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November 23rd, 1999
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Squaresoft Online Store Opening in Early December

COSTA MESA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 1999--


Available On the Internet,

Decreasing Consumers' Holiday Shopping Stress

Square Electronic Arts(SM) L.L.C. (Square Electronic Arts), the exclusive publisher of all SQUARESOFT(R) products, today announced they will launch an online store on December 3, 1999 which will be available at

Consumers will be able to purchase SQUARESOFT video games and apparel via the Internet, eliminating the need to fight the holiday shopping crowds. In addition, customers will be able to take advantage of an online-only, pre-order promotion for the highly anticipated "FFVIII MUSIC COLLECTION -- MUSIC FROM THE FINAL FANTASY(R) VIII VIDEO GAME." The soundtrack will be pre-sold on the site at its launch and will remain an exclusive SQUARESOFT item available only at The four-CD package featuring design illustrations never before seen in the United States, contains music from the game created by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu and has sold more than 300,000 copies in Japan alone.

"With the holidays fast approaching, we think it's great to be able to offer our customers the convenience of shopping online," said Jun Iwasaki, president of Square Electronic Arts. "In addition to being able to purchase popular games, Square fans will also be able to get their hands on cool merchandise that has historically been available only in Japan."

SQUARESOFT fans will be able to buy all of the video games for the PlayStation(R) game console ever published by Square Electronic Arts, dating back to Parasite EVE(TM) and the popular XENOGEARS(TM) role playing game (RPG) as well as this year's holiday releases: FINAL FANTASY VIII, FINAL FANTASY ANTHOLOGY(TM), Chocobo Racing(TM) and EHRGEIZ(TM). All future video games published by Square Electronic Arts will also be available online. In addition, consumers can purchase t-shirts and other apparel emblazoned with the SQUARESOFT logo.

Square Electronic Arts will conduct a variety of promotions on the site throughout the year. To begin with, and to celebrate the site's launch on December 3, 1999, the first 100 people to place an order of $100 or more at the online store will receive a free FINAL FANTASY VIII t-shirt. More details on this promotion can be found starting December 3, 1999 at

Online customers will be able to make purchases using Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover credit cards. In addition, consumers will be able to purchase via fax or mail order with a printable order form found at

Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. and Square Co., Ltd.

Square Co., Ltd. is the leading third-party developer and publisher of home video game console software in Japan with annual sales of more than US $345 million and 1,200 employees worldwide. Square Co., Ltd. became famous for its role playing games, including its world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series, which has sold more than 25 million units to date, and now publishes other titles under the SQUARESOFT brand spanning all genres. Square Co., Ltd. is based in Tokyo, Japan, and maintains a branch office in Osaka.

In North America, Square Co., Ltd. publishes its SQUARESOFT titles through Square Electronic Arts L.L.C., located in Costa Mesa, CA. Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. is a Limited Liability Company established on May 1, 1998 by Square Soft, Inc. and Electronic Arts to manage the marketing and distribution of SQUARESOFT products in North America. More information about SQUARESOFT products can be found on the Internet at

FINAL FANTASY, Parasite EVE, XENOGEARS, FINAL FANTASY ANTHOLOGY, Chocobo Racing and EHRGEIZ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Square Co., Ltd. Square Electronics Arts is a service mark of Square Electronic Arts L.L.C. SQUARESOFT is a registered trademark of Square Co., Ltd. Electronic Arts is a trademark or registered trademark of Electronic Arts in the U.S. and/or other countries. PlayStation and the PlayStation logos are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
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