This Day In Gaming: Chrono Trigger enters the Western Market
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21 years ago, the rest of the world had its first taste of one of the most iconic role playing games in history, through the western release of Chrono Trigger. Developed by Square’s “Dream Team”, which was composed of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yuji Horii from Enix’s Dragon Quest, and Dragon Ball’s Akira Toriyama, the game has become an instant hit in both the Japanese and Global market, with Japan alone shipping more than 2 Million copies in its first 2 months alone, and ended its first year as the third best selling game of 1995.
Chrono Trigger was highly praised and was almost always compared to the Final Fantasy series, and even The Legend of Zelda when it comes to popularity. Its strong points include its high replay value, multiple ending scenarios, compelling story, and even its music and visuals.
As the name itself suggests, much of Chrono Trigger revolves around travelling through time in search of adventure which involves restoring the world’s correct history, escaping near-death experiences, stop an insane queen’s evil plot to immortality, and save the future of the world. Chrono Trigger puts you in the shoes of characters such as Crono, Marle, Lucca, Robo, Ayla, Frog and Magus, all of which share obvious inspirations from the hit anime franchise Dragon Ball.
Chrono Trigger employs the traditional features of a Japanese made RPG while also using new mechanics such as non-random encounters and a non-separate battle screen once combat is commenced. The game is also more focused on team-centered battles with its tech system featuring different team-based skills, which result in being able to concoct skill combos in combat.
A nearly non-traditional gameplay, easily recognizable art design, compelling story, and great soundtrack, Chrono Trigger goes down in history as one of the most loved Role Playing Game titles, receiving a lot of fan-made attempt ports, sequels and remake plans throughout its legacy. Today, the game celebrates its 21st year anniversary for its first Western Release on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System after staying within Japan’s borders for 5 months.
As old as it may be Chrono Trigger still remains as one of the top choice for any “Best RPG Games” list regardless of platform. While most of the remake attempts are coming from fans and communities, perhaps Square Enix may consider revisiting the franchise in the future, and hopefully create a true successor to this beloved RPG title.