VC: Chrono Trigger; WiiWare: Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix and Lead the Meerkats (demo); DSiWare: Big Bass Arcade, Word Searcher 3, and Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting
CHRONO TRIGGER Original platform: Super NES Publisher: Square Enix Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Wii Points™ Description: A young man is transported into the past, altering the course of history and the outcome of the future. He has to find his way home, but first he must travel to the outer edges of time to repair the world's chronology. On the way, he encounters strange friends and foes, uses incredible devices and vehicles, and penetrates and neutralizes the fortresses of the past, present and future. A paradox has been created. If he does not restore the order of time, nothing will ever be the same. He is the one who will become a hero. He is Crono.
Big Bass Arcade Publisher: Big John Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Big Bass Arcade is all about the action where the bass are biting and fighting. Catch a boatload of fish and take a shot at the world-record bass. The game is packed with features: seven different lakes, nine lures, three multiple-lake tournaments, 42 events, high scores for each event and the elusive world-record bass. Big John Games brings 17 years of fishing game experience to Big Bass Arcade to create incredible fish behaviors, spectacular animations and second-to-none fish AI. Putting the fun back into hand-held fishing is the name of the game. Players choose from two control options - stylus or +Control Pad - for casting, reeling and controlling the fish-fighting action. Big Bass Arcade appeals to fishing enthusiasts and gamers alike by capturing the adrenaline rush of fish-fighting in an arcade-style game.
Word Searcher 3 Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: You'll need a keen eye and a quick mind to complete 100 themed word-search puzzles. Word Searcher 3 contains fun words from multiple categories including astronomy, currency and rivers. Packed with a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle anyone can enjoy. Keep your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills sharp with these challenging puzzles. Keep track of - and try to beat - your own play-through times again and again as words are scrambled every time you play.
Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting Publisher: BiP Media Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Imagine a coloring book on your Nintendo DSi™ system, add the ability to create your own drawings and to draw over photos, and you've got Hellokids. Color and draw using the Nintendo DSi stylus. Enjoy more than 150 drawings you can color with three difficulty levels, including a "color containment" assistant. A Freehand Drawing mode includes simple, practical tools, such as an automatic fill function, a color palette and decorations. You can also draw on a photo you've taken or uploaded from your Nintendo DSi album. Hellokids is a great pocket companion for all budding artists.
Gabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix Publisher: Natsume Inc. Players: 1-4 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Wii Points Description: Join Gabrielle and her monster friends as they dance along to a spooktacular selection of songs. Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and dance along as you shimmy, shake and spin in time to the music. There's trouble in Monster Town: Vlad the Vampire's loyal zombies have disappeared. Gabrielle and her monster friends will have to bust some serious moves on the dance floor in order to lure them back. Along the way, maybe they can uncover the identity of the mysterious creature that's terrorizing Monster Town's zombies. Up to four players can show off their best moves in the game's multiplayer mode. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold separately.) Short and full versions of songs let you dance as much as you want. Unlock tons of outrageous outfits and items.
Lead the Meerkats™ (demo version) Publisher: Lapland Studio Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Mild Violence Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 1,000 Wii Points Description: In Lead the Meerkats, you are a young meerkat who has a lot to accomplish. You've been separated from your pack, and the time has come for you to form your own meerkat pack. Are you ready for the challenge? Name your pack and its meerkats. Dig burrow networks and enlarge your territory. Forage for food and grow your pack size. Stay on guard and be ready to make quick decisions. Run to the safety of the burrows or fight your enemies. Go head-to-head with a rival meerkat pack. Lead your pack to victory and rule the savanna. Lead the Meerkats is the first game to simulate the exciting life of meerkats. Lead your pack and enjoy the company of these lively and endearing animals. Lead the Meerkats offers fun game play for animal lovers of all ages.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
While I won't deny that Chrono Trigger is one of the best games of all time while Super Turrican is not (despite being really good), given how we knew about Chrono Trigger being released today on Friday already (the last day to vote on the RGC) and given how many people said "no time for an RPG", I don't think anyone's been duped into buying anything.
I couldn't have been more democratic with the process, asking for feedback at each step. I've tried to please as many people as possible and it's been a lot of work.
I don't care how good Super Turrican is (it can be the SECOND best game of all time), and Chrono Trigger will still explode it out of the water four million times over.
Sure, they're both SNES games, but..c'mon, haha.
However, I don't think that Chrono Trigger should've been an entry into the Retro Game deal. Its a long game, and I think you're doing fine moving along with shorter games (Adventure Island, Ninja Gaiden, Super Turrican).