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FFVIII PocketStation Opens Up Chocobo World - IGN

Final Fantasy Anthology / 15 Jul 1999 5:00 PM PDT

FFVIII PocketStation Opens Up Chocobo World

Share. Square confirms the full details on minigames, secrets, and Baby Chocobo! By IGN Staff

Square-Electronic Arts confirmed with IGNPSX today that the indefinitely delayed PocketStation will indeed work perfectly with the North American version of Final Fantasy VIII when it's released on September 9 this fall.

Although Sony has no plans to bring the PocketStation to the US this year (or possibly ever), Square explained that because the port from the Japanese version is so direct, everything was left in the American version. In fact, two to three pages of the manual are dedicated to just the PocketStation.

"We will have a disclaimer in the manual that reads, 'The PocketStation may not be available outside of Japan,' to clarify things," said a Square-EA representative.

What gamers will find in the PocketStation is perhaps more interesting. While the minigames in the little PDA won't change the outcome of the PlayStation game or in any way affect the storyline, lots of effective spells and helpful powerups are included in it.

For instance, in Final Fantasy VIII you can either find or buy a Chocobo (from a Chocobo Kid) and download it into the PocketStation to build up its experience. Once you download Chocobo into the PocketStation, he'll appear in what Square calls Chocobo World, where he and Chicobo, a baby Chocobo, can find items and weapons and battle against other baddies. They'll essentially appear as dots on a field on a map in black and white. But still, many of the items found in Chocobo World. Chicobo's attacks, for instance, can shoot a triple fireball attack, named a Choco-Fuego.

Possibly the coolest of them all is the special ability you find with Mog, who appears in Final Fantasy VIII in several nonplayable ways (like as a card). If you find a particular amulet in the PocketStation game, and upload it into Final Fantasy VIII, and then attach it to a Guardian Force, it becomes a command that restores that Guardian Force's health DURING battle. A little "Mini Mog" will do a little dance it's done! Sweet!

Look for more into on Final Fantasy VIII in the upcoming week!

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