Update [9th Mar 2021]: Last December, a trademark for the Final Fantasy Chocobo spin-off surfaced online. Now, according to Gematsu, Square Enix has filed trademarks for “Chocobo GP” on 26th February in Australia and Canada. Another trademark for it appeared in Europe at the start of this month.
Original story [15th Dec 2020]: During the Nintendo 64 era, kart racing games were in their prime. Mario Kart 64 was followed by Diddy Kong Racing and Mickey’s Speedway USA, and over on other platforms, like the PlayStation, there was Crash Team Racing.
One other lesser-known kart racer was Square’s 1999 release Chocobo Racing – a game based on the Final Fantasy spin-off series, Chocobo. While it was limited to the original PlayStation back then, there’s now seemingly a chance of it returning in some way or form on modern platforms, after a trademark was filed by Square Enix in Japan at the start of this month.
According to Gematsu, “Chocobo GP” was trademarked in English, and “Chocobo Grand Prix” was trademarked in Japanese.
If you’re wondering at this point what the chances even are of a possible remake, re-release or follow-up making its way across to Nintendo’s platform, the hybrid system is probably in with a good chance, if a game like this is announced.
While Square Enix still has a few exclusive deals with Sony when it comes to the Final Fantasy series, the majority of past mainline entries are now available on the Switch and various other platforms. Then there are spin-off titles such as the GameCube exclusive Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, which was recently remastered for PlayStation 4, Switch and mobile.
And let’s not forget Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth – who was just revealed as the latest DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Fingers crossed this trademark news is something to do with Square’s classic racing game. Would you like to see the return of this Final Fantasy offshoot? Comment down below.