I first heard about Square Enix during high school in 1999; they were still Squaresoft back then. I remember staring at the gorgeous advertisement for Final Fantasy VIII in one of the video game magazines R loved bringing to class – and falling in love with Squall Leonhart, hahaha. (I even remember the release date for FF8: 9/9/99.) I was FF8-baited into Square Enix: it was the first Final Fantasy I played (and finished) and subsequently became my favorite. The other FFs I got to play and finish were only FF7 and FF9 for the PlayStation console, and Dissidia and Dissidia Duodecim for the PSP. But even if I’m not a hardcore Final Fantasy gamer, R was (haha) and we definitely didn’t want to pass up a chance to visit The Square Enix in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
The Character Goods Shop Showcase was basically… yes, a showcase. It also doubled as a shop of various Square Enix Merchandise.
But our real reason for going to this showcase was to see this (/plays Shinra theme song):
Unfortunately, the Character Goods Shop Showcase ended last November 25, 2012. As it turned out, R and I were just in time to have seen it! But, fortunately – or actually, even better – a cafe called ARTNIA (also by Square Enix) took its place. Click here for a detailed map and access to ARTNIA. R was able to visit it last year. The only downside was creepy Sephiroth on the floor was no longer there.
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