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UPDATE (01/28): It turns out North American Wii U owners will also be able to jump into this classic GBA title, as it’s available on the eShop right now for $7.99!

European fans of classic strategy RPG’s rejoice: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is heading to the Wii U Virtual Console!

The game is a spiritual successor to the PlayStation’s Final Fantasy Tactics, featuring a brand new cast of characters and a unique story focusing on a magical book that transports a gang of kids from the real world to the fantastical realm of Ivalice.

As in the PlayStation game you have to manage the members of your clan, assigning Jobs and leveling them up through battle. These clan wars take place on a grid-based map where positioning and turn-order awareness is vital.


The GBA entry added a new wrinkle to these fights though: the Judge and Law system. Judges are neutral characters who wander around the battlefield, enacting laws prohibiting the use of certain elements or weapons, making players switch up their strategies on the fly.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance will be hitting the European eShop this Thursday.

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.