The following is a list of version differences between releases of Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy IX was released July 7 2000 in Japan. This is the original version.
North America and EuropeEdit
- By default, the English version uses to confirm, to cancel, to enter the menu. The Japanese version uses to confirm, to cancel, and to enter the menu.
- An English version of the theme song, "Melodies of Life", plays in the ending, as opposed to the Japanese version in the original.
Mobile and SteamEdit
- The game has improved graphics, anti-aliasing filtering, high-definition cutscene movies, and improved character models.
- A new menu and new menu portraits for party members.
- New battle user interfaces and message dialogue windows.
- New sprites for Tetra Master cards. E.g. Namingway's card is updated with the sprite from Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection.
- Achievements have been added.
- Speed-boost options were implemented. The player can now skip cutscenes, disable pre-battle fly-bys, and play in high speed mode (doubles all movement speeds, both in and out of battle).
- The "boosters" available are always full ATB/Trance/HP/MP, 9999 damage, no random encounters, master abilities (equipping an item automatically unlocks its abilities permanently), and characters' levels and Magic Stones and the party's gil can be maxed out.
- Character naming screen is different. Input to change names is only via keyboard in the Steam version.
- When the player character can interact with an object on the field a bubble pops up denoting what the interaction is for. E.g. An icon of the back of a card appears when the player approaches an NPC that will play Tetra Master.
- The sword fight during I Want to Be Your Canary play is made easier to get a perfect score.
- It is possible to pause during FMVs, with the exception of the ending FMV, which is also not skippable.
- The blackjack minigame is made accessible from the title screen upon beating the game rather than by entering a sequence at the The End screen. An option to view FMVs is added to the title screen upon beating the game.
- The player can choose a number of different language options from the title screen: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and British English.
- Disc change screens are eliminated; there is no longer any stated delineation between portions of the game.
- Menu functionality is available while controlling Regent Cid as a frog during the brief portion in Desert Palace.