Final Fantasy VIII turns 15 years old today! 15 fun facts about the game.

Final Fantasy VIII was released 15 years ago in Japan. This was the game that had to match the strength of Final Fantasy VII and still to this day remains controversial among fans due to its complicated story and draw system.

For many of us though, this may have been your first Final Fantasy title and so, just as we did with Final Fantasy VII, we're going to honor the occasion with a list of 15 fun facts about the game.

8. First Comes Squall Then Comes... Selphie?
Selphie was the second character Tetsuya Nomura drew for Final Fantasy VIII.

12. How Nice Is Your Squall?
Selphie's website contains comments about Squall which range from good to "kinda scary". These change depending on the player's social choices between Squall and the rest of the party.

13. Edea's Deling Parade Speech
Edea's speech in Deling City is completely different in the Japanese version. You can read a translation of the Japanese version here, but only if you're okay with spoilers.

14. Final Fantasy VII, You Know
Fujin and Raijin were originally supposed to be in Final Fantasy VII, however, with the Turks they were deemed unnecessary and were saved for Final Fantasy VIII.

15. Zell And His Hot Dogs
In the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII, Zell's does not have an obsession with hot dogs, but flavored bread instead.

Ending Conspiracies
There are some massive conspiracies regarding Final Fantasy VIII's ending. There is one theory that suggests Squall has been dead through most of the game. The theory suggests that anything after the failed mission in Deling City is a dream. The second theory is that Rinoa is in fact Ultimecia. Both theories have not been officially reported as true, however, there is a lot of evidence to support them.

The rest of the list is at the source
Rinoa is still the worst.