We reported earlier this month that 1994 Super Famicom RPG Live A Live had received a trademark in Australia and Europe from publisher Square Enix. It subsequently received a trademark in Canada as well. However, while no one was looking, Square Enix went ahead and got a trademark in the United States as well. The filing date is listed as July 7, 2020, and it references use for “Downloadable computer game software; recorded computer game software; downloadable video game software; recorded video game software; downloadable virtual reality game software; recorded virtual reality game software.” In other words — it’s for video games.
Square Enix Live A Live trademark for the United States
As previously discussed, Live A Live has never been released outside of Japan, and besides a re-release on the Japanese Virtual Console, little has been done with the property in an official capacity since then. Revered Final Fantasy IV designer Takashi Tokita directed the extremely unique title, which tells a variety of distinct short stories set in different timelines with different tones and atmospheres. Comedy, horror, science fiction, cowboys, and, uh, Street Fighter II all converge in this one title, adding up to an experience with really no direct comparison anywhere else in the whole pantheon of gaming.
Live A Live is presently only playable in English via fan translation and emulation. However, since Square Enix intends to make new game announcements this month and August, perhaps the game will finally receive an official localization and release in the United States and abroad? A full-blown remake is also possible, as in the case of Trials of Mana, but there’s really no telling at this point.
Collection of Mana became a Nintendo Switch exclusive owing to Nintendo helping Square retrieve the source code for Seiken Densetsu 3 (Trials of Mana). There’s no telling if Square owes Nintendo such a debt in the case of Live A Live, but nonetheless, Nintendo Switch would make an awfully cozy home for the game, in whatever form it might come in.
And there are still lingering, wild rumors of a full Nintendo Direct tomorrow…