Wii Chrono Trigger firing off next week

Virtual Console version of 1995 SNES classic arrives on Nintendo's newest console on Monday for $8.

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Japanese Wii owners got the chance to download Chrono Trigger on the Virtual Console on April 26. Now, the rerelease of the 1995 SNES classic has a date with North America. Today, publisher Square Enix announced the game will arrive on US Wiis next Monday as part of the weekly Nintendo Store Update. The game will cost 800 Wii points ($8) and is rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and over by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Chrono Trigger returns to Nintendo's consoles next Monday.

Chrono Trigger focuses on a main character named Crono and his friends Lucca and Marle. When inventor Lucca's teleportation experiment inadvertently sends the friends back in time, they discover an ancient evil that will one day ruin their world, and so they set out to fix it.

The game featured a wide variety of fantastical environments throughout its multitude of time periods, and its storyline was typically twisty for a Square Enix role-playing game. It was developed by a team led by Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii, Dragon Ball artist Akira Toriyama, and composer Yasunori Mitsuda.

Today's announcement comes three weeks after the ESRB revealed that Chrono Trigger was also being rereleased on the PSP and PlayStation 3. In 2008, a reworked version of the game arrived on the DS to critical acclaim.

Discussion

71 comments
lex_in_the_moon
lex_in_the_moon

This is great! All they need left is on virtual console is Earthbound and FF6.

spitfire2010
spitfire2010

@CaptainVictory As in, they are recycling many ideas too often, having the same plot devices and predictable villian motivations and combat elements (Like common spell types like Fira or Firaga and using an ATB) It good to have traditional elements but it should be encouraged to add new things, for instance in FFXIII I noticed they added 'Ruin' as a spell type and brought back roles. Sure for some it wasnt enough but at least they tried. I dont want to start a war either, Im very calm about this and not ready to take it too seriously.

CaptainVictory
CaptainVictory

@spitfire2010 I'm not attempting to start a war but, what exactly do you mean by "losing its grip on new content"?

spitfire2010
spitfire2010

@CaptainVictory Ya I know, I'm playing XIII right now and Im finding it ok, sure its linear and lot like past RPG's but its still good in my opinion. I know each FF is unique and thats whats great about them, but the thing is its losing its grip on new content.

FantasyAndy
FantasyAndy

For everyone who said Chrono Cross was a half sequel, your really mistaken. It was a perfect sequal that explained what set Chrono Trigger into motion and tied a unique story into, as it turns out, an endless number of alternate dimensions and destinations along a massive timeline. For the next one (and I truely believe there will be a next one) I hope Square gets into a story behind Chronopolis/Dinopolis and a split in dimensions caused by Chrono's party's actions in prehistoric time. But I'll take anything damnit.

CaptainVictory
CaptainVictory

@spitfire2010 That doesn't make a lot of sense really. All the Final Fantasy games are independent of each other, barring X-2 and XIII-2, so if one is bad that wouldn't deteriorate the good of another. Also I'm not sure if you've played XIII but I wouldn't call that butchered. So I would say Square Enix still knows what they are doing.

Binarynova
Binarynova

@ilikedrit - The Wii, in my opinion.The Wii version will be an emulation of the original SNES version. No hiccups, no slowdowns. The PSN version is the same as the PSX version, which had slowdowns and little hiccups during the transitions from exploration to combat. That being said, the PSN version will have anime cutscenes (animated by Akira Toriyama, Chrono Trigger's character designer and artist of DBZ fame). My vote would still go with the Wii though, since you could always find those cutscenes on the internet. :)

loopy_101
loopy_101

@malatato Chrono Trigger has only been legitmately released on three paltforms. Originally in limited quantities on Super Nintendo back in 1995, no Euro release, later in a terrible conversion to Playstation around 1999/2001, still no Euro release, and finally a complete DS release made a couple years ago, which finally marked a European release for the game. Considering I live in Britain, I've had to wait nearly fifteen years before being able to own a copy of the game legally, noting that this version of the game is only available in handheld and is still not the pure unaltered Super Nintendo game that most of us learnt to love. So news of it finally propping up on Wii, in pure Super Nintendo format, is something of a relief and shouldn't be worth whining over.

spitfire2010
spitfire2010

@malatato Chrono Trigger is MY favortie game ever, but I dont consider it the best. Games have improved significantly since then but it remains a pioneer and a timeless classic that ironicaly never ages. I should mention tht this game never needed sequels aside from Chrono Cross, I'd hate to see them butcher the Chrono saga like FF.

malatato
malatato

@ ilikedrit The team had many time to make the sequel but instead they just ignored it and moved on whatever crap they're making and one thing FFXIII is a disappointment but it's far from bad

ilikedrit
ilikedrit

@malatato The Chrono "Dream Team" have other dedications at this time, and forcing them to make a sequel would be a bad idea if they currently don't have the time or resources to put in the right creative juices for a proper CT game. Look at the recent crap coming out of Square Enix. Do you want the developers behind these games to risk a rushed CT sequel that will ruin the Chrono franchise forever? I think the Dream Team knows what they're doing by holding off until they have the right minds working in the right place at the right time. Also, anyone know which CT emulation is likely to be better: Wii VC or PSN?

malatato
malatato

really square-enix?? really?? how many fcking times do you have to fcking release this sh!t. While I know this is the sh!t on it's time that it defines the RPG genre but enough is enough. how about a total remake and a true sequel, im tired of hearing that if the fans demands a sequel by buying this thing they might consider because I already have Chrono Trigger in my DS, PC, PS1, PS3 because I was hoping if there will be a sequel/remake

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

When does it come out on PSN?? I am interested in playing this game and seeing how it is.

thetravman
thetravman

Definitely worth $8, but I have the DS version and it doesn't get any better than that.

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

Worth it if you don't have the DS or SNES version

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i have the ps1 version , i may just download this one since i can play ps1 games on my ps3 already

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I was lucky enough to quit putting this off and got the DS edition. I don't see a reason to own a VC edition too though. If you haven't played it though, I think it is the best SNES era RPG out there and it is worth playing.

sflowers539
sflowers539

@Blue-Sky It might be Re-release# 54656321894, but if any game deserves it then it is this. It is probably the best game ever to have not gotten a true sequal (Chrono Cross was great but it was only a half type of sequal).

rasterror
rasterror

Still is probably my favorite game of all time next to KOTOR. Has one of the best music scores in my opinion and the double and triple techs were something I wish future RPG's adopted. Plus the different way you could beat the game is some I wish RPG's adopted too to add replay value.

HGAT
HGAT

@tu2pac Posted May 14, 2011 6:14 am GMT -12 Amen they've definitely now without a doubt gone downhill a few years later after the Enix merger, it was good and cool at first with some top quality games coming out but now they without a doubt start to suck big time imo. Never 4get the original Square Soft and the gold they used to make!

pszone
pszone

Chrono Trigger never play it but i check on youtube i will going to buy it when psn back up and i like ff on psx so going to buy this one its worth the money

ilikedrit
ilikedrit

YESSSSS! FINALLY! I have only played this game on an emulator so far because I couldn't find a suitable boxed version on Ebay or whatever. Now I get to check it out in its full glory for only $8. Question: apparently Chrono Trigger is also coming to the PSN store. Does anyone know which version will probably be better? Will the PSN store version be modeled after the PS1 Chrono (crap) or the SNES Chrono (good)?

AFI4
AFI4

@stevieweiser they do have a sequel its called Chrono Cross

leeko_link
leeko_link

For eight bucks this game is a steal. I didn't get the DS version as I felt most of the extra stuffs in there are pointless. I want my Chrono Trigger on the big screen anyways.

Stevieweiser
Stevieweiser

It's about time...now if everyone could swallow their pride a little bit and release a damn sequel already!!

Zerabp
Zerabp

Still have Snes, cartridge, and psx disc no need.

rasterror
rasterror

Still have my SNES cartridge with all my characters at level 99. I'm good.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

For $8.00 this is a worthy download. I have been unsuccessful in finding a copy of the cartridge. So this is the next best thing.

tu2pac
tu2pac

Ahh, back when Square was making quality games ... not remakes of everything for hand helds ...

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Utterly pointless release considering the DS version is the definitive way to play CT right now surely? Wish they'd spend this much time re-releasing Chrono Cross, as I enjoyed it far more than Trigger.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Been playing CT on my Wii for the past few months. Glad everyone else will finally get the opportunity. No matter how many times you've beaten the game, one more play through is always encouraged... great game.

fadersdream
fadersdream

Between this and Guardian Heroes all my classic games are losing a lot of value.

nietsloffe
nietsloffe

Giga_Surfer you can buy the original snes cartridige if you think $10 is too much.

jimbo102671
jimbo102671

This game is definitely a classic. Ranks up there with Final Fantasy IV and FF VI in my opinion. Even though I said I'd get the PSN version upon its Japanese announcement (if it gets a stateside release), I personally can't recommend it because (since it's based on the PlayStation version) the incessant loading will turn many players off. Definitely a day one download for me, especially since I still have enough Wii Points in reserve for the purchase. For those of you with the SNES original or the DS re-translation, cherish the gem that's in your collection. The eBay selling value may take a hit (especially for cartridge-only offers), but the experience the game provides is priceless.

GetDaved
GetDaved

Anyone who appreciates RPGs of any type, or even has a remotely broad palette for video games needs to buy it. This game is amazing and IMO the original Super NES version is still the best. Too bad the synopsis Gamespot wrote here is a little lacking.

the_real_luigi
the_real_luigi

OMG again? I am soooo burned out of the original Chrono Trigger.... We need a new one!

spooky102
spooky102

A true classic. I really loved the game when I played the SNES version. Haven't played any other version but it is great to hear it will be on the VC.

Giga_Surfer
Giga_Surfer

10$ Thats Kinda to much, its a great game, but its a Snes game and its around 1mb of size, its not worth 10$ if they have said 5$ I would buy it, even tho I finish it like 15 times already.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

one of the greatest SNES games for less than $10, amazing deal! i love CT

Supreme_Bananas
Supreme_Bananas

Great! If Square sees how many people still love CT after all these years, maybe they will finally start thinking about Chrono Break. We can only hope...

Bulzeeb3088
Bulzeeb3088

I'm glad I was able to pick up this gem on the DS. Chrono Trigger has been great in the past, amazing in the present, and astounding in the future. Long live, Chrono Trigger!

Evtutchenk0
Evtutchenk0

@exedeath "I am amazed that there are still people out there that do not own this game." i find it hard to believe myself