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Chrono Trigger Announced for DS
07.02.08 - 12:50 AM

Last night, Square Enix posted a countdown site on their Japanese site, displaying a clock that simply shows your computer's current time, though was highly reminiscent of the stylized C "clock" of the Chrono Trigger logo. The graphic, ticking sound and URL of the site (/ctds/) led many to believe what was made official today: Square Enix will release a new version of its classic 16-bit RPG Chrono Trigger in both Japan and North America this winter. According to the official press release, the game will be basically the same, though with the addition of touch screen functionality (the extent of which has not been made clear yet), a new dungeon and a wireless play mode. The full press release is below.

This will mark the third release of the title since the original in 1995 - not counting reissues such as the PSOne Books label in Japan. Chrono Trigger was originally released for the Super Famicom/Super Nintendo in 1995. Four years later, a Tose-developed PlayStation port hit Japanese retail store shelves. This PlayStation version was released in the US as part of the Final Fantasy Chronicles.

CHRONO TRIGGER Returns! The Timeless Classic Teleports to Nintendo DS This Holiday Season

LOS ANGELES, CA USA
Journey Through Time with the RPG Masterpiece that Started It All

LOS ANGELES, July 2 /PRNewswire/ ? Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(TM) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that it will release CHRONO TRIGGER(R) in North America this Holiday season. Remastered exclusively for Nintendo DS(TM), this marks the first time that the groundbreaking RPG will be available on a handheld console.

Originally released in 1995 on Super NES(R) and shipping more than 2.5 million copies worldwide, CHRONO TRIGGER has been hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by critics and fans alike. With a unique and multifaceted storyline, the game revolutionized the world of RPGs with never-before-seen features, including an unprecedented soundtrack and multiple endings determined by side quests and the player's actions.

With artwork by famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and an unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda, CHRONO TRIGGER represents the best-in-class of the video game world. This newly revamped edition maintains all of the game's original elements and spirit while introducing the portability, dual-screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality of Nintendo DS. Players will soon be able to rediscover the exhilarating RPG experience, breathtaking storyline and innovative gameplay in the palm of their hands.

STORY

When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his misfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future.

FEATURES

? A masterpiece with an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time

? An unprecedented and inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda

? Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills

? Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world

? Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality

? A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic

CHRONO TRIGGER has not yet been rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. The official website can be found at http://na.square-enix.com/ctds.





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