The featured soundtrack for the first 16-bit cartridge set in the series includes two arrangements of each piece of music.
Final fantasy is a series that values tradition. In its worlds, mountable birds remain as viable a form of transportation as cars or motorcycles, and there is no killer robot too powerful that a sufficiently skilled warrior can take it down with a very large sword. .
And now in his last tip of Final fantasy hats off to the classic way of doing things, developer Square Enix is coming out a collection of music from Final Fantasy IV on vinyl.
Final Fantasy IV-Song of Heroes is a double-sided disc containing four pieces of music from the 1991 role-playing game, “Red Wings”, “Love Theme”, “Battle 2” and “Final Fantasy IV Main Theme”. The A side features modern arrangements of each, and the B side preserves them in their original form., as they sounded when emitted by Super Famicom / SNES S-SMP sound chip.
The cover of the record consists of a beautiful illustration by the original Final fantasy character creator Yoshitaka Amano of the protagonist Cecile and his companions Rosa, Kain, Edge and Rydia (sorry, dark knight fans, Cecil appears in his paladin form).
Final Fantasy VII (which also got a little love for vinyl) is widely recognized as the biggest turning point in the series, as that’s when games went from cartridge to CD, Final Fantasy IV was also a milestone, especially in the sound department. Like the first Final fantasy on a 16-bit system, it was also the first to have the soundtrack capable of recognizing real-world instruments, as opposed to the more computerized beeps and buzzes of earlier video game hardware.
Final Fantasy IV-Song of Heroes is priced at 3,850 yen (US $ 37), with delivery scheduled for August 25. Pre-orders are now open through Amazon Japan (here) and Square Enix Japan’s online store (here), and the company says the disc will be available through its North American and European stores as well, though no pre-order does not exist for them at the time of writing this article. Oh, and don’t worry, the cost includes a MP3 download code for the collection too, because no matter how much you prefer the warmer, more organic sound of vinyl, lugging your turntable and speakers with you on the train is a misstep in public transport.
Source: Square Enix via Hachima Kiko
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