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In the late ’90s the Final Fantasy series left Nintendo consoles for the plentiful file space afforded by PlayStation’s discs. That’s why the announcement of Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube was a big deal years later – sure it wasn’t a traditional FF, but it meant Moogles were back where they began.

That first game launched on August 8th, 2003 in Japan and while the series has been somewhat dormant outside of the recent Remaster, it still seems to hold some significance for Square Enix. Not only were multiple tracks in Theatrhythm Final Bar Line but we also have a fresh piece of artwork to celebrate the milestone anniversary.

In the piece, drawn up by long-time Square Enix collaborator Toshiyuki Itahana, we can see characters from across the GameCube, Wii, and DS games, plus some WiiWare legends. Comments from Itahana plus the original game’s producer, Akitoshi Kawazu, are available on the official Square Enix Japanese site, too.

We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for this oft-overlooked Final Fantasy spin-off branch.

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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.