The first console variant for the Final fantasy the series does not seem to date back until the early 2000s. It was during the PS2 and Game Bot Advance era. For a series that debuted in 1987 in Japan, this is a bit surprising although this is the case for many series.
This tendency to variations seems to have manifested itself above all after the 2000s. Final fantasy since that start, the series has seen tons of console releases afterwards. Unfortunately for Western fans, many of these consoles and games have remained exclusive to Japan.
ten Final Fantasy IV GBA
This GBA port of Final Fantasy IV was released on December 15, 2005 in Japan. It’s funny because it was three days after the North American release and it usually goes in the opposite direction. Dates aside, what Japan has managed to overcome in the West is this Game Boy Micro that not only features Kain and Cecil on the front, but it also comes with the game. It was sold as a large version.
9 Final Fantasy XII PS2
This PS2 Slim marked with a seal was released with the Japanese date for Final Fantasy XII which was March 16, 2006. The special edition console also came with the game.
It might not be as sophisticated as some of the other collaborations between console makers and Square Enix. In fact, you can barely see the symbol on the cover. That said, it’s still a collector’s item, even as a large version.
8 Final Fantasy III DS
This DS bundle was released on August 24, 2006 in Japan and came with the game. The cover art is quite nice as it features the four main characters in random tasks. To put it in perspective, this remake had been in the works for 26 years. Final Fantasy III released for the NES in 1990. It was only Japan too so western fans had to wait all this time although the NES version was corrected by fans.
7 Final Fantasy XIII-2 PS3
This PS3 console was released together with the game in Japan on December 15, 2011. This special console really stands out with the pink on black being a great color contrast. The only downside is that the controller is normal but the bundle came with the game. The original version of Final Fantasy XIII may have left a bitter taste in the mouths of longtime fans, but this sequel looks a lot better. It’s a bit like Pokemon in that the two-player team can be assisted by a monster helper.
6 Dissidia 012 Duodecim Final Fantasy PSP
This PSP set was released on March 3, 2011 in Japan. The game launched in late March in North America without the special edition handheld. For those unfamiliar with the characters on the front of the PSP, the left side is Chaos while the right side is Cosmos. The game is all about Cosmos bringing together good warriors from the series to take on the army of Chaos villains. The logo is also printed on the back cover of the PSP.
5 Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call 3DS
This 3DS coincided with the release of the musical rhythm game spin-off on April 24, 2014 in Japan. Unlike most bundles, the game didn’t seem to come with it. It’s actually not that strange as there were a lot of Special Edition Nintendo consoles around this time that didn’t come with their proper play links. Either way, the 3DS has another nice color contrast between gold and black.
4 Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward on PS TV
This one was wild as Square Enix is releasing three Special Edition console variants to coincide with the release of Final Fantasy XIV’s first expansion. It was in June 2015 and to note that these consoles were again exclusive in Japan. There was a special edition designed for the PS4, PS Vita, and PS TV. The strangest thing about this collaboration is the fact that there was no PS Vita release, so no PS TV release of the game. It could, however, be streamed on either device. .
3 World of Final Fantasy PS Vita
This also had several handhelds released. First, the game released on October 27, 2016 in Japan, with the game bundles inside, which was another fun quirk since it had released two days earlier in North America.
However, there were no PS Vita bundles here. On that note, there was a white and black version of the bundle. One with classic characters from Final Fantasy and the other with the new stars of the game.
2 Final Fantasy XV PS4
Final Fantasy XV It was the first time that a main entry for the series had been released on the same date worldwide. It was November 29, 2016. This special edition console, although announced in advance, will not be rewarded until January, which is usually the case for contests.
This version comes with a special edition of the game and a PS4 with Leviathan on the cover which looks awesome. Not only that, but he was signed by the director, Hajime Tabata. It’s a one-of-a-kind version and therefore very rare, especially since it was a limited console in North America.
1 Final Fantasy XV Xbox One
Not to be outdone, Microsoft has ordered three Xbox One consoles for a competition for the release of Final Fantasy XV. They would come with the game with Xbox Live Gold for a year.
The green was Magitek Armor themed but looks more like a Fallout tie-in. The one with the hodgepodge of colors was on the theme of Magitek soldiers and looks like a real mess. The latter was themed on Noctis’ sword and is the sleekest model of the bunch although he doesn’t scream either. Final Fantasy XV.
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