Sometimes the more sucessful and praised games are the ones that aren’t an ongoing saga, but those with the right elements and a lasting impression in a single title that really leave behind an incredible legacy. No truer words can be said about Chrono Trigger for the SNES, made with the combined efforts of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, and manga artist for the popular Dragon Ball series Akira Toriyama. Some might even consider this title the greatest RPG, if not the greatest game of all time. Taking account all this, we’ll turn our attention towards the main maiden of this highly acclaimed game. She’s brash and clever, but her troubles nearly erased her own existence. So turn back the dial and take a trip through time with Marle of the Guardia Kingdom.
Despite being a princess, Marle (also known as Nadia) prefers a casual life outside being recognized as part of a royal family. She’s even on bad terms with her father, the king of Guardia. When the game starts out, she actually sneaks out the castle to enjoy the Millennial Fair where she meets the main hero Crono and keeps her royal status a secret to him. In a freak accident while trying out a “Telepod” that was invented by Crono’s friend Lucca, a pendant she was wearing (later revealed to be an ancient artifact) causes it to send her to the past where she is mistaken for her kidnapped ancestor, Queen Leene, and accidentally disrupts her own birth in the future and nulls her own life.
When she is restored to life with the help of Crono and Lucca after they rescue Leene, they travel back to their own time only to be caught up in a false accusation of Crono capturing Marle. After escaping persecution and traveling into the future, the entire party who are joined by Frog and Robo get involved with a mission to destroy Lavos, a creature capable of destroying the world in the future. This is when Marle actively fights in battles. She is adept in using the crossbow as her main weapon and specializes in using magic spells, specifically those that are based on water and ice. She is also the game’s best source of healing her team members, although despite all this her health is the lowest compared to the others as a trade-off. Still, her small stamina does not equate to the amount of fight she carries in her.
At some point later in the game, based on specific versions/ports of it and if players choose so, there is a sidequest in which Marle’s father is accused of selling an important kingdom heirloom and she must help clear his innocence. If successful in retrieving the item and defeating Yakra the XIII, Marle and the King make amends after learning the origins of the late queen. Furthermore, in the Playstation and Nintendo DS ports of the game, if the player makes all the right choices, it’s revealed that Marle ends up marrying Crono. So clearly as tough and tumble as she is, under the right circumstances she is still a sweet girl deep within.
Even if Chrono Trigger was her only appearance in video games as a whole, she is still a memorable character from a critically praised game. She’s made a minor cameo in the only sequel Chrono Cross, and she’s been included in little known fangames made long after the series made waves back in 1995. The legacy of Chrono Trigger will never be denied and Marle certainly plays a key factor to the success of it. Even if she almost caused her own paradox, Marle’s the video game babe that won’t disappear from the minds and hearts of players everywhere.
This is Greg P., examining video game babes for you and me.