Few gamers outside of Japan like cell phone games, mostly because we lack the proper phones to play them, meaning that most of the cell phone games that come to Japan more or less just stay there. So, when a high profile cell phone game, like, say, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is released, we generally cry foul, as we will never get the opportunity to play such a game, not even as an import. For those who don’t know, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy IV, and chronicles the tale of Ceodore, the son of FFIV’s protagonist Cecil.
In response to the disappointment that the sequel to such a popular game would never be seen outside of Japan, Square Enix hinted at possible releases on more or less everything, from PSN, XBLA, and WiiWare, to DS and PSP. Well, the teasing now continues, as an ESRB rating for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for Wii has appeared on their website. Although an ESRB rating is not a guarantee of a release (curse you Earthbound and your lack of a virtual console release), considering the fact that Square Enix has brought over the Crystal Defender cell phone games to PSN, XBLA, and WiiWare makes this appear to continue the trend. I am waiting for confirmation from Square Enix with grinning anticipation.