All You Final Fantasy IX Fans: Where Were You When It Mattered?

Nov 2, 2017
Didn't become a fan until Final Fantasy X, and then went back and played all the ones I could find, including FFIX which I love.
Aug 3, 2018
Also between this thread and the Dreamcast never getting a classic edition thread with half the replies being oh I was still leaving cookies for Santa or not even born yet is making me feel real old.
Oct 27, 2017
I purchased the game day 1 and spent upwards 60 hours wringing as much content as possible from that playthrough.
Oct 25, 2017
The Research Triangle
OP honestly seems like they've been on a one-person crusade to defend the honor of Final Fantasy lately

This isn't the first time they've bizarrely vilified the community in the name of Square Enix
What kind of gamer entitlement BS is this?

"Where were you all when the game was launched under a tirade of constant mockery and low sales?" Nobody owes a corporation anything, let along sales or defense force-ery of a product.
Oct 27, 2017
In 2000? I was 18, and loved it, bought it myself without the need of a parent... and now i feel old because the game came out before half of you here were born.
Oct 26, 2017
OP honestly seems like they've been on a one-person crusade to defend the honor of Final Fantasy lately

This isn't the first time they've bizarrely vilified the community in the name of Square Enix
I've spent the last few personal threads shitting on Square so I don't know what you're on about.
Oct 25, 2017
I was a teenager coming hot off of FF7 and IX seemed too kiddy and weird looking for me. I wanted the dark gritty Shinra/Midgar aesthetic

Now Im 31 and I played IX for the first time last year and absolutely adored its quirkyness, gorgeous art and touching story

Tldr i was dumb now im leas dumb
Oct 26, 2017
I was playing the game with some friends who I used to play a bunch of jrpgs with.
I was probably just to young to write about it on message boards etc. But I do remember trying to convince one of my friends to play it because he liked VIII, didn't succeed tho', too "cartoony" for him 🤷‍♂️ .
Nov 16, 2017
You didn't knock on my door to tell me RPGs were a thing, OP. It's not my fault I didn't discover RPGs until Kingdom Hearts.
Nov 2, 2017
I was around 11 years old at the time, and I remember how big of a deal the releases for FFVII & FFVIII was...then one day I happened to be at a EB Games, and I just happened to see the cover for Final Fantasy IX, it was so strange I had to do a double take, because I legit never even knew they released a new Final Fantasy, considering how much I feel in love with that series.

FFIX is a great game, but I prefer FFVII & FFVIII. My guess is the art style and probably lack of marketing is why it sold 5 million instead of 8-10 million.
Oct 27, 2017
Mexicali, Mexico
I was a teenager coming hot off of FF7 and IX seemed to kiddy and weird looking for me. I wanted the dark gritty Shinra/Midgar aesthetic
This reminded me of the time that after playing the game, I asked my gaming friends why nobody told me about FF9 early. All their answers were: "The kiddy one? Man, you will be better off playing the superior/manly one: FF7"

I admit this may have added to my dislike to FF7 and FF8.
Oct 25, 2017
I peaced out when the MC’s bame was Zidane since I kept seeing Zizou and couldn’t take the game seriously
Oct 25, 2017
How has this not been posted yet?

Kotaku article about that guide

Seriously though, this guide. I have it still and it is such a special thing. Game was fun. I was in high school. I just remember playing 7 and loving it. 8 was a annoying because draw/cast. 9 was just, I don't know, something special?
Oct 25, 2017
It is but I think it's understandable coming after the completo different art style of FF VII and VIII.
Agreed, making the science-fantasy elements more at the forefront compared to previous games resulting in the cyberpunk leanings of VII and the advanced yet contemporary style of VIII led to creating different expectations for players who became fans of the franchise with those games, with finally introducing more realistic proportions at all times in VIII rather than only sometimes like in VII not doing any favors to IX's more traditional fantasy leanings with super-deformed models.
Oct 25, 2017
I had just started college, didn't have my PSX nor a way to afford it. Also it's not my job to vigorously defend a video game from meanies on the internet?

Adored the game when I finally played it, though, it's definitely one of my favorites in the series
Oct 27, 2017
I bought it day 1 and have sung its praises ever since. One of the best FF's to date. It was all downhill from there.
Oct 27, 2017
I was there on Day 1.
Doesn't change the fact that I don't believe FFIX lives up to FFVI or FFVII.

It's better than FFX, FFVIII, FFXIII, and FFXV if that matters to you OP...
Oct 25, 2017
I got my parents to buy it for me and I played it and I didn't talk about games and shit online because I was 10.

Don't see how "it's my fault" when I (ok, my mum or dad) bought the game.

I imagine most fans of FFIX bought the game and enjoyed it, hence how they became fans of it...
Oct 25, 2017
Playing it? I bought it day 1 and loved it. FFX was the first one that disappointed me. I loved FFVII, VIII and IX all dearly.
Oct 25, 2017
I didn't know FF existed when it came out. Then a few months (or maybe a year) later my friend told me about it, convinced me to buy it, and I loved it.

I am personally offended you compared whatever ridiculous backlash got to World of Final Fantasy. Most criticisms I've seen of WoFF seem fully deserved.
Oct 25, 2017
Never liked the main characters tail and I had moved on to the PS2 by then so I stayed away. Now that I'm older I don't really care for the design but would play it, but haven't had a chance to go back.
Jan 24, 2018
Always loved it and was baffled to find out it was hated on so much. I have a distinct memory of visiting a local game shop and the owner was from japan and he was the one that told me in japan people hated the style of the game and zidane himself. I supported the game at the time and it's still in my top 3. Beatrix is my favorite FF lady too.

I'm okay with dismissing WoFF though I can't stand the funko style at all. If everyone was in the KH style like the main kids I wouldn't be complaining.
Oct 25, 2017
i liked both of these games when they came out

ive just been sitting here

this is like a reverse reality opinion

I dunno after ff7/8 the last thing FF needed was a nostalgia trip. I just thought it was so boring honestly
ye triple triad was better but tetra master was ok
Oct 26, 2017
Real brave of you to blame a 9-year-old who didn’t even have a PlayStation my dude.
I'll never understand why some people take a thread title so literally.

Obviously I'm not specifically calling out the members of this forum. The "You" represents the culture of the time, which was largely highly negative towards FFIX.

It's nice to know the game is getting the praise it deserves now, but this is also the reason we don't see more refreshing experimental games like this.

You think Nintendo will ever make a non-handheld Zelda on the style of Wind Waker ever again? The early aughts were pretty much "Fuck your cartoons" and that's probably affected a lot of decision-making from devs even today.
Oct 27, 2017
I bought both. Bought FF9 again digitally on PSN. Considering WoFF again on Switch, even though I haven't even opened the damn thing for PS4.