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Can Echoes Of Time Captivate Western Audiences?

Can Echoes Of Time Captivate Western Audiences?

Written by Darryl — 08 Mar 2009

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is a sound concept in principle, as it helps to meld two of Nintendo's best selling consoles together; the DS and the Wii. However, everything Square Enix have done so far just makes it seem like the cross-compatibility is nothing but a cash-in. Clearly it was originally intended for the DS, as the Wii version is just a port, and its rise from relative obscurity until a few months before its release probably didn't help to endear itself to gamers.

The Crystal Chronicles brand has managed to gain a fond place in the hearts of Final Fantasy fans, after the original Gamecube version had its multiplayer option which utilised the Gameboy Advance. Its success saw some spinoffs, which actually did pretty well, so when Echoes of Time was released in Japan semi-big things were expected, especially since the Wii version and DS could be played together over the internet. It all worked in theory, but the Japanese people showed that they weren't overly impressed by Square Enix's botched job, as while the DS version sold with respectable figures, the Wii version sold terribly.

It's unlikely that Square Enix will actually make any changes to the releases in the Western world - other than the localisation of course - but our culture is slightly more different with respect to where people like to play their games. This could mean that the Wii version actually appeals more to audiences, and it will definitely be interesting to see if the Wii version can actually compare with the DS version with regards to sales.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is released for both the Wii and DS towards the end of March, so we'll keep you posted on how well it performs in the Western world.


Darryl was playing Final Fantasy before he was even born - quite a feat! Often very opinionated on the Final Fantasy franchise, you will often find him musing about small details. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.