SQUARE ENIX Holdings Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア・エニックス・ホールディングス) is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company that is best known for its role-playing video game franchises, which include the FINAL FANTASY series, the DRAGON QUEST series, and the KINGDOM HEARTS series (with Disney Interactive Studios). Its headquarters are located in the SHINJUKU EASTSIDE SQUARE Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Influence in the McLeodGaming media
While not as notable as Nintendo or SEGA, SQUARE ENIX's intellectual properties get some prominent presence in McLeodGaming-related material. The first instance was in A Super Mario World, where characters Cloud Strife (based on his KINGDOM HEARTS appearance) and Riku appear as central characters in the story, the latter being the actual primary antagonist of the series.
Perhaps the biggest influence of SQUARE ENIX's properties in any MG-related media is in the more popular Super Smash Flash series. In the original Super Smash Flash, both Cloud, based on his original FINAL FANTASY VII's appearance, and Crono, from CHRONO TRIGGER appear as unlockable playable characters. The reboot, Super Smash Flash 2, further expanded the FINAL FANTASY series by adding a playable character based on the Black Mage class-job and adding two new stages from this series. Sora from KINGDOM HEARTS was made playable alongside two stages, Twilight Town and The World That Never Was. Both Cloud and Crono were expected to return in this game as well, but their future remains uncertain as the original roster was revamped to accommodate new characters, whom Black Mage was one of the new characters selected.