Probably one of the greatest mini-games in the Final Fantasy series was cards. Who would have thought to see a card game in a video game? And those games are really fun to play. I could spend hours on the games, honing my skills and perfecting my strategy.
two players face off against one another, one side playing as “blue”, the other as “red” on a 3×3 grid. Each player has five cards in a hand and the aim is to capture the opponent’s cards by turning them into the player’s own color of red or blue.
The second game has a similar concept, albeit is a bit more confusing.
But ironically, the main characters who initiate the card games really wouldn’t play it. Take Squall for example:
Squall starts an introverted, cold and taciturn teenager who pushes away those who would otherwise be considered his friends. Though withdrawn, Squall does not shirk from what he considers his duty. As much as he resents assuming leadership, he is the first to ensure that what is necessary gets done. Squall’s pragmatism and sense of responsibility lead others to trust and follow him. Even though everyone agrees Squall can be difficult, staff and students alike admire him, and he is eventually appointed Commander of Balamb Garden much to his dismay. Squall becomes the de facto leader of the party, though at first, he dislikes his comrades looking to him for orders and advice.
Squall doesn’t see sociable enough to initiate contact with others. I guess he would have to if he knew he could. But it doesn’t seem like he’d play Triple Triad for fun. Doesn’t seem like his thing. He’s too no-nonsense for that kind of thing. What is his kind of thing? Seems like SeeD tests, his SeeD ranking and the mission at hand.
Paradoxically, Zidane seems too sociable to engage someone in just cards.
Zidane is a bit of a skirt-chaser. Despite accusations that all he ever thinks about is girls, Zidane can be serious when the situation calls for it. He advises the party on several aspects of life and is overall laid-back and casual in his actions and speech. Though he is confident in his abilities, Zidane harbors insecurities about his past and concealed loneliness. While usually cheerful, Zidane sometimes gets depressed, lonely, and questions why he should exist. Though he values friendship, he tries to keep his problems to himself and fight them alone. Zidane develops feelings for Garnet and acts like an older brother to Vivi. Towards other party members, even Steiner and Amarant who dislike him, Zidane is generally friendly.
I know he’s a fun-loving guy, so we think he’d be great at playing games. But he’s mostly interested in flirting with women. And stealing. You can’t turn the cards into more items.
Unlike Triple Triad, the cards cannot be turned into items and the player will not receive usable rewards other than more cards from playing the game.
Maybe he’d play just to get more cards. Otherwise, I don’t think it’s his thing either.
But it seems like everyone else but these two might play the card games. We know Quistis players Triple Triad. In fact, she’s a hardcore player. Vivi starts with cards, and Tetra Master seems like a game kids his age play. But does it really make sense for either Squall or Zidane to play either card game, for wildly different reasons? So why would either of them play it?
What do you think?
Ironically, we have Final Fantasy: The Trading Card Game.