If one were to work on the assumption that Terranigma takes place in the real world (which is evidenced by a number of factors, among them in no small part being the revival of Earth's continents), then the introductory sequence has the age of the planet wrong. The intro claims that "46 billion years [have passed] since the planet's birth" - in reality, it's about 4.6 billion years. (Note the decimal point.) 46 billion years is already greater than triple the age of the universe as it stands under current scientific knowledge, which is about 14.5 billion years.
The Japanese release of the game was coincided with merchandise such as a strategy guide, a world atlas, a novel and a manga.
The game never received a North American release as Enix had closed its US subsidiary by the time the translation was complete.
The game's script was written by director and designer Tomoyoshi Miyazaki, the founder of Quintet.
Terranigma is considered the third successor in what is known as the Quintet/Enix trilogy as each game is faintly related storywise. The other two games are Soul Blazer and Illusion of Gaia
Prologue: "The planet possessed two souls. An external face and an internal face. Lightside and Darkside.
46 billion years since the planet's birth. Growth and decline circle to two wills. At the will of Lightside, new life is born. At the will of Darkside, ice ages descend.
Lightside wills intelligent beings. Rapid progress takes root. Darkside's will breeds fear and disharmony.
They came to be called 'God' and 'Devil'."
Connection to Other Media
Soul Blazer, the Illusion of Gaia (or the Illusion of Time in Europe), and Terranigma are generally regarded as part of a spiritual SNES trilogy known as the "Soul Blazer" trilogy: most believe there to be no distinct connection between the three beyond common themes and the like. That is false. A prototype version for the U.S. release of The Illusion of Gaia has the title as "Soul Blazer: The Illusion of Gaia", establishing The Illusion of Gaia as the intended sequel of Soul Blazer: this title graphic was removed for the actual release. Additionally, the virtual game developers in the Enix office in Terranigma claim that the original title for Terranigma was to be "The Illusion of Gaia 2", establishing Terranigma as the sequel to The Illusion of Gaia, which was intended to be the sequel to Soul Blazer - not in a spiritual sense, but an actual sense.
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