Final Fantasy IX

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.12-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • launcher (requires dotnet45, see notes)
  • sound, music (crackling may occur, see notes for resolution)
  • menus, game, combats
  • cinematics
  • English, French, Japanese (see notes for Japanese)
  • Tetra Master/Quad Mist

What does not



What was not tested

  • full game
  • eidolon animations

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 12 20172.12-stagingYes Yes GoldQuentin Santos 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 14 20161.9.9Yes Yes GoldSnowdrake 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Fix sound crackling

First, make sure to start wine/Steam with the environment variable PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC set to 60. For instance:

PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 wine 'C:\Program Files\Steam\Steam.exe' -no-dwrite

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This fix should make crackling mostly disappear for elongated periods of time. However, after some time, heavy crackling may still trigger, and never stop.

Then, from a terminal, run the following command: $ winetricks settings sound=alsa (assuming WINEPREFIX is set to the wine prefix corresponding to your FFIX installation). This fix should make it so that crackling only lasts for a few seconds (maybe a few dozens).

Install dotnet45

Installing the last version of winetricks (otherwise, you might get 404 HTTP errors). Then, start a fresh Wine prefix and install dotnet45 first:

$ export WINEARCH=win32
$ export WINEPREFIX=~/wine-ff9
$ winetricks dotnet45
$ wine SteamSetup.exe
$ # install Final Fantasy IX through Steam
Enabling Japanese (not specific to Wine)

To enable Japanese, download the mod. Then extract the file Assembly-CSharp.dll to STEAMDIR/steamapps/common/FINAL FANTASY IX/x86/FF9_Data/Managed/. The language selection icon is found in the lower left corner of the title screen; the Japanese option (日本語) overlaps with "Select Language".

Remark: the language setting will revert to "English (US)" every time you start up the game so you will have to select it manually every time you wish to play in Japanese.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Black Screen
by Dillon Z on Saturday June 11th 2016, 14:51
Whenever I start the game on wine 1.9.11, it gets through all the pictures of who worked on it as the intro, then the screen goes black. Any fix for that?
RE: Black Screen
by Dillon Z on Saturday June 11th 2016, 14:53
I tried 1.9.9 as well and it didn't work.
RE: Black Screen
by Quentin Santos on Wednesday July 12th 2017, 23:34
I encountered the same behavior when bypassing the launcher starting the game directly from x86/FF9.exe. Was it your case?

If so, the game (FF9.exe) needs the "StreamingAssets" directory, which is located in the parent directory (at root of installation). You may simply run the following command from the terminal to create a symlink to it:

[…]/common/FINAL FANTASY IX/x86$ ln -s ../StreamingAssets/ .
[…]/common/FINAL FANTASY IX/x86$ wine FF9.exe

That should let you play the game normally. Alternatively, it should be possible to get the launcher to work by installing dotnet45 from winetricks and libpng12-0 (*not* libpng16-0, which is the one available on Debian) from the repository (or manually if not available).