In May of 2020, author Mike Chen published Star Wars: Brotherhood, a canonized novel about characters Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi during the time of the Clone Wars.
Chen makes a reference to the Final Fantasy X mini game called Blitzball in which Wakka, Tidus, and other characters compete in a kind of “underwater hockey” to score points. The player can win new abilities and items to use in battles as part of the main game.
Mike even confirmed that the Blitzball he refers to in the book is in fact the same Blitzball as originated in the game.
Fans speculate on exactly how some characters can hold their breath underwater for so long, but no official explanation has been given. The answer may have something to do with magic “pyreflies”.
A whole host of other references can be found in a Twitter thread created by Mike including elements of Star Trek DS9 and a recipe from Gordon Ramsey. Chen also wrote a short story included in the 2020 book From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.
As someone who grew up playing Final Fantasy X, I find it exciting to see references to this classic and beloved game in pop culture, especially in a universe as popular and vast as Star Wars.
Here’s hoping Blitzball is added as part of the next Star Wars game!
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