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Final Fantasy is a science fiction and fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix (formerly Square). The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs). The first game in the series was published in 1987; it was a success and spawned sequels. The series has since branched into other genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter, fighting, and rhythm. The franchise has also branched out into other media, including CGI films, anime, manga, and novels.

Final Fantasy installments are generally stand-alone stories each with different settings, plots and main characters, however, as a corpus they feature identical elements that define the franchise. Recurring elements include plot thematics, character names, and game mechanics. Plots center on a group of heroes battling a great evil while exploring the characters' internal struggles and relationships. Character names are frequently derived from the history, languages, pop culture, and mythologies of cultures worldwide.

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Final Fantasy IX (ファイナルファンタジーIX, Fainaru Fantajī Nain) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Sony PlayStation video game console. Originally released in 2000, it is the ninth title in the Final Fantasy series and last to debut on the PlayStation. In 2010 it was re-released as a PSone Classics title on the PlayStation Network. The game introduced new features to the series like the 'Active Time Event', where players can see what the characters they are not controlling are doing; 'Mognet', where players can send a receive letters with non-playable characters; and a unique equipment and skill system.

The game's plot centers on a war between nations. Players follow a young thief named Zidane Tribal, who joins with others to defeat Queen Brahne of Alexandria, the one responsible for starting the war. The plot shifts, however, when the characters realize that Brahne is working with an even more threatening person called Kuja, who has further aims than conquering other countries.

Final Fantasy IX was developed alongside Final Fantasy VIII, but took a different approach by returning to the more traditional style of the early Final Fantasy games. Consequently, Final Fantasy IX was influenced significantly by the original Final Fantasy game, and features allusions to other titles in the series and a more "fantasy"-oriented design aesthetic as opposed to the more modern designs of its predecessor. Development began in 1998, and the game was directed by Hiroyuki Ito and produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi and Shinji Hashimoto. Series veteran Nobuo Uematsu returned to compose the music of the game, and like the previous title, it features a vocal theme song, "Melodies of Life". The game was released to critical acclaim and holds the highest Metacritic score of all Final Fantasy installments. In 2006 it was voted the 24th-best game of all time by readers of the Japanese magazine Famitsu. Final Fantasy IX was commercially successful, selling 5.30 million units worldwide as of March 31, 2003.

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Square Enix is a Japanese video game development and publishing company formed from the merger on April 1, 2003 of video game developer Square and publisher Enix. The company is best known for its role-playing video game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy series, the Dragon Quest series, and the action-RPG Kingdom Hearts series. Of the games in Square Enix's catalog of video games, the Final Fantasy franchise is the best-selling, with a total worldwide sales of over 100 million units. The Dragon Quest series has shipped over 57 million units worldwide and is one of the most popular video game series in Japan, while the Kingdom Hearts series has shipped over 12 million copies worldwide. Since its inception, the company has developed or published hundreds of titles in various video game franchises on numerous gaming systems.

Square Enix has owned Taito Corporation, which continues to publish its own video games, since September 2005, and acquired game publisher Eidos Interactive in April 2009, which has been merged with Square Enix's European publishing wing and renamed as Square Enix Europe. This list includes retail games developed or published by Square Enix after its formation. It does not include games published by Taito, but does include games published by Square Enix Europe.For downloadable games released by the company, see List of Square Enix downloadable games. For games released by Taito, both before and after the acquisition, see List of Taito games, and for games published by Eidos prior to acquisition see List of Eidos Interactive games.

Final Fantasy series

Main series: Final Fantasy • II • III • IV • V • VI • VII • VIII • IX • X • XI • XII • XIII • XIV (A Realm Reborn) • XV
Compilations and collections: I-II • III DS • Collection • Anthology • Chronicles • Origins • Dawn of Souls
Related titles: Mystic Quest • Ehrgeiz • Dissidia (012) • The 4 Heroes of Light • Dimensions • Airborne Brigade • Theatrhythm • Artniks • All the Bravest
Related series: Chocobo • Crystal Chronicles • Fortune Street • Kingdom Hearts • Mana • SaGa • Tactics
Films and animation: Advent Children • Last Order • Legend of the Crystals • The Spirits Within • Unlimited • Kingsglaive • Brotherhood
Overall: Media (Video games) • Character design • Gameplay (Character jobs) • Music

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