Nowadays, with the influx of news and information readily available at the click of a mouse or swipe of a finger, GamePro magazine might be hammering another nail into the coffin of video game print media. Starting on November 8, 2011, the 20-plus year monthly magazine will relaunch as a quarterly publication.
In the Shibuya district in Tokyo, the Square-Enix Store faces the busy street in front of it, watching as cars and businessmen in suits go hustling by. There are really no stores to speak of near it; the surrounding buildings are primarily dull-gray office buildings and small restaurants that cater to their occupants during lunch time. In this drab palette, a bright-orange giant slime really stands out.
This week Famitsu returns to its retrospective series with a look back at the history of RPG giant (and creator of two of Japan’s best selling franchises of all time, Final Fantasy & Dragon Quest) Square-Enix. However, hopefully most of you remember that before the company was known by its current name, it was actually two separate companies: Square Co. Ltd & Enix Corporation.
With issue 1,179, Famitsu officially celebrates its 25th Anniversary. This definitely is an amazing accomplishment in a day and age in which the medium of print is slowly dying off; the number of gaming magazines in the US alone that are no longer around are too many for us to count. So, we here at Level Up Video Games would like to offer our congratulations to all the hard-working staff at Weekly Famitsu for their 25 years of work and dedication.
Born in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Chrono Trigger possesses all the elements of a great RPG: a tale that keeps your eyes glued to the screen, memorable characters, and simple, yet highly fun gameplay. Chrono Trigger’s vast popularity justified Square Enix to include it in Final Fantasy Chronicles on the Playstation 1 in 2001, and then shrink it down to Nintendo DS size in late 2008, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest RPGs of all time.