|Founded||April 1, 2003|
|Current president||Yosuke Matsuda|
Square Enix is a Japanese video game company known for developing several RPG titles. Some of their best known properties include the Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and (in collaboration with Disney) Kingdom Hearts franchises. The company was formed as the result of a merger between Square and Enix on April 1, 2003.
Some time before the Square Enix merger, Square collaborated with Nintendo to create the Super Nintendo Entertainment System title Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars in 1996. The game takes some inspiration from the Final Fantasy series.
In the 2000s, Square Enix made two Mario titles for the Nintendo DS, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Itadaki Street DS, which are crossovers between the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises, respectively. In the former game, the Square Enix logo can be seen on two courts: Mario Stadium and Peach Field.
In 2010, Square Enix released a Mario sports title for the Wii, titled Mario Sports Mix. It features the same Final Fantasy characters found in Mario Hoops 3-on-3, as well as a Slime from Dragon Quest. In 2011, Square Enix released a sequel to Itadaki Street DS for the Wii, titled Fortune Street, which is also a crossover between Mario and Dragon Quest.
Super Smash Bros. series
Square Enix is also one of the game development studios represented by playable characters in some of the later Super Smash Bros. installments. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VII appears as a DLC fighter alongside a stage titled Midgar, set in the location of the same name. The game also features purchasable DLC accessories for Mii Fighters based on Geno and Chocobo.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Cloud returns as a fighter and Midgar also appears as a returning stage. The game introduces some more Square Enix-related downloadable content. The first one is being Challenger Pack 2, which includes the Dragon Quest character Hero and the stage Yggdrasil's Altar, based on the location of the same name. The Challenger Pack 8 introduces the Final Fantasy VII main antagonist Sephiroth as well as the Northern Cave stage, based on the location of the same name. The final DLC pack, Challenger Pack 11, introduces the Kingdom Hearts fighter Sora and the stage Hollow Bastion, based on the location of the same name. The game also features Mii Fighter items based on Dragon Quest characters as downloadable content.
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