“The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama”: Work #040
Published by 11 March 2018, 8:20 PM EDT

The official Dragon Ball website’s fortieth entry in “The Nearly Complete Works of Akira Toriyama” — an on-going series highlighting rare and important pieces of the author’s work over the years — is the cover illustration for the April 1995 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine (released 21 February 1995) featuring the main/titular character from the Super Famicom role-playing game Chrono Trigger.

Released 11 March 1995 in Japan (making this roughly the game’s 23rd anniversary), Chrono Trigger brought together a so-called “Dream Team” of development and artistic visionaries: Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the Final Fantasy series), Yūji Horii (creator of the Dragon Quest series), and artist Akira Toriyama (obviously of the Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball franchises, but also a character designer for the Dragon Quest series). While the game did see some musical contributions from Final Fantasy stalwart Nobuo Uematsu, its score was primarily handled by Yasunori Mitsuda, stepping up into such a role for the first time.

The game saw an American release on the Super Nintendo later that year. A Nintendo DS port was released worldwide in late-2008/early-2009, followed by a mobile port in late-2011/early-2012, and most recently a PC release via Steam (ported from the mobile version) last month.

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