Final Fantasy VII Remake For 3DS: Why The Hell Not?
Enough talk about bringing it to PlayStation 3. Give Nintendo fans a handheld version of this epic RPG.
You can bring up Bandicoots, rapping puppies and Lara Croft all you want, but Final Fantasy VII was largely responsible for putting PlayStation on the map; we hear some Metal Gear Solid game was popular as well. Had Square Enix released its celebrated Japanese RPG on Nintendo 64, Sony's machine may have gone the way of Sega Saturn.
Not only did this title sell over ten million copies worldwide, but it also kick started the whole computer generated revolution that inspired developers to dream big, creating elaborate stories and cut scenes that helped close the gap between the video game industry and Hollywood.
But, as we said, the game was supposed to debut on Nintendo's console, after Square Enix nixed bringing it to Super Nintendo. From there, the publisher realized N64 cartridges wouldn't do, and jumped ship to Sony's camp. To them, it was business, but to loyal Nintendo fans, it was the ultimate betrayal, almost as bad as Shawn Michaels throwing Marty Janetty through the Barbershop window. We can debate the subject for hours, but this one move destroyed N64's chances of hosting quality RPGs, aside from the Zelda series, of course.
All this aside, PlayStation fanatics have demanded a remake for years. Square Enix teased one in 2005, but it was smoke and mirrors, a cornball video that showed what theoretically could be done using PlayStation 3 hardware.
That said, these same people seem to feel the Final Fantasy VII remake is some sort of PlayStation birthright.
To that, we say, bring it to 3DS instead.
First, and foremost, Square Enix didn't stay away from the big N long, as it returned in grand fashion on Game Boy Advance with several critically acclaimed RPGs, and is now a regular fixture on Nintendo systems. In other words, there's no bad blood that would prevent FFVII from happening.
What's more, we doubt the game can hold its own compared to modern adventures. Say what you want, but it's 15 years old. You can't bring something like that to PlayStation 3 and expect perfect tens. Expectations, of course, may be lower for a handheld version.
Not only that, but Nintendo fans deserve this game just as much as Sony supporters, if not more, since Square Enix left in the middle of the night, robbing these people of playing one of the best games in existence on their system of choice.
To that end, releasing the Final Fantasy VII remake on 3DS would be a nice way to end the game's successful arc, or coming full circle...whichever you prefer. Square Enix already remade Final Fantasy III for DS. It could do the same with VII, but with a more powerful handheld.
Granted, the Sony faithful would be irate, but they've had almost 20 years with FFVII. Now it's Nintendo's turn.