Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 have gotten remastered versions on a variety of consoles, including the portable PlayStation Vita. But with a game released so many times in its remastered form, is it worth diving into the world of Spira once again for Nintendo’s new portable console, the Nintendo Switch? If you’re already a fan of Square Enix’s tenth entry in the Final Fantasy series, then more than likely you’ll be picking up the game again and enjoying all of the neat extras this version of the collection has to offer.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch is essentially the same games as before, identical to the releases it had on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and PC. What makes this version on Nintendo Switch a little different besides the ability to play the games on the go, with better visual and sound quality than the PlayStation Vita, is the bonus content included with the game.
Extra bonus cutscenes and an epilogue to both Final Fantasy X and X-2 can be accessed from the collection’s main menu. These were extra scenes from the International versions of both games, which were not included in the initial US release on the PlayStation 2. Fans of Final Fantasy X will appreciate them if they haven’t seen them already beforehand, while newcomers will be getting the complete package and total experience from these games. It’s not entirely new content per se, but it is different stuff that is absent from other platforms.
On the technical side of things, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster runs pretty well on the Nintendo Switch. Load times for the game are pretty good and everything runs smoothly. With the HD polishing for the visuals and effects in both games, everything looks as good as a game developed over 10 years ago can possibly look. Playing in portable mode on the Nintendo Switch might have a smaller screen, but the visuals still look great.
Grinding for experience while on the go is just as good as it was when the game was out for PlayStation Vita, although many people might prefer the larger screen and better grip with the Nintendo Switch. There are some very slight moments where the game will have issues with the camera getting obscured as you play, but these are short-lived and don’t impede any of the action taking place.
The music in the Final Fantasy X remaster is fantastic. You have the option to switch between both the original and remastered soundtrack, which will speak to both old and new fans. Final Fantasy X-2, unfortunately, doesn’t have any remixed music, which is a shame because it would’ve added more to an already great package. Everything else in-game on the Nintendo Switch sounds great when playing in docked or portable mode. Playing with a good headset will really allow you to take in every note and sound effect for the best possible result.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster might not be an immediate purchase for those who’ve played through the game before, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great collection to have on Nintendo Switch. The games are still great and have over 100+ hours of gameplay, the bonus content gives even more to those who follow the storyline of both titles, and the portability on Switch makes for a very good game to play on any long trip. If you wanted to return to Spira or experience it for the first time, you can’t go wrong checking out this collection for Switch.
These impressions are based on a digital code of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for Nintendo Switch, provided by Square Enix.