Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch Will Be Download Only

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Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch Will Be Download Only
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In a Nintendo Direct last year, Square Enix announced that multiple titles from the Final Fantasy series coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Among those games announced were series favorites Final Fantasy X and X-2. For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience the game on a Nintendo console and relive the tale of Tidus and Yuna as they journey through Spira to destroy the evil rampaging monster known as Sin.

Final Fantasy made its debut in 1987 and has since become one of the most commercially and critically-acclaimed video games series’ of all time, with more than 130 million units sold and several titles regarded as some of the greatest games ever. Final Fantasy X initially released in 2001 and was a huge success for the PlayStation 2, selling more than eight million copies.

Final Fantasy X marks the series transition from pre-rendered backdrops to 3D areas as well as the introduction of voice acting and a dynamic new approach to storytelling. The remastered edition of X and X-2 also features additional content previously only in the international versions as well as bonus story content set after the events of Final Fantasy X-2. So, if you haven’t played the game since it first came out, you’ll now have access to some incredible bonus end-game content previously not found on any versions of the game released outside of Japan.

 

Final Fantasy X-2 Will Not Get a Physical Release

According to a listing on the European Square Enix Store, the Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster will not include both games on the game card. Instead, X will be on the game cartridge, and X-2 will be a digital release only.

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For those of you living in North America, it looks like you’ll get the same treatment as Europe, with the North American release split into two parts. Final Fantasy X HD Remaster will be on a physical game cartridge while Final Fantasy X-2 Remaster will only be available as a download code. We do, however, have a confirmation that this will not be the same in Japan and Southeast Asia, as Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 will both be on game cartridges in their regions. That’s unfortunate news for European and North American fans hoping for a retail version of Final Fantasy X-2 for the Switch.

The biggest downside to this news is that Switch owners could miss out on the chance to play Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster in the future when the Nintendo Switch eShop shuts down.

Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster will release on April 16th, though Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster first released in 2014 for the PS3 and Vita, then in 2015, for the PS4 and saw a PC release in 2016. All the Final Fantasy games announced for Nintendo Switch will also come to the Xbox One with the same release dates.

All Final Fantasy Games Coming to Switch This Year
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All Final Fantasy Games Coming to Switch This Year

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will also come to the Switch and will release on April 30th, so it looks like it will be a big month for JRPGs on the device. Other Final Fantasy games coming to the Switch this year include Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 9 as well as a remastered edition of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! Square Enix hasn’t yet given any official word if the Final Fantasy VII Remake will come to the Switch.

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If you’re still hoping to own a copy of both games, you do have the option of importing the Japanese version of the game, though the Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster will come to the Switch on April 16th. If that still seems too far away, in the meantime, there’s still the Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD and World of Final Fantasy Maxima to see you through until the game’s release.