In the 90s the SNES produced some of gaming’s finest RPGS. Great classics such as Final Fantasy 4 and 6 kept American audiences entertained, while Japanese gamers had greats such as the original Star Ocean. Entertaining both audiences was the timeless classic Chrono Trigger. Now years later the rise of the internet has put fans together and given those interested the ability to search for in game beta. Notable finds have been made, such as the music from the fabled “Singing Mountain,” and the demo rom. Now thanks to gamers/fans/translators Glitterberri and Gekkahiro we can read in good ole English a translation of this video that has been floating around the web for some time now.
Play the vid and you can follow along with the following translation.
Chrono Trigger V-Jump Festival ’94 Presentation
Square’s newest creation, Chrono Trigger!
With an introduction by Mr. Kazuhiko Aoki and Mr. Hironobu Sakaguchi!
Mr. Toriyama designed the characters, monsters, and the look of each era.
Mr. Horii did the scenarios, and Mr. Sakaguchi was in charge of the entire system. Our desire to make a completely new RPG resulted in the creation of Chrono Trigger.
The meaning of Chrono Trigger is “time trigger.”
This epic game was born from the collective dream of Akira Toriyama, Yuuji Horii, and Hironobu Sakaguchi.
Passing through a variety of eras from the past, present, and future, it is a story of a fight against monumental evil.
With its recurring themes of light and shadow, the game is partly characterized by the never-before-seen depth of its beautiful visuals.
Players can soar on the wings of time in the time machine designed by Mr. Toriyama.
Player and monster characters can attack while moving around during battle.
The magic effects are more impressive than in Final Fantasy VI.
The enemies are many and varied, ranging from small monsters to powerful giants!
Now to introduce the characters.
With a Japanese blade and a hint of the Orient, our protagonist, Chrono!
The bowgun-wielding Marle!
The spin-kicking, club-carrying, fist-fighting Ayla!
The skilled swordsman, Frog!
Our hero’s advisor, the talented inventor, Lucca!
The strong and dependable battler, Robo!
And now, Mr. Sakaguchi, Mr. Horii, and Mr. Aoki take the stage! Let’s listen as these three spill the secrets behind the creation of Chrono Trigger!
Around two years ago we travelled to America to do some research, checking out the latest in computer graphics.
I ended up travelling together with Mr. Horii and Mr. Toriyama.
During the trip we decided that we wanted to create something together, something that no one had done before.
We were really naive…
We got all fired up about it.
Normally you’d think things would have ended there, that we wouldn’t have been so excited…
That’s right, we were really enthusiastic about it.
Just talking about it was really exciting.
However, once we decided we were going to do it for sure, we spent a year or a year and a half thinking about all the difficulties we’d encounter.
We had almost given up when we received word from the producer, Mr. Aoki.
He said “No, if you’re going to talk like that, please ask me. I definitely want to help make it happen.”
Was it difficult, Mr. Aoki?
My life was made considerably more difficult thanks to this project.
We were staying together too.
That’s right, one year ago, wasn’t it?
Packed like sardines…
It was hard.
We started thinking about what kind of game we should make…
This type, that type…
Four whole days we spent…
For more information about this and other translations check out Glitterberri’s translations blog! She also translated a handfull of magazine pages wiyh interviews with Chrono Trigger creators (you can read them in here).
Article writeup by Torentsu