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Chrono Trigger

by Square Enix
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews) 7 answered questions 92 / 100

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  • After 13 years, the role playing game of the ages returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS
  • Crono, meets an adventurous girl named Marle, and accidentally travels back in time 400 years
  • Past, present, and future worlds collide as Crono tries to save the planet
  • Revised version of the groundbreaking Active Time Battle (ATB) System delivers exhilarating combat
  • Special Tech skills and powerful combos, known as Dual and Triple Techs, encourages strategic battle plans

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  • ASIN: B001E27DLM
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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After 13 long years, the role playing game of the ages finally returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS. This chapter begins when a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions, and young Crono must journey through time to rescue a mysterious girl from an intricate web of past and present perils. Enhanced with Nintendo DS's dual-screen presentation, stylus controls, and a host of great new features, this classic tale returns to a modern, portable platform.



After 13 long years, the role playing game of the ages finally returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS. View larger.


Gameplay is enhanced with Nintendo DS's dual-screen, stylus controls, and a host of great new features. View larger.
And so the Story Goes. . .
Through a chance encounter amid the festivities of Guardia's Millenial Fair in Leene Square, the young hero, Crono, meets an adventurous girl named Marle. The two decide to explore the fair together and soon find themselves at an exhibition of the Telepod -- the latest invention by Crono's long-time friend, Lucca.

Marle, fearless and brimming with curiosity, volunteers to assist in a demo. However, an unanticipated malfunction sends her hurtling through a rift in the dimensions. Taking hold of the girls pendant just before she's whisked away,


Explore the past -- Prehistory, Antiquity, and the Middle Ages -- Present, Future, and even the End of Time. View larger.


This game utilizes a revised version of the groundbreaking Active Time Battle (ATB) System. View larger.
Crono bravely follows in pursuit, but the world into which he emerges is one of four centuries ago. In Chrono Trigger prepare yourself to journey into the forgotten past, distant future, and even to the very End of Time.

The Worlds of Past, Present and Future
In Chrono Trigger you'll journey back to Prehistory (65,000,000 B.C.) where humans and reptiles battle to wipe each other from existence. Antiquity (12,000 B.C.) is an age where the world is divided between people whose continent is buried in snow, and the magical kingdom of Zeal, a highly advanced civilization. The Middle Ages (600 A.D.) is an era of swords and sorcery, a dark time when the armies of Fiendlord rule over the land.

The Present (1000 A.D.) is the time period in which Crono, Lucca and Marle live. It is a bright and peaceful age. However, in the Future (2300 A.D.), an era of despair has taken hold with rogue machines ruling the world. After the day of the apocalypse in 1999 A.D., the prosperous civilization of humanity crumbled and the remaining people struggle to stay alive. And, finally, there remains the End of Time -- a place with no era to call its own. This confluence of time's streams transcends spatiotemporal boundaries. It is here at the gravitational center for all temporal flotsam that Spekkio -- the Master of War -- serves as your guide on time's treacherous roads.

Battle Systems and gameplay
This game utilizes a revised version of the groundbreaking Active Time Battle (ATB) System. Chrono Trigger features exhilarating combat in which the clock is constantly ticking. Characters must first wait as the ATB gauges charge, and then perform an action. This makes strategic timing a crucial element in your battle plan. In addition to standard attacks, each character has an array of special Tech skills and powerful combos known as Dual and Triple Techs. Cooperate with other characters to unleash over 50 unique and devastating moves!

Chrono Trigger utilizes great story-telling, interesting characters, action-packed gameplay, and the unique controls of the Nintendo DS to deliver a fun and well-rounded role-playing game on a portable platform.


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179 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic Returns November 25, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Pros:

+A very well done storyline
+A good battle system
+Several sidequests to undertake
+Some new content to experience
+Lots of replay value

Cons:

-There's a good amount of new content but it might not be worthwhile to those who've already experienced Chrono Trigger before; likewise, there's no improvement in the visuals... this may or may not please some gamers

In 1995 Square released Chrono Trigger. A game commonly hailed as one of the greatest games of all time. In the years following it became one of the most highly sought after Super Nintendo games of all time. The game saw a rerelease on the Playstation in 2001 along with Final Fantasy IV in the Final Fantasy Chronicles package. This marks the third time Chrono Trigger has seen a release since it first debuted. The game has aged very well but some gamers may find there needs to be more of an update.

Chrono Trigger has a well known story but it never hurts to go over it for some who may not have played this gem. In the year 1000 AD, the Kingdom of Guardia has the Millennial Fair. You play as Crono, who goes to the fair and bumps into a girl named Marle. After wandering the fair with her for a while, Crono and Marle decide to check out his friend Lucca's new invention, a teleportation device. When Marle steps into the device, it reacts to her pendent and she is suddenly transported through time. Feeling somewhat responsible, Crono decides to go through time after her. What begins as a simple rescue mission turns into something so much more when you go into the distant future and see that the world has ended. Now, in an attempt to save the future, Crono and his friends will stop the apocalypse from happening.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic game to transcend time December 1, 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Finding Chrono Trigger for the DS was like finding a free $100 bill on the ground when you're starving for a dollar cheeseburger.

This game is an immense breath of fresh air, and is a time-tested classic RPG that delivers on every element of what a good RPG should be.

The story is intricate, the characters are colorful and inviting, the gameplay is smooth and interesting, the graphics are pleasant and crisp for the DS, and there is never a dull moment. I found myself playing Chrono Trigger with the same ferocity as reading a good book you can't put down.

The menus are customizable and easily navigated, especially with the use of the touch screen (which is optional). The battle system flows in a very traditional style, with the options of using Active Time Battle or Wait styles. The story has a multitude of endings depending on the choices you make in the game and other factors, guaranteeing even more playability past the first run-through.

This is, hands-down, the best RPG for Nintendo DS (and maybe other platforms) I have played. It has a sense of beauty and intrigue that transcends modern RPGs, and will have you playing until your hands cramp up.
It has successfully been ported from the Super Nintendo to the Playstation Entertainment System and now to the Nintendo DS with new dungeons and touch-screen capability.

A must for RPG lovers everywhere, and a great Christmas gift idea!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageless Story Telling November 27, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you consider yourself a gamer, and have not experienced this title, you owe it too yourself to pick it up. It doesn't have to be on the DS, though I believe that version to be the definitive one.
The SNES version is the original masterpiece and I just bet you could find it here on Amazon.
The PSX (Play Station 1) version has all the extras of the DS version but loses stars for strange load times before and after battles and while opening the menus which can detract from the over all immersion of the experience.
Sound:
This is the only video game I have ever ordered the sound track for! Haunting melodies from the forests of Guardia, epic themes while rocketing through time, and a sweeping final theme you may find yourself humming for hours. The battle music is standard Final Fantasy fare, but hey, is that such a bad thing? The sound effects are witty and even though this is still midi sound you can tell a lot of thought went into putting it together.
Graphics:
This is a game for the Super Nintendo. It has sixteen-bit graphics. No particle effects, no bump/mip/or any other form of texturing, no specular lighting or bloom effects, but let me tell you... the art direction and simple, yet sometimes powerful animations of the characters convey a sense of nostalgia that's hard to come by these days.
Game play:
You won't find another Final Fantasy game like this. And I find that hard to understand. The tech system is brilliant, combining techs to create effects is sometimes a greater joy then that last 10 minute mega summons you pulled off in the last Final Fantasy game. you just can't wait to get to the next one and see whose battle strategies it will effect.
Presentation:
Highly customizable.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DS Must Buy December 14, 2008
By Cloud
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There's something to be said for nostalgia in games; the games that were awesome then might be a little formulaic and even boring now but still, that game managed to entertain for long, long periods of time back when cartridges had to be blown into to get to run and the war was either Sonic or Mario. Now with so many high-tech graphics, vast amounts of sidequests and things to do as well as multiplayer options, is it worth going through "Chrono Trigger", an old-school RPG with appropriately old-school graphics. Well if you're a DS owner, the question isn't "why would you" to "why haven't you by now?"

Story: Taking place literally across all ages, Crono and his friends Lucca, Marle and several others they encounter throughout time have to prevent a possible future from happening: that of the being Lavos and his complete destruction of the world in 1999. Together, you'll travel from the dinosaur-laden Prehistoric times to apocalyptic 2300 A.D. and hopefully stop the world from falling into ruin.

Graphics: Square Enix released a port of "Final Fantasy IV" originally for the Gameboy Advance with some spiffier, less pixelly graphics while also providing a remake of the game with more improved graphics and CG sequences for cutscenes. What does Chrono Trigger do then? The former. Not that I mind since the game's a classic either way and the art style is still as strong as ever for each era and the cutscenes made for the "Final Fantasy Chronicles" package on the Playstation are here (though rather compressed quality), it's not the most technically accomplished game but I welcome keeping the original look intact despite cries of outdatedness...as opposed to the "why can't we have the original" cries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best DS games out there!
There's a reason everyone lists this game in their lists of top DS games! It's got wonderful graphics and a great story line. Read more
Published 1 day ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super!!!! Fun!! Awesome! Story.. 👍
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game Worth the Money.
This was a great game from start to finish. It was easy to play and I had a great time.
Published 9 days ago by Richard Joel Peters III
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Lives Up to the Hype
I'm not sure why I waited until 2014 to play the definitive RPG experience of the 16 Bit generation. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Christopher Filkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games of all time, even with the silly translation.
I bought this because, well, it's Chrono Trigger and I love this game.

Pros
1. Great story filled with lovable characters. Music is fantastic.
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Published 14 days ago by J. F. Hindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for the swift delivery and fair price for this beautiful...
10/10. This game brought back so many nostalgic memories. Thank you for the swift delivery and fair price for this beautiful classic.
Published 18 days ago by Ellyndriyana Carlsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this as a gift for my nephew-- runs great and I'm considering...
Got this as a gift for my nephew-- runs great and I'm considering getting myself a copy, despite the fact I know the SNES version well.
Published 26 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars My kid says it's great, that's about all i can say about it
My kid says it's great, that's about all i can say about it. It did arrive new, factory sealed, works well. Recommended.
Published 29 days ago by j.k.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
One of the best games of all time.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars stating the obvious
A rpg masterpiece , a timeless classic.
Published 1 month ago by Jonatan
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