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How Have You Not Played That? Chrono Trigger.

There was a moment sometime in 1997 when I played my first JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. Being a Sega Genesis kid followed by N64, I missed out on all the “great” JRPG’s of the Super Nintendo years. The adventures of Cloud and company forever changed the type of gamer I was and I have not missed many SquareEnix adventures since.

There was always one game that I was told was the pinnacle of Square’s success, Chrono Trigger. Much to the annoyance of the Trigger fans, I had played through Chrono Cross, the “sequel” on PS1, and yet had never touched the original. Finally now, I decided to sit down, do some time traveling, and take part in the adventures of Crono and company.

Released in 1995 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America, Chrono Trigger was one of the last games released by Square on the SNES. One of the most notable things about this game is its style. The art work for the game is done by Akira Toriyama, the lead artist for the Dragon Ball manga, and his art direction is fantastic. The character sprites look great even by todays standards and the character portraits are some of the best. Seeing the world change and develop while you explore it from the beginning of time to the end of time is amazing.

The world is really brought to life with a great cast and story. Watching these characters grow as the story progresses was my favorite part. I really liked the emphasis on developing different key characters in each time period. A lot of the development does come with spending extra time on side quests, but the story also introduces you to these characters in key ways. I thoroughly enjoyed the Frog and Robo characters along …

Bart's Nightmare

Retro Ads – Round 3

Whenever I find an old comic from the 90’s or 80’s, I immediately check out the old ads.  It really brings me back to the days of when all video games came in cartridges, you could order sea monkeys in the mail, and people actually gave a crap about sports cards.

The following came from Marvel’s “Ravage 2099” #4 – Circa March, 1993.  We scanned these in personally for your enjoyment!

Bart's Nightmare
Bart’s Nightmare is one of our favorite SNES games of all-time. This ad really paints a dark picture for the game!
Chuck Rock
In Chuck Rock, you were a caveman who…chucked rocks. One of Sony’s first games!
Mystic Quest was one of the first RPG's geared towards casual gamers.  Years before Pokemon!
Mystic Quest was one of the first RPG’s geared towards casual gamers. Years before Pokemon!
I love how this ad pokes fun at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I love how this ad pokes fun at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

 

If you had a Game Genie, you were awesome.

Retro Game Ads – Round 1

Recently, I stumbled across an extremely inexpensive bundle of old 90’s comics at a local shop.  The coolest part isn’t the comics (because, let’s be honest, these are probably not key issues and almost worthless), but the treasure trove of cool video game ads inside the comics! I decided to scan these in because I love them so much.

These are both hilarious and highly nostalgic for anyone who was a gamer at the time!  The following were found in Batman #471 from November, 1991.

If you had a Game Genie, you were awesome.
If you had a Game Genie, you were awesome.
Cool ad for Smash TV home editions
Cool ad for Smash TV home editions
This one was a dual advertisement for the highly successful NES TMNT game, and their Gameboy counterpart.
This one was a dual advertisement for the highly successful NES TMNT game, and their Gameboy counterpart.
Remember WCW?
Remember WCW?

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