Chrono Trigger Promotional Store Video Ripped!

2020-12-03 21:18:57
We acquired this video via Yahoo Japan auctions last month. It's a VHS tape that would've played on repeat in a video game store, showing gameplay from Chrono Trigger and Front Mission. The Chrono Trigger portion seems to have been recorded using the Prerelease build, or possible a build in between, as it contains the Prerelease version of the Lavos eruption sprite. The only other interesting part I caught was the exploration of Magus's Lair—the party finds Magus, but the battle doesn't start (obviously this event was disabled; can't recall if that's how it is in the Prerelease as well).

The most exciting find with this tape, however, is that it plays A Premonition, Chrono Trigger, Secret of the Forest, and Battle 1 as they would've originally sounded before downsampling/conversion to Super Famicom/SNES hardware. These versions are potentially how Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu heard them before they were placed into the game. Check them out! Also check out the Front Mission video if you're a fan of that series; I sadly don't know enough about it.

Big thanks to Hidden Palace for alerting me to the auction.

2020 Update

2020-09-14 03:41:31
Lots of exciting stuff below, but as a result of this update, Material Requiring Translation is starting to break the bank. If anyone has contacts or ideas for getting translation assistance, please reply. Even if we have to death-by-a-thousand-papercuts this thing, it'll be wonderful to start getting some steady, even if microscopic progress. How many secrets still lay in wait for English-speaking fans?! (Also, the albums and doujins update will take longer—VGMDb enabled viewing all works attached to a particular franchise at some point in the last few years, and apparently we're missing like 300+ different fan arranges in the encyclopedia. Life is pain.)

[PRERELEASE]  A truly massive update has taken place on Alpha Screenshot Page, the tragically-named repository for prerelease screenshots! We've combed all the great recent scans on Twitter and have expanded and reorganized the page to index them all; check it out!  [MOCKUPS]  Reld has done some fantastic investigative work into the early screenshots and mockups! First, check out recreations of some of the more interesting mock-ups featured on the Alpha Screenshot Page, near the bottom. Second, check out the V-Jump video section—there is now a discussion on the probable name of the bridge shown on the overworld. I'd never even realized those Prerelease tombstones had been used on the bridge's field map!  [VIDEO]  Cabbusses's Retro Obscurities has also put up a backup of the Brut Press Volume, December 1994 coverage of Chrono Trigger as well; find it on the page under the Video section!

[TRANSLATION]  Shea Melvin has graciously translated the V-Jump video special on Chrono Trigger! The interview features most of the main developers (including Akira Toriyama) hyping up the game, with most of them talking about the capabilities of the 32 Megabit cartridge. Many thanks to Shea for this; check it out here[CE]  trig has rescued the old Youtube annotations from the Crimson Echoes Memorial playlist; grab them here[CT TRANSLATIONS]  But that's not all! Turkish, Spanish, Catalan, and Polish translations of Chrono Trigger for SNES have been uploaded here.

[ENCYC]  Many miscellaneous updates have been made, but chief among them are Mauron's contributions to the Chrono Trigger monster pages, which now list accurate weakness/resistance percentages to elements, as well as stamina stats (though most are 10). A page has also been added for the unused Magus enemy. Check it all out here[REFERENCES]  ForTex brought us the news that Another Eden made a field map of a beach that pays tribute to Opassa Beach, from Chrono Cross. Check it out here.

[CROSS HACKS]  Remi Negest made a patch to fix the Pip element grid issue. Note, it only works on savegames before the glitch has been triggered. Download it here[2]  Prizvel has made a patch to restore the Wraith with Ghetz's shirt to the Viper Manor sewers; grab it here[CT MODDING]  TheMage and Mauron have brought us this wonderful sprite insertion guide[2]  Mauron's made some significant updates to the Tech Data Notes page, as well as Menu Data. Also check out Vehek's PSX research here[3]  Likewise, we now have a guide on adding the last few enemy offsets as functional enemies! Find it here[4]  Plugin updates! HiTech 32 - The Rest (also updated/uploaded to the static webhost)

[OFFICIAL ART]  Acacia Sgt has ripped the source images in lossless PNG for the bonus art featured in the Steam version of Chrono Trigger! We've also added V-Jump scans from the Alpha page where better-resolution art has been located. Check it out!  [FAN ART]  Hit the page and look for new art by: batensan, chrono.source, cym0rg, gabrielf, Sailor Phantom  [FAN ANALYSIS]  New pages! [ Fates of the Chrono Trigger Team ][ Prometheus Circuit (Function) ][ Polis War (Timeline) ]

[REMIXES]  First up is OCReMix, but too many remixes have come out since 2016 to list individually here—hit up these chronological CT and CC pages instead: Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross. (Don't worry; they've still been added to the encyclopedia.)  [DWELLING OF DUELS]  [ 'Wings that Cross Time' by sigmabeta ][ 'Trial and Errors' by Soniferous ][ 'Singing Mountain' by newip ][ 'Omen of Antiquity' by Careless Juja, Brandon Strader ][ 'Atlantis Burns Under a Lunar Eclipse' by Rifftus ][ 'Queen Zeal's Bedroom' by Team Pixels ][ 'Tango in the Sewer' by Hat ][ 'Time - Lavos - Chance (original - Moiré Effect)' by Katamari
[ 'The Secret of the Forest' by Ian Martyn ][ 'Jonny Races FATE Down Under' by Ian Martyn
[ 'Far Promise - Dream Shore' by Somewhere in Time ]  [CELESTIA]  [ Confrontation with Magus' by scare96 ][ 'Corridors of Time' by lookers-on ][ 'la nostalgie du vent -from Chrono Trigger-' by hiyama ][ 'Prayers Arise' by lix ][ 'Earth Dragon's Isle' by voile ]

[LEGEND OF RENEGADE SEGA GENESIS ARRANGEMENTS]  [ 'Battle 1 Sega Genesis' ][ 'Battle with Magus' ][ 'Boss Battle 2' ][ 'Confusing Melody' ][ 'Corridors of Time' ][ 'Fanfare 1' ][ 'Memories of Green' ][ 'Sealed Door' ][ 'Secret of the Forest' ][ 'Wind Scene'[VGMIX 4]  'Corridors of Time (Lounging in the Corridor Remix)' by Gary Stevens  [OCR WIPS]  [ 'Corridors of Time' by Celestial Aeon Project ][ 'Guldove (Another World)' by DCapo89 ][ 'Manoria Cathedral - Meditation for Solo Piano' by DCapo89 ][ 'Battle 1' by Mercurius FM ][ 'Termina (Another World) Arrange' by 0x000000FF ][ 'Secret of the Forest Piano and Flute Cover' by DCapo89 ][ 'Spekkio's Joy' by GeoffreyTaucer ][ 'Secret of the Forest' by Light of Aether ][ 'To Far Away Times' by pixelizer ][ 'Get T-Rekt' by YoshiBlade ][ 'Zealous Ambition' by Fusion42 ]

[COMPENDIUM REMIXES]  [ 'World Revolution - Last Battle' by GaMetal ][ 'Schala's Theme Remix Trance Super Extended' by Alexander Prievert ][ 'Chillopolis WIP 1' by bLiNd ][ 'Corridors of Time YM2612+SN76489 by Break ][ 'Another World' by Carpet Monster ][ 'Corridors of Time' by EchoGhost ][ 'Ocean Palace (Rising Beast Remix)' by EchoGhost ][ '600 A.D. Mix' by EchoGhost ][ 'Chrono Cross Dream of the Shore' by Fredrik Miller ][ 'Star-stealing Girl' by Fredrik Miller ][ 'Corridors of Time' by Fredrik Miller ][ 'Battle with Magus 2015' by GaMetal ][ 'Millennial Fair Jazz Cover' by insaneintherainmusic feat. ocabanda ][ 'Arni Village Trigger Style' by MagilsugaM ][ 'FATE Trigger Style' by MagilsugaM ][ 'Star-stealing Girl Trigger Style' by MagilsugaM ][ 'Schala Trance 91bpm' by Manomym2 ][ 'Outskirts of Time' by Jonny Atma ][ 'Schala Trance 125bpm' by Manomym2 ]

That's all for now. Pop into the forums to see what else you may have missed! And check out that bLiNd Chillopolis WIP in the remixes above; just incredible!

The Super Famicom Vol.5 No.16 (Sep. 16, 1994) early screenshots

2020-08-20 17:07:41
Something I stumbled upon while doing some research on a completely different Chrono-related topic.

Besides the image above, these are the scenes I don't recognize from either the ones collected on this site or the V-Jump scans I linked to last year.
  • Cathedral-like room (page 2)
  • A different early overworld - seems like the future, but could also be prehistoric based on placement next to a hut interior image (page 2)
  • Early version of Crono's room (page 4)
  • Another portion of the early overworld, with the party by a lone house (page 4)
  • Factory (page 4)

[Is this related to time travel? The Wonder Room]

Here are three rooms with a mysterious atmosphere. It looks as if it's a transporter, but that's a complete mystery at the moment. This could be an important scene in the game.

From the shape of the floor, it looks like there are three separate rooms, or a series of scenes in the same room.
The central object appears to have eyes or what appears to be a mouth. It is a little grotesque.
What we can see appears to be a monster. At least it does not appear to be human. Friend or foe?
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Chrono Cross Piano Collection - ACROSS THE WORLDS

2020-07-01 21:27:17
I don't think this has been shared yet, but there's a kickstarter currently on-going (with 5 days left!) for a collection of piano arrangements from Chrono Cross! Check it out here.

I am really debating with myself over that music box... :shock:

The Release of a Chrono FPS -- Chrono Trigger: Reptite Rage

Boo the Gentleman Caller
2019-11-08 23:00:46
In an exciting late 2019 gift, our good friend Doc_Cigarette has given us yet another Chrono FPS game! A sequel to his fast and furious Crimson Cold War, this new title, called Reptite Rage, offers roughly 37 levels of SNES-era FPS fun.

Pick it up here!

And make sure to try out the first game in the series: Crimson Cold War!

Happy Birthday Chrono Trigger! ~ The Release of Chrono Trigger Plus 2.0

Boo the Gentleman Caller
2019-08-21 13:50:01
Happy Birthday, Chrono Trigger!

It's hard to believe that Chrono Trigger turns 24 this year. A quarter of a century later, the game continues to inspire with colorful characters, an engaging story, and time travel shenanigans. Even though the IP remains dormant by SquareEnix, the fandom is alive in well here at the Compendium and across the web.

And for Chrono Trigger's 24th birthday, our current Architect of Kajar, IHBP, gives us a very exciting gift! After toiling in the depths of Kajar Laboratories for some time, we finally have the official release of Chrono Trigger Plus 2.0!

This exciting new enhancement of Chrono Trigger includes a plethora of bug fixes, new locations, and even guest party members.

Check it out at here:

The enhancements include:
  • All 1999 is explorable, and the small part that was previously available is improved as well.
  • You can now acquire the ability to go to 1999 via Epoch, however only from the End of Time and only to a set location. Later versions will allow it on the world map but I'll need time to readjust the tile properties.
  • Tons of bugs have been fixed including all known ones related to Magus on the Blackbird.
  • Added a few flavor scenes.
  • End of Time is expanded.
  • Crossing Lab 32 on foot is now longer and has some story.
  • New area in 2300ad where Porre used to be.
  • A few scenes now feature the entire recruited party rather than just the three current members.
  • Possibility of acquiring the Speed shoes that allow 50% faster running
  • Can now buy a drone that will join you in battle as a sort of AI party member.

Topic: The Race Against Time V - 24h Chrono Trigger Marathon Livestream

Boo the Gentleman Caller
2019-07-25 12:35:00
The Chrono Compendium saw this post and love the idea, so here's the direct info:


Hi folks!

I'm part of a group that runs an annual charity livestream to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Race Against Time. Our goal is get all of the endings in Chrono Trigger in under 24 hours, raise as much as we can (ideally beating our previous best of ~$1200 CAD) and having a great time.

This year the event runs August 10 - 11, from noon to midnight (EDT) each day, and we'll be having giveaways pretty much every hour and a few guests too. We'd love it if y'all could donate, join us (, or even just help spread the word. More details are available on the main site.


Cross Symphonic - A 20th Anniversary Symphonic Tribute

Boo the Gentleman Caller
2019-05-01 12:56:42

The Chrono Compendium is once again proud to support the new launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Cross Symphonic, a beautifully film score-esque interpretation of the islands of El Nido.

Please consider endorsing and helping Kickstart this project. The link is found HERE:

EDIT: As of this post, the initial goal has already been met -- in less than 24 hours! Congrats to CptOvaltine, who has put hundreds of hours into this wonderful project.

"Cross Symphonic is the reimagining of Yasunori Mitsuda's iconic soundtrack from Chrono Cross as a licensed 17 track symphonic film score.  The album carries the listener through the events of Chrono Cross, retelling Masato Kato's expansive story of adventure, deception, jealousy, and determination with music crafted to help you experience Chrono Cross in a whole new way.

Inspired in part by the legendary film composer John Williams, Cross Symphonic's sweeping melodic approach serves as a tribute to both Williams and Mitsuda who are both major inspirations to me personally.

While the overall goal of the Kickstarter is to put Cross Symphonic in front of a live orchestra, the initial goal for this campaign is to record live soloists and have them professionally mixed into the mock up tracks. I built the campaign to be modular.  This allows us to replace different virtual pieces of the orchestra with their live counterparts.  I believe this offers us the most flexibility to produce a world class product - even in the event that we can't record with a live orchestra.

I sincerely hope that you'll enjoy the music, and that you'll take this journey with me through Cross Symphonic; to experience Chrono Cross and it's story in a way that no one ever has before. As a symphonic film score."

Chrono Trigger voted best game of the Heisei Period (30 years)!

2019-04-23 20:33:30
A fitting award

(08 January 1989 - 30 April 2019)

It will also be receiving an Original Soundtrack Revival Disk July 10th!

Server upgrades

2019-03-16 23:18:19
I added a 100GB volume to our VPS due to the server running out of space. This should address the recent downtime issues the site has been having.