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Final Fantasy IX (2000)

Fainaru fantajî IX (original title)
When bandits try to kidnap the princess, they discover that it's the princess who wants to be kidnapped. But they are chased by an evil queen and an even more powerful entity.


(as Hiroyuki Itou)



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A band of thieves are hired to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria. After they succeed, they end up becoming her guardians. And while protecting the fair Princess from a powerful evil...they hold the fate of the world in their hands. Play along on the epic journey filled with danger, mystery, war and love. Written by Robert C. Edwards Jr.

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The crystal comes back.


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Release Date:

7 July 2000 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Final Fantasy 9  »

Box Office


JPY 4,000,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Garnet is the only character to have a costume change. See more »


[first lines]
Zidane: Sure is dark... Guess nobody's here yet...
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Crazy Credits

Various CGI scenes from the game are shown in the background throughout the ending credits. See more »


Follows Fainaru fantajî V (1992) See more »


Ancient Music version of FU - RU - SA - TO
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Sound Programmer: Kenichi Funayama
Manipulator: Hidenobu Otsuki (as Hidenobu "Kalta" Ohtsuki)
Recording Engineer: Hidenobu Otsuki (as Hidenobu "Kalta" Ohtsuki)
Arranger: Kunihiko Kurosawa
Performed by Kunihiko Kurosawa, Haruo Kondo
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User Reviews

19 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Final Fantasy VII and VIII were big hyped games that succeeded in giving us what we wanted. In 2000, a year later after FF8 was released FF9 had already come to the states. Less then two years? Was it rushed or does the great trend continue?.....

I am happy to report that FF9 is just as worthy as it's two older counterparts, what is better, I had a smile on my face playing this game. FF7 I had a state of shock cause of what I was experiencing was amazing, FF8 tugged at my romantic side FF9 is a game that makes you smile. The game is not as dark as the last two but still has its villians. FF9 returns to its roots in this one, knights and kingdoms instead of futurastic worlds. But there is some still signs of te future, even in the Renassance like setting. What makes me smile are the characters, all are cute and have such a cool presence about them. Vivi was the cutest and best magic caster I have ever played with. Zidane was a hero who enjoyed life (unlike Cloud and Squall) and wasn't annoying (like Tidus). The battle system and up grade system was a improvement over the tiring DRAW system of 8. Here the powers are taken from the weapons and equipment you get. The story was not as deep as the other two but the mood of the story was certainly happier and more upbeat. Kids could play this game and not be depressed at all, unlike the depressing themes in 7 and 8. 8 was very serious, 9 has its comical characters (Oafy Steiner, weird Quina and Bratty eiku), they never push their limits though. Once again Dagger is a female character with pride and independance. This time Square let us fight with 4 characters at once which was a nice change. The music is just as beautiful and the games graphics are like 8' but the look in more cartoony. This isn't the most popular FF game out of the 4 but it is one of my favorites. it never takes it self too seriously and the images have a child like imagination to them. This game was labaled as 'The Crystal Returns" FF game. I do not know what the means only it has some reference back to the old FF games. Forget X and pick up 9, it is Square's Hidden treasure, pure joy.


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