The project stems from a collaborative effort between one of Tokyo’s biggest landmarks and the celebrated video game series, which turns 30 this year.
It’s hard to believe that the first game in the wildly successful Final Fantasy franchise was released back in 1987 for the NES (Famicom in Japan). Since then, the series has shown no signs of slowing down or losing popularity, as its 15th main installment was released just last year to extreme fanfare.
Square Enix is always looking for new ways to promote its flagship series, from teaming up with cup noodle maker Nissin to opening themed restaurants. For the next exciting round of events, the franchise will be collaborating with the one and only Tokyo Tower for a special “Crystal Tokyo Tower” illuminated light-up event on Friday, April 28th from 7-11 pm. The Crystal Tower originally showed up as a location in 1990’s Final Fantasy III game and has appeared in other games in the franchise as well. This will be a rare chance to see one of Tokyo’s most famous sightseeing spots transform from its usual shade of red into a lovely crystal blue!
In addition, beginning that same night and continuing until 10:50 p.m. on May 7th, Tokyo Tower will be offering a special “4D Battle Projection” mapping show on the second floor of the Tower’s Main Observatory. This show will cloak the Tokyo nightscape with boss battle scenes from the series for a truly exhilarating spectacle among the city’s lights. The duration of the projection mapping will vary slightly each night, so please check the schedule on Tokyo Tower’s official website. Visitors to the show will also receive a special Final Fantasy Record Keeper commemorative postcard on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Finally, Tokyo Tower will also be operating a limited-time “Premium Store” at the Animate JMA Tokyo Tower location on the third floor of FootTown, the building found to the base of the Tower. Customers who spend over 2,000 yen (US$18) on Final Fantasy merchandise will receive the commemorative shopping bag pictured below while supplies last.
Longtime Final Fantasy fans definitely won’t want to miss out on any of these opportunities if they’ll be in town for the next week. With any luck, perhaps we’ll have a Sailor Moon Crystal Tokyo Tower collaborative event next!