General Comments about the Packaging for the SNES release of Chrono Trigger
About the Version Used in this Project
SNES Cartridge Box Contents
▹ One SNES Game Pak (encased in a white container and fitted with a dust sleeve)
▹ One Instruction Booklet
▹ One Registration Card (not available)
▹ Two double-sided posters depicting eras and locales the video game explores, along with various illustrations by Akira Toriyama
SNES Cartridge Box, Front
SNES Cartridge Box, Back
SNES Instruction Booklet, Front
The front cover is a reiteration of the black cartridge box art featured in the packaging, with an image of Crono posing on the right with the main cover art in the background. This rendition of the cover art appears to be spreading out of its frame (since the white top border is removed and the title is reproduced at a larger scale and with a white stroke effect). This imagery continues to the reverse side of the instruction booklet.
SNES Instruction Booklet, Back
The back cover features the rest of the main cover art, along with Frog's standard pose tilted and appearing to enter in from the left. Below this is more detailed information concerning Squaresoft which reads: "SQUARESOFT ®, Westpark G-1, 8351 — 154th Ave. N.E. Redmond, WA 98052, For Square Soft Customer Service/Game Counseling, CALL (206) 861-0303, Automated: 24hrs., Live Service: Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm PST."
SNES Instruction Booklet, Contents
When compared to later iterations of this instruction booklet, the following guide is far more explicit in its account of story, characters, game mechanics, and descriptions. A comprehensive walkthrough section towards the end of the booklet, along with imagery depicting particular endings is also present. The pre-web setting of the eighties and nineties meant that these booklets had to be designed as comprehensive. They were one of the only methods of receiving help for a specific game or level. Video game companies also took advantage of this reality, employing the use of hint-lines (telephone lines that offered advice to players at steep prices). This is why, in various locations of the original release, information pertaining to hint-lines are frequent and noticeable.
SNES Game Pak, Front
The following is a standard SNES game pak measuring in at 5.3' x 3.5' x 0.75' and weighing 3.2 ounces in total. Artwork and information from the cartridge box are reproduced along the upper portion of the gray game pak.
SNES Game Pak, Back
The back side contains safety information in English, and reads: "IMPORTANT, Power must be off before loading or removing the game pak. This game pak must be cleaned regularly — use the Super NES Cleaning Kit only. Please refer to the consumer information booklet for additional precautions and maintenance details." Down below, in French and Spanish, it advises individuals to consult the manual under the "Information for the Consumer" section for more details. Underneath this text is an engraved Nintendo logo.
1st Poster, Side One
1st Poster, Side Two
2nd Poster, Side One
2nd Poster, Side Two
On the reverse side, the artwork from the cartridge box is replicated in a larger format (as opposed to the Nintendo DS poster — which replicates this art, but leaves the reverse side blank).
Additional SNES Release Artifacts
▹ Chrono Trigger Nintendo Players Guide (1995) (pdf, 58.9 MB)
▹ Nintendo Power Volume 73 (1995) (pdf, 715 KB)
▹ Nintendo Power Volume 74 (1995) (pdf, 3.13 MB)
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- Chrono Trigger SNES Version Traversal
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