Final Fantasy IX

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Start from finish avoiding side quests (may require workarounds to run properly, see below)

What does not

- The game sometimes crashes at the end of FMVs. This doesn't happen everytime. 

- Heavy lag and stutters on the Crystal World or in battles when moves like Grand Cross or Meteor is used. Holy and Thundaga might seem like a big move but it works fine. 

- Freezes on after-battle menu if more than 1 character levels up. The freeze lays up to 10 seconss.

- Area splash screen on Daguerreo and Ice Cavern shows white. I haven't seen this happen everytime for unknown reasons.

- Ramming into mountains or other area barriers on the airship (sometimes) will crash the game.

- Mashing a button will make it mash itself until game restart, making Cid's minigame on Desert Palace VERY HARD.

- Weird crashes on fullscreen mode.

- Cloud save not working.

- The exit confirmation often freezes everything on areas with background animations, sometimes even requiring a force restart.


Not technical workarounds but you can use these to prevent spme of the problems specified above.

To prevent the FMV crashes:

Skip it, it can be done just before the scene ends if you want to watch it fully. The crash doesn't happen that often anyway. 

To prevent mountain-ram crashes:

Drive the airship on a higher altitude.  

To complete the desert palace minigame:

Fail the minigame intentionally at least 10 times. Then it will be significantly easier, even without mashing.

To prevent fullscreen crashes:

Only use resolutions with 16:9 aspect ratio, or whatever ratio your system is running on.

To prevent exit confirmation freezing everything:

Pause the game before exiting.

Cloud save:

There really isn't a fix. Instead go to \AppData\LocalLow\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY IX\Steam\EncryptedSavedData\ and copy the "savedata_ww.dat" out to somewhere safe.

What was not tested

- Chocobo side quest

- Superboss (Ozma)

- Most Eidolons. Only tested Madeen (Terra Homing) which is required to finish the game.

- Most Blue Magic animations.

- White Magic: Might, Mini, and Jewel are untested.

- Black Magic: Spells stronger than the "-ga" variants, including Meteor, Doomsday, and Flare (? - Might be missing some)

- Tantarian (I forgot this exists)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

This game has repetitive and very annoying problems. Otherwise it works pretty well.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 19 20216.0Yes Yes YesGoldIammethe24 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jul 12 20172.12-stagingYes Yes NoGoldQuentin Santos 
ShowArch Linux x86_64May 14 20161.9.9Yes Yes NoGoldSnowdrake 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
50143 FF9_Launcher.exe: error on launch UNCONFIRMED View

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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.


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