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Romancing Saga 2

System: Switch (eShop)
Release date: December 15, 2017
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix

Romancing SaGa and the SaGa series in general has had a long history in the RPG world, first launching in 1989 as The Final Fantasy Legend. While we’ve seen a few SaGa games localized since then, Romancing SaGa 2 in particular never saw a release until recently on mobile a few years ago, before making its way to consoles now just before the new year of 2018. Unfortunately, this is a poor port of the mobile version of the game localized years ago, and not a remaster of the original title on the Super Famicom. This becomes problematic in a lot of ways, and the Switch suffers heavily from it.

Last week’s launch of Romancing SaGa 2 on Switch was pretty monumental. It was actually the first time the RPG released outside of Japan on dedicated gaming platforms. It’s mostly the same game as the Super Famicom title, but with a few extras like updated graphics and audio, new character classes, a new dungeon, and New Game+.

Prior to this week’s launch, VG247 caught up with producer Masanori Ichikawa original director Akitoshi Kawazu to talk about Square Enix’s classic. They commented on a variety of topics, including the amount of work involved needed to re-release Romancing SaGa 2, the decision to stick with pixel art as opposed to going the 3D route, and more.

You can read a few excerpts from the interview below. For the full discussion, head on over here.

Square Enix brought the Super Famicom classic Romancing SaGa 2 to Switch today. Check out the RPG below with gameplay footage.

Square Enix is bringing Romancing SaGa 2 soon to Switch – very soon in fact. Just announced yesterday, the game is arriving on December 15.

This isn’t just a standard re-release of Romancing SaGa 2. Some extra bells and whistles will be included.

Update: Square Enix released a trailer for the remaster:

Original: A remaster of the classic SNES JRPG Romancing SaGa 2 is coming to the Switch. Launching worldwide on December 15th, it’s based on the release of the game on mobile platforms from last year, which was the first time the game received an official English translation. The Switch version will feature improved controls.

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Two new Virtual Console games are on track for the Japanese Wii U eShop next week. Romancing Saga 2 (Super Famicom) and Double Dragon (Famicom) will be out on January 22. Pricing is set at 800 yen and 500 yen respectively.