Square Enix arms Chrono Trigger DS

Publisher confirms next remake for Nintendo's handheld will be widely acclaimed Super Nintendo action RPG, available this holiday.

Setting off a digital wildfire of speculation just before the games' unveil in May, Square Enix launched telling official Web sites for the Dragon Quest Zenithia Trilogy. The trilogy follows on from the publisher's Final Fantasy DS remakes and will see the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments in the classic franchise remastered for the Nintendo DS, with the first to arrive September 16.

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Now, a similar fate has met Square Enix's next Nintendo DS redux of one of its classic properties. Following the game's official Web site being spotted overnight, Square Enix has confirmed that Chrono Trigger will release for the DS this holiday. Unlike the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest remakes, Chrono Trigger will not receive a graphical overhaul, though it will be reformatted to utilize the DS' dual-screen presentation and touch-screen functionality. The remake will also include a Wireless Play mode and an all-new dungeon.

True to the game's original premise, Chrono Trigger DS presents the story of Crono, who attempts to first save his friend Marle from a malfunctioning teleportation device. However, a more sinister threat evolves through his adventures, and Crono soon finds himself altering space-time to divert the near-certain apocalyptic future.

Rather than traditional random-encounter battles, Chrono Trigger features visible enemies and an active battle system, where players have a personal countdown timer that measures the frequency of attacks. Seen as revolutionary at the time, the game also includes multiple ending sequences.

Widely regarded as the last great hurrah for the Super Nintendo, Squaresoft's Chrono Trigger was released in the US for Nintendo's outmoded platform in September 1995, a full two weeks after the launch of Sony's PlayStation. Despite entering the fray late in the 16-bit lifecycle, Chrono Trigger managed to shift more than 2.5 million units globally.

The game was noted for its "Dream Team" development outfit, which consisted of famed Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, character designer Akira Toriyama, and composer Yasunori Mitsuda, among others. Chrono Trigger was followed in 2000 by Chrono Cross for the PlayStation, a game that received GameSpot's highest honors.

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SonicEXE
SonicEXE

This's pretty awesome, I look forward to picking it up. To anyone who claims the "load times" are a let down, keep in mind this is the DS, not the PSP, it still runs on cartridges, so if there are any load times, they're very minimal

JustinGoSka
JustinGoSka

This is gonna be sweet. I cant wait to see what the multiplayer features are. I havent played this game in almost a decade.

quirky_clayboy
quirky_clayboy

I guess these ports help keep the cash flowing while they make the AAA games, but come on! I'm itching for something new! Yes, Chrono Trigger was one of my favourite games of all time, but I find it somewhat offensive that they keep 'remaking' the classics

Eimin
Eimin

it looks terrible, Ill stick with my emulator where I can get better features hands down. Booo square enix! and yes I own the original.

Fusion_Master
Fusion_Master

Im very disappointed that after all this time, they are simply porting the game. They are killing off larger possibilites for the title such as a full 3D remake, possibly even for a console rather than a handheld. This is one of those games that could have a huge influence on the tide of console sales etc. Similar to the effect of Final Fantasy VII jumping to PS1, and probably what would happen if that game was ever remade and updated graphically and gameplay-wise. A simple port is a big let down.

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

Finally I can play this game on the go...

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

What? No 3d remake? Bah. I'll stick to my non loading SNES Chrono Trigger.

enisguy
enisguy

Yes! Yes!!!! Greatest RPG of all time. Almost everything about this game is perfect, truly one of the few perfect 10s ever created.

CTBradums
CTBradums

One good thing to come from this: Added interest in the Chrono series may spark them to continue work on the third title (possibly why they're re-re-releasing it at all, and no that's not a stutter :P) Chrono Trigger was, and is, one of the greatest games ever created. The Dream Team was exactly that - a dream team of game staff. The story was engaging and epic, the music was perfect and brought out the essence of the varied moods of the game, and everything was unique and original. Squaresoft at its best, and it makes me sad that Enix poisoned the game company we grew up with.

lionheart234
lionheart234

at last...... chrono trigger comes to the uk......!!! xD been waiting so long to play it....

Valdera
Valdera

oh wow!! definately buying this first day!!

SaitouZero
SaitouZero

Wow I was pretty excited about this because I thought it was a 3D remake similar to FFIII and FFIV , but now that I know its just a port my enthusiasm has greatly diminished, even with the added features. You'd probably be better off playing the PS1 Chrono Trigger on your PSP, at least you get nice anime cutscenes.

Tyralyon
Tyralyon

What does it matter if it comes out in Europe? The DS games doesn't have region locks, and it's not much of a hassle buying games from North American retailers. Anyways, great news, CT is such a brilliant game. I suppose they will release it outside Japan, I just hope they do the same with the DQ trilogy :)

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

YES! I've been wanting to play Chrono Trigger, I hope it comes out in PAL regions.

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

Finally, I've been wanting to play Chrono Trigger for a while. My only concern is the touch screen, hope it's optional.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

after recovering form the massive simultaneous hear attack nerdgasms zeizures and crying i hope they start remaking FF7 *puppy eyes*

Greenlight23
Greenlight23

I think it's a wonderful idea that Square would decide to keep the CT graphics as they were. I don't think a graphically revamped CT would work wonders at all, and besides, it wouldn't be really necessary in the first place. People have been waiting for this news for quite a long time, and I'm glad to see that Square finally act their act together to do this.

mdharken
mdharken

Yes, bravo Square a game I was really wanting :D: :D . Now how about getting Mario RPG to USA now yes?

Leafsno1
Leafsno1

WOW ive never wanted a game remade more than this one. amazing amazing amazing...i wish i never played this game 10 or so years ago...cause i couldnt stop playing videogames after that experience.

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Well looks like I have to buy a DS now =D Great news right here. One of my all time favorite rpgs.

Slammer612
Slammer612

@njm1314 I guess I lost the memo that said that Square/enix is Nintendo

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

That is awesome news. I never had the chance to finish CT on the SNES and now I can!!

Payback7
Payback7

QMG QMG!!! Thank you Square Enix! Loved this game the first time around and can't wait to see it on the DS. :)

dragonmaster335
dragonmaster335

Wow, my favorite RPG of all time, I have an M3 and I might actually consider paying for this, that's how great Chrono Trigger is :-D.

omnifas
omnifas

Actually I wouldn't mine a 3d revamp CT, remember CT:Resurrection? Though that had early PS2 or Dreamcast like graphics, the creator did the transition pretty well. Anyways Im definately getting this.

njm1314
njm1314

So I guess Nintendo has just given up on making new games huh?

SIMIFU
SIMIFU

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Naedeslus
Naedeslus

I'm glad they are not redoing the graphics, for CT was the best looking SNES game, ever. I don't think a 3D DS game would do it justice, also am looking forward to playing this on the go.

Grandstream
Grandstream

Dragon Quest 4-6? Disgaea? Chrono Trigger, even. The DS has TREMENDOUS potential for a handheld. And porting RPGs like these onto it shows that. Right now, the PSP only has Tactics, 1 and 2 (FFwise), and Star Ocean 1 and 2 coming out. So, handhelds are getting bigger and better.

Alizerothree
Alizerothree

They totally needed to give this game a graphic overhaul and cutscenes. It's a shame they are trying to make a quick $$$ off fans without giving them any new worthwhile features and polish.

G1Ga-B1T3
G1Ga-B1T3

So the DS re-release is teh reason that Chrono-ressurrection got slapped with a cease and desist? C'mon! Where the heck are the 3-D remakes? Square needs to get their heads out of ther rear ends.... last decent game they put out was FFVII....

Zoard
Zoard

do the time warp!

kuda001
kuda001

yay! ayla the cave girl was my fave character.

windbane
windbane

What would be nice, would be to have these SquareEnix remakes on XBLA.

JCooll
JCooll

COOL !!!!!!!! cant wait

Skuad_Knight
Skuad_Knight

Chrono Trigger graphics are not bad by any means, even for a 16-bit game. There are A LOT of worse looking games today. I live in Europe and I have an import USA cartridge, which I treasure deeply. Looking forward for the remake :)

jimmy813
jimmy813

Woohoo, something that will finally make me use my DS again!

UltimateXShadow
UltimateXShadow

I am buying this game. Nothing and nobody can convince me to do otherwise.

flawless_blade
flawless_blade

Wow I haven't played that game since the SNES! Eh... I can't remember what happens...

IgotNDskillz
IgotNDskillz

why isn't it getting a graphics overhaul? That's paying $35 for a 12 year old game. (A really great game at that) but still, it's like final fantasy favoritism. The final fantasies are all getting graphic overhauls for ds, yet chrono trigger is getting no graphics overhaul, but touch screen functions. that's pointless, and adding an extra dungeon is not doing much. All they care about are final fantasies. This game should get a true remake. Basically, another port :( oh well, I might buy it anyway lol

runkennyrun
runkennyrun

Now that i think about it, i'm actually kind of glad they aren't doing a graphical overhaul. think about it. every "graphical overhaul" that has been done for the DS has turned out to look really, really... "kiddie." ...and almost embarrassingly so. and naturally, everyone who played Chrono Trigger when it came out back in '95 is WELL into their twenties, and would rather not be caught playing what appears to be a "kiddie game" on their DS -- no matter how gloriously awesome Chrono Trigger is. I'm pretty sure some day -- maybe not for a VERY long time -- they WILL do a proper remake of CT. I'd imagine it playing a lot like FFX-2 with the graphics looking something like BioShock. I mean come on, i can't be the only one who thought of Robo after seeing the "big daddy" in the trailers.

Hitman2500
Hitman2500

I am so excited to play Chrono Trigger again!!! And to make things better its portable!!!

-Squirrel-
-Squirrel-

I just heard about this yesterday and I'm already tired of waiting... I'll bide my time with ff6 for the GBA and Golden Sun I guess. I hope they include something cool with a reserve for this game.

ffxiiangel
ffxiiangel

Finally Square Enix did something right!!!!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Wow, this is a surprise, all they are adding is an extra dungeon and wireless play, this remake may not be as screwy as I thought it was going to be.