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31st Dec '15 12:50:38 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' was titled ''Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu'' in Japan. Presumably Nintendo intended for "Hyrule Fantasy" to be the title of the franchise rather than "Legend of Zelda", but that was dropped in the sequels.

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* The original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' was titled ''Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu'' in Japan. Presumably Nintendo intended for "Hyrule Fantasy" to be the title of the franchise rather than "Legend of Zelda", "Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda", but that was dropped in the sequels.
27th Dec '15 1:39:13 AM erforce
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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'', ''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'' and Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy) were released under that title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'', ''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'' ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' and Brian Daley's Han Solo ''Han Solo'' trilogy) were released under that title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.
3rd Oct '15 8:55:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' features about fifty different playable Marvel superheroes and the story mostly focuses on ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. Many of the heroes were never members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' or are not current members but due to the popular [[Film/TheAvengers movie]], the game uses Avengers in the title.

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* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' features about fifty different playable Marvel superheroes and the story mostly focuses on ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. Many of the heroes were never members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' or are not current members but due to the popular [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 movie]], the game uses Avengers in the title.
19th May '15 3:46:13 PM Saber15
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\n* Intended for the ''Videogame/BattleZone1998'' series, whose sequel implemented a subtitle for later appropriation, ''Battlezone II: Combat Commander''. The publisher, Creator/{{Activision}}, licensed the "Battlezone" title from Creator/{{Atari}}, creators of ''Videogame/BattleZone1980''. The subtitle would have made marketing a third game simpler if Atari refused to re-license the name, so instead of ''Battlezone III'', it would be ''Combat Commander: Whatever''. The gesture proved to irrelevant, because the first game was an AcclaimedFlop and the sequel was a mixed flop courtesy of its ObviousBeta initial release, killing any chance of a third game.

19th May '15 3:15:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' started with ''Film/BatmanBegins'', as all the prior {{Batman}} films had [[CharacterTitle the character's name on the titles]]. The sequel was titled ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' so it could stand out on its own and the third film followed suit with ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' started with ''Film/BatmanBegins'', as all the prior {{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} films had [[CharacterTitle the character's name on the titles]]. The sequel was titled ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' so it could stand out on its own and the third film followed suit with ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''
18th Apr '15 9:53:30 AM Saurubiker
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* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' started with ''Soul Edge'' which was retitled ''Soul Blade'' on home consoles (at least [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]) due to legal issues with the word "Edge." As a result, Namco titled the sequel ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' and that name has been used for every new installment since then.

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* The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' started with original ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]'' was actually a sequel to another Namco game titled ''Soul Edge'' which was Edge''. However, a trademark dispute over the use of the word "Edge" led to the console version being retitled ''Soul Blade'' on home consoles (at least outside Japan. The sequel was titled differently to avoid having [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]) due to legal issues with two different names]] for the word "Edge." As a result, Namco titled same game and the sequel ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' and ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' name stuck from that name has been used for every new installment since then.point on.
15th Apr '15 11:54:53 AM Saurubiker
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* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' was originally the subtitle of the first game, fully titled ''The Operative: No One Lives Forever''.



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was originally the third canonical game in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, following the [=MSX2=] games ''[[VideoGame/MetalGear1 Metal Gear]]'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', the title being Creator/HideoKojima's subtle way of indicating it was the third installment without actually titling it "[[StoppedNumberingSequels Metal Gear 3]]". The ''Metal Gear Solid'' branding has been carried over to every sequel since then, aside from a few odd spinoffs such as ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]''.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was originally initially titled as such because it was a [=3D=] version of the third canonical game in the original ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, but also to indicate its placement as the third canonical game in the series, following the [=MSX2=] games ''[[VideoGame/MetalGear1 Metal Gear]]'' versions of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.[[note]]The Solid is a reference to three-dimensional geometry.[[/note]] The game was a bigger success than Konami expected and the title being Creator/HideoKojima's subtle way of indicating it was name stuck on for all the third installment without actually titling it "[[StoppedNumberingSequels Metal Gear 3]]". The ''Metal Gear Solid'' branding has been carried over to every sequel since then, aside sequels, from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' and all the way up to the latest ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. Only a few of the odd spinoffs such as spinoffs, namely ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]''. Rising]]'', were released without the ''Solid'' branding.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' was originally the subtitle of the first game, fully titled ''The Operative: No One Lives Forever''.
14th Apr '15 4:56:54 PM Saurubiker
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* Early games starring Franchise/{{Mario}} went under a variety of titles, the most well-known games being ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', and ''Wrecking Crew''. It wasn't until ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', the fourth starring role in the series (excluding Game & Watch spin-offs), that the series finally got a definitive title.
* ''SuperMarioLand 3: WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld 2: YoshisIsland'' both had sequels that went by their subtitles' names. Though, the originals [[ArtifactTitle weren't really sequels anyway]].

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* Early games starring Franchise/{{Mario}} went ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' - The first game in the ''Gyakuten Saiban'' series was localized for the west under a variety title of titles, ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' a year after Japan had already gotten the most well-known games being ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', and ''Wrecking Crew''. It wasn't until ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', third game. The announcement that the fourth starring role in game would star [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new character]] prompted the series (excluding Game & Watch spin-offs), that English localization team to promote ''Ace Attorney'' as the series finally got a definitive title.
* ''SuperMarioLand 3: WarioLand''
name of the franchise and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld 2: YoshisIsland'' both had sequels that went by their subtitles' names. Though, downplay the originals [[ArtifactTitle weren't really sequels anyway]]. ''Phoenix Wright'' part of the title for the sequels.



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* In North America, the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series began with the game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', with the intention of the series being called ''Phoenix Wright''. The announcement that the fourth game would star [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new character]] prompted the North American publishers to release all future releases under the ''Ace Attorney'' title, leaving the first game the odd one out.

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* In North America, the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series began with the game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', with the intention of the series being called ''Phoenix Wright''. The announcement that the fourth game would star [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new character]] prompted the North American publishers to release all future releases under the ''Ace Attorney'' title, leaving the first game the odd one out.
14th Apr '15 2:44:52 PM Saurubiker
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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'',''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'' and Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy) were released under that title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'',''Splinter Hope'', ''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'' and Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy) were released under that title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.
14th Apr '15 2:44:32 PM Saurubiker
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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the first two tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'' and the original story ''Splinter in the Mind's Eye'') were released under that tile. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the first two early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''A New Hope'' and the original story ''Splinter in Hope'',''Splinter of the Mind's Eye'') Eye'' and Brian Daley's Han Solo trilogy) were released under that tile.title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.
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