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Chrono Trigger
North American box art for Chrono Trigger
North American box art (SNES version).
Developer(s) Square
TOSE (PS and DS)
Publisher(s) SNES
JP Square
NA Square Soft, Inc.
JP Square
NA Square Electronic Arts
Nintendo DS
Square Enix
Square Enix
Square Enix
Square Enix
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Yoshinori Kitase
Akihiko Matsui
Yūji Horii
Hironobu Sakaguchi
Platform(s) SNES, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Mobile Phone, Virtual Console, i-mode, iOS, Android, Windows
Release date Super Nintendo Entertainment System
JP March 11, 1995
NA August 11, 1995
JP November 2, 1999
NA June 29, 2001
Nintendo DS
JP November 20, 2008
NA November 25, 2008
PAL February 6, 2009
Mobile Phones
JP April 25, 2011
Virtual Console (Wii)
JP April 26, 2011
NA May 16, 2011
EU May 20, 2011
AUS May 20, 2011

April 25, 2011
December 8, 2011
December 22, 2011
February 27, 2018
Genre(s) Console role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) SNES
Nintendo DS
ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 12+
Media 32-megabit cartridge (SNES), 1 CD-ROM (PS), 1 cartridge (Nintendo DS)
Input methods SNES Gamepad
PlayStation Gamepad
Guide on StrategyWiki

Chrono Trigger (クロノ・トリガー Kurono Torigā?) is a console role-playing game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1995. The game's story follows a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe. Square re-released a ported version by TOSE in Japan for the Sony PlayStation in 1999, later repackaged with a Final Fantasy IV port as Final Fantasy Chronicles in 2001. A slightly enhanced Chrono Trigger was released for the Nintendo DS on November 25, 2008 in North America and Japan, and went on sale in Europe on February 6, 2009. The SNES version was released on PAL territories in the second quarter of the year 2011 via the Wii's Virtual Console service. Later on, it would be ported on i-mode, the Virtual Console, the PlayStation Network, iOS, Android, and Windows 2018.

The development team of Chrono Trigger was headed by three designers that Square dubbed the "Dream Team", consisting of Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series; Yūji Horii and Akira Toriyama, two freelance designers known for their work on Enix's Dragon Quest series; Nobuo Uematsu, a composer for the Final Fantasy series; and Kazuhiko Aoki, who produced the game. Masato Kato wrote most of the plot, while composer Yasunori Mitsuda scored most of the game before falling ill and deferring remaining tracks to Nobuo Uematsu.

Chrono Trigger was well-received by reviewers and commercially successful. Nintendo Power described certain aspects of Chrono Trigger as revolutionary, including its multiple endings, plot-related sidequests focusing on character development, unique battle system, and detailed graphics.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

An example of a battle from the SNES version.

Chrono Trigger features standard RPG gameplay with several innovations. The player controls the protagonist and his companions in the game's 2D fictional world, consisting of various forests, cities, and dungeons. Navigation occurs via an overworld map, depicting the landscape from a scaled down overhead view. Areas such as forests, cities, and similar places are depicted as more realistic scaled down maps, in which players can converse with locals to procure items and services, solve puzzles and challenges, or encounter enemies. Chrono Trigger's gameplay deviates from that of traditional RPGs in that, rather than appearing in random encounters, many enemies are openly visible on field maps or lie in wait to ambush the party. Contact with enemies on a field map initiates a battle that occurs directly on the map rather than on a separate battle screen.

Players and enemies may use physical or magical attacks to wound targets during battle, and players may use items to heal or protect themselves. Each character and enemy has a certain number of hit points, and successful attacks reduce that character's hit points, while hit points can be restored with potions and spells. When a playable character loses all hit points, he or she faints; if all the player's characters fall in battle, the game ends and must be restored from a previously saved chapter, except in specific storyline-related battles that allow or force the player to lose. Between battles, the player can equip his/her characters with weapons, armor, helmets, and accessories that provide special effects, and various consumable items can be used both in and out of battles. Items and equipment can be purchased in shops or found on field maps, often in treasure chests. By exploring new areas and fighting enemies, players progress through Chrono Triggers story.

Chrono Trigger uses an Active Time Battle system named "Active Time Battle 2.0". Each character can take action in battle once a personal timer dependent on the character's speed statistic counts to zero. Magic and special physical techniques are handled through a system called "Techs". Techs deplete a character's magic points, and often have special areas of effect; some spells damage huddled monsters, while others can harm enemies spread in a line. Enemies often change positions during battle, creating opportunities for tactical Tech use. A unique feature of Chrono Triggers Tech system is that numerous cooperative techniques exist. Each character receives eight personal Techs which can be used in conjunction with others' to create Double and Triple Techs for greater effect. When characters with compatible Techs have enough magic points available to perform their techniques, the game automatically displays the combo as an option.

Chrono Trigger features several other unique game-play traits, including time travel. Players have access to seven eras of the game world's history, and past actions effect future events. Throughout history, players find new allies, complete sidequests, and search for keynote villains. Time travel is accomplished via portals and pillars of light called "time gates", as well as a time machine named Epoch (Silbird in Japan). The game contains thirteen unique endings; the ending the player receives depends on when and how he or she reaches and completes the game's final battle. The re-release of Chrono Trigger for the DS features a new ending that can be accessed from the End of Time upon completion of the final extra dungeon, which also contains a new optional final boss. Chrono Trigger also introduces a New Game+ option after completing the game, where the player may begin a new game with the same character levels, Techs, and equipment that they ended the previous game with, though certain items central to the storyline are removed and must be found again.

Plot[edit | edit source]

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details about CT's plot follow. Continue at your own risk.

Setting[edit | edit source]

Chrono Trigger takes place in a fictitious alternate timeline of Earth, and the characters have to travel through time to battle enemies, make friends, gain allies, gather equipment, and obtain magic for their quest. The time periods the characters travel range from 65,000,000 B.C. at the dawn of civilization to 2300 A.D., a post-apocalyptic time period. The party gains access to the period known as the End of Time (represented as year ∞), which allows them to travel to other time periods. The party eventually acquires a machine capable of time travel, known as the 'Wings of Time', renamed 'Epoch' by the party. This craft is able to warp between time periods without the party having to go through the portals located at the End of Time.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Chrono Trigger characters
The cast of Chrono Trigger (excluding Magus).

Chrono Trigger 's seven playable characters (with one of them being optional) come from different eras in the game world's history. Chrono Trigger begins in Present with Crono, Marle, and Lucca. Crono is characterized as a fearless young man with an interest in the art of wielding katanas. Marle is a sheltered girl living within the Castle, daring but reckless, who on one occasion slips out of the castle and attends the Millennial Fair, flouting the decorum of her royal lineage. Lucca is a friend of Crono's and a mechanical genius who wields a gun; her home is filled with laboratory equipment and machinery.

From the era of 2300 AD comes Robo, originally designed as "R-66Y", a robot with a helpful and near-human personality created to assist humans and outfitted with a powerful robotic arm, which it uses to attack. Found lying dormant in the future, Robo is repaired by Lucca and joins the group as an act of gratitude.

The fiercely confident Ayla dwells in 650,000,00 BC. Unmatched in raw power, Ayla is the chief of the Ioka Tribe and leads her people in war against a species of humanoid reptiles known as Reptites.

From left to right: the daughter of a fairy king, a tin robot (top), a monster man (bottom), an inventor girl, the male protagonist, a demon king, a primitive girl, and an old sage.

The last two characters- Frog and Magus- originate in 600 AD. Frog is a former squire once named Glenn; Magus turned Glenn into an anthropomorphic frog and also slew his friend Cyrus. Chivalrous but mired in regret, Frog dedicates his life to protecting Queen Leene, the Queen of Guardia, and avenging Cyrus. Meanwhile, Guardia in 600 A.D. is in a state of war against the Fiends (known as Mystics in the SNES and PS versions), a race of demons and intelligent animals. Under the leadership of Magus, a powerful sorcerer, they wage war against humanity. While Magus appears to be a powerful magician, in his seclusion he contains a long-lost past, a time when he used to be known as Janus, the young prince of the Kingdom of Zeal, which was destroyed by Lavos in 12000 BC. The incident propelled him forward in time, and as he ages, he plots revenge against Lavos and broods over the fate of his sister, Schala. Lavos, who awakens and ravages the world in 1999 A.D., is an extraterrestrial parasitic creature that harvests DNA and the Earth's energy for its own growth.

The characters of Chrono Trigger were designed by Akira Toriyama based on sketches from the story planner Masato Kato. The development team wanted a diverse cast to reflect the various eras visited by the player; while working on the in-battle actions of the game, they decided to include a playable character that was neither human nor robot. Kato drew sketches for a cast of eight playable characters, comprising a male protagonist, the daughter of a fairy king, a tin robot, a monster man, an inventor girl, a demon king, a primitive girl, and an old sage. Pig and monkey characters were also considered. Six of the initial ideas were reworked by Toriyama, while the old sage character was scrapped, and the monster man replaced with Toriyama's own frog man design.

Story[edit | edit source]

See also: Timeline of Chrono Trigger

In 1000 A.D., Crono and Marle watch Lucca and her father demonstrate her new teleportation device at the Millennial Fair. When Marle volunteers to be teleported, her pendant interferes with the device and creates a time portal that she is drawn into. Crono and Lucca separately recreate the portal and find themselves in 600 A.D. They learn that Marle's presence has created a grandfather paradox by preventing the recovery of Marle's kidnapped ancestor. Crono and Lucca, with the help of Frog, restore history to normal by recovering the kidnapped woman. After returning to the present, Crono is arrested on charges of kidnapping the princess and is sentenced to death by the king's dubious adviser, The Chancellor. Lucca and Marle help Crono flee, haphazardly using another time portal to escape their pursuers. Upon arriving in the year 2300 A.D., they eventually learn that an advanced civilization has been wiped out by a giant creature known as Lavos that appeared in 1999 A.D. The three vow to find a way to prevent the destruction of their world.

After meeting and repairing Robo, Crono and his friends begin to travel through time, assisted by Gaspar, an old sage at the End of Time, to collect more allies, items, and information and face Lavos. Their party expands to include Ayla and Frog. They come to learn that Lavos was an alien being that descended upon the planet millions of years in the past and began to absorb DNA and energy from every creature on it, eventually having enough power to rise and raze the planet's surface in 1999 A.D. However, Lavos' presence had been discovered by Queen Zeal in 12,000 B.C. The Queen believed she could summon Lavos and harness its power to achieve immortality, and caused her son, Janus, and the three Gurus, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, to be spread throughout time, preventing them from collaborating and stopping Lavos' return.

Janus vowed to learn how to summon the beast himself so that he could destroy it. He took the alias of Magus and gained a cult of followers, who believed that he sought Lavos as a means to usurp the planet from humans. The party initially mistakes Magus as the cause of Lavos' emergence but later comes to learn the truth. They travel to 12,000 B.C. and storm the Ocean Palace to prevent the Queen from summoning the being. However, they are ill-prepared for their assault and as Lavos attempts to kill them all, Crono sacrifices himself to protect everyone. Magus fails to defeat Lavos, and the creature's power causes a tsunami that destroys Zeal and covers most of the world in water. The Ocean Palace then rises into the air, becoming the Black Omen, which, if not destroyed, exists in all future time periods. The group turns to Gaspar for help and he gives them a device called a "Chrono Trigger" that is able to replace Crono with a doppelganger moments before his death. The group collects the necessary components for the process and travels to 2300 A.D., where on "Death Peak" they activate the Chrono Trigger, which takes them back to the moment in time just before Chrono is killed and swaps him for a doll that resembles him to absorb the attack, saving his life. After gaining enough power, Crono and the others assault Lavos and are able to defeat it, thus saving the future of their world and closing all time portals exiting throughout the land.

If Magus joined the party, he departs to search for his missing sister, Schala.

Crono's Mother accidentally enters the time gate at the Fair before it closes, prompting Crono, Marle, and Lucca to set out in the Epoch to find her while fireworks light up the night sky. Alternatively, if the party used the Epoch to break Lavos's outer shell, Marle will help her father hang Nadia's Bell at the festival and accidentally get carried away by several balloons. Crono jumps on to help her but cannot bring them down to earth. Hanging on to each other's arms, the pair travel through the cloudy, moonlit sky.

Development history[edit | edit source]

Chrono Trigger was produced by Kazuhiko Aoki while director credits were attributed to Akihiko Matsui, Yoshinori Kitase and Takashi Tokita. Supervisors included Hironobu Sakaguchi, producer and creator of the Final Fantasy series, and Yūji Horii, director and creator of the Dragon Quest series. The game was originally developed without involvement from Tokita and Kitase, the latter being busy directing Final Fantasy VII.

A fan of time travel fiction, Horii fostered the theme of time travel in his general outline of Chrono Trigger with input from Akira Toriyama. Masato Kato subsequently edited and completed the outline by writing the majority of the game's story, including all the events of the 12000 BC era. Kato devised the system of multiple endings because he could not branch the story out to different paths. Yoshinori Kitase and Takashi Tokita then wrote various subplots. The characters of Chrono Trigger were designed by Akira Toriyama, creator of the manga Dragon Ball and a longtime contributor to the Dragon Quest series. Other notable designers include Tetsuya Takahashi, the graphic director, and Yasuyuki Honne, Tetsuya Nomura, and Yusuke Naora, who worked as field graphic artists.

Early alpha versions of Chrono Trigger were demonstrated at the 1994 and 1995 V-Jump festivals in Japan. A few months prior to the game's release, Square shipped a beta version to magazine reviewers and game stores for review. An unfinished build of the game, it contained unused music tracks, locations, and other features changed or removed from the final release—such as a dungeon named "Chanting Mountains", and its eponymous song entitled "Singing Mountain". The ROM image was uploaded to the internet, prompting fans to explore and document the game's differences, including two unused world maps, several character sprites, and presumed additional sprites for certain non-player characters. Rumors of a planned eighth character exist but are wholly unsubstantiated.

Chrono Trigger used a 32-megabit cartridge with battery-backed RAM for saved games, lacking special on-cartridge coprocessors. The Japanese release of Chrono Trigger included art for the game's ending and running counts of items in the player's status menu. Developers created the North American version before adding these features to the original build, inadvertently leaving in vestiges of Chrono Trigger 's early development such as the song "Singing Mountain". Hironobu Sakaguchi asked translator Ted Woolsey to localize Chrono Trigger for English audiences and gave him roughly thirty days to work. Lacking the help of a modern translation team, he memorized scenarios and looked at drafts of commercial player's guides to put dialogue in context. Woolsey later reflected that he would have preferred two-and-a-half months and blames his rushed schedule on the prevailing attitude in Japan that games were child's toys rather than serious works. Some of his work was cut due to space constraints, though he still considered the game "one of the most satisfying games I ever worked on or played." Nintendo of America censored certain dialogue, including references to breastfeeding, consumption of alcohol, and religion. Square shipped the game with two world maps, and Japanese buyers who pre-ordered received holographic foil cards.

A Nintendo Power reader poll conducted in April 2008 identified Chrono Trigger as the third-most wanted game for the Virtual Console. There have been two notable attempts by Chrono Trigger fans to unofficially remake parts of the game for the PC with a 3D graphics engine. Chrono Resurrection, an attempt at remaking ten small interactive cut scenes from Chrono Trigger, and Chrono Trigger Remake Project, which sought to remake the entire game, were forcibly terminated by Square Enix by way of a cease and desist order.

PlayStation release[edit | edit source]

Ayla, as seen in one of the cut-scenes from the PlayStation version.

Square released an enhanced port of Chrono Trigger developed by TOSE in Japan for the Sony PlayStation in 1999. Square timed its release before that of Chrono Cross, the 1999 sequel to Chrono Trigger, to familiarize new players with story to leading up to it. This version included anime cut scenes created by original character designer Akira Toriyama's Bird Studio and animated by Toei Animation, as well as several bonus features, accessible after achieving various endings in the game. Scenarist Masato Kato attended planning meetings at Bird Studio to discuss how the ending cut scenes would illustrate subtle ties to Chrono Cross. The port was later released in North America in 2001—along with a remastered version of Final Fantasy IV under the package title Final Fantasy Chronicles. Reviewers criticized Chronicles for lengthy load times and an absence of new in-game features.

Nintendo DS release[edit | edit source]

Main article: Chrono Trigger (DS)

On July 2, 2008, Square Enix announced that they were officially planning to bring Chrono Trigger to the Nintendo DS. Composer Yasunori Mitsuda was pleased with the project, exclaiming "finally!" after receiving the news from Square Enix and maintaining, "it's still a very deep, very high-quality game even when you play it today. I'm very interested in seeing what kids today think about it when they play it." Square Enix touted the game by displaying Akira Toriyama's original art at the 2008 Tokyo Game Show.

Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, iOS, Android, and Windows release[edit | edit source]

The Wii Virtual Console contains the SNES version of Chrono while the Playstation Network contains the Playstation version of Chrono Trigger. The iOS, Android 2011 and Windows 2018 contains the Nintendo DS version of Chrono Trigger has been updated for the touch screen controls for iOS and Android, while the Windows PC Steam port uses the keyboard, mouse and controller support.

Music[edit | edit source]

See also: Chrono Trigger Original Sound Version and Chrono Trigger Arranged Version: The Brink of Time

Chrono Trigger was scored by Yasunori Mitsuda and veteran Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, with one track composed by both Uematsu and Noriko Matsueda. A sound programmer at the time, Mitsuda was unhappy with his pay and threatened to leave Square if he could not compose music. Hironobu Sakaguchi suggested he score Chrono Trigger, remarking, "Maybe your salary will go up." Mitsuda reflected, "I wanted to create music that wouldn't fit into any established of an imaginary world. The game's director, Masato Kato, was my close friend, and so I'd always talk with him about the setting and the scene before going into writing." Mitsuda slept in his studio several nights, and attributed certain songs, such as "Outskirts of Time", to inspiring dreams. He also suffered a hard drive crash that lost around forty in-progress tracks. After Mitsuda contracted stomach ulcers, Uematsu joined the project to compose ten songs and finish the score. Mitsuda returned to watch the ending with the staff before the game's release, crying upon seeing the finished scene.

At the time of the game's release, the number of tracks and sound effects was unprecedented. The soundtrack spanned three discs in its 1995 commercial pressing. Square also released a one-disc acid jazz arrangement called "Chrono Trigger Arranged Version: The Brink of Time" by Guido that year. In 1999, Square produced another one-disc soundtrack to complement the PlayStation release of the game, featuring orchestral tracks used in cut scenes. Yasunori Mitsuda also composed four new pieces for the game's bonus features which weren't included on the soundtrack.

Recently, Mitsuda arranged versions of music from the Chrono series for Play! A Video Game Symphony video game music concerts, presenting the main theme, "Frog's Theme", and "Outskirts of Time". He worked with Square Enix to ensure that the Nintendo DS port's music would sound close to the Super Nintendo version's.

Fans have heavily remixed the soundtrack, producing over 600 tributes and several cover performance albums released over the internet or sold at retail. These include Time & Space - A Tribute to Yasunori Mitsuda and Chrono Symphonic, the latter released by the remix website OverClocked ReMix. Japanese fans often sell their remix work in compilation albums popularly called "Dōjin" by Western fans. The soundtrack continues to appear in the set lists of video game concert groups such as the Eminence Orchestra and Video Games Live.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.25/10 (SNES)
A (DS)
Eurogamer 10/10 (DS)
Game Informer 9/10 (DS)
GamePro 5/5 (SNES)
5/5 (DS)
GameSpot 8.5/10 (DS)
IGN 8.8/10 (DS)
Nintendo Power 4.08/5 (SNES)
9/10 (DS)
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Game Rankings 95.10% (SNES)
92.39% (DS)
Metacritic 92/100 (DS)

Chrono Trigger shipped more than 2.36 million copies in Japan and 290,000 abroad. The first two million copies sold in Japan were delivered in only two months. The game was met with substantial success upon release in North America, and its re-release on the PlayStation as part of the Final Fantasy Chronicles package topped the NPD TRSTS PlayStation sales charts for over six weeks. This version was later re-released again in 2003 as part of Sony's Greatest Hits line. Chrono Trigger has recently placed highly on all five of multimedia website IGN's "top 100 games of all time" lists—4th in 2002, 6th in early 2005, 13th in late 2005, 2nd in 2006, 18th in 2007, and 2nd in 2008. GameSpot included Chrono Trigger in "The Greatest Games of All Time" list released in April 2006, and it also appeared as 28th on an "All Time Top 100" list in a poll conducted by Japanese magazine Famitsu the same year. In 2004, Chrono Trigger finished runner up to Final Fantasy VII in the inaugural GameFAQs video game battle. In 2008, readers of Dengeki Online voted it the eighth best game ever made. Nintendo Power's twentieth anniversary issue named it the fifth best SNES game.

Chrono Trigger garnered much critical praise in addition to its brisk sales. Nintendo Power called it Square's "biggest game ever", citing improved graphics, sound, and gameplay over past RPG titles. Chrono Trigger won multiple awards from Electronic Gaming Monthly's 1995 video game awards, including Best Role-Playing Game, Best Music in a Cartridge-Based Game, and Best Super NES Game. Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine described the game as "original and extremely captivating", singling out its graphics, sound and story as particularly impressive. IGN commented that "it may be filled with every imaginable console RPG cliché, but Chrono Trigger manages to stand out among the pack" with "a [captivating] story that doesn't take itself too serious" and "one of the best videogame soundtracks ever produced". Other reviewers have criticized the game's short length and relative ease compared to its peers. Overall, critics lauded Chrono Trigger for its "fantastic yet not overly complex" story, simple but innovative gameplay, and high replay value afforded by multiple endings.

Related media[edit | edit source]

Chrono Trigger inspired several sequels and expansion packs or add-ons; the first were three titles released for the Satellaview in 1995. They included Chrono Trigger: Jet Bike Special, a racing game based on a minigame from the original; Chrono Trigger: Character Library, featuring profiles on characters and monsters from the game; and Chrono Trigger: Music Library, a collection of music from the game's soundtrack. The contents of Character Library and Music Library were later included as extras in the PlayStation rerelease of Chrono Trigger. Production I.G created a 16-minute original video animation entitled "Dimensional Adventure Numa Monjar" broadcasted at the Japanese V-Jump Festival of July 31, 1996.

Sequels[edit | edit source]

Square released a fourth Satellaview game in 1996, named Radical Dreamers: Nusumenai Hōseki. Feeling that Chrono Trigger ended with "unfinished business", scenarist Masato Kato wrote and directed the game. Radical Dreamers functioned as a side story to Chrono Trigger, resolving a loose subplot from its predecessor. A short, text-based game relying on minimal graphics and atmospheric music, the game never received an official release outside Japan, though it was translated by fans to English in April 2003. Square planned to release Radical Dreamers as an easter egg in the PlayStation edition of Chrono Trigger, but Kato was unhappy with his work and halted its inclusion.

Square released Chrono Cross for the Sony PlayStation in 1999. Chrono Cross is a sequel to Chrono Trigger featuring a new setting and cast of characters. Presenting a theme of parallel worlds, the story followed the protagonist Serge, a teenage boy thrust into an alternate reality in which he died years earlier. With the help of a thief named Kid, Serge endeavors to discover the truth behind his apparent death and obtain the Frozen Flame, a mythical artifact. Regarded by writer and director Masato Kato as an effort to "redo Radical Dreamers properly", Chrono Cross borrowed certain themes, scenarios, characters, and settings from Radical Dreamers. Yasunori Mitsuda also adapted certain songs from Radical Dreamers while scoring Chrono Cross. Radical Dreamers was consequently removed from the series' main continuity, considered an alternate dimension. Chrono Cross shipped 1.5 million copies and was almost universally praised by critics.

There are no plans for a new title, despite a statement from Hironobu Sakaguchi in 2001 that the developers of Chrono Cross wanted to make a new Chrono game. The same year, Square applied for a trademark for the names Chrono Break in the United States and Chrono Brake in Japan. However, the United States trademark was dropped in 2003. Director Takashi Tokita mentioned "Chrono Trigger 2" in a 2003 interview which has not been translated to English. Yūji Horii expressed no interest in returning to the Chrono franchise in 2005, while Hironobu Sakaguchi remarked in April 2007 that his creation Blue Dragon was an "extension of [Chrono Trigger]." During a Cubed³ interview on February 1, 2007 Square Enix’s Senior Vice President Hiromichi Tanaka said that although no sequel is currently planned, some sort of sequel is still possible if the Chrono Cross developers can be reunited. Yasunori Mitsuda has expressed interest in scoring a new game but warned that "there are a lot of politics involved" with the series. He stressed that Masato Kato should participate in development. The February 2008 issue of Game Informer ranked the Chrono series eighth among the "Top Ten Sequels in Demand", asking, "what's the damn holdup?!" In Electronic Gaming Monthly's June 2008 "Retro Issue", writer Jeremy Parish cited Chrono as the franchise video game fans would be most thrilled to see a sequel to.

Fan Projects[edit | edit source]

There have been numerous attempts at ROM hacks of Chrono Trigger, with the goal to either edit Chrono Trigger or create an entirely new game based on the same characters, worlds, etc. These fan games include, but are not limited to:

Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes A massive fan game set for release on May 31st, 2009 and done by Chrono Compedium. It was meant to be an interquel between Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, and was 5 years in the making. Unfortunately, Square Enix ordered a cease and desist on May 8th, 2009, at which point the game was 98% completed, with only a few bugs and glitches to fix before release. Currently, fans have flocked to YouTube to watch playthroughs of the game, during "The Month That Could Have Been". Despite the game getting cancelled, the Beta release of Crimson Echoes as well as the updated Flames of Eternity can be played on the Internet rom emulator, or can be played on the Raspberry Pi 3, 4 Retropie emulator, or can be played on the Playstation Classic usb drive hack on Retroarch. Warning: Keep in mind one of the multiple endings freezes up and also there's a Save Plus freeze glitch which can cause the player to lose the items from the game.

Chrono Trigger: Prophet's Guile A complete hack that boasts considerable prowess, as it not only is a finished hack, but one with an entirely new game! Based on Magus's adventurous time in his return to Zeal, the player takes on the role of seeing how Magus adapted to become the Prophet, as well as the hardships he faced in Zeal. Explore Zeal like never before, here's the missing link! Warning: There is an unavoidable game breaking glitch, when Magus gets teleported to the Ocean Palace, the game will lock up and will be impossible to continue on.

Chrono Trigger Spoof #1 & #2 Two different hacks that change the dialogue of Chrono Trigger and fill it with jokes and humorous bits. Important plot points are still retained. Both are complete and can be downloaded for use.

Chrono Trigger Hard Type Made for those who thought Chrono Trigger was too easy! Enemies now have higher stats, and Playable Characters start out weaker, things are quite a challenge! That's not all, either. Levels can be reached quicker in the game due to added experience points to battles, as well as several other modifications.

Chrono Resurrection, also known as Chrono Trigger: Resurrection, is an unreleased fangame developed by North American team Resurrection Games under Nathan Lazur's direction. It is based on the critically acclaimed Super NES role-playing game Chrono Trigger by the Japanese company Square. The project was initially called CT64 and was meant to be a complete remake of the original game for the Nintendo 64, with both 2D and 3D playing modes.

After a first interruption in development, the project was redefined as a short interactive demo for Windows-based personal computers. New team members, including professional artists and designers, were recruited for the demo, which would feature ten scenes from Chrono Trigger and most of its playable characters. In 2004, the project was publicly closed after Square-Enix issued a cease-and-desist letter to Resurrection Games for trademark and copyright infringement. Despite its closure, the project has received critical and popular praise. Currently, there is no way to play this game except to watch the demo on youtube video.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

On the cover of both the SNES and DS release, Marle appears to be casting a Fire spell at a fiend resembling Heckran, although she is limited to Ice and Healing techniques in game. Only Lucca and Magus are among the recruit-able party members able to cast Fire magic. Also, interestingly enough, the scene depicts a snowy landscape similar to the Antiquity period, which Heckran never appear in.

The red spell could also represent the flashing red effect of the Triple Tech Arc Impulse which can only be used by Marle, Crono, and Frog, who are the team depicted on the cover.

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