Thats bad. At the same time, didnt you guys have imports, or game rental places?
I was able to beat it twice around 1995 living in Brazil and believe me, it was really hard to find stuff at that time.
Region locking was a thing back then. We were in the PAL region so anything from Japan/the Americas would be unplayable to us. If there were any import stores they were probably just imported from elsewhere in Europe which obviously wouldn't help. Rental places would only rent stuff that was also sold in the country.
I assume Brazil was the same region as the US? So it would've been easier to import stuff there.
Plus there wouldn't have really been any demand. I'm pretty sure FF7 was the first FF game to release in Europe, so the franchise was literally unknown prior to that. Even if it were easy, people aren't going to import a game they've never heard of.
Thanks for the info, I didnt know about all that. Brazil actually uses a system called PAL-M, I dont know the details but I know that american consoles and VCR's did work for us but the screen would be black and white. Therefore you had to buy a kind of small conversor that you needed to use to make it appear in colour. I really dont know if the PAL-M system use din Brazil has any relation to the PAL system from europe.
One thing that I always wanted to know is if we played the games on a wrong framerate, now I am curious and will do some research on it as it seems games on NTSC and PAL actually used to run at different framerates.
Back to the availability stuff, the game rentals would import the game mostly from US or Japan. We would have those rental places everywhere in big cities.
As for the demand, I dont know, again in Brazil there was demand so probably in Europe there would be demand as those games were covered extensively by games magazines. The first time I beat the game I used one of those guides as I did not know english by then.
Anyway, it's such a great game, so many memories.