List of Square Enix companion books

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Various Ultimania books at a Books Kinokuniya in San Francisco, California

Dozens of Square Enix companion books have been produced since 1998, when video game developer Square began to produce books that focused on artwork, developer interviews, and background information on the fictional worlds and characters in its games rather than on gameplay details. [1] [2] The first series of these books was the Perfect Works series, written and published by Square subsidiary DigiCube. They produced three books between 1998 and 1999 before the line was stopped in favor of the Ultimania(アルティマニア,Arutimania) series, a portmanteau of ultimate and mania. [3] This series of books is written by Studio BentStuff, which had previously written game guides for Square for Final Fantasy VII . They were published by DigiCube until the company was dissolved in 2003. Square merged with video game publisher Enix on April 1, 2003 to form Square Enix, [4] which resumed publication of the companion books.

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Square Co., Ltd. was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1986 by Masafumi Miyamoto. It merged with Enix in 2003 to form Square Enix. The company also used SquareSoft as a brand name to refer to their games, and the term is occasionally used to refer to the company itself. In addition, "Square Soft, Inc" was the name of the company's American arm before the merger, after which it was renamed to "Square Enix, Inc".

DigiCube Co., Ltd. was a Japanese company established as a subsidiary of software developer Square on February 6, 1996 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The primary purpose of DigiCube was to market and distribute Square products, most notably video games and related merchandise, including toys, books, and music soundtracks. DigiCube served as a wholesaler to distributors, and was noteworthy for pioneering the sale of video games in Japanese convenience stores and vending machine kiosks.

Contents

Both the Perfect Works and Ultimania books have focused primarily on Square and Square Enix's role-playing video game franchises, such as the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series; over 45 of the 75 books are for games related to the Final Fantasy series. Sometimes, multiple books have been written per game or revised editions have been published years afterwards. One of the books, Final Fantasy IX Ultimania Online, was solely published online as part of an experiment by Square Enix with online content delivery; another for Final Fantasy XI was planned, but the idea was abandoned as unsuccessful and all subsequent books have been published traditionally. [5] [6] The Ultimania series had sold over 10 million books by July 2007. [7] All of the books have been released solely in Japanese, but in October 2017 Dark Horse Books announced that they would be publishing English translations of the three-volume 2012 Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania as Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive, for release starting in June 2018. [8]

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Final Fantasy is a Japanese science fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, and developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise centers on a series of fantasy and science fantasy role-playing video games (RPGs/JRPGs). The first game in the series was released in 1987, with 14 other main-numbered entries being released since then. The franchise has since branched into other video game genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, racing, third-person shooter, fighting, and rhythm, as well as branching into other media, including CGI films, anime, manga, and novels.

<i>Kingdom Hearts</i> video game series

Kingdom Hearts is a series of action role-playing games developed and published by Square Enix. It is a collaboration between Disney Interactive and Square Enix, and is under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura, a longtime Square Enix character designer.

Perfect Works

TitleGameDateISBNRef.
Xenogears Perfect Works Xenogears October 10, 1998 ISBN   978-4-9250-7532-9 [9]
SaGa Frontier II Perfect Works SaGa Frontier 2 July 15, 1999 ISBN   978-4-9250-7554-1 [10]
Front Mission 3 Perfect Works Front Mission 3 November 20, 1999 ISBN   978-4-9250-7566-4 [11]

Ultimania

TitleGameDateISBNRef.
Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania Final Fantasy VIII March 31, 1999 ISBN   978-4-9250-7549-7 [12]
SaGa Frontier II Ultimania SaGa Frontier 2 June 18, 1999 ISBN   978-4-9250-7553-4 [13]
Legend of Mana Ultimania Legend of Mana September 30, 1999 ISBN   978-4-9250-7564-0 [14]
Chrono Cross Ultimania Chrono Cross January 27, 2000 ISBN   978-4-9250-7573-2 [15]
Vagrant Story Ultimania Vagrant Story April 13, 2000 ISBN   978-4-9250-7575-6 [16]
Final Fantasy IX Online Ultimania Final Fantasy IX December 29, 2000Internet-only [5]
Final Fantasy X Scenario Ultimania Final Fantasy X September 14, 2001 ISBN   978-4-8878-7010-9 [17]
Final Fantasy X Battle Ultimania Final Fantasy X September 14, 2001 ISBN   978-4-8878-7011-6 [18]
Final Fantasy X Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy X January 31, 2002 ISBN   978-4-8878-7021-5 [19]
Final Fantasy IX Ultimania Final Fantasy IX February 28, 2002 ISBN   978-4-8878-7025-3 [20]
Kingdom Hearts Ultimania Kingdom Hearts June 13, 2002 ISBN   978-4-8878-7042-0 [21]
Kingdom Hearts Ultimania Revised Edition Kingdom Hearts January 9, 2003 ISBN   978-4-8878-7090-1 [22]
Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Final Fantasy X-2 May 31, 2003 ISBN   978-4-8878-7126-7 [23]
Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy X-2 February 13, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1161-3 [24]
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles World Ultimania Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles March 19, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1162-0 [24]
Final Fantasy X-2 Ultimania Final Fantasy X-2 April 16, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1205-4 [23]
Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission Ultimania Final Fantasy X-2 International+Last Mission April 16, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1163-7 [24]
Final Fantasy X Scenario Ultimania Final Fantasy X May 28, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1215-3 [17]
Final Fantasy X Battle Ultimania Final Fantasy X May 28, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1216-0 [18]
Final Fantasy X Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy X May 28, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1214-6 [19]
Final Fantasy VIII Ultimania Final Fantasy VIII June 25, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1243-6 [24]
Final Fantasy IX Ultimania Final Fantasy IX June 25, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1244-3 [24]
Chrono Cross Ultimania Chrono Cross July 30, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1249-8 [24]
Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana Legend of Mana July 30, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1250-4 [24]
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Ultimania Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories December 17, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1344-0 [24]
Kingdom Hearts Ultimania Revised Edition Kingdom Hearts December 17, 2004 ISBN   978-4-7575-1349-5 [24]
Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Ultimania Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song July 15, 2005 ISBN   978-4-7575-1487-4 [24]
Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy VII September 9, 2005 ISBN   978-4-7575-1520-8 [24]
Kingdom Hearts Series Ultimania α ~Introduction of Kingdom Hearts II~ Kingdom Hearts December 9, 2005 ISBN   978-4-7575-1597-0 [24]
Kingdom Hearts II Ultimania Kingdom Hearts II February 23, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1621-2 [24]
Final Fantasy XII Scenario Ultimania Final Fantasy XII June 16, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1696-0 [24]
Final Fantasy XII Battle Ultimania Final Fantasy XII June 16, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1697-7 [24]
SaGa Frontier II Ultimania SaGa Frontier 2 July 20, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1733-2 [24]
Vagrant Story Ultimania Vagrant Story July 20, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1734-9 [24]
Final Fantasy XII Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy XII November 24, 2006 ISBN   978-4-7575-1821-6 [24]
Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ Ultimania Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix+ May 2, 2007 ISBN   978-4-7575-2013-4 [24]
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings Ultimania Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings June 14, 2007 ISBN   978-4-7575-2024-0 [24]
Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System Ultimania Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System September 6, 2007 ISBN   978-4-7575-2100-1 [24]
Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania Final Fantasy VII September 13, 2007Part of the Final Fantasy VII Potion box set [25]
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Ultimania Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII October 18, 2007 ISBN   978-4-7575-2126-1 [24]
Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 1: Character Final Fantasy series January 31, 2008 ISBN   978-4-7575-2206-0 [24]
Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 2: Scenario Final Fantasy series April 10, 2008 ISBN   978-4-7575-2251-0 [24]
Final Fantasy 20th Anniversary Ultimania File 3: Battle Final Fantasy series June 19, 2008 ISBN   978-4-7575-2320-3 [24]
Dissidia Final Fantasy Ultimania α Dissidia Final Fantasy December 4, 2008 ISBN   978-4-7575-2466-8 [24]
Chrono Trigger Ultimania Chrono Trigger January 20, 2009 ISBN   978-4-7575-2469-9 [24]
Dissidia Final Fantasy Ultimania Dissidia Final Fantasy January 29, 2009 ISBN   978-4-7575-2488-0 [24]
Final Fantasy VII 10th Anniversary Ultimania Revised Edition Final Fantasy VII April 16, 2009 ISBN   978-4-7575-2560-3 [24]
Final Fantasy XI Story Ultimania Ver.090409 Final Fantasy XI June 11, 2009 ISBN   978-4-7575-2507-8 [24]
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Ultimania Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days June 25, 2009 ISBN   978-4-7575-2578-8 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII Scenario Ultimania Final Fantasy XIII January 28, 2010 ISBN   978-4-7575-2775-1 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII Battle Ultimania Final Fantasy XIII January 28, 2010 ISBN   978-4-7575-2776-8 [24]
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Ultimania Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep March 25, 2010 ISBN   978-4-7575-2788-1 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy XIII September 30, 2010 ISBN   978-4-7575-2958-8 [24]
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Ultimania Kingdom Hearts Re:coded November 4, 2010 ISBN   978-4-7575-3050-8 [24]
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Ultimania Action Side Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy March 10, 2011 ISBN   978-4-7575-3161-1 [26]
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Ultimania RPG Side Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy March 31, 2011 ISBN   978-4-7575-3162-8 [27]
Final Fantasy Type-0 Ultimania Final Fantasy Type-0 November 30, 2011 ISBN   978-4-7575-3432-2 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Scenario Ultimania Final Fantasy XIII-2 January 31, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3496-4 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Battle Ultimania Final Fantasy XIII-2 January 31, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3497-1 [24]
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Ultimania Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance May 1, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3615-9 [24]
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Ultimania Ω Final Fantasy XIII-2 June 21, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3619-7 [24]
Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania Volume 1 Final Fantasy series December 18, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3769-9 [24]
Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania Volume 2 Final Fantasy series December 18, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3770-5 [24]
Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania Volume 3 Final Fantasy series December 18, 2012 ISBN   978-4-7575-3771-2 [24]
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII December 19, 2013 ISBN   978-4-7575-4158-0 [24]
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster Ultimania Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster December 26, 2013 ISBN   978-4-7575-4159-7 [24]
Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster Ultimania Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster January 30, 2014 ISBN   978-4-7575-4160-3 [24]
Kingdom Hearts Series Memorial Ultimania Kingdom Hearts series October 2, 2014 ISBN   978-4-7575-4384-3 [24]
Biohazard Revelations 2 Ultimania Resident Evil: Revelations 2 March 26, 2015 ISBN   978-4-7575-4600-4 [24]
Final Fantasy XV Ultimania - Scenario Side- Final Fantasy XV December 28, 2016 ISBN   978-4-7575-5214-2 [24]
Final Fantasy XV Ultimania - Battle + Map Side - Final Fantasy XV December 28, 2016 ISBN   978-4-7575-5215-9 [24]
Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Ultimania Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age July 13, 2017 ISBN   978-4-7575-5339-2 [24]
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Ultimania Dissidia Final Fantasy NT January 11, 2018 ISBN   978-4-7575-5615-7 [24]
Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space World Ultimania Another Eden July 31, 2018 ISBN   978-4-7575-5800-7 [24]
Kingdom Hearts III Ultimania Kingdom Hearts III February 28, 2019 ISBN   978-4-7575-6001-7 [24]

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