Whether you play it or not, you're probably familiar with the Final Fantasy series to some degree. After all, it's arguably one of the most well-known series of JRPGs around. Developer and publisher Square Enix has worked on many JRPGs over the years, but despite the popularity of Final Fantasy, some other series under their umbrella have fallen more into obscurity. One such series is SaGa. SaGa is a criminally underrated series of RPGs that started way back at the tail-end of the 80s, first starting off on the Nintendo Game Boy before branching off onto other platforms. All in all, the series totals somewhere around 13-15 games by now. If you've never heard of it, now's the time to get into it, thanks to a surprise announcement on today's sudden Nintendo Direct Mini.


That's right, there was a Nintendo Direct Mini! Wouldn't blame you at all if you weren't expecting that; Nintendo dropped it with zero buildup or fanfare (they've been doing that a lot lately, haven't they?). The Direct this time around was focused on partner companies with Nintendo, and Square Enix had a big presence throughout. One of the most surprising announcements of the presentation just so happened to focus on SaGa! Coming this December, Square Enix will be releasing the first three games in the SaGa series onto Nintendo Switch (The Final Fantasy Legend 1, 2, and 3). All three games were Game Boy classics, and are regarded nowadays as some of the most influential Game Boy games of all time, serving as inspiration for Pokémon down the line. The games will all release as part of one bundle: The Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy.

Thankfully, this won't be just a simple port of the Game Boy originals. New enhancements and tweaks have been added for the experience this time around, including the always-amazing "high-speed mode" that's often added to re-releases of retro RPGs (primarily due to their slower gameplay). The collection also features "adjustable screen magnification", "game screen background customization", and the ability to turn the Switch vertically (after removing the Joy-Cons) to emulate the style of playing it on the Game Boy. Cool idea! There were a few other cool announcements during the Direct, but as far as Square Enix goes, they also opened the presentation with a release date confirmation on Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. Busy times for the ever-busy Square!


You can catch that announcement, SaGa's and more all in the Nintendo Direct down below. It's not too long, but I'm sure there's something in there for you. As for the release details behind The Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend, you can get your hands on it when it releases on Nintendo Switch on December 15th. You won't be getting your hands on it physically though; it's a digital-only release. The whole collection will run you $19.99, which is a really reasonable price for three retro JRPGs. One of SaGa's more recent titles, Scarlet Grace, recently released onto the eShop as well, incentivizing getting into the series all the more. Just in time for Christmas! And the new consoles releasing. Not sure our wallets are going to survive 2020 either.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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