, stronger item. Watch the official trailer for the game below.

Your characters, when fully charged, will enter Trance mode which gives them new skills. Of course, the title packs in a bunch of Square’s trademark mini games (Chocobo Hot and Cold, Jump Rope, Tetra Master and so forth) that award you with special items.

The game sold five million copies since its 2000 debut on the PlayStation. The mobile edition of Final Fantasy IX is free of In-App Purchases.


Final Fantasy IX requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7.0 or later. Proper performance is guaranteed on the iPhone 5s or later, fourth-generation iPad or later, iPad mini 2 or later and sixth-generation iPod touch.

The app is localized in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and the download comes in at a whopping 2.01 gigabytes. However, the app takes up around four gigabytes of storage and about eight gigabytes of free space to install.

Grab Final Fantasy IX for $16.99 in the App Store.

The discounted price of $16.99 is valid until February 21.

  • LeonLink

    …why not final fantasy 8?!

    • leonffs

      think they went to 9 first because it was never released on Steam. 8 probably next.

      • Terroantula

        FF8 hasn’t been released on anything has it? I figured the horrible Draw system would need some major work.

      • leonffs

        It’s been on PC for many years. It’s available on Steam and on PS3 psone classics. I think PS4 as well.

      • leonffs

        also the draw system is great if you know what you’re doing (junctioning). I highly doubt they will change it. It would piss off a lot of fans.

  • Diego

    Can’t buy, iPhone 6 16gb only here. Only 1.5gb space left.

    • Vince Reedy

      looks like you should have bought a bigger iPhone

    • port87

      if jailbrokened, use icleaner to get rid of excess space

      • Why would he want to get rid of excess space? If anything he needs more excess space 😉

      • Diego

        I do that daily, but yet no extra space for the game.

    • Noohar

      You are shit out of luck then my friend

    • Leguro

      You have the space. Delete something if you want it that bad. Or better yet, upgrade…

      • Diego

        I live in Brazil, it it impossible to upgrade, not with our currently economy.

  • Beto Bañuelos

    That’s why 16gb devices are obsolete!

  • I remember playing this one right after 8. I was thinking how great 8 was and 9 would be even better. I stopped playing 9 within a few days due to the card game, it just wasn’t fun and felt like a huge waste of time. I wish they would release 8 instead! 🙁

    • Selamat Zhang

      I respectfully disagree. I finished both and while 8 has its strength, I think you are giving yourself a major disservice by skipping this title. You should try it out sometime.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Clearly my favorite FF series.. Hoping For Free app of the week by Apple promo lol

    • Selamat Zhang

      I don’t think it will ever happen. It’s like telling square enix to not profit at their initial release. Have you ever seen any final fantasy at the free app of the week? I don’t think I have seen it.

  • Selamat Zhang

    It’s quite surprising how they adopt the XBox layout for the theatrical battle between Zidane and Blank. Why do they do this? This title was on Playstation. If anything, I’d expect them to pay homage to it. Especially since they are creating virtual button for it.

    Unless it’s something like Sony not giving them the rights to use their controller layout.