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* BreakthroughHit/VideoGames



[[folder:Video Games]]
[[AC: Nintendo]]
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' for Creator/{{Nintendo}} (and Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto). ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'' would later be their breakthrough in the console games business, and due to some legal issues concerning ''Donkey Kong'', ''Super Mario Bros.'' tends to be considered their breakthrough by the company itself.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' for Creator/{{Rare}} (as a second-party developer before they were bought by Microsoft).
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: The Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light]]'' for Intelligent Systems in Japan, ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' worldwide.
* ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'' for HAL Laboratory (and Creator/MasahiroSakurai).
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' for Creator/RetroStudios.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (2009) and ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' for Next Level Games (as a second-party developer).
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' for Creator/MonolithSoft (as a first-party developer for Nintendo).

[[AC: Sony Computer/Interactive Entertainment]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Crash Bandicoot|1996}}'' for Creator/NaughtyDog.
* ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' for Sony Online Entertainment.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' for Sony's Santa Monica studio.
* ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' for Polyphony Digital.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' for Guerilla Games.
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' for Creator/MediaMolecule.
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' for Creator/SuckerPunch.

[[AC: Microsoft Game Studios]]
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' for Creator/EnsembleStudios.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' for Lionhead Studios. ''Black & White'' was nothing more than a cult hit at best.
* ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' for {{Creator/Bungie}} (and for [[Creator/MicrosoftStudios Microsoft's gaming division]]). Bungie did make several games before, most notably the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, but didn't achieve mainstream popularity before ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' for Big Huge Games.

[[AC: Other Publishers and Developers]]
* Creator/{{Sega}} had a couple of different breakthroughs in different regions:
** ''Alex Kidd In Miracle World'' became a breakout hit in Europe, Australia and Brazil, where the Master System might even have outsold the NES.
** ''VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog|1}}'' made Sega popular in the US and was the title that was most often packaged with the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis.
** In its native Japan, it was ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'', as it essentially launched the "3D arena fighter" genre, and its UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn port helped sell consoles there.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' for Creator/ValveSoftware.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' for [[Creator/SquareEnix Square]]. It was originally titled as such because [[SwanSong it was thought the company would go under after making the game]], but its [[SleeperHit surprise success]] kickstarted one of the longest-running series in video games.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was even more of a breakthrough, since that game took the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' franchise from popular-but-cult to international [[EasternRPG JRPG]] phenomenon (it was the first installment released in Europe, as the series had been virtually unknown in that territory up until that point). ''FFVII'' was also the breakthrough of character designer Creator/TetsuyaNomura.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' for [[Creator/SquareEnix Enix]], the [[EasternRPG JRPG]] [[Creator/SquareEnix juggernaut's]] other half.
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftOrcsAndHumans'' for Creator/BlizzardEntertainment. You could make an argument for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', as well.
** Rather Starcraft. Long before WoW they were the AAA studio.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}'' for Creator/PopCapGames.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'' for Creator/InsomniacGames.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' for Creator/NipponIchi Software.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' for Creator/{{Capcom}} (and Keiji Inafune) on home consoles, and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' in arcades.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' for Inti Creates, a studio created by former Capcom employees.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' for Creator/{{Ubisoft}} (and Michel Ancel).
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' for Rocksteady Studios. Also the title that got Warner Bros. Interative Entertainment to shake off the NoProblemWithLicensedGames label.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' for Creator/CloverStudios.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' for Creator/PlatinumGames, Clover's successor studio.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' for 5th Cell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' for [=Team17=].
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' (the NES/Famicom game, not the arcade game) for Creator/{{Tecmo}}.
* ''VideoGame/NobunagasAmbition'' for Creator/{{Koei}}.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' for Creator/{{Taito}} Corporation.
* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' for [[Creator/NamcoBandai Namco]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' for Creator/GearboxSoftware.
* ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' for Creator/WorkingDesigns.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' for Creator/TakeTwoInteractive's Rockstar Games branch, less than two months ahead of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''. They've had many modest hits prior to ''GTA 3'' including the popular [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2 its direct predecessor]] and the cult classic ''Midnight Club'', but none of them have made a fraction of ''3[='=]s'' cultural impact and making the company industry titans.
** ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' for the 2K Games branch as a developer. Prior to that, they were more known for publishing other developer's games, notably ''VideoGames/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''. This was their first self-developed hit.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' for Westwood Studios.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' for Creator/{{Bioware}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' for Creator/{{Atlus}} in Japan, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' worldwide.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' for Creator/{{Konami}} on home consoles, its fame owed mainly to [[KonamiCode a certain cheat code]] in the NES version. ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' was a cult hit at the time, and [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} the franchise]] never became super-popular until long after ''Contra.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'' for Crystal Dynamics.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' for Eidos Interactive.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}'' for Creator/{{Activision}} in the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} era, and ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' in the UsefulNotes/PlayStation era. ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' provided the company with yet another breakthrough.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' and ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' for Creator/{{Level 5}}. The former was their first successful game, but the latter is the first series they're really ''known'' for.
* ''VideoGame/RType'' for Irem.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' for Natsume.
* The ''Franchise/DotHack'' Conglomerate for Creator/CyberConnect2.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear X2'' for Creator/ArcSystemWorks.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'' for Aksys Games[[note]]North American distributor; game was developed by Arc System Works[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Mortal Kombat|1}}'' (1992) for Creator/MidwayGames (and Ed Boon and John Tobias). It was one of the most popular and best-selling games of the [=1990s=], and also one of the most controversial, directly leading to the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' for Creator/BethesdaSoftworks. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' took the franchise to even greater fame afterwards.
* ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' for Creator/{{Treasure}}.
* ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'' for Camelot Software Planning[[note]]The company was known as Sonic! Software Planning when it worked with Sega on the early ''Shining Force'' games, changing its name to Camelot around the start of the [=PlayStation=]/Saturn generation[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' for Creator/{{Vanillaware}}.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters '94'' for Creator/{{SNK}}. Its popularity [[MorePopularSpinoff surpassed the games it was spun off from]] (''VideoGame/FatalFury'', ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'') and quickly became a recognizable franchise of its own.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' for Creator/FromSoftware.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' for Creator/HudsonSoft.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' for Creator/{{Atari}}.
* ''VideoGame/IL2Sturmovik'' for 1C Company.
* The ''VideoGame/ZenPinball''/''Pinball FX'' collection for Creator/ZenStudios.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' series, specifically ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'', for Creator/EpicGames.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' and ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' for Creator/IdSoftware (and two of its producers, John Romero and John Carmack).
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' for [=3D=] Realms.
* The ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' series eventually became this for Creator/ElectronicArts, as it wasn't until [[TheNoughties the 2000s]] that the series became synonymous with [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]] in video games.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' for Creator/TypeMoon.
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' for Creator/LucasArts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' for Creator/{{Crytek}}. ''VideoGame/FarCry'', the studio's previous game, was also a hit, but ''Crysis'' made Crytek well-known for [[TechDemoGame pushing the boundaries of PC graphical hardware.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{FreQuency}}'' and ''Amplitude'' brought Creator/{{Harmonix}} into the gaming business, but it was their first entry in the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' franchise that made them a household name in the RhythmGame genre.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' for Creator/{{Sierra}} (and Roberta Williams).
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' for Creator/{{Nexon}}.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' for Creator/{{Gravity}}.
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]'' for Creator/{{Cave}}.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' for Creator/GameFreak. The company produced [[VideoGame/MendelPalace a few]] [[VideoGame/YoshisEgg games]] [[VideoGame/{{Pulseman}} before]] ''Pokémon'' ([[VideoGame/DrillDozer and]] [[VideoGame/HarmoKnight a few]] [[VideoGame/TemboTheBadassElephant after]]), many of which have faded into obscurity.
* ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint''[[note]]later retitled ''ARMA: Cold War Assault'', as the "Operation Flashpoint" trademark was given to Codemasters[[/note]] for Bohemia Interactive.
* The ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episodic series proved to be very successful for Creator/TelltaleGames, inspiring two additional "seasons." A few years later, their award-winning adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' would give them even further fame.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lineage}}'' for Creator/NCSoft in its native South Korea, and ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' overseas.
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' for Funcom.
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' for Creator/ParadoxInteractive.
* ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} vs. [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]: World Tour'' for Creator/{{THQ}}.
* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' for Creator/CDProjektRED.
* ''VideoGame/SuperStardustHD'' for Creator/{{Housemarque}}.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' for Creator/MonolithProductions (not to be confused with Monolith Soft above).
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' for Shiny Entertainment.
* ''VideoGame/JustCause2'' for Avalanche Studios.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' for Remedy Entertainment.
* ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]'' for Sumo Digital.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}: 1942'' for DICE.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick: VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'' for Starbreeze Studios.
* ''VideoGame/Burnout3Takedown'' for Criterion.
* ''VideoGame/ShogunTotalWar'' for The Creator/CreativeAssembly.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'' for Namco's team later known as Project Soul. While its predecessor ''Soul Edge'' was a modest success, it was ''Soulcalibur'' that launched the franchise in the stratosphere, and why it took the ''Soulcalibur'' name from then on.
* ''VideoGame/SonicR'' for Creator/TravellersTales, and ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game]]'' for its successor studio [[Creator/TravellersTales TT Games]].
* ''VideoGame/PuzzleAndDragons'' for [=GungHo=] Online Entertainment.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'' for Harebrained Schemes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' for Relic Entertainment.
* The first ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' game for Creator/RevolutionSoftware.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' for Arkane Studios.
* ''[[VideoGame/StreetPassMiiPlaza Monster Manor/StreetPass Mansion]]'' for Prope. It was so successful that Prope has since become a recurring contributor for ''[=StreetPass=] Mii Plaza''.
* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series for Creator/TriAce. Since [[VideoGame/StarOcean the first game]] wasn't released outside of Japan until its PSP remake, ''First Departure'', [[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory the second game]] was the one to achieve this status in North America and Europe.

[[AC:Individual Creators/Producers]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' for Creator/{{Suda51}}.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' for Will Wright.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' for Richard Garriott.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' for Sid Meier.
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Robotron 2084}}'' for Creator/EugeneJarvis.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' for Creator/HideoKojima.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' for David Jaffe.
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}'' for Creator/PeterMolyneux.
* ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' for Jane Jensen.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' for Chris Roberts.
* ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' for Scott Cawthon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' for Creator/TaroYoko.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' for Music/TobyFox. Granted, Toby is more of a musician than a game developer by trade, as seen by his contributions to ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' and an ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' tribute album.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' for Brian Fargo.
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' for Denis Dyack.
* ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' and ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' for Edmund [=McMillen=].
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13th Mar '17 3:24:57 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Anime/VoicesOfADistantStar'' for Creator/MakotoShinkai.
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* The ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series for Creator/TriAce. Since [[VideoGame/StarOcean the first game]] wasn't released outside of Japan until its PSP remake, ''First Departure'', [[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory the second game]] was the one to achieve this status in North America and Europe.


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* ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy'' and ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' for Edmund [=McMillen=].
11th Mar '17 9:41:29 AM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' for GenUrobuchi.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' for GenUrobuchi.Creator/GenUrobuchi.
11th Mar '17 3:00:20 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' for WhiteWolf.

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* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' for WhiteWolf.Creator/WhiteWolf.



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' or ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' for Steve Jackson Games.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' or ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' for Steve Jackson Games.Creator/SteveJacksonGames.



* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' for Chaosium.

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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' for Chaosium.Creator/{{Chaosium}}.



* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' for FASA Corporation.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' for FASA Creator/{{FASA}} Corporation.
19th Feb '17 11:29:09 AM bt8257
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For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although these early attempts stand a chance of being VindicatedByHistory. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of ToughActToFollow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough.

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For some creators, it could be the very first work they created. For others, it comes only after a series of unsuccessful attempts, although these early attempts stand a chance of may end up being VindicatedByHistory. For many of these, creators are often subject to the curse of ToughActToFollow, as practically every subsequent work may be compared to the breakthrough.
18th Feb '17 12:35:30 PM DrFurball
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* ''Manga/LupinIII'' for Monkey Punch.
10th Feb '17 8:41:52 PM WaxingName
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* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' for Creator/HirohikoAraki.

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* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' for Creator/HirohikoAraki. Specifically, it was [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Part 3]] that established his fame as one of the most renowned mangaka, with the first two parts being VindicatedByHistory later.
4th Feb '17 3:09:26 PM RappaR
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** Rather Starcraft. Long before WoW they were the AAA studio.
29th Dec '16 12:47:31 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ''[[VideoGame/StreetPassMiiPlaza Monster Manor/StreetPass Mansion]]'' for Prope. It was so successful that Prope has since become a recurring contributor for ''[=StreetPass=] Mii Plaza''.
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