You do realize that Chrono Cross is actually rated higher than Trigger, so leave your senile rose colored memories at the door. Trigger to me was one of the biggest let downs ever, not because it was a bad game, but because its so ungodly hyped and then its eh, good, but not great when you play. Cross on the other hand I loved from start to finish, although the vague ending was a little annoying. FF 3/6 blows CT out of the water imo as far snes rpgs go.

And also if a sequel makes the multiple endings moot, they might not as well exist, and if anything its just the first game wasting your time.

I never finished Earthbound but I suspect its basically chrono trigger 2, a game that good but not great, that for whatever reason people fawn over.