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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales

tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
edited April 2007 in Games and Technology
I searched around for a thread, and I was surprised to find nothing.

So here goes my first G&T game-specific OP.

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Once upon a time, there was a small, peaceful island protected by the crystals of fire, earth, water and light. On this island lived Shirma, Croma and a farm full of cheerful chocobos. Just when it looked like they were all going to live happily every after, Croma brought back a mysterious book from his latest journey. Without thinking twice, he opened the dark tome and inadvertently invited misfortune upon the island. Every nearby chocobo was sucked into the magical pages of the wicked book.

Unbeknownst to all, Bebuzzu, who had once nearly laid waste to the entire world, was imprisoned inside the pages of the book. Luckily for the good guys, his strength was not fully restored…at least not yet. Taking the role of a chocobo, players must rescue their friends while stopping Bebuzzu from regaining his full scope of abilities.

So yeah, that is the basic story outline.
From what I can tell (and what I've read), it looks like the chocobo and his friends will be adventuring
though various familiar fairy-tale worlds, mixed with FF licensed characters.

(Tortoise and the Hare = Adamantoise and the Cactaur)

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It looks like it's going to be fun, and nintendo says that there will be some fun features.
Features will include:

# Revolutionary gameplay brings party games into a new era by combining exploration, card combat, minigames and multiplayer into one exciting package.

# Addictive card battling brings many Final Fantasy elements to life in a fun 3D pop-up book art style. Call upon the powers of Cactuar, Cait Sith, Ifrit, Tonberry and other creatures to aid you in battle as you challenge the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

# Limitless fun after the adventure ends: Continue the excitement by engaging in more than a dozen minigames with up to three friends via wireless multiplayer.

# Test your skills in any of the 23 different microgames that make full use of the dual screen and touch screen functionality

Card based battle system??? I'm stoked.

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I've taken a look at some screen-shots of the game, and I have to say that I really
enjoy the way that the game is done artistically. I'm not usually one for cutesy-esque
character design, but I was sold on this one. I mean, who doesn't love the chocobo??

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Also, Wi-Fi, I'm excited for that one. Duking it out card-style will be fun, plus I love mini-game action.

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So yes, discuss the game, and post friend codes, excitement.
As far as I know, the game shipped today (April 3rd, 2007). My pre-order is waiting for me until tomorrow.

*All images borrowed from IGN.

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  • Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Oh shit, this is out tomorrow?

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  • GinsaneGinsane Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Gah! So little money.... hope the price isn't along the same lines as FF3(DS)

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    USA box art fails

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  • earthwormadamearthwormadam ancient crust Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Whats the japanese art look like?

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  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    That box art is fine.

    But whatever it looks like, the Japanese box art is always better m i rite? ^________^

    Game looks interesting.. nee dmore info tho.

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  • Squirminator2kSquirminator2k they/them North Hollywood, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    From what I can tell (and what I've read), it looks like the chocobo and his friends will be adventuring
    though various familiar fairy-tale worlds, mixed with FF licensed characters.

    I misread this as "it looks like the chocobo and his friends will be masturbating through various familiar fairy-tale worlds..." and I shuddered.

    Even still, I'm going to pass on this one. I while it would perhaps be hypocritical of me to chastise Squeenix for milking the cash cow when Team 17 have done it several times over the years, this just wreaks of "cash cow" to me. I don't see it really offering much in the way of depth. The concept sounds solid, but I still bear the scars that the last game "starring" Chocobos gave me.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    From what I've read it's not an RPG but just a bunch of minigames. I'll pass on it for now.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Japanese Box Art (best resultion I can find) -
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    I'm not on for "box art is better because it is Japanese" but in this case, I really prefer the Japanese one.

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  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    From what I've read it's not an RPG but just a bunch of minigames. I'll pass on it for now.

    ...what?

    I can see in one screenshot right there in the OP an RPG style battle.

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  • VeganVegan Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    This was VERY sold out at Fry's today.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Pata wrote: »
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    From what I've read it's not an RPG but just a bunch of minigames. I'll pass on it for now.

    ...what?

    I can see in one screenshot right there in the OP an RPG style battle.

    That's just what I've read. They say it's a series of very cute, very easy minigames. Maybe that's just one of them.

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  • DuskTwilightDuskTwilight Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Where the hell did this come from? Never heard of it before today.

    Square is seriously milking the immortal hell out of the "Final Fantasy" line now.

    Not necessarily a bad thing, especially in the fact that they seem to be starting a trend of making several games revolving around the universe of each numerical game.

    This though, I don't know.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo We are only now beginning to understand the full power and ramifications of sexual intercourse Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    From what I've read it's not an RPG but just a bunch of minigames. I'll pass on it for now.
    If that's true then it makes me rather sad. Luckily I'm rather strapped for cash so I suppose it does me no harm to let this one pass by.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    There was two chocobo dungeon games on the Playstation One.

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  • wateyadwateyad Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    From what I've read it's not an RPG but just a bunch of minigames. I'll pass on it for now.
    From what I've read it's both, you do the minigames to get cards to fight with or something.

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  • Mojo_JojoMojo_Jojo We are only now beginning to understand the full power and ramifications of sexual intercourse Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    LewieP wrote: »
    There was two chocobo dungeon games on the Playstation One.
    Neither made it outside Japan though, did they?

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  • DuskTwilightDuskTwilight Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    LewieP wrote: »
    There was two chocobo dungeon games on the Playstation One.
    Neither made it outside Japan though, did they?

    They both came over here.

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  • LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    LewieP wrote: »
    There was two chocobo dungeon games on the Playstation One.
    Neither made it outside Japan though, did they?

    I certainly saw them on the shelves in stores here (UK)

    I was refering to -
    Square is seriously milking the immortal hell out of the "Final Fantasy" line now.

    not really, they've been doing it for years.

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  • RedMageDarionRedMageDarion Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Just picked it up and spent about an hour and a half with it before class.

    First impressions:

    It's very cute. It's also very fun. The minigames are entertaining so far, though I've only done a few.

    Haven't done any card battles yet, but I've been collecting all the cards I can. I can see myself spending far too many hours doing minigames to get all 122 cards.

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  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Mojo_Jojo wrote: »
    LewieP wrote: »
    There was two chocobo dungeon games on the Playstation One.
    Neither made it outside Japan though, did they?

    They both came over here.

    The second one did.

    The first one didn't.

    For some reason though they titled it "Chocobo's Dungeon 2" creating confusion on where the first one is.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Yeah, for some FUCKING unknown reason I just bought it too and played it for about 15 minutes in the corporate potty.

    Only played one mini game, which was neat and yeah, too cute for words.

    That's probably why I bought it, now that I think of it.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Why isn't the chocobo on the cover angry?

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  • PataPata Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    titmouse wrote: »
    Why isn't the chocobo on the cover angry?

    Lawlz.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Pata wrote: »
    titmouse wrote: »
    Why isn't the chocobo on the cover angry?

    Lawlz.

    The black one is. So is the Evil Woman(TM).

    Well, condescending anyway.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2007
    Whats the japanese art look like?

    Very cute and minimalist.

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  • The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    For some reason, it tickles my funny bone that the picture on the "Omega" card is the the look it had in FF1, only blue and slightly more cute.

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  • elkataselkatas Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    It's really shame that Square-Enix isn't doing sequel for Chocobo Racing. That game rocked. :)

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  • B:LB:L I've done worse. Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    elkatas wrote: »
    It's really shame that Square-Enix isn't doing sequel for Chocobo Racing. That game rocked. :)
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  • RedMageDarionRedMageDarion Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Update: Card Battles are awesome. Everyone buy this game, and let's get some Wi-fi stuff going on.

    IT'S TIME TO DUEL! LET ME SHOW YOU MY POKEMANS! ETC.!

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  • Daemon_AconisDaemon_Aconis Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Someone please give me a scan of the bahumut art from N! Power, I will pay you,
    In rape dollars

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  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Looks like they're using the FFIII engine. Yawn.

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  • Target PracticeTarget Practice Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Vegan wrote: »
    This was VERY sold out at Fry's today.

    It was very not-even-arrived-yet at Fry's today.

    At least at the Fry's I went to.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Holy God I had no idea this was coming out so soon. Actually, I didn't even know it had a confirmed U.S. release date.

    Hm. I shall have to consider this very carefully.

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  • tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Update: Card Battles are awesome. Everyone buy this game, and let's get some Wi-fi stuff going on.

    IT'S TIME TO DUEL! LET ME SHOW YOU MY POKEMANS! ETC.!

    I'm there once I get past this bomb wall.
    I want to get gold. I've been playing it over and over again.

    For 20 min.

    Oh well, this is going to be addicting as fuck.

    but yes, wifi
    PM me your friend code and I'll do the same

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  • BladeofTheImmortalBladeofTheImmortal __BANNED USERS regular
    edited April 2007
    Well, IGN enjoyed it...8.3

    That means it'll most likely get like a 7.5 from Gamespot. So it seems to be a good game, so if it ever gets down to 20 I'll pick it up.

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    My one issue is pretty much the cardinal sin of twitch minigames: way too long intros and outros to the games themselves. Just get the damn thing started. Don't make me sit for 6 seconds while you tell me I failed and then starts the game up again. Rrr. Fucking bomb wall.

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  • tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    My one issue is pretty much the cardinal sin of twitch minigames: way too long intros and outros to the games themselves. Just get the damn thing started. Don't make me sit for 6 seconds while you tell me I failed and then starts the game up again. Rrr. Fucking bomb wall.

    AGREED

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  • Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Christ, it's like this game was made specifically to frsutrate me as much as possible. There's even some games with 30 second time limits that you can't exit out of until the limit is up. And you'll know pretty early on if you've screwed up enough you can't get the Gold rating.

    This is going back in the box.

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  • SchwhatSchwhat Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Is this a game of mini-games mixed in with a card battle a la Pokémon/Yugi-oh?

    If so, /cry. What a waste...

    Edit:
    Nvm just read the rest of the posts... so sad. I really miss the days where there was a real game within these DS games and not composed of minigames...

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  • BiggNifeBiggNife Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Looks like they're using the FFIII engine. Yawn.
    This came out three months after FFIII in Japan. They had no time to make a new engine. I think the FFIII engine looks really nice anyway.

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