Final Fantasy IX (2000)
"Fainaru fantajî IX" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  7 July 2000 (Japan)
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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.


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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  »

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JPY 4,000,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Amarant is the only one of the main eight that the player does not control at any point in the game. Zidane is controlled primarily. Garnet is controlled as she journeys back to Alexandria and again at Pinnacle Rocks. Vivi is controlled at the start of the game. Steiner also at the start and at South Gate on Disc 1. Eiko is controlled briefly at the start of Disc 3. Freya is controlled briefly in Cleyra. Quina is controlled during the frog catching mini-game. Also Eiko, Steiner, Vivi or Freya can be controlled during the Desert Palace. See more »


[first lines]
Zidane: Sure is dark... Guess nobody's here yet...
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After completing the game, and watching the credits, a code may be entered to play blackjack against the computer-- a reference, possibly, to Final Fantasy VI's airship (the "Blackjack"). See more »


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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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I thoroughly enjoyed this entry into the final fantasy series.
24 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I seem to be in the minority of a lot of people out there as this entry to the final fantasy series is one of my favorites. Something about this game was very addicting and very entertaining. The story is an improvement over eight as are the characters who come from a wide range of classes and are probably the most unique to each other since those in Final Fantasy IV. Let's face it they just about all do differing things compared to our heroes in eight. We have a knight, a thief, two summoners with different summons and abilities, a black mage, a eating machine, a rat knight with dragoon like jumping abilities, and an assassin...with these there are a couple of guests that enter your party from time to time as well. The story has a band of thieves posing as a band of performers kidnapping a very willing to be kidnapped princess at the start of the game where we are introduced to a few of our unique characters. During your travels you must battle a corrupt queen and a very mysterious weapons dealer. There are many references to other ff games and even an old nemesis is reborn. The combat is turn based and this time you can have four people in your party rather than the three from the previous two games. This makes combat rather easy, also there is no trick to leveling up as it is pretty basic stuff here although by equipping certain items this time around you can learn an array of skills and attacks that is very useful during your travels. So for a very well rounded more of a throwback to earlier ff games this is one of the best.

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