14 February 2019 01:30
In a surprise announcement, Final Fantasy IX will be available today on Switch (and likely Xbox One). The other announced titles, Final Fantasy VII and Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Everybuddy!, will be coming in March. Final Fantasy 9 has arrived on PC, Switch and Xbox One. Surprise! Originally released in 2000, Final Fantasy 9 tells a tale of "love, war, magic and self-discovery." If you played the game previously on PlayStation, you can relive moments featuring Zidane, Vivi, princess Garnet and others with modern enhancements such as high-definition movies and character models, auto-save functionality and more. Come March 26, Final Fantasy 7 will be released on Switch and Xbox One. About damned time.
There's more coming this year though, as Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remasters and Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age will be released for Switch and Xbox One in April. Finally, Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon – Every Buddy, the Wii spin-off, will be released on March 20 for Switch and PS4. A reworking of the 2007 game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon will feature new randomly generated dungeons, a new buddy system to recruit monsters and other characters as allies, and a local co-op. Nintendo closed out an announcement-packed Direct video event today by revealing that the Switch is getting another Zelda game. The publisher is remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for its hybrid home-handheld console.
Before releasing its latest system, Nintendo combined its home and handheld game-development teams. And since Nintendo has tried to position the Switch as a home device, it seemed possible that it wouldn't want to continue making smaller games. I wasn't expecting to see a new Zelda game in today's Nintendo Direct but there was this little voice in the back of my mind that kept saying "Wait and see. Well, sure enough there's a new Zelda game coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. While there's no set release date yet, Nintendo says the game will launch in 2019---a year that is looking increasingly good for the Nintendo Switch.
But it was Reading's night as Oliveira won it in style with a powerful shot five minutes from time. As Norwich went down 3-1 at Preston, Leeds held on for a 2-1 home win over Swansea which puts them one point clear at the summit. Reuters 6 Preston hail Sean Maguire after he bagged their third goal in a surprise 3-1 triumph over Norwich City, who were knocked off the top due to Leeds winning Birthday boy Pontus Jansson opened the scoring for Leeds in the 20th minute after a loose ball fell for him in the area. Norwich had a penalty of their own before the break when Ben Pearson fouled Onel Hernandez, but Marco Stiepermann missed the chance to get them back into it as Declan Rudd saved his spot-kick. And Norwich knew it was not their night as Rudd made a fine save to deny Ben Godfrey moments before Sean Maguire made it 3-0 to the hosts.
After nine minutes, a superb through ball from Buendia played in Teemu Pukki whose angled shot was only kept out by Rudd's outstretched boot. There was yet another good save by Rudd, this time from Hernandez on the edge of the Preston area on 64 minutes, as the relentless Norwich pressure mounted. It was a stop that proved all the more valuable when Preston scored their third, on 69 minutes after Alan Browne's superb long-range shot had thundered against the Norwich bar. Rudd was finally beaten, deep in injury-time, by a Pukki shot across his goal but there was not sufficient time for the sort of dramatic comeback Norwich have launched previously this season.