Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Coming West

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Bolstering its already strong lineup for the first half of next year, Square Enix today confirmed plans for a North American release of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time. Due out in Spring ’09, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time is noteworthy for being developed on both Wii and DS and featuring online support and cross-platform play between the two systems. The core gameplay and controls of Ring of Fates on the DS from earlier this year will carry over, expanded upon with an integrated hot-swapping feature for jumping between solo play and multiplayer on the fly, even more equipment creation and customization options, a new story with more quests, support for Mii importing on the Wii and of course the aforementioned cross-platform functionality. Sure sounds like a winner to me!

Check on the jump for specifics on the story and game features.

Story:
A triumphant return from a monster-infested forest marks the completion of the 16-year-old hero’s coming-of-age ceremony. However, the hero’s joy is short-lived as a young village girl is found to be afflicted by a mysterious illness known as “crystal sickness.” Determined to obtain the cure, the hero steps out of the secluded village for the first time, only to discover a world in which crystals are merely artifacts of the past and no longer exist…

Features:
* Play anytime, anywhere with anyone! Multiplayer connectivity reaches new heights in FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Echoes of Time, where players can team up or compete with friends and players around the world!
* The intuitive control scheme introduced in FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Ring of Fates returns, now adapted to Wii for double the action
* Players can switch between single and multiplayer modes within the gameworld itself, giving them two great gaming options in one integrated experience
* A personalized hero can be generated from a choice of the four familiar races of the series; Clavats, Lilties, Selkies or Yukes. Players joining from the Wii can also introduce their Miis to the world of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES
* Create and customize materials, armor and equipment for characters with tailored appearances and abilities — no two heroes will be the same!
* A vast selection of quests provides hours of fun, even after completion of the main adventure

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