Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Chrono Trigger, which is hailed by many as one of the best RPGs of all time. I played a lot of the game myself on my dad’s crappy computer, as the only thing that it could handle was ZSNES and a multitude of ROMs.
As a result, I always look back on the series with fondness, as the cartridge itself became increasingly rare as time went on. I had a SNES and grew up reading Nintendo Power, so I knew a lot about the game, but never got a chance to play it. Hell, I remember the column they had explaining each of the game’s thirteen unique endings, and wanting nothing more than to play it. So I did.
Of course, the game’s rarity changed when re-releases came out, and I thankfully can plow through it on my DS. While I relied on Gameshark codes on the emulator to zip my way through the game before, being able to spend more time with characters now really endears me to them. I can appreciate it more.
So perhaps that’s what makes Chrono Jigga awesome; the juxtaposition between Hova’s rhymes and the nostalgia of the game makes me enjoy it a lot more than other “retro” mashups. It both highlights the iconic Chrono Trigger score and how good Jay-Z is – and really, isn’t that what these things always strive for?