They ran out of Wii points.

I had a huge stack of Pepsi caps with Rock Band codes in them which I had intended to cash in for Wii points, but apparently they ran out of them, whatever that means. I kind of figured that the whole point of a giveaway was to, well, give away prizes, and while I can appreciate the concept of “while supplies last” I sort of thought figured that digital content that can be copied and distributed endlessly was not a resource that was going to run out. There’s a lot of things I don’t understand about the world, I guess.

I wanted those Wii points too, because the final chapter of FF4: The After Years came out today. Between that and Dissidia I think it’s fair to say that I’m going to remain balls-deep in Final Fantasy for a while. (Have I made a post about Dissidia yet? I forget.) I am, of course, hyper-aware that the allure of these two games in particular is lost on anyone but the most die-hard FF fanboys. Say what you want about the series, but it’s over twenty years strong now and has reached the point where it can afford to cannibalize itself and still turn a profit. And hey, look what finally got a release date:

They’re cutting it loose in Japan in December, which means we’ll probably get it sometime next year. I’ll be counting the seconds until then, but that’s not even the most interesting part of the ad. Let’s zoom in a tad:

Is that… is that facial hair? I didn’t know men under the age of 50 were capable of growing facial hair in Final Fantasy games. I mean, sure, Basch, but FF12 is kind of a black sheep when you take the series as a whole. I don’t really know what to make of this. I’m betting this is a hilarious mistake of some kind, and somebody got fired over it. And since this is Japan we’re talking about, somebody probably then went on to fall on their sword over it.

This is probably old news, and that’s probably a character that was revealed ages ago, but I try to avoid spoiling myself on FF games in the run-up to their release. Which, for FF13, has been… uh… three years now? Wow. Except for Lightning and Afro-Balthier I haven’t been introduced to any of the cast, and I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Still, that dude has scruff on his chin. Was he accidentially cropped in from an unrelated ad? Maybe I’ll get to find out sometime in 2010.

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