This page highlights text that has been translated from the Prerelease ROM and interesting differences. Thanks to RyogaMasaki, Vehek, and GlitterBerri of BerriBlue for making this possible! You can download the script here:
- Chrono Trigger Prerelease Script V. 0.9 by Vehek, RyogaMasaki, ZeaLitY (Excel 2003 Spreadsheet)
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インフォだよ <num16> X <num8> <num8> Y <num8> <num8>
These are mostly likely debug messages, parts of functions that are either removed from the game, or not normally accessible. The first reads as 'Info:' with a 16-bit number after it. X and Y both have two values; they're probably used to display character X and Y map location values. This message occurs in several text offsets.
This establishes November 17, 1994 as the build date for the Prelease version of Chrono Trigger.
"This path seems to have somehow reached a dead end." This appears in the Magic Cave if you try to exit to Zenan.
Time Machine Get
"Time Machine Get." This appears if you activate a special object in the upper left of Leene Square that makes the Epoch appear on the overworld; it was used for debugging.
ララ「ルッカもタバンも発明で いそがしくて…… でもルッカはいい子だよ。[END]
Lara: Lucca and Taban are both busy with inventions. But Lucca's a good kid.
Lara's note about being busy with inventions had an extra line in the Prerelease.
Taban and Lara
This pensive line appears after Taban gives Lara the apples he earned, and Lara says thanks. Perhaps it was meant to forecast Taban's guilt for the accident that claimed her legs.
ルッカ「こ…これは 10年前……まだ 私がメカの事など 何もわからなかったころ……？[END] ララ「だれか止めてーー！！ タバン「ルッカ！！ パスコード336を起動して レバーを引くんだ！！[END]
Lucca: Th, this is… 10 years ago…… back when I didn't know anything about mechanics…… Lara: Somebody stop it--!! Taban: Lucca!! Put in the passcode 366 and pull the lever!!
It seems that it was impossible to save Lara's legs, and this was used to teach a lesson to Lucca (more is described later in this article). The text of the incident is accordingly different; Taban is present, and the passcode is certainly one that can't be entered with buttons.
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Longer Bekkler Introduction
これから世にも恐ろしいキャラクター 達によってショウがくりひろげられる。 チビらんようにしっかりパンツ おさえていな！[END]
And now, a show boasting the world's most terrible characters is about to unfold. Hold on to your pants!
Norstein Bekkler says this before the show. It's not in the final version.
"Your dopple-doll has been sent to your room." This differs from the final lines, which include a line for Crono by name and a line for whomever's leading the party.
Longer Tyrano Jailer Taunting
おれたち、おまえら くって、 飮んで うかれて、大さわぎ。 ウギャギャ。[END]
We'll eat you, drink, make merry, and be rowdy. Heh heh heh.
The Tyrano Lair Reptite jailers taunt the Iokans and Larubans a bit more in the Prerelease.
Tyrano Lair NPC Dialogue
In the final version of Chrono Trigger, you see "Kino: Got it, Ayla. Kino teach good thing!" before Kino shows you how to open the Dinosaur mouth doors. He then says he's jealous of your strength before escaping the lair. In the Prerelease, three lines come before that line about jealousy:
た 助け 来てくれたか！？[END] こうなったの もともと オマエ達のせい！[END] オレ オマエ達 正しい思う……。 かくれる 逃げる もうイヤ！[END]
- H-has help come!?
- This entirely your fault!
- I think you all have right idea……No want hiding and running!
These are definitely lines for NPCs. Perhaps the prisoners were planned to speak as they escaped. Kino's line about being jealous may not have been intended for him, but kept for him anyway when they removed the NPCs.
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「ギャヘヘヘヘ……[END] 「お前は最高の人質だ。 切りふだとして、生かしておこうと 思ったが…… みょうな連中が現われて、 雲行きがおかしくなって来た。 残ねんだが、ここで死んでもらおう。[END]
Gyahehehehe...... You're wonderful hostages. I thought I'd use you as my trump card, but the situation has since changed. It's unfortunate, but I'll have to kill you here.
Though it doesn't change much, these lines aren't in the final version.
村長「ミラーメイルさえあれば、 魔物どもの殺人熱線をふせいで、 この村を守れるやもしれぬ……。
Chief: If only we had the Mirror Mail, we could prevent the murderous heatwave of the demons and protect this village.
The Rainbow Shell was originally planned to be Mirror Mail in the Prerelease. There are lines referring to it as the Rainbow Shell, suggesting that the Mirror Mail lines were leftovers from an earlier stage of development. Later on, we find out that the Mirror Mail was stolen by Magus's henchmen after the fall of the lair:
トマ「サンドリノの村長のほしがってる ミラーメイルだが、魔王の部下に もってかれちまったらしいや。
Toma: Looks like the Mirror Mail that the mayor of Sandorino is after was taken by the subordinates of the demon king.
"Dopple chaaange!!" This line appears in the final version of Chrono Trigger's data; it's the Pre's version of "Received the Crono Clone (or Dopple-doll)!" It also pops up two extra times in the Lab 32 and Cursed Woods lines in the Prerelease. It's possible that this line would display when the player pressed A on any of the character dolls won at the fair, which explains why this line is in so many locations.
"CYRUS PUUUNCH!!" When Cyrus makes his final attack on Magus, he utters a cry not present in the final version. If that sounds familiar, it's because サイラスパンチ is the exact name of Pierre's SlapofCyrus technique in Chrono Cross. It's too bad this reference was lost.
Marle and Lucca Encouragement
マール「気をつけてね、クロノ！[END] ルッカ「魔王がラヴォスを 生み出すのだけは、くいとめなきゃ。[END]
Marle: Take care, Crono! Lucca: We have to keep the demon king from summoning Lavos.
These unique lines appear with the party's general encouragement when Frog decides to accompany them to Magus's Lair.
All Men Aim to Be Heroes
[Man] うわさで聞いた伝説の勇者ってな、 なんと、タータだったんだってな。 ま、男ってな、ヒーローをめざすもんよ、 年なんかカンケーねーやな。[END]
[Man] The legendary hero I heard about in the rumor was just Tarta. Well, all men aim to be heroes, whatever their age.
This nice little line was left out of the final version.
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In certain areas, the player is barred from going further by NPCs who deliver this ending dialogue, which varies by area. If you choose New Game, the farthest the demo lets you run is up to the Cathedral after Frog joins your party and you discover the hidden door. For the Magus's Lair save, you can go as far as the final Magus battle. For the 1000 AD save, you play up to the Dragon Tank sequence. With Robo's save, you can go as far as getting the door open in Proto Dome (after your trip to the Factory Ruins). An NPC also says this in Kajar.
『クロノ・トリガー』をプレイしていただき ありがとうございます。 ざんねんながら、今回のバージョンは ここまでとさせていただきます。 クロノ達は無事、自分達の時代に 帰る事が出来るのか……！？ 最強のスタッフが、32メガの大容量と かつてないスケールでお送りする 時代をかけめぐる大ぼうけんR．P．G．！ 『クロノ・トリガー』 3/11 土曜日 発売 ご期待下さい！！[END]
Thank you for playing 'Chrono Trigger.' We regret to inform you that this is as far as we can let you go in this version.
Crono and company are safe, but can everyone get back to their own time periods...!?
This ultimate team (of developers) is using an unheard of scale with 32megs of data for a time traveling great adventure RPG!
On sale Saturday 3/11
Please look forward to it!!
あらわれたなぞのカエル剣士! はたしてクロノとルッカは、 マールを無事救いだす事ができるのか?
The appearance of the enigmatic Frog the swordsman! Can Crono and Lucca rescue Marle?
ドラゴンせんしゃを倒し刑務所から脱出した クロノとルッカの行く手には 何が待つのか……!?
Crono and Lucca have defeated the Dragon Tank and escaped prison. Now what awaits them on their path ahead...!?
この先、魔王城に一体何が待ち受けるのか? はたしてクロノ逹は魔王をうち倒す事が 出来るのか……!?
At this point, what in the world can you expect from Magus's castle? Can Crono and company really take down Maou in his own place?
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Dalton Gets Schala
ダルトン「女王がお呼びです。 しきゅう、海底神殿の方におりて いただきたいと……。[END] Sara-sama! The Queen calls. She would like to have you descend to the Ocean Floor Temple immediately……
Dalton is meant to retrieve Schala for the Ocean Palace from her bedroom in the Prerelease. This was probably changed since Dalton would have recognized the party.
Originally, the party members were going to react to seeing the pendant's use. In the final version, they only react to the events after trying to open the sealed door and failing (those lines come after these in the Prerelease).
マール「あ、あのペンダント！ 私のとそっくり！[END] ルッカ「あ、あのペンダント！ マールのとソックリじゃない？[END] ロボ「あのペンダントは……？ マールさんのと同じに見えマシタ。[END] カエル「あれ、どっかで見たな……[END] エイラ「アレ、マールのと同じ？ ならエイラ達も、入れるか？[END] マール「開かないよ！[END]
Marle: Th, that pendant! It looks just like mine! Lucca: Th, that pendant! Doesn't it look just like Marle's? Robo: That pendant……? Marle has one that looks just like it. Frog: Hm, where have I seen that… Ayla: Aa, the same as Marle's? If so, can Ayla and friends get inside?
As we move on, there are really simple lines for the trying to open and opening reactions.
マール「開かないよ！[END] ルッカ「開かないじゃない？[END] ロボ「開きマセンネ……。[END] カエル「ダメじゃないかよ？[END] エイラ「ふしぎ。なんでだ？[END] マール「あ、開いた、開いた！[END] ルッカ「やった、やっぱり、ね！[END] ロボ「成功デス。開きマシタ。[END] カエル「お、開いたな！[END] エイラ「開いた！エイラ、入る！[END]
Marle: It won't open! Lucca: It won't open, right? Robo: It's not opening…… Frog: I wonder if it's hopeless. Ayla: Mysterious. Why? Marle: Ah, it opened, it opened! Lucca: Yay, I knew it! Robo: Perfect. It opened. Frog: Oh, it opened! Ayla: It opens! Ayla enter!
わらわの計画にさからった事を たっぷりとこうかいさせてくれる。 ひと思いに殺してくれと泣いてたのむ ほどにな……。
May you thoroughly regret opposing my plans. All I ask is that you cry out when I kill you instantly……
This extra taunt about crying out doesn't appear in the final. She's also known as ZEAL: after she reveals her name, instead of QUEEN:.
ジール「後はまかせるぞ、ダルトン。 わらわは神殿におりる。そいつらは 研究しつにほうりこんでおけ。[END] ジール「行くぞ、予言者よ！[END] ダルトン「じょ、女王様……！？[END] ダルトン「チッ、なんだってんだよ！ この役立たずどもめ！[END]
Zeal: I'll leave the rest to you, Dalton. I'm going to the palace. Throw that bunch in the research room. Zeal: Let's go, Prophet! Dalton: Q, queen! Dalton: Meh, whatever! These good for nothings…
It seems that Dalton fought the party himself in the throneroom, with no Golem summon. Zeal leaves the situation to him before going to the Ocean Palace with the Prophet following. These lines are totally unique to the Prerelease.
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[Young Man] 橋は今、修理中でわたれないぜ。 先日の地震のせいだよ。 そーいや、最近地震多いよな。[END] [Bandeau] うっせえ！ いっしょうけんめい修理してんだ。 もちっと待つんだな。[END] [Young Man] いつになったら、橋がなおるのかのー。[END] [Old Man] チョラスの大工、バンドーを呼べば 橋の修理なんて、すぐにおわるのにな。[END]
[Young Man] The bridge is currently under repair, so you can't go across. It's because of the earthquake a few days ago. Speaking of which, there have been a lot recently. [Bandeau] Shh! I'm giving this repair work my all. Just wait a little longer. [Young Man] Just when is the bridge going to be fixed? [Old Man] If we're able to call Bandeau, the carpenter from Choras, these repairs will be finished in no time.
These infamous lines describe the broken Zenan Bridge. Bandeau gets some facetime here as well. The topmost person was left in the final version as the guy who complains about earthquakes.
[Soldier] あのカエル野郎、およいで向こうへ わたって行きやがった。 やはりあいつは、魔王軍の魔物なのだ。[END] [Soldier] That frog bastard swam his way across. That guy is part of the demon king's army for sure.
As you can probably tell, the "That guy" part is unique to the Prerelease.
Giant Bone Demon
[Knight] き、巨大なホネの魔物が現われた！ もうだめだー！[END] [Knight] A, a giant bone demon appeared! We're finished!
In the Prerelease, a knight blew the entire Zombor surprise before the party even begins fighting. It makes sense this was removed since Zombor is assembled as a last minute effort by Ozzie from the Decedents.
Zombor Reaction Lines
マール「な、なに？[END] ルッカ「何をする気！？[END] ロボ「コ、こんどはナニを するつもりデスカ！[END]
Marle: W, what? Lucca: What are you planning to do!? Robo: J, just what do you intend to do this time!
These reaction lines to Zombor were cut.
Melchior's Proud of Himself
ボッシュ「武器はな…… 生命をうばうための物ではないぞ。 生かすための物であるべきじゃ。 な～んてな、ちとカッコよすぎるかの。[END] Bosch: Weapons, you see...... They aren't for taking life. They ought to be for bringing life. It's almost too wonderful!
Melchior has an extra little statement in the Prerelease that sort of underscores just how awesome his little philosophy is there. This line is from an earlier version of development, as a line closer to the final without the extra comment exists separately in the Prerelease.
[Green Imp] この広場のまんなかにあるのが 魔王様のどうぞうだよ。[END] [Green Imp] The thing in the middle of this square is a bronze statue of the demon king.
Magus's statue is made from bronze in the Prerelease.
ワシがこのメディーナ村の村長、 ビネガー13世じゃ！ ワシの先祖は、あのいだいなる魔王様の 一の部下として人間どもと戦ったのだぞ。 ああ、魔王様…… なぜ400年前に 人間達をほろぼして下さらなかったのじゃ？[END]
In the Prerelease, he was known as Ozzie XIII instead of Ozzie VIII.
Slash and Flea, Weiner and Ketchappa
[Weiner (Slash)] オレは、ワイナー。 魔族がその力を取り戻す日にそなえて 剣の修行にいそしんでいるのだ。[END] [Ketchappa (Flea)] 私は、ケチャッパ。 日夜、魔王様をあがめて、魔族がこの地を 手に入れる日を願い続けているのよ。[END] [Weiner (Slash)] I am Weiner. To prepare for the day when the demons regain power, I'm working hard on my swordsmanship. [Ketchappa (Flea)] I am Ketchappa. Night and day the demons worship the demon king, continuing to pray for the day when the our kind will gain control of the world.
That's right. Slash was first known as Weiner, and Flea as Ketchappa. They were changed to different condiments for the Japanese version (Soysaw and Mayonnay respectively). It seems weiners and ketchup weren't wacky enough for the Toriyama food-name thing.
Lost Residence I - A Divided Medina
Remember the Medina Residence (CTP)? We've got dialogue!
[Blue Imp in Lost House] この村には、人間をにくんでいる者もいる。 過去にとらわれ、現在が見えなくなって いるのだ。 彼らは、村長の家や村の広場にあつまって 400年前の魔王にいのりをささげている。[END] [Blue Imp in Lost House] In this village there are also those who hate humans. Imprisoned by the past, they have become unable to see the present. They gather in the mayor's house or on the green, offering prayers to the demon king of 400 years past.
The presence friendly Imps here, the Medina Inn, and the Portal House, coupled with this Imp's words, suggest that Medina was very divided over whether to continue hating humans or reconcile.
Lost Residence II - A Heckran Guard
Remember the Medina Residence (CTP)? We've got dialogue!
[Blue Imp in Lost House] 西の山の洞窟にすむヘケランという魔物は、 400年の昔より、魔王様の命令をうけて ラヴォス神のねむる地を守っているのだ。[END] [Blue Imp in Lost House] 400 years ago, the monster Heckran of the western mountain caves received its orders from the demon king. It continues to protect the earth where Lavos sleeps.
Yes! Magus ordered Heckran to protect that point.
Medina and Lavos
マール「ねえ、クロノ！ あの人が言っていたラヴォスって、 未来のドームで見たあのラヴォスのこと なのかしら？[END] ルッカ「これは聞きずてならないわね。 彼の言っていたラヴォスとは、 未来のドームで見たあのラヴォスのこと である可能性が高いわ。[END] ロボ「ラヴォスとは…… 王国暦1999年に世界をハカイした あのラヴォスのことなのでショウカ？[END] マール「えーっ！？ あのラヴォス？[END] ルッカ「この村の人々の話をまとめれば そうとしか考えられないわね。[END] ロボ「ラヴォス……[END] マール「もしそうなら、あの未来を 変えちゃうには、ラヴォスを生み出す 前に魔王をやっつけちゃうのが いちばん手っとりばやいね。[END] ルッカ「もしそうなら、未来を救うには その魔王とやらがラヴォスを生み出す 前に倒してしまうのが合理的な方法ね。[END] ロボ「魔王がラヴォスを生み出した のナラバ…… その魔王を倒セバ、未来は救わレル のではないでショウカ？[END] マール「魔王って、400年前の人 だから…… 中世に行けば、魔王にあえるんじゃ？[END] ルッカ「魔王と人間が戦ったのが 400年前…… ということは、中世に行けばいいのね。[END] ロボ「魔王は400年前の人物デス。 中世に行ケバ、彼にあえるデショウ。[END] マール「テレポットがあるリーネ広場の ゲートを使えば、中世へ行けるね！[END] ルッカ「リーネ広場のテレポットが ある場所に開いたゲートを使えば 中世に行けるはずよ。[END] ロボ「アナタ達が初めて使った ゲートが中世につながるゲートでス。 そのゲートはリーネ広場にありマス。[END] マール「行こう、中世に！[END] ルッカ「行くわよ、中世に！[END] ロボ「行きまショウ、中世ヘ！[END] Marle: Hey, Crono! The Lavos that guy was talking about, I wonder if it's the same Lavos we saw at the dome in the future? Lucca: This is unforgiveable. There's a high probability that the Lavos he talked about is the same Lavos that we saw at the dome in the future. Robo: "Lavos"…… I wonder if it was the same Lavos that destroyed the world in the royal calendar year of 1999? Marle: Whaat!? That Lavos? Lucca: Listening to the citizens of this village, I can't help but think that. Robo: Lavos…… Marle: If that's the case, to change the future, it might be easiest to defeat the demon king before he can summon Lavos. Lucca: If that's the case, defeating that demon king before he summons Lavos seems to be the most reasonable way to save the future. Robo:If the demon king summons Lavos, then…… If we defeat the demon king, we'll be able to save the future, right? Marle: The demon king lived 400 years ago, so…… By going to the Middle Ages, we'll be able to meet him. Lucca: The fight between the demon king and the humans was 400 years ago…… So that means we should go to the Middle Ages. Robo: The demon king was alive 400 years ago. If we go to the Middle Ages, we should be able to meet him. Marle: If we use the gate by the teleporter at Leene Fairground, we can get to the Middle Ages! Lucca: If we use the gate that opened up at the teleporter in Leene Fairground, we ought to be able to get to the Middle Ages. Robo: The gate you first used is connected to the Middle Ages. That gate is located at Leene Fairground. Marle: Let's go! To the Middle Ages! Lucca: Here we go to the Middle Ages! Robo: Let us go! To the Middle Ages!
This illustrates that the party learned about Lavos from a Green Imp at the Square, rather than Heckran.
Enter the Octorider
[Octorider] 人間どもめ！ キサマ達にラヴォス神の ねむる地を けがさせはせんぞ！[END] Human filth! Lavos's sleeping ground will not be hurt by scum like you!
The Octorider enemy greets you harshly in Heckran Cave with these lines. The Octorider was removed from this area in the final version of the game, but still existed as a functional enemy.
Fiona's Forest Cleared for Weapons
フィオナ「魔王軍との戦いで、武器が たくさんいるので、この森の木々は ほとんど切られてしまいました。 森の緑を守るために、木をうえているの ですが、すぐにかれてしまうのです……[END] Fiona: The battle with Magus's army created a need for many weapons, so most of the trees in these woods were destroyed. I'm planting trees to protect the green of the forest, but they soon wither...…
Fiona explains in the Prerelease that her forest was cleared to help build weapons.
Fiona PC Lines
Several unique lines illustrating the party's thought appear after Fiona wishes that someone could help her repair the forest by working for decades.
マール「フィオナさん、かわいそう……[END] ルッカ「うーん、私のめいせきな頭脳を もってしても、こればかりはね……[END] ロボ「なんとかシテ、フィオナさんを 助けてあげたいデスネ。[END] カエル「うーむ。[END] エイラ「クロ！ なんとか ならないか？[END] 魔王「……[END] Marle: Poor Fiona…… Lucca: Hmm… even with my brains, this is just…… Robo: I want to do something to help out Fiona. Frog: Hmm. Ayla: Cro! Can do something? Magus: ……
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Blue Comet Johnny
アニキ「俺ハ… アオキスイセイ ジョニー。 コイツラノ頭ダ……。
Boss: My Name IS...… The blue comet, JOHNNY. I'M THESE GUYS' Boss......
Johnny calls himself "The Blue Comet" in the Prerelease; this doesn't appear in the final.
Short Return Intro
ロボット「ン？ オマエラ マタキタノカ。[END] ジョニー「待タシタナ！ サァ 勝負ダ ギンギンダゼ！ ベイベー！[END]
Robots: HM? YOU'VE all returned HUH. Johnny: I WAS waitin'! WELL then, RACE TIME! SPARKLIN', baby!
This short intro appears if you enter Lab 32 from the south, and was probably shown as a mini-intro each time you came back to Lab 32. It probably became tiresome to see all the time, and was removed from the final version of the game.
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Me Pee a Little
[Child] 俺 見た 赤い星 大きな火 ラヴォス 落ちるとこ。 すごかった。 ちょっと おしっこ ちびった。[END] [Child] Me saw red star! When big fire Lavos fall. Was awesome. Me pee a little.
Perhaps this was too much for even Japanese censors. It's "Me a bit scared" in the final version.
New Laruba Village & Worship of Strange Stone
[Man] ラルバの民 しばらく いっしょにいたが また あたらしい村つくる 言って でていった。[END] [Man] Laruba people together now, but again some say make new village.
[Woman] ラルバの民 へんな石 神だといって あがめてた。[END] [Woman] Laruba people worshiped strange stone like god.
The fact that Laruba made a separate village from the Iokans lends shaky credibility to the fan theory that Laruba people were the ancestors of the Enlightened Ones, given the purplish hair color. Regarding the second line, the term for "strange stone" is the same as "weird rock" that the Ioka man talks about (even in the final version). We've got some possibilities with this one:
- The woman's speaking about the Laruba in present tense, but referring to them as a third party because they've gone off to a new village. In this case, the weird rock can simply be snow or ice, and only the new village part is inconsistent with the final version of Chrono Trigger.
- The woman's speaking about the Laruba in past tense, and she and the Ioka man are talking about the SilverRock at the Laruba Ruins. In this case, why would it feel "icky" when touched by the Ioka Man?
- The woman's speaking about the Laruba in the recent past tense, and she and the Ioka man are talking about the Frozen Flame. As attractive as this is given the theory that Laruba were the ancestors of the Enlightened Ones (who also were reverential towards that sacred shard of red rock mentioned in their books), it's inconsistent with Chrono Cross, which states that humanity contacted the Frozen Flame in 3,000,000 B.C. It's possible that this line was removed for that reason, but the "icky" Ioka man line was left in and made it to the final game, where it can be interpreted as snow or ice to preserve consistency.
- The woman and man are talking about the Sun Stone, which was used to power Zeal until Lavos was discovered and the Mammon Machine created. This plays into the idea that Larubans were ancestors of the Enlightened Ones.
Regarding the Sun Stone idea, here's GlitterBerri:
あんこくせき (Darkness Stone) たいようせき (Sun Stone) へんな石 (Weird Rock)
- 石 is a Japanese word meaning stone, or gem.
- It can be pronounced いし (ishi) or せき (seki).
- It is pronounced いし (seki) in the context of the stone mentioned by the people of 65,000,000 BC, the へんな石 (hen na ishi) or "strange stone".
- Two other stones are also present in the game, the たいようせき (taiyou seki) or Stone of Sun, and the あんこくせき (ankoku seki) or Stone of Darkness.
- Though the pronunciation of "stone" is different because of the context and "stone" in this case is written in hiragana, these mentions of "stone" would all use the same kanji.
- I am unsure if this is meant to differentiate the stones mentioned or if it is simply because saying せき (seki) in the context of へんな石 would not be natural.
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でも…… 今日もここまでだ ひきつづき 他の場所を デバックしてくれクロ。[END] めす4[END] But…… Today ends here. You've been going for a long time. Please debug other places, Cro. Mesu4
This debug message appears beneath lines about the Dactyl Nest, but isn't in the game's events there. The meaning of Mesu4 isn't known.
GlitterBerri, regarding Mesu4: I wasn't sure; I was hoping that would call up something from the minds of the more technically oriented as I haven't seen it as part of debug text before. Definition:
召す 【めす】 (v5s,vt) (1) to call; to send for; (2) to put on; to wear; to take (a bath); to ride in; to buy; to eat; to drink; to catch (a cold);
However, "call" or "send for" could be promising?
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Time Warp Button
老人「……と、まあ、こういう事じゃ。 タイムワープボタンで私を呼び出せば ここに残っている者といつでも メンバーチェンジ出来る。 わすれんようにな。[END] Old Man: ……well, I think that's everything. If you call me with the time warp button, you can change members at any time with those who remain here. Make sure not to forget.
In the final, the "time warp" button is the Y button. Too bad this ceremonial name was removed!
End of Time Party Lines
It seems several unique "take me along?" lines existed for the parts of the game where Crono was required to be in the party:
マール「行こうクロノ！ はい いいえ[END] ルッカ「あんたも行く？ クロノ。 はい いいえ[END] ロボ「クロノも行きマショウ。 はい いいえ[END] カエル「来い、クロノ！ はい いいえ[END] エイラ「クロ、エイラといっしょ！ はい いいえ[END] 魔王「フン、きさまも来るか？ はい いいえ[END] Marle: Let's go, Crono! Yes No Lucca: Are you coming too, Crono? Yes No Robo: Let's go together, Crono. Yes No Frog: Come on, Crono! Yes No Ayla: Crono with Ayla! Yes No Magus: Hmph, you're coming too? Yes No
Gate to 12000 B.G.
[System] BG1万2千年『地の民の大陸』へ 行きますか？ はい いいえ[END]
The 12000 B.C. gate says "BG", which is probably just a typo error. It is tantalizing to think that BG stands for "Before Guardia" and that this system was planned before the BC and AD system, but that's probably not the case.
Crono Remember and Discussion
老人「さ、話してごらん……。 クロノを生き返らせたい 時の賢者について 何か飮み物を[END] Old Man: Go ahead…… We want to return Crono to life. What about the Philosopher of Time? Something to drink.
老人「よし、特製のカクテルでも飮んで 元気を出しな。 名付けてクロノ・リメンバー……。[END] Old Man: All right, if you drink this special cocktail you will regain your energy. The name is Chrono Remember……
In the Prerelease, the party can ask about returning Crono to life, the Guru of Time, and something to drink when they speak with Gaspar about Crono's death. After one option is chosen, Gaspar explains that topic and then returns with the remaining options until finally, all are exhausted. If the party asks for something to drink when discussing Crono's death, Gaspar gives them a special cocktail named "Crono Remember" that recovers their energy. This became a song in the final version.
Egg + Pendant = Hatch
老人「それは、クロノ・トリガー。 時の卵だよ。 そのペンダントで この卵をかえすんだ。[END] Old Man: That is the Chrono Trigger. The egg of time. It can be hatched with that pendant.
Gaspar outright states in the Prerelease that the Pendant will hatch the Time Egg. He doesn't state this in the final version; the party only find out when the pendant reacts to their attempt to hatch the egg on Death Peak.
This line isn't present in the final; it's Gaspar talking about using the Time Egg:
老人「チャンスは一度きりだよ。 ラヴォスによって生じる 時空のゆがみの一番強い場所…… 死の山の山ちょうで使ってみなさい。 ただし成功するかどうかは…… お前さん達の、クロノへの思い しだいだよ。[END] Old Man: There is only one chance. The strongest point of the space-time distortion generated by Lavos…… You must try using it on the peak of Death Mountain. But will it work...…? That will depend on your thoughts towards Crono!
This fascinatingly explains why the Chrono Trigger must be used on Death Peak. It's possible that the distortion of Lavos is what allowed the Time Egg to find the moment of the Ocean Palace Incident, at which Lavos was present.
Egg Joke Continuation
If you recall, in the final version, Ayla asks if the Time Egg is okay to eat when Gaspar gives it to the party. In the Prerelease, the party thanks Gaspar for the egg, and Ayla declares that she won't eat it.
エイラ「わかった エイラ この卵 食わない！[END] Ayla: Ayla understand, Ayla not eat this egg!
老人「あそこの、はなれたゲートには 行ってはならんぞ……。 ことにお前さんらのような わかものはな……。[END] ルッカ「このゲート、一体どこへ？[END] 老人「だから言ったろう。 行ってはならんと……。 過去を変える事がいつもベストな方法とは 限らないんじゃ。 過去をこうかいするよりも、今のお前さんの 気持を大切にする事じゃな……。[END] 老人「だから言ったろう。 行ってはならんと……。 過去を変える事がいつもベストな方法とは 限らないんじゃ。 過去をこうかいするよりも、今のお前さんの 気持を大切にする事じゃな……。[END] Old Man: That gate over there shouldn't be entered…… Especially by kids like you…… Lucca: Where in the world does this gate go? Old Man: I told you. You shouldn't enter…… The best option isn't always limited to changing the past. Rather than regretting the past, you should hold your current self dear.
These lines come at the end of the text block, and in conjunction with certain scripted events prove that Lucca was to reach 990 A.D. to save her mother's legs through a special pillar of light at the End of Time. The last line is said when bit 02 of 7F005A (Lucca flags) is set. When bit 01 or 02 of 7F00AB is set, you get the picture below, illustrating the special pillar. The object there sets bit 02 of 7F005A and sends you to Lucca's room. In the text block for Lucca's house, there's no text for saving Lara, so judging from Gaspar's fatalistic quote that comes with bit 02 of 7F005A, it's very possible that during the time of the Prerelease, it was planned that Lucca could not change the past.
A Total Mystery
老人「よお、お前さん達。 お前さん達も見たかい？ あれを。 この間、とほうもなく大きな黒い影が よぎって行ったのさ……。 ありゃ何だろう？ どこかで見た気もするが…… ジールの海底神殿……？ いや、もっと別の……[END] Old Man: Oi, you there. Did you see it too? Just now, a dark silhouette, aimlessly drifting by...... I wonder what it could be? I feel as though I've seen it before...... Zeal's Ocean Floor Palace......? No, something different......
This is Gaspar's line about the Black Omen's ascension.
[Unknown] ざんねんですが、今回のヴァージョンでは ここはプレイしていただけません。 この先に待つ物は製品をお楽しみに していただいて、左のゲートから その他の世界をごらん下さい。[END] [Unknown] It's unfortunate, but we can't let you play here in this version. To play with the items you had before, take a look at the other world beyond the left gate.
The location and purpose of this line is a mystery; it's not found at the End of Time or Arris Dome. Glitter's note: "This debug message looks like it was written by someone other than the person who wrote the Prerelease's big ending advertisement messages; they spelled "version" differently." It seems suited for the End of Time, as it mentions a Gate.
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魔王「あいにくと今日のバージョンは ここまでだ……。 しょくんらのおかげで、かいはつは ちゃくちゃくとすすんでいる。 ここ以外の場所をうろついて デバッグしてみてくれ……。 たのんだぞ……。[END] Magus: Unfortunately, today's version ends here…… Thanks to you, ladies and gentlemen, the development is proceeding steadily. If you're going to be prowling around areas other than here, please try some debugging for us…… This we ask of you…...
This line appears after all the others regarding the battle with Magus. Since Magus's Inner Sanctum isn't implemented in the Prerelease, it's possible it dates from an earlier version as a message to the development team who might have been working on that area separately.
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This appears after defeating Lavos.
Magus is a Badass, Vol. MCMXIII
魔王「来てやったぞ、ラヴォス。 きさまの、いきのねを止めにな……。[END] Magus: I've come, Lavos. To rip from you your final breath……
This is "It will be your last, Lavos......!" in the final version, which is a much more ambiguous and less impacting threat.
The Blackbird isn't functional in the Prerelease, but the dialogue reveals notes about how the player would have gotten through it. Recall that in the final game, you can choose to feign illness or think of something else. If you choose something else, you can walk around and find the ventilation shaft or the hatch to the sky. Now check the Prerelease:
マール「どうしよう、[pc1]？ 強行突破 病気のフリ 部屋を探る[END] Marle: What should we do, [pc1]? Force a way through Feign illness Search for a room
Judging from the extra option, it's possible that the ability to explore was disabled, and the player had to choose one of these consistently to get out of the first room. The option that doesn't appear in the final (Force a way through) results in this text if chosen:
マール「よーし、正面から行こう！[END] ルッカ「だ、だいじょぶかしらね……。[END] ロボ「危険デスガ…… やってみマショウ！[END] カエル「いちかばちか、やってみっか！[END] エイラ「さすが [pc1]！ エイラも そう思う！[END] 魔王「バカが……、まあいい。 行ってみろ。[END] Marle: Okay, let's go from the front! Lucca: I, I wonder if it's safe…… Robo: It's dangerous, but…… Let's give it a try! Frog: It's sink or swim, let's give it a shot! Ayla: Even so, [pc1]! Ayla think so too! Magus: It's idiocy, but…… whatever. We shall go.
Magus on the Blackbird
Magus has a few lines for the Blackbird; he's obviously not present in the final version.
Noticing the lost equipment: 魔王「装備をはいだか ダルトン……。[END] Magus: You took away our equipment, Dalton…… Realizing he's on the Blackbird: 魔王「！[END] Magus: ! 魔王「なるほど、ここは……[END] Magus: I see, this place… 魔王「黒鳥号……か。[END] Magus: The Blackbird……? Abusively asking the player what to do: 魔王「きさまなら、どうする……？ 強行突破 病気のフリ 部屋を探る[END] Magus: What would you do, little wretch……? Force a way through Feign illness Search for a room Reacting to a choice to storm the front: 魔王「バカが……、まあいい。 行ってみろ。[END] Magus: It's idiocy, but…… whatever. We shall go. Commenting on the stomach illness ploy: 魔王「……子供だましな。[END] Magus: ......A simple trick. Feigning stomach illness: 魔王「……。[END] Magus: …… Detecting the Epoch: 魔王「……来る。[END] Magus: ……Here it comes. Reacting to Dalton's Epoch attack: 魔王「どこをねらっている！[END] Magus: Where are you aiming! Preparing to attack: 魔王「バカめが……！[END] Magus: Why, you……! Commenting on victory: 魔王「……こそくな。[END] Magus: ……how quaint. Acknowledging Dalton's role in enabling flight: 魔王「お前も少しは役に立ったな。 ダルトン……。[END] Magus: You've almost grown to be useful, Dalton……
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修道院が出来て、魔物の数もめっきり 少なくなった。[END] Since the abbey was built, the number of monsters around has grown remarkably small.
This line was changed to a note about the Queen in the final version, and suggests that not only is the abbey possibly a recent construction, but that Yakra and his monsters infiltrated it from the start.
Hero's Medal Legend
勇者のバッジは世界に一つ。 勇者をうち負かした者か、勇者がみとめた 者にのみ、バッジがたくされるらしい。[END] The Hero's Badge is the only one in the world. It is a badge entrusted only to those who defeat the hero or to those that he approves of.
This line gives some interesting background information about the medal; it was changed to information about Tata's visit in the final.
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Short Ending Text
このバージョンはここまでです。 のちほど次のバージョンをおとどけします。 クロノトリガー 1995年 3/11発売 よろしくお願いします[END] This version ends here. We will eventually notify you of the next version. Chrono Trigger On sale 3/11 1995 Please look forward to it.
This is possibly from an older version of the game.
Imps Blocking the Way
ジャリ「このバージョンではこの先には 行けないジャリ。[END] Jari: In this version you can't go beyond this point, jari.
A "Jari" is an Imp. These Imps block your way to Guardia Castle from the forest in 1000 A.D.
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Sewer Entrance Lines
ロボ「ロボットニシカ ワカラナイ コトカモシレマセンガ トテモキケン ナ シュウハスウガ ナガレテイマス[END] カエル「わたしには、お似合いの所か もしれぬ……[END] Robo: Perhaps it's something that can only be felt by robots, but a very dangerous frequency is eminating from here. Frog: I don’t think this place is much to my liking…
Frog and Robo get these sewer lines that don't appear in the final.
Dividing the Take
These lost lines depict the familiar Bullfrogs dividing their stipends. The Lackey complains that the Boss isn't giving enough to Part, who works in the basement with the fire puzzle that didn't make it into the final version of the game. This scene appears if you walk around the first area; the frogs appear above the ladder leading to the second basement. The scene can be triggered with the frogs off-screen, and was probably used as a way to remind the player to go down that ladder.
こぶん「うわあっ こんなにもらっちゃって ほんとにいいのケロ？[END] おやぶん「バイトのやつのぶんも いれと いたゲロ なあに きにするなゲロ あいつはいまごろ ほのおのえじきに なってるゲロ[END] こぶん「もう！ おやぶんたら ワルなんだケロ！[END] Lackey: Uwaa.. Is it really okay to take this much, ribbit? Boss: I put in Part's share too, gribbit. What, quit your worrying, gribbit. That guy is probably already a piece of firewood, gribbit. Lackey: Gah! You're bad, boss, ribbit!
Krawlie and the Lookout
クロウリー様「おろか者めが！ ヒクッ コナゴナにしてやるー！！[END] みはり「キー！ それじゃあ おいらは これにて失礼！ キー！[END] クロウリー様「知らんぷり 知らんぷり またコナゴナにされちゃうからな！[END] みはり「気付かないふり 気付かないふり[END] Master Crawlie: You careless fool! Hic.. I'll turn you into mincemeat!! Lookout: Kii! In that case, excuse me, gotta go! Kii! Master Crawlie: Pretending not to notice… If this happens again, you'll be chopped liver! Lookout: I'll pretend to pay attention, I will!
This dialogue follows the laughing scene that also plays in the final version of the game when the party stumbles upon Sir Krawlie.
In the Sewer Access (CTP), you talk to a bullfrog character named Part and then must race to the end of the pathway as 4 flames chase you. If the flames catch you, you are sent to a new B3 level; there, three Egger enemies surround you. An egger named Timer apologizes to Part for being late, and then the four battle the party. You can then talk to Part to return to the second basement level. The puzzle only happens once.
GlitterBerri: Part's name is バイト (baito), previously translated in the enemy list as Byte. However, Baito is actually a joke on アルバイト (arubaito), an adopted German word which means "part-time job". Timer's name is actually パート (paato), an abbreviated adoption of the English word "part-timer" or "part-time job". I couldn't figure out how to make the joke work without changing both of their names, so I turned Baito into "Part" and Paato into "Timer".
バイト「びっくりしたケロ！ 「ええと わたくし ただの アルバ イトでありまして 誰かが来たらかけ 声をとのことです ケロケロ 「するとですねえ ほのおがあなた方 を追いかけるっていう すん法でして ケロケロ 「なるべく いそいで逃げたほうがい いと思うしだいです ケロケロ 「たのまれただけですので やらない とバイト代もらえないんで ケロケロ 「ほんとにびっくりしたんだよ それでは失礼して[END] バイト「ケロ ケロ ケロ ケロ 今日はいくらもらえるのかなあ……[END] 逃げきれなかった！[END] パート「おくれて すいませーん[END] バイト「それでは パートのみなさん おねがいしまーす！[END] バイト「はい おつかれさま わたしもいっしょにジャーンプ！[END] Part: You scared me, ribbit! Um, this is just my part-time job. If someone comes along, I call out to them, ribbit ribbit. When I do, the fire will pursue them for a bit, ribbit ribbit. It depends on if you think it would be best to escape as fast as possible, ribbit ribbit. I was asked to do this, you see. If I don't, I won't get my earnings, ribbit ribbit. You really scared me. Well then, please excuse me. Part: Ribbit ribbit ribbit ribbit. I wonder how much I'll get today…... Couldn't escape! Timer: Sorry I'm late! Part: There you go, part-timer! Part: You did good work. I'll jump with you!
- ? ? ? in the final is 近未来 in the Prerelease, which means "futuristic".
- Black Dream in the final is 黒の夢最果て, which means "Farthest Reaches of the Black Dream" (the End of Time is called "Farthest Reaches" in the Japanese version).
- Near Future in the final is simply Future in the Prerelease.
Battle Party Messages
- Instances of [value32] are [value24] in the Prerelease.
- The Prerelease is missing "The Ancient Era's New King", "The Egg of Time", and "At the End of the Planet's Dream".
- Please see Monsters (CTP).
- Frog's Brave Sword was Excaliber in the Prerelease.
- Frog's Demon Killer was Soy Sword, suggesting that Frog was meant to use Slash's sword (in the final version, Crono uses it as the Slasher).
- The Ruby Armor was Deathmail in the Prerelease, presumably another armor for Magus.
- Third Eye was previously Tyrano Fang.
- GreenDream was previously Angel Wing; the Green Dream does exist as a Key Item.
- Black Rock was previously Red Rock; Silver Rock was Black Rock; and White Rock was Gold Rock.
- Elixir was previously Max Drink.
- Last Elixir (or MegaElixir) was previously Bikku Lapis.
- Lapis was previously Mirror of Memories.
- Barrier Ball was previously Magical Handkerchief.
- Protect Ball was previously Protein.
- Power and Magic Tabs were Power and Magic Seeds; the Speed Tab has no name yet.
- The Moon and Sun Stone existed as Key Items.
- Bike Key was presumably previously Bike Parts.
- Many of the accessory descriptions imply smaller effects that would have made for a more difficult game.
- For example, the Hit Ring grants only +3 Hit instead of +10, the final's value.
- The Mirror of Memories is described as "Escape" (perhaps from battle).
- Please see Location Translations (CTP).
- Marle had Esuna instead of Haste; Esuna is a Final Fantasy spell that heals status.
- Robo Tackle came before Laser Spin.
- Ayla's Kiss was previously Arousal.
- Ayla's Triple Kick came before Tail Spin and Dino Tail.
- Magus previously had Water 2 instead of Ice 2.
- Frog and Ayla's Slurp Kiss double tech was previously Arousing Tongue.