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Nintendo Download: 16th May 2011 (North America)

Posted by Corbie Dillard

The long-awaited Chrono Trigger is finally here!

The wait may have seemed like an eternity for RPG fans, but Square's Chrono Trigger, considered by many gamers to be one of the finest role-playing offerings in video game history, has finally arrived on Nintendo's Virtual Console service. The world can now start spinning again.


Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (Natsume, 500pts) — Wii owners can pick up their Wii Remotes and get their groove on with a unique dancing version of the upcoming 3DS retail release. We'll have a full review of the game coming up shortly to let you know if the game has all the right moves.

Lead the Meerkats Demo Version (Lapland Studio, Free) — A demo version of the WiiWare release that allows you to take control of a lonely Meerkat who's been separated from his pack and must now put together and lead his own pack. You can check out our Lead the Meerkats review to find out our thoughts on the full release.


Big Bass Arcade (Big John Games, 500pts) — Catch as many fish as possible using a wide variety of areas to fish, not to mention different lures. We'll have a full review coming soon.

Word Searcher 3 (Digital Leisure Inc, 500pts) — This puzzler will test your memory and problem-solving skills with over 100 unique puzzles. Our review will be available soon.

Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting (BiP Media, 200pts) --Create your own unique drawings and then color and paint them in or just color in one of the 150 included drawings. This came out in Europe last month so you can read our Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting review here.

Virtual Console

Chrono Trigger (Square-Enix, 800pts) - One of the most respected RPGs in history finally makes its appearance on the Virtual Console and not a moment too soon, really. Our full review should be following shortly.


May 16, 2011

Ready to switch up your routine - or even your century? With the arrival of the Super NES™ favorite CHRONO TRIGGER® on the Virtual Console™ service, Wii™ owners can liven up their living rooms with a classic time-twisting adventure. For the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, Big Bass Arcade invites players to cast away boredom by casting a line in search of mighty fish, while Word Searcher 3 offers fresh puzzle-solving challenges that can be enjoyed anywhere. Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix for the WiiWare™ service sets monster-themed fun to an irresistible beat. Delightful deviation from the norm is just a download away.

Virtual Console

Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Square Enix
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: A young man is transported into the past, altering the course of history and the outcome of the future. He has to find his way home, but first he must travel to the outer edges of time to repair the world's chronology. On the way, he encounters strange friends and foes, uses incredible devices and vehicles, and penetrates and neutralizes the fortresses of the past, present and future. A paradox has been created. If he does not restore the order of time, nothing will ever be the same. He is the one who will become a hero. He is Crono.

Nintendo DSiWare

Big Bass Arcade
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Big Bass Arcade is all about the action where the bass are biting and fighting. Catch a boatload of fish and take a shot at the world-record bass. The game is packed with features: seven different lakes, nine lures, three multiple-lake tournaments, 42 events, high scores for each event and the elusive world-record bass. Big John Games brings 17 years of fishing game experience to Big Bass Arcade to create incredible fish behaviors, spectacular animations and second-to-none fish AI. Putting the fun back into hand-held fishing is the name of the game. Players choose from two control options - stylus or +Control Pad - for casting, reeling and controlling the fish-fighting action. Big Bass Arcade appeals to fishing enthusiasts and gamers alike by capturing the adrenaline rush of fish-fighting in an arcade-style game.

Word Searcher 3
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: You'll need a keen eye and a quick mind to complete 100 themed word-search puzzles. Word Searcher 3 contains fun words from multiple categories including astronomy, currency and rivers. Packed with a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle anyone can enjoy. Keep your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills sharp with these challenging puzzles. Keep track of - and try to beat - your own play-through times again and again as words are scrambled every time you play.

Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting
Publisher: BiP Media
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Imagine a coloring book on your Nintendo DSi™ system, add the ability to create your own drawings and to draw over photos, and you've got Hellokids. Color and draw using the Nintendo DSi stylus. Enjoy more than 150 drawings you can color with three difficulty levels, including a "color containment" assistant. A Freehand Drawing mode includes simple, practical tools, such as an automatic fill function, a color palette and decorations. You can also draw on a photo you've taken or uploaded from your Nintendo DSi album. Hellokids is a great pocket companion for all budding artists.


Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix
Publisher: Natsume Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Join Gabrielle and her monster friends as they dance along to a spooktacular selection of songs. Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and dance along as you shimmy, shake and spin in time to the music. There's trouble in Monster Town: Vlad the Vampire's loyal zombies have disappeared. Gabrielle and her monster friends will have to bust some serious moves on the dance floor in order to lure them back. Along the way, maybe they can uncover the identity of the mysterious creature that's terrorizing Monster Town's zombies. Up to four players can show off their best moves in the game's multiplayer mode. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.) Short and full versions of songs let you dance as much as you want. Unlock tons of outrageous outfits and items.

Lead the Meerkats™ (demo version)
Publisher: Lapland Studio
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points
Description: In Lead the Meerkats, you are a young meerkat who has a lot to accomplish. You've been separated from your pack, and the time has come for you to form your own meerkat pack. Are you ready for the challenge? Name your pack and its meerkats. Dig burrow networks and enlarge your territory. Forage for food and grow your pack size. Stay on guard and be ready to make quick decisions. Run to the safety of the burrows or fight your enemies. Go head-to-head with a rival meerkat pack. Lead your pack to victory and rule the savanna. Lead the Meerkats is the first game to simulate the exciting life of meerkats. Lead your pack and enjoy the company of these lively and endearing animals. Lead the Meerkats offers fun game play for animal lovers of all ages.

Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.

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User Comments (52)



DiggerandIndy said:

I'm definitely getting Chrono Trigger. $8 via VC vs. $50 for the cart? You can't go wrong with that!



bezerker99 said:

I already own the SNES cart and the inferior Playstation version on the Final Fantasy Chronicles disc. Nevertheless, this will get downloaded today! Everything is epic in this game...esp the music!!!! (:



pixelman said:

Chrono Trigger is tempting, oh so tempting... Hard to justify buying it when I already own it on the DS though. Hmm...
/me puts thinking cap on.



Kevin said:

I'll get Chrono Trigger sometime. Playing Mortal Kombat to death currently.



Number_6 said:

MDK2 last week, Chrono Trigger this week. I'm just waiting for a late 90s version of Elle McPherson to knock on my door next Monday, then I'll have to mail my Genie a thank you card for a job well done.



CanisWolfred said:

I'll get Chrono Trigger and Mega Man X some other time. Right now I'm just waiting for Final Fantasy III



North99 said:

Just passed Chrono Trigger on my Wii yesterday Gotta love that one. I've paid for it too many times to pay again though.



niner said:

Sigh. I have both my SNES cart and the DS card so I'm gonna pass on a digital download. Best SNES game ever though. I'm still just patiently waiting for Soul Blazer and Terranigma...



rjejr said:

I'm going to DL "Lead the Meerkats" bc/ it will probably be quicker than reading that looooong review Probably no game that got a "6" is going to be worth $10 to me though, especially not when LoZ:TP is $20.



Homer_Simpson said:

Is the DS version of Chrono Trigger notably better/ worse than the original? My local games store is selling it for cheap, only about twice the price it'll cost me to download, and I've always preferred having physical copies of games. Which should I go for?



Rapadash6 said:

Looks like Chrono Trigger saved what would otherwise have been a pretty lame update.



CanisWolfred said:


There isn't much of a difference between the two. The DS version does have added content, but it's not very good. Other than that, they're the same games. Just go with whatever version you feel like.


It's one of the most respected RPGs in history for a very good reason.



Danimals said:

I have been waiting for this for a decade! I had the SNES version but had to leave it with my parents when I moved out since I "co-owned" it with my brother.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Diggerandindy: $50? Try $16.99.

@pixelman: Squenix has stated before that the decision to make a new Chrono game depends upon sales of the previous titles. People really dropped the ball on the DS release, so I'd advise helping out with the VC one. Think of it as an investment in the future. Especially considering Squenix has been having financial trouble as of late...they need your $8!

@Ryno: Never heard of...dude, you need to download this STAT!

@Homer_Simpson: The DS version includes the Anime cutscenes, bestiary, music test, and equipment list features from the PS1 release, as well as all-new dungeons and an improved, uncensored translation. I would recommend the DS version, naturally.

That said, there's nothing wrong with people going for the VC version if they want. Just so long as they're going for it at all. Great game, everyone should buy it in some form. The PS1 version should be coming to PSN pretty soon (once they get the store back online, of course) as well. I'll probably download that and this, bringing my collection of copies to all five versions!



pixelman said:

@Stuffgamer1: Well, I ended up buying it the minute it came out, so I've done my bit! lol. Not regretting it one bit either. This game is so much more fun on the big screen. Get it, get it, get it, get it.



Megumi said:

Eh, another crappy week, nothing-, wait...Chrono Trigger? Woohoo! xD
Played it before on the DS, but got bored of it after a while and figured I'll just wait on this version, lol.



Hortencio said:

Ok Square-Enix, if you need my money so bad, release FFIII in the US!!!!!! That's a guaranteed $16 right there, and I'm poor!



Kurachi said:

congratz NA, now waiting for it to get to EU, which i saw is friday already



Henmii said:

Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix for 500 points? I expected it to cost 1000 points. This is good news.



BL_Donth said:

Whoa! Chrono Trigger?! Seriously??? I'll download it when I get some points later. It's not going anywhere. I was so close to finishing the DS version when my DS Lite prematurely bit the dust.



Retro_Gamer said:

With Chrono Trigger in the list, it makes every other game look like garbage. Some people who own the DS version will probably pass this up, but I think it's worth a measly 8 bucks to play the game on your TV instead. I wonder how well the original translation holds up, I find Final Fantasy 3's to be pretty awful.



CanisWolfred said:

^So I'm not the only one who hates FF3/6's original translation. The GBA version is much better in that regard, IMO.



vdallos said:

I could not afford the SNES cartridge, now is my chance to play the original staff (even in DL). This game was my first JRPG and is the best gaming experience along with Zelda, Fzero, Mario 3, Metroid Prime in another genres. Great Music, good story even for today standarts, Good character development, multiple endings, ... and epic feeling in every corner.



Gamesake said:

@Mickeymac Where he used to say, "I once abandoned someone when she needed me."
On the GBA he says, "I'm tired of standing by and doing nothing while I lose the girls I like."

Come on! No one talks like that.



Vinstigator said:

My 2nd favorite game of all time has finally made an appearance on the virtual console! Awesome 8)



motang said:

Chrono Trigger came out, you could have just stopped the list at that and not listed anything else.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Banana_Jane: So he did. It just boggles my mind that anyone would even CONSIDER buying an overpriced SNES cart when the much cheaper and arguably better DS card is readily available, though.



CBattles6 said:

Good looking slate this week. Can't go wrong with Chrono Trigger, and I think Ghostly Groove is going to surprise some people.



PSICOffee said:

I played this game for 10 hours yesterday to celebrate--on my DS.

Seriously, they would have gotten A LOT more downloads from people by releasing this game years ago on the VC before a superior portable version came out.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@PSICoffee: But that's actually exactly why they DIDN'T release this before the retail game...they wanted to make the money on the $40 retail release first. You know plenty of people would've skipped the DS version if the game was already on VC. Too many people skipped it even though it wasn't as it was!



Tasuki said:

Well after sitting near my TV for the past 16 years my cartridge of Chrono Trigger is finally resting in storage. Truly one of the greatest games of all time. Now I just need to get the DS version.

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