Greetings, Portstations and ramblings
By Kain Vincent 07-02-2008 02:12 PM
Congrats on the new site design and blog feature! It looks pretty good so far and I hope CheapyD and the others enjoy the fruits of their labor. With this blog, just expect some of my thoughts and ramblings on todays news, gaming or issues about games, so let's get the thought train a rollin.
As many other CAG's have reported, Square Enix is releasing Chrono Trigger to the DS. However, I would like to take a moment to look around that issue and discuss the "let's port older games to a newer system" trend.
For a long time, the PSP has been known as a welcome house for porting old generation titles into the portable realm, most released to mixed results. Despite the great promise of taking a classic game anywhere, most of the ports are either not adapted for the portable nature of the system (Valkyrie Profile) or not touched up/optimized in a significant way (Breath of Fire III). However, the main downside of ports is that it has to rely on the great games of a different system to boost itself, rather than appeal with unique and more exclusive properties.
As for how Chrono Trigger DS fits into this equation, I observed the PSP Hardware and DS Hardware message boards on Gamefaqs (It was not easy ). One constant idea that captured my attention was that the PSP has merely ports to stand up on, a concept that is becoming more and more untrue month by month. Sony does pump out a good number of original and fun titles (Syphon Filters, Jeanne d' Arc, Loco Roco, etc), which are ironically ignored when people discuss the game library for the system. It creates a hypocrisy when DS owners lamblast the PSP as a system full of ports when the news of this game came around.
As for the game itself, I'll more than likely grab a copy as what I played of the SNES version is pretty good.
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