'Final Fantasy' as choreographed dance-offs

"Final Fantasy Dance Battle: KINJAZ vs QUEST" (All rights reserved - Mike Song / YouTube LLC)

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Flashy graphics and slick dance moves re-imagine the turn-based battles of classic Final Fantasy games as two crews face off in a battle of the dance moves.

Each side's move is inspired by a specific equivalent from the 27-year-old adventure series, while the video arrives not long after the late March releases of Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 on PlayStation 3 and the portable PlayStation Vita.

Choreographed by Mike Song, a Californian native who cites both American and Korean pop artists as key influences, the Final Fantasy Dance Battle features two crews whose members have appeared in TV show America's Best Dance Crew.

Song himself has choreographed ads for Disney, Ford and Yeo's, a video for Korean boy band B2ST, and appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

It's not the first time that Song has turned to Square Enix' series for inspiration, as Kotaku points out: last year's Final Fantasy Dance Mode was a more literal take on the earlier games' visual design.

And it's not the first time that a music-driven interpretation has spun off from the Japanese role playing franchise.

Iconic composer Nobuo Uematsu has had his work featured as part of various orchestral performances, including the ongoing Final Symphony and Video Games Live tours, while the series itself embraced melody-driven gameplay in 2012's Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the Nintendo 3DS and Apple's iOS devices; a sequel is due later this year.


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