Theatrythm: Final Fantasy to put musical spring in 3DS' step

If you can swing a sword and carry a note, you may be an ideal candidate to save the world in Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Square Enix's forthcoming Final Fantasy game for the 3DS that fuses music game mechanics with good ol' fashion RPG adventuring.

Appearing in this week's issue of the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump, Theatrhythm is described as a traditional Final Fantasy romp governed by rhythm game rules. Players will still venture from town to town slaying monsters along the way, however success in battle will be determined by one's ability to tap along to popular Final Fantasy songs using the system's stylus and touchscreen controls. Early screens indicate Theatrhythm will feature rosey-cheeked “chibi” visuals, and star familiar Final Fantasy characters such as FFVII's Cloud and FFXIII's Lightning.

It has not been confirmed if Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy will box-step its way to western shores, however Sileconera previously spotted a North American and European patent for Theatrhythm in early June, indicating it'll be more than just Japanese fans getting their RPG groove on sometime in the yet-to-be announced future.

Jul 6, 2011

Source: [Sileconera]


  • EnigmaSpirit - July 7, 2011 6:31 a.m.

    I like the idea, but Square seriously needs to make a new original jrpg for 3ds. This game does seem interesting enough though.
  • rainmanruss - July 7, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    Has Square made a game worth a shit since 'The World Ends With You' that doesn't have some dusty franchise crammed up it's ass? What a farce. Leave that kind of shit on the iPhone.
  • ranzatsu - July 7, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    @taokaka I do hope so too, but it also kinda looks like the ones you see in Taiko no Tatsujin... Also WTF, I was hoping SE would stick to JRPGs, not Kingdom Hearts chibi games. Looks fun, though.
  • UsernameLoser - July 6, 2011 11:48 p.m.

  • taokaka - July 6, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    I hope the rhythm parts play like elite beat agents but those scans make it look more like a touch screen guitar hero.
  • mattersnotnow - July 6, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    Tapping to FF music is what I do whenever I'm waiting for something... This is a game based on me waiting?
  • MattoMcFly - July 6, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    My bad - I could have sworn I saw lightning in VIII. Must have been a dream (or a dumbass typo on my part). We're changing it...
  • Shenlong4517 - July 6, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Final Fantasy in a rhythm game... That's gotta be the most awesome thing I've seen this month. Looking forward to it! And you switched an "X" for a "V" right there. Lightning's from XIII.
  • GoBlue811 - July 6, 2011 6:42 p.m.

    Lightning was in FFVIII? Interesting. I did not know that. Always thought she was in XIII and XIII-2. She must be a secret character, like Vincent in VII or Sonic in Super Smash Bros Melee.
  • UsernameLoser - July 6, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    Final Fantasy for 3DS was announced before the 3DS even came out, finally good to see some info. Also, Chibi Lightning? Chibi Cloud? WTF.

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