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Photos of the Chrono Trigger Nintendo DS Box and Its Contents
Photos of the Chrono Trigger Nintendo DS box and its contents
[The following is a complete documentation of all ephemera encased within the Nintendo Dual Screen (NDS) re-release of Chrono Trigger. Discrepancies and similarities between physical materials such as guide books, manuals, posters, storage media, and media containers, along with trends — especially between the various video game iterations — will be discussed. Beside each description is a high-quality image of the document in question.]
General Comments about the Packaging for the Nintendo DS re-release of Chrono TriggerThe first-run copies of the NDS iteration of Chrono Trigger are indicated by a sticker on the front of the packaged shrink wrap. These stickers indicate that they come packaged with a limited-edition poster — which is the same poster found packaged in the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) release. Other copies released after this initial point, retracted the limited-edition poster and, as such, it is a unique artifact.
About the Version Used in this ProjectThanks to Greg Philbrook's donation, a first-run copy (which includes the limited-edition poster) of the artifact was utilized for the traversal, interview, and further examination of the NDS re-release. This complete artifact was important for the player for the purpose of reviewing game mechanics and controls, as well as gaining a more in-depth knowledge of this iteration as a whole. It was made known to the player which version this was, and the history and culture intrinsically attached to it.
Nintendo DS Box Contents
▹ One Nintendo DS Game Card
▹ One instruction booklet
▹ One one-sided complimentary poster
Nintendo DS Box, FrontThe box features artwork from the original SNES release of Chrono Trigger (that is also present in the form of a companion poster for both releases). Below is the publisher's logo "SQUARE ENIX" and the ESRB rating "E10+" (Everyone 10+) — which is noticeable because of the rating's distinction between the first two iterations. These ratings were "K-A" (Kids to Adults 6+) and "T" (Teen), respectively. Along the side of this box, is the NDS logo.
Nintendo DS Box, BackThe back liner reads: "The RPG of the Ages Returns. When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions, young Crono must journey though time to rescue a mysterious girl from an intricate web of past and present perils. Enhanced with dual-screen presentation, stylus controls, and a host of great new features, the classic tale transcends time once again!" Two captions read: "Bonuses include brand-new dungeons and a multiplayer area," and "Timeless gameplay feels fresher than ever before!" Above each of these captions are images revealing the gameplay and dual-screen capability of the NDS. The images are, (from left to right) first a battle scene (with Ayla, Crono, and Frog) against Azala and her pet the Black Tyranno from the Prehistoric era, a scene of Marle, Lucca, and Robo in the Epoch, and lastly, artwork of Frog, Marle, and Crono is depicted. In the top right corner, an icon states that "Wireless DS Multi-Card Play" is an in-game function between two players and requires both players to own a copy of the video game. Below is an official Nintendo seal, a Nintendo logo, and a Square Enix logo. Lastly, the ESRB rating is specified further: (Everyone 10+, Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol).
Nintendo DS Game Card, FrontThe following is a standard Nintendo game card and measures at 1.4' x 1.3' x 0.2' in size with a weight of 3.5 grams. This game card reiterates information displayed on the box.
Nintendo DS Game Card, Back
The reverse of the game card is standard and blank.
Nintendo DS Instruction Manual, FrontThe front cover is minimal in aesthetics, much like the PlayStation (PS) re-release instruction manual — with only the Chrono Trigger title logo present amidst a white background. Similar to the NDS box, the left side of the instructional manual is embellished with the NDS logo.
Nintendo DS Instruction Manual, BackThe reverse side is blank, except for the presense of detailed information pertaining to Square Enix, which reads: "SQUARE ENIX, www.square-enix.com, Published by Square Enix, Inc., 999 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 3rd Floor, El Segundo, CA 90245."
Nintendo DS Instruction Manual, ContentsWhen compared to the PS and SNES booklets, this manual stays true to the original SNES guide, utilizing the same table of contents imagery and character artwork (never depicting any of the cutscenes from the PS re-release). This manual is also far more colorful and vivid than the PS booklet, in a way reflecting the same atmosphere present in the original SNES instruction booklet. Although similar to the original in these aspects, this iteration is, by far, the most vague in its descriptions of events and characters, and only mentions a few of the items and tech moves featured in the game. There is also no walkthrough segment. These trends directly coincide with the abandonment of video game hint-lines as the Internet is an even greater repository for video game knowledge.
Nintendo DS PosterIncluded inside the box, in conjunction with the manual, is a complimentary poster (an exact replica of one of the poster's featured in the SNES release — which has also been displayed on the front of the NDS Chrono Trigger box).
Additional Nintendo DS Re-release ArtifactsThe following is a 2009 Japanese guide that was available to players at the time of Chrono Trigger's NDS re-release. A number of translations have been completed by members of the Chrono Compendium. It has been compiled in three Adobe PDF files down below. Please allow adequate time for the file to download.
▹ Chrono Trigger Ultimania Part 1 (2009) (pdf, 108 MB)
▹ Chrono Trigger Ultimania Part 2 (2009) (pdf, 50.2 MB)
▹ Chrono Trigger Ultimania Part 3 (2009) (pdf, 93.2 MB)
Schedule of Traversals and Interviews
The schedule for all traversals and interviews conducted for Chronicles
Chronicles' traversals and interviews took place during the summer of 2015. It was important that most of the players had already played a version of Chrono Trigger so that deep discussion on various iterations of the game could take place. Kate Palermini (PlayStation Network), Greg Philbrook (Original PlayStation), and Stephen Scoville (Nintendo Dual Screen) had previous experience with the corresponding versions. As such, it was important to assign these individuals to different releases. Justin Fettig was the only participant that had no experience with Chrono Trigger. His input was also important for the purpose of viewing the game from an unadulterated lense.
Here is the list of traversals and interviews associated with the project:
Kate Palermini, Chrono Trigger iOS, July 09, 2015, Motion Tracking, Virtual Environment (MOVE) Lab, Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).
Greg Philbrook, Chrono Trigger SNES, July 09, 2015, Motion Tracking, Virtual Environment (MOVE) Lab, Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).
Justin Fettig, Chrono Trigger Nintendo DS, July 14, 2015, Motion Tracking, Virtual Environment (MOVE) Lab, Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).
Stephen Scoville, Chrono Trigger PlayStation, July 14, 2015, Motion Tracking, Virtual Environment (MOVE) Lab, Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV).