You've heard of Chrono Trigger, right?
It's an old Super Nintendo game, released in 1995, made by Square, that's touted as one of the greatest role-playing games ever made. Well it seems that one of Chrono Trigger's directors, Takashi Tokita, recently teased a new project he's starting for Nintendo Switch.
Rough translation is: Top secret mission starts!
If you're a Switch owner who likes #RPG games, this is a good sign. Square-Enix's support for Switch has been strong since launch, and all signs point to it getting stronger over time.
The other major console launch happening in 2017 is Microsoft's #XboxScorpio. However, in an interview with Nikkei, Square-Enix stated that they're more interested in working on the Switch than any other gaming platform releasing this year.
This is great news for Switch owners since Square-Enix's support for Wii U was almost non-existent, including the Virtual Console. According to the interview, they said they want to bring not only new titles, but ports of existing titles as well.
Square-Enix's support for Switch is already substantial. I Am Setsuna was a solid launch game for the Switch that was inspired by Chrono Trigger, especially in regards to its battle system. In addition, Dragon Quest Heroes I & II, Dragon Quest XI, Seiken Densetsu Collection, and Project Octopath Traveler are all either coming, or are already out on Switch.
(Seiken Densetsu is better known in the west as Secret Of Mana for #SuperNintendo and Final Fantasy Adventure for Game Boy.)
Though many of these games haven't been announced for the west yet, seeing this much support from #SquareEnix at launch is encouraging and could be a harbinger for bigger things to come for Nintendo's newborn system.
Final Fantasy VII Remake anyone?
Given the Switch's portable nature, the games Square-Enix chooses to bring to the system could be considerable. The Switch has the power of a home console with the portability of a handheld system, which gives a big RPG developer like Square-Enix a lot of options.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Monolith Soft, Nintendo), Skyrim (Bethesda), and Disgaea 5 (Nippon Ichi Software) are all RPGs scheduled to hit the Switch in 2017. Will Square-Enix be willing to compliment that with its heavy-hitters like its mainline Final Fantasy and DragonQuest games, or will they relegate the Switch to spin-offs like they did with the Wii and GameCube?
How about Bravely Default 3 for Switch? Silicon Studio and Square-Enix could make a very pretty game with the Switch's power.
Although Final Fantasy XV hasn't been regarded as one of the stronger entries in the long-running series, a well-done Switch port would be welcome.
Will this support extend to the Switch's Virtual Console as well? #ChronoTrigger and the classic #FinalFantasy games are always some of the most-wanted games on Virtual Console for any Nintendo system.
As previously mentioned, Square-Enix's presence on Wii U's Virtual Console was bare bones, and it was non-existent on the 3DS's. It will be interesting to see what they'll be willing to offer after the Switch's classic game service launches.
But the way things are looking early on, the Switch could see more support from Square-Enix than any Nintendo system since Super Nintendo.
What games do you want to see from Square-Enix on Switch? Let us know in the comments!