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Final Fantasy music - Orchestrating Theatrhythm

When Square Enix held a poll for registered members to determine what kind of music was going to be featured in Theatrhythm, it was clear that the majority of fans (or at least the ones who voted), still favored Final Fantasy VII.

“If we followed that, [the game] would be Theatrhythm Final Fantasy VII. We had to give equal treatment,” said producer Ichiro Hazama, who has extremely fond memories of the music when he played through the series, which then led him to create Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  

“Final Fantasy is a story-based RPG with really in-depth stories,” he said, when asked why he decided to create this music-based rhythm game. “Whenever I play Final Fantasy titles, I look at the scene and remember the music. Whenever I look back, I remember the music. If that happens to me, maybe many players have those kinds of fond memories of the music.”

While the series’ main composer, Nobuo Uematsu, no longer works at Square Enix, he continues to contribute to Final Fantasy related projects. Uematsu was not directly involved on Theatrhythm (other than the fact that he had originally composed almost every track), but Hazama said he had played it when it was in development and greatly enjoyed it. Granted, what’s not to like? We’re looking at 25 years worth of Final Fantasy musical goodness bundled in one adorable, chibi-fied package. Read our review here to see what we think!

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is the first 3DS game to include downloadable content, and even though the game comes with more than 70 songs, there’s a massive library to pull from that could warrant a full-blown sequel. When asked whether a sequel could happen, Hazama replied with, "If you ask if I want to make it, [the answer is] yes. There is no official plan. If the customer wants it, of course we would make it! I wish that would happen."

Now that the series is up to Final Fantasy XIV, we decided to take a look back on the series and pick out a few of our favorite melodies and compile them in a sample here. Can you name them all? Share your favorite tracks in the comments below!

Final Fantasy Medley by SoundRadar

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8 comments

  • BladedFalcon - July 4, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    Okay! finally managed to listen to the medley! awesome work Sophia! ^^ Also... I'm ashamed to ask, because I KNOW I've heard it before but i can't pinpoint what song it is or from which FF it's from... But what's the piano tune around 4:30 and up until 5:00? The one before One Winged Angel?
  • BladedFalcon - July 4, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    ...Never mind. I asked because with all the music around, i thought I wouldn't find it easily, but I did. It's "Rose of May" from FFIX, and that's the first FF I searched for, and was the second song to appear in the youtube search, just after "You're not alone" XD
  • GR_SophiaTong - July 5, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    That was quick. It's always so hard for me to track down something I don't know the name of. Glad you enjoyed it :)
  • Corsair89 - July 4, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    So far, I'm really enjoying the game. I would be ecstatic if the game had either 'Besaid' or 'Calm Before the Storm' from FFX.
  • BladedFalcon - July 4, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    I plan to eventually get this game, so I don't know what tracks are or aren't there yet, and I don't want to spoil the surprise. But I am pretty sure they probably don't have Strago's theme from FFVI, which I personally really like, it's quirky, and it always made me feel like I really was in a peculiar place when I entered Thamasa. To be fair though, I can think of almost every single FF having more than a few worthwhile songs, even FFVII,FFIX and FFXIII which I don't particularly like. Also, thinking about it, I'm almost certain that they probably don't have Laguna's Battle theme from FFVIII which is just fantastic. (And arguably better than VIII's actual battle theme.)
  • taokaka - July 4, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    I know you said you didn't want the surprise ruined but I fear I should warn you........... Every song is crazy chocobo GAS ‘EM UP WITH THE GREENS AND LET ‘EM GO STAND BACK, STAND CLEAR AS HE PUTS ON THE SHOW SO CUTE YET FIERCE IS HE FROM HELL? I CANNOT TELL YET I DON’T EVEN WANNA KNOW SO YOU WANNA BE A TRAILBLAZER KICK UP DIRT LIKE A HELLRAISER TAKE THE REINS BUT DON’T REACT SLOW IT’S TIME TO FEEL THE FORCE - OF THE CHOCOBO! true brilliance
  • cindy-schiebler - July 4, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    That sample you put up made me teary eyed from the nostalgia, especially when Crisis Core kicked in. I'm so glad I bought Theatrhythm it really is a perfect way to celebrate 25 years of Final Fantasy Music. I would probably have to say Final Fantasy VI has my favorite soundtrack but IX is close 2nd.
  • GR_SophiaTong - July 5, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    Crisis Core was one of my favorite games and I loved the soundtrack.

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