May 20th, ladies and gentlemen. May 20th is the day when Japanese users will be able to download the PSN port of Final Fantasy IX, according to Square Enix Producer Shinji Hashimoto’s Twitter. The rest of the world? No details as of yet, but you probably already know that it might be coming down the pipes pretty soon. I’m still waiting on Xenogears to land on the PSN, and that hasn’t shown any life of an American PSN release.
If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy IX and don’t mind trying to read Japanese text, you can whip out your plastic card, punch in those 16 numbers on the PSN and download the game. However, if you’re from somewhere else around the world where people don’t dress like Final Fantasy characters in real life, you’re screwed. The game is amazing in every respect, personally, with Vivi being one of the most lovable characters in the franchise. His yellow eyes and his mysterious black face that hid under that tall magi hat reminded me of Pepsi with lemon. If you haven’t indulged yourself in Final Fantasy IX, you definitely should. At this point, a PS1 and/or the game won’t do you any good unless you can actually play it. The best thing for any of us to do right now is pray to our deities and hope that the game releases globally real soon.