A few weeks ago I posted about how a Final Fantasy IV for the original Famicom might’ve been further along than most people realized. For reference, see here. I also mentioned finding an issue of the magazine the info supposedly came from – but was unsure if it was the correct issue. Well, I went and bought it anyway, and after the cost of the item, deputy service fees, international shipping, and all that hoopla, it wound up costing me $100 for a random shot in the dark. Thankfully KingDarian helped chip in like $35 of that, so it didn’t sting as much.
The magazine arrived yesterday. It was in amazing, almost like-new condition. I’ve only just quickly skimmed through it but haven’t been able to find the info in question yet. I don’t know if it would be in this issue or not, but at some point I’ll give it a better read-through.
The magazine is actually really cool, much better than magazines these days, and if you’re a fan of retro games like me, this is like discovering a bizarre Japanese Nintendo Power that you never knew about before. That’s not what this is, but it feels like it!
At some point I really want to scan it to share with fellow SNES/SFC fans, but the problem is that my scanner doesn’t work with 64 bit Windows at all, meaning I have to go buy a new one. Also, I’d still like to pick up more issues of this old magazine to try to find this elusive FFIV Famicom info and just find out more interesting FFIV/V/VI stuff in the process – this issue I have alone has lots of cool FFIV coverage, for example. There are more issues of this magazine (which is Dengeki Super Famicom) for sale as I type this (see here) but I can’t honestly afford $100 a pop.
A short while ago a friend of mine suggested doing a Kickstarter for my Legends of Localization stuff, but I’m not inclined to do it because money always complicates things, and accepting people’s money via a Kickstarter would just place more concrete expectations on my shoulders. Still, though, it’d be really nice to be able to afford a new scanner, more issues of Dengeki Super Famicom as they show up, and other supplementary materials for my analysis stuff, so I’m conflicted.
So my question to you, my few readers is this – what do you suggest? Should I do a Kickstarter, just do Paypal donations, or just forego this stuff since it’s not that important?
At the very least I’d like to get this current issue scanned at some point so I can share it with you guys! For now, here are some photos of random stuff from the magazine and the “Square Power Book” that came with it. Again, there’s so much interesting stuff in here, so these photos are probably only a tiny portion of the whole thing!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the Square booklet thing mentions that FFII SNES was supposedly sold before FFIV Easy Type. Although I think this isn’t the case (supposedly Easy Type was sold 2 days before FFII?) it seems to point toward the idea that FFII came first and that Easy Type was based on that (which seems to be my opinion too).
NOTE: Possibly NSFW pic below – if you’re at work you shouldn’t be reading this anyway!