HD Chrono Trigger/Wind Waker mash-up is a pant-wetting vision of how good Wii U Virtual Console could look

This video of Chrono Trigger's Kingdom of Zeal remake in the art style of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, although simple, makes a very strong case for a few different things. First up, it makes a case for the idea that Nintendo really must sort its sh*t out with the Wii U Virtual console, and really has to put out GameCube games for full download in HD with 16:9 widescreen support across the board. Can you imagine the entirety of Wind Waker looking this sharp? Or Metroid Prime? Or Rogue Squadron? Or F-Zero? Excuse me for a moment, I must go into a cool, darkened room and make gurgling noises to myself for a bit. 

Right, I'm back. Sorry about that. I'm sure you understand. But yes, Nintendo's back catalogue and the current trend for HD remakes means that there's a killing to be made for Ninty on the Wii U if it gets it right.

Also, forget your PS3 remake of Final Fantasy VII. Lets have Chrono Trigger. Right now. 

And my third point? We nearly had a full-3D remake of Chrono Trigger once. Some fans were making it. But then Squenix shut them down, as big publishers have shut down so many fan remakes before. The moral of this story? If you're working on a brilliant fan project, do not shout about it all over the internet long before it's finished. Or in fact tell anyone any time before it's finished. It's just better that way.


  • Alomeigne - May 31, 2012 8:51 p.m.

    IMO this would suit chrono trigger more than the kind of 3d graphics chrono resurrection was doing (although they were freaking awesome.) Chrono Trigger has always seemed more cartoony/animeish to me anyways.
  • Smash_Bro - May 30, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    I'd totally play through Pokemon Colosseum a second time, especially in HD. Incidentally, an HD virtual console release of that game would have much better-looking models than Battle Revolution..! It could provide us with at least some filer until a 5th gen Stadium-esque game is released, to which I am SERIOUSLY looking forward.
  • lazer59882 - May 31, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    lmao. you're the ONLY one who'd play that shit. i guess this is great for all you nintento-only customers out there though, right? i mean, you guys can finally have a console in line with modern tech. as for the demo? not impressed AT ALL. i don't see how showing me a 17 year old game with 10 year old graphics is anything at all worth giving the slightest damn about. so nintendo's next system will be able to play wind waker's 10 year old graphics? uhhh awesome. so can my fucking telephone. also, no one else will say it so i will. Chrono Trigger is possibly the single most overhyped and overrated game of all time. it is decent, but its too short, too small, too immature, and too shallow to be anything but decent. when people call it one of the greatest games ever i just want to slap the fucking nintendo colored glasses right off their heads.
  • Cyberninja - May 31, 2012 8:37 p.m.

    No you are thinking about FF7 when you say that stuff, also you really can't say Nintendo colored glasses when the best console version of a game is on Psx.
  • avantguardian - May 30, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    this just makes me hate the wii even more. nintendo: "people don't care about hd." pfffffffttt.
  • Cyberninja - May 31, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    I didn't and still don't care about HD if the gameplay is good, I don't care if the game looks like its from the atari.
  • avantguardian - May 31, 2012 4:46 a.m.

    agreed. the resolution/graphics is actually the least of my problems with the wii (i'm playing jedi knight 2 right now, fugly but awesome). that said, it doesn't mean that nintendo was in any way shape or form correct about that statement.
  • RonnyLive19881 - May 30, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    I just Ninten-gasmed so freakin hard... Ahahahaaaa-yeah.
  • IceBlueKirby - May 30, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I'd love to see downloadable GCN games on the Wii U, but, even more than that, I would love for Squenix to get it's shit together and remake Chrono Trigger in 3D. Or, hell, make a new Chrono game. Something. Anything! (wait, anything besides a port. Almost screwed that one up)
  • Nikku7 - May 30, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Windwaker-skinned remakes could potentially be quite awesome for some games. I always really liked the art style. True that this wasn't the best use of it (too many repeated textures and some strange edges that could look quite a bit less sloppy), but the style can still hold up. Definitely not for graphical realists though.
  • CrashmanX - May 30, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    As much as this look good, the problem comes down to the games themselves and the limitations of what the Game Cube was capable of. You have to remeber that these games were designed with the GC specs in mind so the only way they'll really look better is if you're playing them through an HDMI cable on an HD TV. Which I believe you could do with some modding to the console. HOWEVER if we're talking Wii U release, then yea. It'll only look as good as the GameCube could on HDMI, which I assume it will have (Unlike a CERTAIN WII).
  • minigamer83 - May 30, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    I wasn't impressed by the video, but I agree that a full-3D remake of Chrono Trigger must be reality, but with Zelda's Wii U demo graphics.
  • ShortFuse - May 30, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    Did Dave say something naughty?!
  • Isnogud - May 30, 2012 5:58 a.m.

    It really doesn't look impressive. I don't get what this article is trying to say. A video of Wind Waker on the Dolphin emulator with the HD scaled graphics would have been impressive, but this video looks like a tech demo of a 2004 game.
  • db1331 - May 30, 2012 7 a.m.

    I've been trying to get all my Wii and GC games ripped onto my PC to run in Dolphin. Non of my drives can read the discs though :-(
  • Hydrohs - May 30, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    There's a couple threads around the net that list the few DVD drives can read the discs. You could then try finding one on Ebay or the like.
  • db1331 - May 30, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    Yea I know which drives I need, it's just that it's not worth the $50-$75 it would take to buy one. I just remembered I have a couple old drives in my old gaming rig (now my wife's desktop) that I could try it on. I really just want to play Okami in HD.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    You could almost certainly download the games somewhere, it would be legal so long as you own the game. The downloads would take a while though. :P
  • tyler_14_420 - May 30, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    The downloads the GC roms aren't that bad because the mini-discs didn't hold too much data. Not even comparable to the download size of the avg game on Steam. Legally, you are allowed back-ups so feel free to search Google for GC Roms for Dolphin, you could hold up in court under legal back-up protection as long as you still have your copy of the game.
  • ChaosEternal - May 30, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Yeah, the GC files would only be a few hundred Mb or a Gb, but the Wii files could be larger. I looked at SM Galaxy for an example and it was 4.3 Gb.

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