In the latest issue of the Japanese Shonen Jump a full-page ad was found revealing Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for the 3DS. It appears to be, if you will, a "Game of the Year" style collection featuring all of the content of the original game plus all of the microtransaction inevitably sold through the iOS edition of the game. Over 200 songs, 60 characters and an all new versus battle mode, make this rerelease hard to ignore.
Whatever your feelings on Square Enix's direction with regards to their move towards free-to-play and mobile, there's one aspect of their products that has never dropped in quality -- the music. Final Fantasy XIV features some of the best music in the entire franchise and even the Final Fantasy XIII trio of games have their gems. Theatrhythm Final Fantasy isn't just an outstanding game, it's significant the franchise's past -- and hopefully a guiding light for its future.
At the same time, the way Theatrhythm Final Fantasy was ported to iOS and turned into an exploitative microtransaction-focused consumer beatd-own was beyond gross. It's great to hear Curtain Call is being planned for 3DS release first.
Expect Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call to be released in Japan in 2014 and hopefully get a swift localization for North America and beyond soon after.