Chrono Trigger made me an RPG addict

I’m feeling nostalgic today so I wanted to write about one of my favorite video games of all time, the game that got me into video games, Chrono Trigger. I was pretty young when my brother got it for our Super Nintendo, but I remember feeling so engrossed in the story, so much so that it has stuck with me more than 20 years later.

Chrono Trigger was originally released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo. In Chrono Trigger, you play as Chrono, a silent protagonist. If you are unfamiliar with the story, Chrono attends a carnival in town and meets a girl named Marle. The two go see his friend Lucca, who has been busy creating a teleportation device. Marle tries out the device and is sent back in time. Chrono and Lucca go on a quest to find her, ultimately traveling to five different eras.

Lucca’s Teleportation Device at the carnival

I love this game not only for it’s great story, but the music and graphics for it’s time are phenomenal. Another unique attribute of Chrono Trigger is that it offers the player 13 different endings!

The lucky Japanese fans gained access to the second installment, Radical Dreamers, in 1996. The 3rd installment, Chrono Cross, landed a PlayStation release in 2000. Chrono Cross is excellent as well and focuses on parallel worlds. I hope to one day see a reboot of both or either of these games.

What game got you into gaming when you were young? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to check out our sponsors and use code 101militia to get a sweet discount!

One comment

  1. I played Chrono Trigger years after its release, but whenever I think about it, my mind nestles it in with the rest of my childhood memories. Interesting how memory works!

    I would have to say FF3/6 is what really got me into gaming. I had no idea you could essentially play out a book before then. I think the music of all of those early JRPGs hooked my imagination — I still listen to them today.


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