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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Developer: Square Product Development Division 4
Publishers: Squaresoft (JP), Square Enix (US/EU)
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: February 14, 2003
Released in US: September 8, 2003, January 28, 2016 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Released in EU: October 24, 2003


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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is the second in a series of tactics-based Final Fantasy games in which some kids from the "real" world are transported into the game of Final Fantasy via a grimoire found in a public library. There, they experience a world of magic, swordplay, and cute bunny-girls with a penchant for stabbing! What fun!

While a lot of features were stripped down or exchanged from the PlayStation game, this title retains much of what made the original great while improving upon the formula. Not bad for a game system that fits in your pocket, huh?

Unused Dialogue

Cacti speak Japanese.
...But what does it mean?
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Under normal circumstances, the player is forced to play through two tutorial missions: a snowball fight in a St. Ivalice school, and a combative engagement in "Final Fantasy" Ivalice. However, if the first battle is failed via patch codes, instead of getting a Game Over the game will treat the loss as an optional one and the game will go right to The Prancing Chocobo in Cyril, the City of Beginnings.

No Rumors Available

Japan US
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Checking the Rumors at the Pub before completing the tutorial engagement in Cyril will reveal this bit of dialogue.

Mission 000

Japan US
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Speaking of, completing that via the world map will give the usual Clan Mission Update text, as well as a name for the mission, "Another World". Doing this, however, still does not add the mission to the Clan Mission Report screen.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

Japan US/Europe
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The company logo was changed for the international releases to reflect the April 2003 merge of Squaresoft and Enix.

Title Screen

Japan US/Europe
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The Japanese text reading "Fainaru Fantajī Takutikusu Adobansu" was removed for the international audience and the "Advance" part of the logo was moved down. "Enix" was also added to the copyright information, along with the usual "Licensed by Nintendo" text most games of the time had.

Combat Tutorial

Japan US/Europe
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While the Japanese game puts the player right into the action with a minimal amount of instruction, the international release added a tutorial on how to engage enemy units as told by the homeroom teacher, Mr. Leslaie, and demonstrated by the class head, Ritz.