Check out this fan-made version of Final Fantasy XI… for the GameBoy

    
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If you’re really tired of waiting for the mobile version of Final Fantasy XI, perhaps you’re willing to go a bit more low-tech with a version of the game for… the GameBoy? It’s still mobile, if you’ve got lots of money to spend on batteries! Also a functional GameBoy and the ability to load a ROM onto a cartridge, probably. Yes, it’s a fan game made by Kazy, not an official project, but it’s still really neat just the same.

The project recreates some 30 areas of the game in pixel form, complete with familiar maps and story quests to provide narrative context. There’s no fighting to be had, as the emphasis is on the story and exploration sides of the game, but that’s still a lot of material to cover for the game. And yes, it’s free if you want to take a tour through the game’s faux-portable goodness.

Source: Itch.io; thanks to Kit for the tip!
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Open_Mind66

A GameBoy, really? Dont you guys have phones? ;)

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Danny Smith

neat.

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NeoWolf

Thats really cool, i’m surprised they haven’t been slapped with a C&D though if im being honest.

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Carlo Lacsina

I think it’s safe from those since it’s not meant to make money and it’s also a parody

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cursedseishi

Yeah, can’t quite speak of IP/Copyright law myself… But this definitely hits hard as the definition of ‘transformative’ work. If this was online-enabled and had more elements to it than simply walking around and reading? Yeah, we’d probably see a C&D because it isn’t as if Square has shown to be finnicky about doing it before.

But unlike… say, Chrono Trigger 3D and Chrono Trigger: The Fan-sequel? At most, the names and some basic designs whose detail honestly would be lost on a Gameboy OG would infringe, and I don’t think they’re wanting to chase after someone for something that light on the scale.

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NeoWolf

Even so, it is still using someone elses I.P and something a LOT of companies would be FAR from okay about it for fear of it damaging the i.p. Concerns over someone making monye from thier i.p which isn’t happening here is just a separate concern.

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Carlo Lacsina

I would be super surprised and disappointed in square if they actually went out of their way to pursue this thing, especially if they made claims on it damaging their property.

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NeoWolf

I guess that will depend on the fan who made this, any controversies surrounding them, or the creation etc.. and I expect they will be playing legal mother hen with the i.p whether any of us approve or not as they wouldn’t want any of that mud being associated with thier i.p which is afterall one of thier assets for making money themselves.

They may not even be aware of this yet, and even if they are they may simply be waiting to see what the reaction is.