Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Developer(s) The Game Designers Studio
Publisher(s) Square Enix, Nintendo
Series Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) JP August 8, 2003
NA February 9, 2004
EU March 12, 2004
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op (4)
Input methods GameCube Controller, Game Boy Advance
Compatibility 3Stars3.pngEdit rating: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
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GameIDs GCCE01, GCCP01, GCCJGC
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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, Square's first game for a Nintendo console since the days of the SNES, takes the lush fantasy world from the Final Fantasy franchise and adds in hack-and-slash-style four-player action. The game does away with traditional experience points and instead focuses on action-oriented combat with a unique co-op slant. Up to three friends can join in on the quest, by using Game Boy Advance units connected to the GameCube as controllers. While all the main action takes place on the screen, the GBAs enable the players to access menus, organize their spell spheres, and perform upgrades without slowing down the action. The initial release of this game included a GBA Cable to allow players instant access to the game.

Emulation Information

Multiplayer Support via VBA

Multiplayer support via Visual Boy Advance connectivity works. But characters will not stop jittering/hitching on multiplayer mode, also attacks and magic can not be charged up and released. Refer issue 9528.

To set up multiplayer with VBA-M, follow these steps.

  • Download the latest VBA-M svn.
  • Dump your gba_bios.bin, and enable it in VBA-M (Options > Game Boy Advance > Configure > Boot ROM)
  • Enable BIOS File use VBA-M (Options > Game Boy Advance > Use BIOS File)
  • Disable "Pause when inactive" in VBA-M (Emulation)
  • Enable Local Mode (Options > Link > Local Mode)
  • Enable Link at boot (Options > Link > Link at boot)
  • Use the GameCube link type (Options > Link > Type > GameCube)
  • In the Dolphin configuration, go to the "Controllers" section and select "GBA" for the port input
  • Start the game in Dolphin
  • Now load the gba_bios.bin, in the same way you would load a normal gba-game (File > Open)
  • Enable Turbo Mode in VBA (Emulation > Turbo mode), otherwise the game will run at ~8% speed
  • Now just wait until it connects.

Problems

VBA Support

VBA connectivity many be broken since 5.0-5018.

Goblin Wall

As of 5.0-540, the Goblin Wall level is impossible to clear. After defeating the Goblin King and responding to the subsequent letter received via Mogmail, the screen goes black and audio seems to stutter. Earlier versions of Dolphin can progress past this point, but save files will have the wrong header and require hex editing to be usable in current revisions. Refer issue 9915 / issue 7098.

Enhancements

16:9 Aspect Ratio Fix

The built-in Widescreen Hack causes clipping/culling issues. The following AR codes work as a replacement. To avoid conflicts, make sure that Widescreen Hack is disabled while using these codes

NA

0418542C C3A2C794
04332D74 3FE38E39

EU

04186548 C3A2C7CC
04333DCC 3FE38E39

Configuration

No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.


Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

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5.0-9208 (current)
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2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

Testing

This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r7367 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II 720 BE @ 3.2GHz ATI Radeon HD 4850 Works playable ultramann
r7367 Windows XP AMD Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.45GHz NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Game doesn't go after intro cutscene - constantly showing some book. No audio in intro. White squares in menu. †.fl.l).
r7482 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE @ 3.4GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Works playable, some slowdowns at the intro Digital hunter
r7482 Windows XP AMD Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.45GHz NVIDIA GeForce 7025 only black screen †.fl.l).
r7505 Windows 7 Intel Pentium T4300 @ 2.1GHz ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 Only Black screen still no matter what settings WordsMyth
r7571 Windows XP Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 NTSC version stutters occasionally during cutscenes, otherwise beautiful under DX9. PAL version gives the same black screen issues other testers have. nykotik
r7617 Windows 7 AMD Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.8GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Works with the dx9 graphics plugin but not with the dx11 ChaosGiant
r7717 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2410M @ 2.3GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Similar to an earlier entry on an NVIDIA card, game freezes on a book in the intro. No audio. White squares replace text. Only PAL version tested. LtCaptain
3.0-167 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II 965 BE @ 3.7GHz NVIDIA GeForce 560 Ti Work great. No issues using DX11 Renderer Hellbringer616
3.0-226 Windows 7 AMD Tricore AMD Radeon NTSC version works playable and fine, PAL version gives the same black screen issues other testers have. Lob3zNo
3.0-505 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-980 @ 2.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 5800 PAL: Map Screen Black, No Sound, Dolphin Crashes at Saving-process Jackall4BDN
3.5-420 Windows 8 Intel Core i5 @ 2.4GHz NVIDIA GeForce 310M Almost no problems, just the connection with VBA is slow. audio distortion only appears after playing a long time and can be resolved by making a savestate and restarting the emulation. Nar
3.5-1250 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 @ 2.66GHz NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT No audio anymore (unless "DSP on Dedicated Thread" is enabled). Connection with VBA is still slow. Nar
4.0.2 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-4960X @ 4.6GHz NVIDIA GeForce 780 Ti Constant 100% (NTSC Version ONLY), using Dolphin recommended settings, DX11 (OpenGL causes graphical glitches), 4 x Internal and 8 x AA (no quantity levels). Just finished the game without any problems at all. **Point of Interest; Using AR Codes in Towns/Villages may cause Dolphin to crash ** himalayan

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