UPDATE 01/07/2014: Hironobu Sakaguchi's next game is indeed Terra Battle and is indeed for smartphones.
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Mistwalker head and The Last Story director Hironobu Sakaguchi has said he was unable to fully realise his vision due to the Wii's lack of HD.
Paradox Interactive doesn't feel bad for GAME, because the UK retail giant has been "abusing" its power and "bullying" publisher partners for "a long time".
Does anything really matter until you're personally affected by it? It's easy enough to ignore financial reports and credit warnings and gloomy editorials - but try ignoring an empty shelf. Try ignoring GAME, the UK's largest specialist video game shop chain, being unable to to stock Ubisoft's PlayStation Vita games (until today), Wii role-playing game The Last Story and Tekken 3DS.
Every Sunday we offer up an article from our archive, either for you to discover for the first time or to get acquainted with all over again. This week we present Simon Parkin's profile of Hironobu Sakaguchi, originally published in February 2012.
PlayStation Vita launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss has claimed top spot in the new UK all-format charts.
While recent Final Fantasy games haven't been greeted with too much enthusiasm by fans, franchise creator Hironobu Sakaguchi says he still has plenty of faith in the series' current custodian Yoshinori Kitase.
Hironobu Sakaguchi helped invent the modern-day Japanese role-playing epic. In 1987, having skirted around the edges of games development at the then-fledgling outfit Square, he decided to give it one last shot before moving on. That project's title has been the basis for one of gaming's most enduring and entertaining contradictions.
25 years on from the first Final Fantasy, Sakaguchi has moved on. Following the release of The Spirits Within, Square's multi-million-dollar CGI folly that remains one of cinema's greatest disasters, Sakaguchi founded Mistwalker: co-creators of traditional fare such as Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey, games cut from the same cloth that Sakaguchi first wove.
Looking back, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the genre's hardly moved on at all. There's a strong, clear line that can be drawn from the first Final Fantasy to the likes of Lost Odyssey, their rich worlds held together with turn-based combat and a pairing of heavy exposition and free-form exploration.
UPDATE: GAME has issued Eurogamer a statement on its decision not to stock The Last Story and confirmed other titles due out tomorrow, Friday, 24th February, will launch.
A GAME spokesperson said: "There is a lot activity going on in our stores and online this weekend including the releases of Syndicate: Executive Edition, Jak & Daxter Collection, Zumba Fitness Rush, Binary Domain, and Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition.
"The Last Story, for the Wii, is not in stock and we have apologised to any customers this has affected."
Soon to be closed online shop Gameplay is giving its customers £5 to spend at Gamestation.co.uk ahead of the merger of the two websites.
Emails are being sent to Gameplay customers now with voucher codes for use in Gamestation.co.uk (thanks duckmouth!).
The fine print reveals the vouchers are valid until 31st March, and a minimum spend of £10 applies.
Struggling retailer GAME has admitted it is unable to stock all new titles.
Embattled retailer GAME has scrapped The Last Story Special Edition and cancelled pre-orders for it - days before launch.
Emails were sent out to those who pre-ordered the special edition of the Wii JRPG. The email, obtained by Eurogamer, reads:
Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi will abandon home consoles for his next project, an iPhone game centred on his hobby of surfing.
High-quality graphics in video games can be a distraction, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has claimed.
Comes with steelbook cover, soundtrack CD, art book.
While Modern Warfare 3, FIFA Soccer 12 and Saints Row: The Third were all topping the PS3 and 360 sales charts in the final week before Christmas, in comparison, the five best selling games on the Wii were Just Dance 3, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Zumba Fitness, Zumba Fitness 2 and The Legend of... actually no, the fifth spot went to Mario Kart Wii, while sixth, seventh and eighth went to Skyward Sword, an ABBA dancing game and "Now! That's What I Call Music: Dance and Sing".
The Last Story launches in Europe on 24th February 2012, Nintendo has announced.
The Wii-exclusive role-playing game is the work of Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and his Mistwalker development studio.
It features a lengthy single-player campaign as well as online multiplayer options, including deathmatch, team deathmatch and co-op. You can play against or alongside up to five other players from across Europe using your customised character from the single-player game.
Nintendo has confirmed European releases for Japanese Wii RPGs Pandora's Tower and The Last Story.
Both games will be here next year.
Wii gamers have campaigned for Pandora's Tower and The Last Story to head West. This week's release of brilliant JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles was proof that such action could work.
Nintendo has finally responded to the widespread fan movement campaigning to get Japan-only titles The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles and Pandora's Tower localised for the US market, and the news isn't good.
Nintendo has hinted that Japan-exclusive Wii games The Last Story and Pandora's Tower will launch on these shores.
Wii users disgruntled at Nintendo's reluctance to localise a number of its Japan-only titles have launched a spamming campaign in an effort to coax the platform holder into action.
The Last Story, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Wii-exclusive RPG, has topped the Japanese sales charts in its first week on shelves.
Japanese role-playing games need to change if they're to reclaim their former glory, the creator of the Final Fantasy series has said.
Nintendo has explained its decision to only release promising Wii Japanese role-playing game The Last Story in Japan.
"With all the conversions, when we do it in Europe we've got to do the whole of Europe," Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton told Eurogamer. "So it's multiple languages. It has to be viable.
"We've got so much on our plate at the moment. The most important one is in the first quarter this year. Kirby's Epic Yarn is the most important title. We've got some great product coming out.
Still no word on a Western release.
Wii-owning JRPG fans suffered a blow today after it emerged that The Last Story is unlikely to launch in the west.
Mistwalker RPG out this month in Japan.
Mistwalker's upcoming Wii-exclusive RPG The Last Story features Versus and Raid multiplayer modes, which have been detailed in the latest issue of Famitsu.
Mysterious Wii-exclusive JRPG The Last Story is 30 hours long, creator Hironobu Sakaguchi has revealed.
Hironobu Sakaguchi has said he could be picking up a pipe and slippers once his latest project is over.