Chrono Trigger is rightly considered to be one of the finest JRPGs ever made. Released on the Super Famicom / SNES back in 1995, the title was critically lauded upon release and has since been re-released on the Nintendo DS to equally effusive acclaim.
Despite the game's enviable status in the history of gaming, it's easy to forget just what a massive deal it was at the time. It marked a meeting of minds in terms of JRPG talent, as it involved Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yuji Horii, who was freelance at the time but was famous for creating Enix's Dragon Quest. To cap it off, artist Akira Toriyama - whose designs have graced pretty much every Dragon Quest title - was also involved.
Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, director Takashi Tokita sums up how special the "dream team" behind the title was:
It's probably considered sacred since the companies merged. It was essentially a dream mix between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest; creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat.
Once everyone was done developing Final Fantasy VI, hordes of staff helped out on Chrono Trigger. At the end, we had a couple hundred working on the game at the same time. It was kind of like a grand festival – it was really fun. [Tetsuya] Nomura was actually creating the environment background pieces in Chrono Trigger – like the courthouse scene, that was created by him. But everyone probably enjoyed how we were able to do things we'd never done with Chrono Trigger. That was the most exciting part.
Chrono Trigger has recieved sequels; the text adventure Radical Dreamers in 1996 and Chrono Cross in 1999. However, the original is ripe for a remake of some description, says Tokita:
Personally, if there is ever an opportunity, I would love to see a high-quality, high-end version of Chrono Trigger. Or a movie production, or something of the sort.
Would you like to see a new version of Chrono Trigger or do you think the original should be left as it is? Would it really make for a decent movie? Let us know by posting a comment below.
If they did try a "high end" version they'd probably just **** it up.
But, if they managed to make it look something like this (in 3D but with a cartoon/anime/illustration look/style, such that in still shots you couldn't tell it wasn't just an illustration or cartoon), I'd be all over it:
And the opening cutscene in the PSX game totally gets the look right:
You get the idea. Give me that in 3D (2D would be fine too, but I personally believe you can make games that are just as visually appealing as the best 2D these days when done right), but basically exactly like that stylistically, and sorted.
Having seen the trailer for Ni No Kuni II, I think the guys at Level-5 could pull off the look I'm after (if you handed them the reference images/animation to work from):
Something like this could also work for me too though, if it were done right:
Oh, and I don't think they really need to change the underlying game/gameplay at all. I mean, I can certainly imagine ways it could be tweaked and stuff (even taking advantage of the 3D in some ways), but I'd rather these guys just gave us the game we already know and love rather than somehow managing to **** it up.
PS. The middle image of the first three I posted, the one that's basically just far more detailed pixel/bitmap art, would be perfect if they wanted to basically do the original game as is but just with really amazing HD art (that still retains the classic look perfectly). And, it would look far better than they'd likely achieve by trying to redraw the classic sprites in some kind of smooth vector art style or whatever (like some many developers do these days when trying to update old game to look "new"). Imagine a new Chrono Trigger with in-game sprite art like that seen in that middle image throughout the entire game. . . . It would be totally and utterly stunning, and likely the best looking pixel art game ever made.
I'm not sure, while it is one of my all time favourite games I would worry that a remake would lose the soul and spirit of the original (exactly how i'm feeling about the FF7 remake at the moment). I don't really think a film would work either because then you would have to pick one of the endings as canon. I dunno, I still have the DS version and it's good enough for me!
Wow....even getting a remake sounds like a bad idea!
I wouldn't want a remake of the game, because I have a feeling it wouldn't be for Nintendo consoles(I only buy Nintendo consoles), and they'd probably get Tetsuya Nomura to do the artwork, and his style is way too overly asymmetrical, overly designed, and/or too emo for Chrono Trigger.
As for a movie, I'd watch it If Akira Toriyama did the artwork, but I feel Chrono Trigger would work better as an anime series.
I'm no dreamer, so I wouldn't want a remake of Chrono Trigger to be radically different from the original, like what probably most people are thinking.
I would love a remake, since I never got to play the original, but I know its legend and love its OST.
I think an anime movie adaptation would be pretty cool, actually.
I'd rather that Chrono and Magus were given roster space in the next Smash Bros instead.
Black Omen themed stage, or Lavos themed stage
I'll not accept anything more than a comic by Toriyama.. Leave that classic alone please. Why not making a sequel to the franchise instead if they have to. But without the Dream Team or Squaresoft..
@ReshiramZekrom Don't Kid yourself, they will suck it's potential dry. They cross ethical barriers all the time and won't feel guilty.
If they make a game/movie, this needs to be brought back with it:
I voted for Magus in the Smash Ballot. Crono would have just had people rolling their eyes and muttering about another sword user.
Thanks for the first and third picture
Chrono Trigger NX, please!
The game has aged so well that i don't think it needs any sort of remake. Remakes should be reserved games that actually need a facelift and changes.
why would you re-make something that is already perfect?
An anime could work ~
As someone who's never played Chrono Trigger (although I'd like to at some point), I wouldn't mind, say, an HD remake or one done completely from the ground up a la FFVII. I know some will say such is heretical but I think that's probably nostalgia talking; a complete remake doesn't equal "evil" and is totally possible to be done correctly. As for a Chrono Trigger film, I'll keep it simple:
An anime feature or animated feature? Yes!
A live-action film? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
I'm the only one to think that Chrono Cross needs some attention as well.
For a PlayStation game, the game actually holds up better than most other RPGs on the console, but I wouldn't mind if it had more polygons.
Also, Radical Dreamers eShop port, make it happen please.
THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!! Chrono trigger is without a question one of the best Rpg's ever made.
In the meantime, how's about Chrono Trigger DS for the Wii U Virtual Console, eh?
A Square Enix Chrono Trigger inspired RPG (called I am Setsuna) is coming to PC and PS4 soon. The best part is that it's not one of those lame e-begging Kickstarter project that we kept on seeing nowadays. See the trailer here:
Awesome, and bring back Secret of Mana too. Why are these SNES games not on the eShop for 3ds yet?!
YEEEEESSSS. BEST GAME OF ALL TIME. A REMAKE WOULD MAKE ME LOSE MY MIND.
A remake might be cool, but it doesn't really need it and they might mess it up. The 16 bit world still looks gorgeous!
I still wonder why it needs another remake. The cutscene-heavy PS1 & 3DS versions were more than enough. I'd rather they talk about a sequel than yet another remake of a remake.
@retro_player_22 Looks pretty lame and soulless to me.
I'd prefer an HD remaster, redo the art assets in HD and remaster the music in higher quality, keeping the mechanics the same. Kind of like Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix.
Btw, I don't know how some people prefer NOT having any newer version of the game, just because of the risk of them ruining it. Even if they tried and made the worst, worse-than-Atari-E.T game ever, the original will never dissapear. The argument of "they'll probably ruin it, so DON'T" is incredibly silly in my opinion.
@andywitmyer I don't give two jacks about the game or your opinion of it, I'm simply throwing this around in relation to Chrono Trigger.
Would rather they just make a hd remaster then try to remake the game as i doubt they could improve anything really besides graphics.
Definitely a remake/remaster or brand new game of Chrono Trigger would be brill.
I'm sure a remaster would be attempted one day, but for now, I'd settle for a Chrono Trigger anime and I'd be just as pleased. I'm learning that everything we love doesn't need to be remade, remastered, reimagined, etc. all the time. As much as I... LOVE... CT, the original will always be the most magical for me.
Just get the band back together and make a killer 16bit era sequel. (No not Chrono Cross)
If they did a remaster.... maybe. I'm somewhat hesitant on remakes... Keep A.T behind the wheel and it would look TOO awesome!
Oh!! and Uematsu to do the music as well!
That would be one remaster I actually want. Heck I'd even be happy if they released it on the virtual console with all the PSone cut scenes.
Please yes. ;_; It was actually one of my first DS games, and I had NO idea it was actually a port until I was a good ways into it, and probably only because I used a walkthrough for something.
There was actually a promising-looking fan remake in development for a while, but it got cancelled for obvious reasons.
glances at comments OH JEEZ no wonder all the pages are gobbling up so much data lately. The main page seems to do so more and more on it's own as well...but I think I need to find a way to disable comments. Ugh.
How about a sequel instead of a remake like Chrono Cross.
@retro_player_22 Well, thanks for sharing something you have no opinion about! You have enough of an opinion to have given a jack about mine Carry on.
New Chronotrigger yes please.
@andywitmyer Like I said this was thrown in here for the many who may have been interested since it's related to CT just like I did when I throw other things that are related to many other stuff like that Russian Tetris thing I just thrown in here the other week ago in relation to the Chinese Tetris movie.
I agree completely. Chrono Trigger has been my all-time favorite game for 20 years (I've even made four CT music levels in Mario Maker), and I love the classic SNES version. But I'd also love a newer HD remake, or a well-made anime/animated movie. As you said, if it's bad, it's not like the original somehow ceases to exist. In fact, that's my consolation with regard to . . .
@Lizuka "I'd rather see a proper sequel (as in, one that actually follows up on it and keeps mostly direct connections, instead of drastically changing things with a largely unrelated plot and killing off most of the first game's cast offscreen like Chrono Cross)"
While I do enjoy some aspects of the sequel, there are many things--including those things--that I just find very alien and distasteful, and flat out bizarre. But I still have the original to go back to and enjoy, and I don't have to dwell on the sequel that tore that game world to pieces.
I think the Chrono series is actually just fine how it is. We don't need a remake to screw things up imo. We already got 3 pretty fantastic games.
I would welcome a remake in the vein of Final Fantasy III and IV on DS or Dragon Quest VII on 3DS - same story and characters with a clean cel 3D presentation. I'd much rather have another Chrono entry into the series though. Chrono Trigger had everything I wanted in an RPG with memorable and interesting companions, time travel, and the greatest turn based battle system ever made.
Shame that awesome battle system died with Trigger. I always felt like my special attacks were useful when you timed them correctly with the constant enemy movement. Cross was good in the little bit that I played but it felt too much like a step backwards.
Chrono trigger is one of these games, like many titles from that era, that doesn't need to be redone in any way. They are perfect in the way they are and I don't think there is any way to top the DS experience of the game.
It has the psx cutscenes, the snes graphics and lack of loading times plus a clean experience as you have all the menus on the bottom screen leaving the top screen free of clutter and a bunch of options, complete new side story for a new ending and a monster training game with the ingame creatures.
I have to say, no no no no no. The game is perfect how it is. The DS translation is perfect. The graphics still look great. The game has so many silly moments that I am not sure would translate well into 3D. Please just leave well enough alone. You guys got it right the first time, no need to try a second.
I'd love to see an anime movie based on it, or a series. Have done since I was a kid.
I say don't touch it. Anything done to it will most likely make it worse. It's snes graphics were absolutely part of its wonderful charm.
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