Previously, we’ve reported on the annoying debacle surrounding Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster’s physical release in western countries. Namely, one half of the package is not actually on the game cartridge, but must be downloaded through a one-use code.
Now that retail copies of the game are in players’ hands, they’re discovering another enraging caveat about this download code. Apparently, even though the code downloads a digital copy of Final Fantasy X-2 onto one’s console, owners still need to insert the Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster cartridge to access that content!
This certainly feels like the worst of both worlds. If such players lose access to their Switch accounts, they will lose access to the digital content of Final Fantasy X-2. However, they cannot even enjoy the convenience of having Final Fantasy X-2 in digital form – which is essentially chained to the cartridge anyway.
If you want to avoid such confusing shenanigans from Square-Enix, you should purchase the Asian retail release by Bandai Namco instead. The Asian physical version of Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster contains both games and extra contents all on one cartridge – with no downloads required.