Hey, look, Square’s finally released Chrono Trigger DS videos. How kind of them to show us a game that looks almost exactly like the one we’ve played to death over the past decade or more. But wait. Something seems…off.
Such as, say, the dialogue. Hmm. Yeah, it’s subtle, but the text in this trailer doesn’t match up to the Super NES game. In fact, I feel confident in, uh, speculating that the game’s entire script has been completely revamped to make use of the additional space available on a DS ROM. Yeah, speculating. That’s the ticket.
This is bound to be entertaining, if you find schadenfreude-flavored joy in nerd rage. The original localization of the SNES version of Chrono Trigger, like that of Final Fantasy III (née VI), is the subject of a tremendous amount of debate by people who probably spend a bit too much time thinking about pragmatic changes made to very old video games by a guy working on a tight deadline and very little data space to fit complex, compressed Japanese-language concepts into. That Chrono Trigger was at all coherent is a small miracle; that it was actually pretty witty, too, seems a nigh-impossible feat. And yet! People still kvetch about it to this day. The war between weeaboos and people who use the word “animu” because they can’t get away with saying “Jap” anymore rages on through tiny, insignificant battlefields like this one.
And, no doubt, once people get their hands on the new version of the game, we’ll be hearing endless line-item vetoes from overly obsessive fanatics who hate the new localization…or else hate the people who hate the new localization. Either way, be forewarned! Gaming forums are gonna turn ugly in a couple of months.