I stayed away from Chrono Cross, though--I was warned away from it, even though Chrono Trigger is probably one of my ten favorite games.
If I were to play SOTN again, I'm not sure what I would do. I don't think it's an easy game by nature but getting the right items (and it's NOT hard to find the Crissaegrim) makes the game too easy. So I might try to not do it with the Crissaegrim, or maybe ignore the Ring of (Agnes?) Varda. At the same time, I'd still try for every item and that 200.6 percent.