Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles' Remaster is Hitting Early Next Year

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles' Remaster is Hitting Early Next Year

You'll be able to ditch those GBA-to-GameCube link cables early next year.

If you never managed to get three of your friends and four GameBoy Advances together to play through Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles' multiplayer mode, it should be substantially easier to play through the campaign in co-op once the remastered version of the game comes out on January 23, 2020. Launching on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS that day, the biggest feature coming to Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is online multiplayer with support for cross-play.

Square Enix first announced the remaster of the 2003 Final Fantasy spin-off last year, aiming for a 2019 release window that the game's missing by a hair. The launch date announcement trailer runs through some other features new to the remastered version, including in-combat voice acting, new items, new character skins, and exclusive dungeons and boss fights.

The original Crystal Chronicles was one of a handful of titles for the GameCube that supported the system's GameBoy Advance link cable for local multiplayer. Simply plugging in another stock GameCube controller for multiplayer wasn't supported, as Crystal Chronicles would display information on the linked GBAs' screens. On top of making it hard to wrangle the necessary gear for multiplayer on real hardware, the game's also been a particular challenge for emulation enthusiasts. Hopefully Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is appropriately faithful and easy enough to use to let everyone put those cables away... unless you're looking to replay Four Swords Adventures, of course. Maybe Nintendo has a similar plan down the road for its four-player Legend of Zelda romp.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mathew Olson

Reporter

Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

Read this next

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order: How to Raise the Spire of Miktrull

There’s a particularly tricky puzzle on Zeffo in the Tomb of Miktrull. Here’s how to raise the Spire of Miktrull.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Pokemon Sword and Shield and Romancing SaGa 3

Kat, Nadia, and special guest Kallie Plagge go in-depth on Gen 8.

Half-Life 2 Celebrates its 15th Anniversary Today. Here's Why its Rushed Ending is Now its Biggest Strength

It had an annoying cliffhanger, no doubt. Then, Valve made things worse.

What's Your Favorite Pokemon Generation?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Red and Blue? Ruby and Sapphire? We want to know that generation of Pokemon speaks to you the most.

"The Biggest Concern with Stadia is That It Might Not Exist"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | As Google streaming service preps for a bare bones launch, Microsoft positions Project xCloud as a compelling alternative

Path of Exile 2 Just Got Announced, and It's Already Throwing Jabs at Diablo

We've got a tussle for the loot game spotlight on our hands.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Endgame Has a Heartfelt Sidestory

Catchin' the love alongside the Legendaries.

More News

Path of Exile 2 Just Got Announced, and It's Already Throwing Jabs at Diablo

We've got a tussle for the loot game spotlight on our hands.

Xbox Game Studios Head Says Game Pass is Solving Monetization Woes

"It allows our game creators to do what they do best, which is make a game."

Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming

The developers of Guildlings and Threes say the model is fixing the player-dev relationship.

More on Android

Path of Exile 2 Just Got Announced, and It's Already Throwing Jabs at Diablo

We've got a tussle for the loot game spotlight on our hands.

Project xCloud’s Preview Selection Makes Stadia’s Launch Lineup Look Tiny

Dozens of games are coming for testers of Microsoft's game streaming service.

Several Big Google Stadia Features Won't Go Live Until 2020

Family sharing, Android compatibility, and more are missing the launch window.

A Massive Stardew Valley Update is Dropping Very Soon

The free 1.4 update is just around the corner for PC players.

Pokemon Masters Roadmap Aims to Make the Game Actually Fun to Play

Pokemon Masters is about to use a Hyper Potion on its problems.

More Role Playing Games Games

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Pokemon Sword and Shield and Romancing SaGa 3

Kat, Nadia, and special guest Kallie Plagge go in-depth on Gen 8.

Path of Exile 2 Just Got Announced, and It's Already Throwing Jabs at Diablo

We've got a tussle for the loot game spotlight on our hands.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Endgame Has a Heartfelt Sidestory

Catchin' the love alongside the Legendaries.