When it comes to the Super NES classic Chrono Trigger, I was a little too late to jump on the bandwagon. I rented the game again and again from the local Movie Gallery in mid-1996 until someone failed to return it for others to enjoy one empty day, so with store shelves Trigger-less and other rental shops confused by my search, my friends and I turned to the dark side with the earliest Super NES emulators for MS-DOS. The best games come back around again, however, so a decade later I finally own my own legitimate copy of the of the game for the Nintendo DS which I have lovingly reviewed over at Kombo.
The new DS version of Chrono Trigger retains the look and feel of the original Super NES edition of the game. There are no 3D revamps or updates here, but there are a few changes that enhance the experience. Hero Crono and friends now run by default instead of slowly walking from place to place. The short animated clips from the Sony PlayStation re-release of the game are included here and the script has been reworked slightly. The original censorship from the 16-bit era is gone, meaning that North American players finally get to see villainous magician Flea as a transsexual, the Mystics are now known as the Fiends, and the main characters no longer get drunk on "soda", among other things.
It took nearly one week to find and download the Chrono Trigger ROM from a shady website on the other side of the planet over my 14.4K dial-up connection back in the day, but eventually we got it up and running, ready for adventure... only to find that the PCs of the day were woefully underpowered and the emulators far too primitive to actually play the game in real-time. After twenty minutes of watching the game's title screen fade into view one pitiful frame at a time, we came to the darkening realization that this whole emulation thing just wasn't going to work out. We had access to the adventure, but had we taken up the quest under those constraints, we'd probably still be there waiting for yet another battle to finish loading. Less haste, more speed.
Hut, hut, Sir Magus!