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Chrono Trigger is not exactly a new title. The game was first released for the SNES way back in 1995 and quickly became of the system’s best titles as well as one of Square’s (the developer) signature games.

With seven playable characters and following the role-playing gameplay elements that were somewhat standard at the time, Chrono Trigger followed the exploits of the titular character as he wandered through the world of 1000 A.D. with his companions, and armed with a katana. The game had a somewhat complex plot that involved traveling in time and consequences for actions

One of Chrono’s companions, Marle, seems to have been pulled into a teleporter, but as the story evolved, it seemed that in the past, one of her ancestors was kidnapped, not rescued and that affected the bloodline on down. Marle had ceased to exist. It falls to Chrono and his friends to venture across time and space, to worlds altered in unusual ways and rescue Marle’s ancestor and thus bring back Marle.

Chrono Trigger’s depth of gameplay, imaginative story, and solid graphic elements made it a classic. During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Square Enix had a treat for gamers – Chrono Trigger is finally being ported to the Nintendo DS handheld console system. And not only that, but the game is almost a direct port with just a few additions.

Yes, the game has been configured to work on the DS’s two screens with touch-screen capabilities. The new features will include a new dungeon and multiplayer gaming.

Not a lot of time was spent with the title in a brief stop-by visit, but what was seen should absolutely delight fans of both the Chrono Trigger title as well as NDS fans. While true that Square Enix has reached into the vault to pull out an old favorite, the developer-publisher could not have selected a stellar title, but has handled it in a way that will invoke nostalgia and introduce a new generation of gamers to a classic title.


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