Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

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.

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 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
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Emulation Information

Game Boy Advance ↔ GameCube Connectivity

This title supports GameBoy Advance connection, which can be used via joybus emulation. As of 5.0-14690 Dolphin now has mGBA built in for GBA connectivity features. Simply set a GBA (Integrated) to the controllers you wish to connect and ensure you have a GBA BIOS configured in the Options → Configuration → GameCube and everything else with connecting will be handled automatically.

If you wish to use standalone GBA emulators for connectivity, you still can through the GBA (TCP) setting. mGBA 0.9.0 or newer and the latest VBA-M SVNs should be supported. Please follow each emulator's instructions for Joybus connectivity in order to connect to Dolphin.

Dual Core Netplay/Input Recording Hangs

While most games that do not support Dolphin's "fake-completion" Dual Core simply do not boot, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles boots and appears to work fine. Unfortunately, throughout the game extreme bouts of permanent lag will occur, which will essentially hang the game. To avoid this, Dual Core must be disabled when playing on Netplay or creating Input Recordings.

Dual Core in other situations is fine.


VBA Support

VBA connectivity may be broken since 5.0-5018. Refer issue 7098.

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 that point, but save files created after that point will have a corrupt header and cannot be loaded. Refer issue 9915. Fixed by 5.0-13242.


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


0418542C C3A2C794
04332D74 3FE38E39


04186548 C3A2C7CC
04333DCC 3FE38E39


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.

5.0-21717 (current)
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.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
r7367 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II 720 BE @ 3.2 GHz ATI Radeon HD 4850 Works playable ultramann
r7367 Windows XP AMD Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.45 GHz 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 @ 3.4 GHz AMD Radeon HD 6850 Works playable, some slowdowns at the intro Digital hunter
r7482 Windows XP AMD Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.45 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 7025 only black screen †.fl.l).
r7505 Windows 7 Intel Pentium T4300 @ 2.1 GHz ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 Only Black screen still no matter what settings WordsMyth
r7571 Windows XP Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz 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 @ 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Works with the dx9 graphics plugin but not with the dx11 ChaosGiant
r7717 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2410M @ 2.3 GHz 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 @ 3.7 GHz 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 @ 2.8 GHz ATI Radeon HD 5800 PAL: Map Screen Black, No Sound, Dolphin Crashes at Saving-process Jackall4BDN
3.5-420 Windows 8 Intel Core i5 @ 2.4 GHz 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 @ 2.66 GHz 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 @ 4.6 GHz 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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