Your Letter-Writing Campaign Finally Paid Off: Chrono Trigger Comes to Virtual Console this Monday

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Posted by Alex (2401 posts) -

Nintendo launched the Wii in late 2006, and along with it, the Virtual Console. This online method for re-purposing classic games as digital downloads has existed for four and a half years. In that time, a number of bona fide classics have hit the service, and yet up until now, one particularly gaping hole remained in the catalog of available Super Nintendo titles: Square Enix's much-beloved role-playing game, Chrono Trigger.

I bet just staring at that box art is giving you the vapors right about now.

Grumble indignantly about Squeenix's disdain for you and the rest of the series' fanbase no more, as the publisher will finally plug that Chrono Trigger-sized hole as of this Monday, May 16. The game will be available in the Virtual Console store for the standard SNES game price of 800 Wii Points ($8).

Finally, one of the greatest RPGs of all time will join such previously-released Super Nintendo masterpieces as Darius Twin, Cybernator, Vegas Stakes, Rival Turf, both goddamned Aero the Acro-Bat games, and Squeenix's own Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. Oh, and a bunch of Mario games, I guess.

While this will likely only serve as a temporary distraction from your decade-long bitterness over Squeenix's almost remarkable unwillingness to further the series with a new installment, at least now people finally have a new way to appreciate this undeniable classic of the role-playing genre. After all, it's been, what, like three years since the DS version came out? That might as well be an eternity!

#1 Posted by Alex (2401 posts) -

Nintendo launched the Wii in late 2006, and along with it, the Virtual Console. This online method for re-purposing classic games as digital downloads has existed for four and a half years. In that time, a number of bona fide classics have hit the service, and yet up until now, one particularly gaping hole remained in the catalog of available Super Nintendo titles: Square Enix's much-beloved role-playing game, Chrono Trigger.

I bet just staring at that box art is giving you the vapors right about now.

Grumble indignantly about Squeenix's disdain for you and the rest of the series' fanbase no more, as the publisher will finally plug that Chrono Trigger-sized hole as of this Monday, May 16. The game will be available in the Virtual Console store for the standard SNES game price of 800 Wii Points ($8).

Finally, one of the greatest RPGs of all time will join such previously-released Super Nintendo masterpieces as Darius Twin, Cybernator, Vegas Stakes, Rival Turf, both goddamned Aero the Acro-Bat games, and Squeenix's own Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. Oh, and a bunch of Mario games, I guess.

While this will likely only serve as a temporary distraction from your decade-long bitterness over Squeenix's almost remarkable unwillingness to further the series with a new installment, at least now people finally have a new way to appreciate this undeniable classic of the role-playing genre. After all, it's been, what, like three years since the DS version came out? That might as well be an eternity!

#2 Posted by MassiveDuck (157 posts) -

sweet

#3 Posted by MannyMAR (525 posts) -

Best SNES game ever.

#4 Posted by FateOfNever (1855 posts) -

Now if only they'd get the Earthbound/Mother series on the Virtual Console...

#5 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@mannymar said:
" Best SQUARE game ever. "
Fixed.
#6 Posted by Scarlet_Rogue (502 posts) -

I really do miss that Squaresoft branding.

#7 Posted by Rayeth (1071 posts) -

Are we disregarding Chrono Cross for the PS1 that was in fact a direct sequel to CT?

#8 Posted by DJ_Lae (629 posts) -

Already have it on the DS but I'll rebuy it if only to get the original, clunkier, and more amusing translation. The DS's dialogue just felt sterile in comparison.
#9 Posted by Popogeejo (616 posts) -

Next up: Earthbound!

#10 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12123 posts) -

Chrono Trigger is a pretty good game. I find the cultish fervor surrounding it to be a little off putting (Yo, it's a JRPG. And you can fight the final boss whenever. And Akira Toryama did all the character designs, which means they suck), but even with the fairly flippant and disingenuous statements I just made, I actually still really like it. Just not enough to pay for it again. I dunno. Does everyone on the internet still hate Chrono Cross?

#11 Posted by TehFlan (1928 posts) -

I'll probably buy that. I've never played Chrono Trigger.

#12 Posted by Rothbart (359 posts) -
@Rayeth said:
" Are we disregarding Chrono Cross for the PS1 that was in fact a direct sequel to CT? "
I know, right? I myself vastly preferred Chrono Cross to Trigger, but I may be in the minority here...
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#13 Posted by GilbertMordinAndSullivan (442 posts) -
@Rayeth:Alex said "decade-long bitterness." It's been a decade since Chrono Cross, so he was referring to that game indirectly.
#14 Posted by JJOR64 (19070 posts) -
@mannymar said:
" Best SNES game ever. "
MORE LIKE BEST WII GAME EVER HARHARHARHARHAR
#15 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3823 posts) -
@Rayeth said:

" Are we disregarding Chrono Cross for the PS1 that was in fact a direct sequel to CT? "

Are you talking about Alex saying they refuse to further the series? I don't think he meant they never furthered the series. He was implying that they refuse to further the series any more.

He mentioned a decade-long bitterness. Chrono Cross came out 11 years ago...
#16 Posted by Protonguy (306 posts) -

Bloody love that game.

#17 Posted by mracoon (4979 posts) -

On my birthday, no less.

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#18 Posted by RampageAssassin (427 posts) -

Never played it so I'm buying it.

#19 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1474 posts) -

By far one of the easiest RPGs I have ever played, but the characters and story are the stuff of legends.

#20 Posted by Fallen189 (5052 posts) -

It'd be good if it wasnt already out for every other video game system ever

#21 Posted by Gaff (1888 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:
" @mannymar said:
" Best SQUARE game ever. "
Fixed. "
Let's not play that game.

#22 Posted by Vrikk (953 posts) -

Haven't we all played this game in three different formats by now, though?

#23 Edited by Soap (3644 posts) -
#24 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

How many times do I have to buy this game before you'll make a new one?!

#25 Posted by Ockman (207 posts) -

I find this funny, because the first time I played and beat Chrono Trigger was 3 years ago...and I did it on my Wii.

#26 Posted by panzerjedi (10 posts) -

<3 Chrono Trigger. Easy buy.

#27 Posted by craigbo180 (1726 posts) -
@Fallen189 said:
" It'd be good if it wasnt already out for every other video game system ever "
In Europe it has been released on the DS.

In America I believe it came out on the SNES and the DS.

It's not on XBLA or PSN.
#28 Posted by prestonhedges (1961 posts) -

It's on the DS with added stuff (though the added stuff isn't spectacular).

And don't you make fun of my goddamned Vegas Stakes.

*shakes fist*

#29 Posted by dungbootle (2428 posts) -

I like it, but I got it on DS already! I want to play EarthBound legitimately someday.

#30 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

I always got stuck in the future.

#31 Posted by Cubical (637 posts) -

Now  hy don't they make a new Chrono Trigger game that does not suck like Chrono Cross (that artwork was horrible but the music was good.) that had a bunch of poorly written characters rather than a small group of good characters  and s gameplay system that was not as cool.


Hell they even bought out enix  the other fucking half of chrono trigger team and they still did not do it right.
Oh ya because they are busy  spiting crap final fantasy games out of there ass that is why and screw over Chrono trigger and Secret of mana  i forget.

Oh and  the so called usa Secret of mana 3 will never come out  with an english translation either.

Thanks square you ass holes I got a fucking SNES with this game and the other crap ports of it you put out this does me no good.

#32 Posted by Fortenium (102 posts) -
@Popogeejo: *chuckle* Dream on.
#33 Posted by Branthog (5597 posts) -

Even if I used my Wii, I wouldn't feel comfortable buying digital content for it. The whole Nintendo thing is just too shaky for me.

#34 Posted by PerfidiousSinn (771 posts) -

I can't decide what console to buy this game on. I hear that every port is significantly worse than the SNES version, but which one is less worse?

#35 Posted by dpac (10 posts) -

Where's my original Contra (for the NES)?

#36 Posted by Rayeth (1071 posts) -
@Wrighteous86:

Yeah you might be right.  Still with the insanity that happens at the end of Chrono Cross, I don't really know where they could go if they want to keep a coherent fiction.

Then again, it is time travel, so you can pretty much justify whatever you want if you try hard enough.  Heck they could just remake CT in 3D and it would sell a bizjillion copies.
#37 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3823 posts) -
@Rayeth said:

" @Wrighteous86:

Yeah you might be right.  Still with the insanity that happens at the end of Chrono Cross, I don't really know where they could go if they want to keep a coherent fiction.

Then again, it is time travel, so you can pretty much justify whatever you want if you try hard enough.  Heck they could just remake CT in 3D and it would sell a bizjillion copies.
"

I think Chrono Break was going to involve what happened to Crono and friends between the two games, and maybe trying to prevent that. A heavier emphasis on actions in the past having major ramifications on all aspects of the future, like the Sports Almanac in BttF. That theory is just a complete fabrication of my own mind, though... a combination of Trigger's time travel and Cross's alternate dimensions, essentially.
#38 Edited by xxNBxx (980 posts) -

Don't care till they make a HD version.  If they give me an HD version of Chrono Trigger  and FF6 then I will be happy.

#39 Posted by animateria (3265 posts) -

There is a DS version out there... Why would I play the Wii version again?

#40 Edited by EVHKwick (452 posts) -
@Cubical: Be a bigger troll.

I have the DS version. A great port of the PSX version, plus some added features. It's cool that it'll be available on my TV again, but this isn't worth eight bucks for me.
#41 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

i'm not usually crazy about video game journalists but Alex has the best fucking attitudes and writing style in his articles

#42 Posted by Terranova (605 posts) -
@craigbo180 said:
" @Fallen189 said:
" It'd be good if it wasnt already out for every other video game system ever "
In Europe it has been released on the DS.

In America I believe it came out on the SNES and the DS.

It's not on XBLA or PSN.
"
You missed off the PSone version that also came out in the U.S packaged together with final fantasy IV and called final fantasy chronicles.
#43 Edited by Shadow (4988 posts) -

Sweet. The best SNES game I've never played finally comes out at the beginning of the two months I don't have a Wii

#44 Posted by craigbo180 (1726 posts) -
@Terranova said: 
"  You missed off the PSone version that also came out in the U.S packaged together with final fantasy IV and called final fantasy chronicles. "
Fair Play, I did do a quick check to see if the PS1 version came out in America but obviously the different name threw me off. Still, I would hardly say it's a title that is easily accessible.
#45 Posted by napalmtrees (80 posts) -

The Playstation port of this game was utter garbage (long load time just to open to menus), so I'm glad to see there's a new one I can play on my television.

#46 Posted by rick9109 (157 posts) -

One of SNES's best games.

#47 Posted by phish09 (1110 posts) -
@JJOR64: Considering there are a ton of SNES games that are better than any Wii game, I think his point made a lot more sense.

Anyway, does anyone know if Final Fantasy VI up on Virtual Console yet?  That's really the only SNES era RPG that I got into at the time and I have never played it again since.
#48 Posted by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -

Squeenix.

#49 Posted by CornBREDX (6044 posts) -

Thats awesome. I'm going to get that... That game is a true classic.

#50 Posted by TheMasterDS (2138 posts) -

I have it on DS already and I don't want to replay it on my Wii of all things. Even if I did want to replay it I'd want to do it in bed. Now, Earthbound I wouldn't mind paying money for to Nintendo.

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