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7th May '18 5:41:58 PM MegaMarioMan
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* The original ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' ended with Wario asking a genie for a castle. Depending on how many coins the player collected, he ends up with anything from a birdhouse to an entire planet. Despite the insistence of the game to try again, he apparently got the castle (the penultimate reward) according to ''Wario Land II''.

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* [[VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 The original original]] ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' ended with Wario asking a genie for a castle. Depending on how many coins the player collected, he ends up with anything from a birdhouse to an entire planet. Despite the insistence of the game to try again, he apparently got the castle (the penultimate reward) according to ''Wario Land II''.''VideoGame/WarioLandII''.
* In every ''VideoGame/MarioParty'', any playable character(s) can become the Superstar in the end (by winning the game). The introduction to the second game, however, has the 6 playable characters debating who deserves to have a theme park named for them, and Wario tries to earn that privilege by reminding everyone that he was the Superstar at the end of the first game. [[RiddleForTheAges We're never told if this is true or not.]]
2nd May '18 7:05:11 AM MagiMecha
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* Similarly to the ''Splatoon'' example above, in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', your character avatar is Future Trunks' partner in the Time Patrol. When you begin ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'', you have the option to transfer that character over as Trunks' continuing partner while you play a new hero. However, if you don't have a ''Xenoverse'' save file or you don't want to transfer your character over, they are replaced with Ace, the Saiyan character used in promotional material.
18th Apr '18 4:19:27 PM Ramidel
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'', no ending is ever ''quite'' canonical and there's a bit of MergingTheBranches, but there's usually a BroadStrokes canonical ending.
** ''1'' and ''2'' end in Shaper victories, but events afterward make the victories hollow and set up the conflict for the next game.
** ''3'' ends in a rebel victory.
** ''4'' ends in a stalemate, with the Unbound ravaging the Shapers but the machinery that created them being destroyed.
31st Mar '18 1:14:03 PM nombretomado
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* The first two ''Franchise/FatalFrame'' games both have multiple endings, but the third game follows from the bad ending for both of them where [[spoiler: Mafuyu (in 1) and Mayu (in 2) die]]. By extension, the ''fifth'' game, canonically following the third game, also presumes that the bad ending [[spoiler: in the first game]] happened.

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* The first two ''Franchise/FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' games both have multiple endings, but the third game follows from the bad ending for both of them where [[spoiler: Mafuyu (in 1) and Mayu (in 2) die]]. By extension, the ''fifth'' game, canonically following the third game, also presumes that the bad ending [[spoiler: in the first game]] happened.
8th Mar '18 9:54:21 PM RacattackForce
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* While you can get Epona in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you aren't required to get her to beat the game. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Link riding Epona in the intro cutscene and rescues her later, thus making the horse from the previous game a canon character.



* While you can get Epona in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you aren't required to get her to beat the game. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Link riding Epona in the intro cutscene and rescues her later, thus making the horse from the previous game a canon character.



* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', you play through the game's campaign using your [[CharacterCustomization customizable avatar]], joining the Squidbeak Splatoon as Agent 3. In [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 the second game]], it's revealed through one of the [[StoryBreadcrumbs Sunken Scrolls]] scattered throughout the game's campaign that Agent 3 is canonically female, with the "[[ExpansionPack Octo Expansion]]" revealing that green-tentacled Inkling shown in the first game's promotional material is her canonical appearance.

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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', you play through the game's campaign using your [[CharacterCustomization customizable avatar]], joining the Squidbeak Splatoon as Agent 3. In [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 the second game]], it's revealed through one of the [[StoryBreadcrumbs Sunken Scrolls]] scattered throughout the game's campaign that Agent 3 is canonically female, with the "[[ExpansionPack "[[DownloadableContent Octo Expansion]]" revealing that green-tentacled Inkling shown in the first game's promotional material is her canonical appearance.
8th Mar '18 8:25:12 PM RacattackForce
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* While you can get Epona in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you aren't required to get her to beat the game. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Link riding Epona in the intro cutscene and rescues her later, thus making the horse from the previous game a canon character.



* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', you play through the game's campaign using your [[CharacterCustomization customizable avatar]], joining the Squidbeak Splatoon as Agent 3. In [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 the second game]], it's revealed through one of the [[StoryBreadcrumbs Sunken Scrolls]] scattered throughout the game's campaign that Agent 3 is canonically female, with the "[[ExpansionPack Octo Expansion]]" revealing that green-tentacled Inkling shown in the first game's promotional material is her canonical appearance.



* While you can get Epona in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you aren't required to get her to beat the game. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has Link riding Epona in the intro cutscene and rescues her later, thus making the horse from the previous game a canon character.
2nd Mar '18 7:48:20 PM Exusia
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII'' had several endings based on certain characters living or dying, with the fates of Chloe and Menendez influencing events the most. Menendez's death and the ensuing worldwide riots become the canon basis for ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsIII''.
25th Feb '18 10:13:48 PM nombretomado
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* The manga based on the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' video games not only rules out the ending for Forte, Vanilla and eventually Mint, it also throws out much of the Milfeulle, Ranpha, Chitose and Shiva stories, as well as the overarching story. New scenes were invented in their place, giving Shiva a bigger role, having a LoveTriangle emerge between Milfeulle, Tact and one of the other girls (Ranpha in the first series, Chitose in the second) and turning Eonia into SchrodingersCat to facilitate a GeckoEnding.

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* The manga based on the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' video games not only rules out the ending for Forte, Vanilla and eventually Mint, it also throws out much of the Milfeulle, Ranpha, Chitose and Shiva stories, as well as the overarching story. New scenes were invented in their place, giving Shiva a bigger role, having a LoveTriangle emerge between Milfeulle, Tact and one of the other girls (Ranpha in the first series, Chitose in the second) and turning Eonia into SchrodingersCat UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat to facilitate a GeckoEnding.
16th Feb '18 9:47:25 AM SpinAttaxx
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*** In an aversion, [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Red]] has all three starters ([[ThirdOptionAdaptation four]] if you include ''Yellow'''s Pikachu) and Blue doesn't use his (having Arcanine, Gyarados and Exeggutor on his team all at once, where in ''Red'' and ''Blue'' his starter would replace whichever one shared the same type), thus he has no canon starter. However, ''[[VideoGameRemake HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' still features Red as the one that took down Team Rocket, while the female PlayerCharacter ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen]]'' is never seen or spoken of.

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*** In an aversion, [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Red]] has all three starters ([[ThirdOptionAdaptation four]] if you include ''Yellow'''s Pikachu) and Blue doesn't use his (having Arcanine, Gyarados and Exeggutor on his team all at once, where in ''Red'' and ''Blue'' his starter would replace whichever one shared the same type), thus he has no canon starter. However, ''[[VideoGameRemake HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' still features Red as the one that took down Team Rocket, while the female PlayerCharacter from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen]]'' is never seen or spoken of.
16th Feb '18 9:46:41 AM SpinAttaxx
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' where [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Red]] has all three starters ([[ThirdOptionAdaptation four]] if you include ''Yellow'''s Pikachu) and Blue didn't use his (having Arcanine, Gyarados and Exeggutor on his team all at once, where in ''Red'' and ''Blue'' his starter would replace whichever one shared the same type). It was however invoked in ''[[VideoGameRemake HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', cutting off the branch of the female PlayerCharacter from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]]''. The Gen II games also have a number of details implying that ''Red, Green and Blue'' (which have the same story) are the canon predecessors, rather than ''Yellow'', such as Blue's team being based on his team from those games (minus his starter), the absence of the Summer Beach House (which existed only in ''Yellow'') in Route 19, and the man who lives with his wife and trades Pokémon with people in ''R/G/B'' still being present rather than replaced by the girl who gives you Bulbasaur in ''Yellow''. The issue of what Pokémon Red caught regardless of version was avoided by rounding out his team with a Snorlax (a forced encounter, as two of them were blocking the routes to Fuchsia City) and either an Espeon (evolved from the Eevee found at the Celadon Mansion - although this does confirm Red never used an evolutionary stone on that Eevee[[note]]and also maybe that the lack of nighttime in the original games [[MythologyGag was canon as well]][[/note]]) in the original games or a Lapras (a gift from one of the Silph Co. employees during Team Rocket's takeover) in the remakes and in later appearances.

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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' where ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'':
*** In an aversion,
[[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Red]] has all three starters ([[ThirdOptionAdaptation four]] if you include ''Yellow'''s Pikachu) and Blue didn't doesn't use his (having Arcanine, Gyarados and Exeggutor on his team all at once, where in ''Red'' and ''Blue'' his starter would replace whichever one shared the same type). It was however invoked in type), thus he has no canon starter. However, ''[[VideoGameRemake HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', cutting off SoulSilver]]'' still features Red as the branch of one that took down Team Rocket, while the female PlayerCharacter from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen]]''. LeafGreen]]'' is never seen or spoken of.
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The Gen II games also have a number of details implying that ''Red, Green and Blue'' (which have the same story) are the canon predecessors, rather than ''Yellow'', such as Blue's team being based on his team from those games (minus his starter), and the absence of certain [=NPCs=] and locations from ''Yellow'' (such as the Summer Beach House (which existed only in ''Yellow'') in Route 19, and the man who lives with his wife and trades Pokémon with people in ''R/G/B'' still being present rather than replaced by the girl who gives you Bulbasaur in ''Yellow''. House). The issue of what Pokémon Red caught regardless of version was avoided by rounding out his team with a Snorlax (a forced encounter, as two of them were blocking the routes to Fuchsia City) and either an Espeon (evolved from the Eevee found at the Celadon Mansion - City -- although this does confirm Red never used an evolutionary stone on that Eevee[[note]]and also maybe that the lack of nighttime in the original games [[MythologyGag was canon as well]][[/note]]) Eevee) in the original games or a Lapras (a gift from one of the Silph Co. employees during Team Rocket's takeover) in the remakes and in later appearances.



** Many legendaries make reappearances in games set later on in the timeline (or in ''Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire'', earlier!), so their encounters past their debut games would (assuming they're SingleSpecimenSpecies) either infer they [[CanonDiscontinuity don't really happen]], or they weren't originally caught in their original appearances.
*** Mewtwo appears in Cerulean Cave in Gen I and its remakes, remains there in ''[=HG/SS=]'', then appears in Kalos in ''X/Y'', suggesting it has never canonically been caught. This is particularly notable since Mewtwo, [[ArtificialHuman as a manmade creation]], is ''unquestionably'' one of a kind.[[labelnote:*]]Disregarding [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened certain continuities]] which [[FanonDiscontinuity most don't talk about]].[[/labelnote]]
*** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' does it as well. In ''Black & White'' you can catch Kyurem, but in the sequels it was caught by Team Plasma instead. Since the Musketeer Trio are still around in the sequels, catching them in the first game is also non-canon. Liberty Garden is only accessible in the first games by event, and it serves as the place where you catch Victini. In ''[=B2/W2=]'', you can visit the island without the event, and Victini is missing. The implication is that the event is canon, and the previous protagonists caught Victini before the events of the sequel.
*** Zygarde appears in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' as a BonusBoss, much like Kyurem did. However, it not only appears in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', but Dexio outright confirms it's the same Zygarde from Kalos, having travelled all the way to Alola. Naturally, it'd be hard to do so from the confines of a Poké Ball, so it's likely the encounter with it in ''X/Y'' didn't end with the player capturing it.

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** Many legendaries Legendary Pokémon make reappearances in games set later on in the timeline (or in ''Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire'', earlier!), so their encounters past after their debut games games, which would (assuming they're SingleSpecimenSpecies) either infer they [[CanonDiscontinuity don't really happen]], or they weren't originally caught in their original appearances.
appearances/the player doesn't canonically keep them.[[note]]''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon'' get around this by implying their returning Legendaries are pulled from {{Alternate Universe}}s -- the former by rings implied to be connected to the Mythical Pokémon [[ThinkingWithPortals Hoopa]], and the latter by having the player travel through [[AnotherDimension Ultra Space]].[[/note]]
*** Mewtwo appears in Cerulean Cave in Gen I and its remakes, remains there in ''[=HG/SS=]'', ''[=HeartGold and SoulSilver=]'', then appears in Kalos in ''X/Y'', ''X and Y'', suggesting it has never canonically been caught. This is particularly notable since Mewtwo, [[ArtificialHuman as a manmade creation]], is ''unquestionably'' one of a kind.[[labelnote:*]]Disregarding [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened certain continuities]] which [[FanonDiscontinuity most don't talk about]].[[/labelnote]]
*** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' does it as well. In ''Black & White'' ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' you can catch Kyurem, but in the sequels it was caught by plot of [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequels]] hinges on Team Plasma instead.getting to it first. Since the Musketeer Trio are still around in the sequels, catching them in the first game is also non-canon. In an inversion, Liberty Garden is only accessible in the first games by event, and it serves as the place where you catch Victini. In ''[=B2/W2=]'', the sequels, you can visit the island without the event, and Victini is missing. The missing (the implication is that the event is canon, and the previous protagonists protagonist caught Victini before the events of the sequel.
sequel).
*** Zygarde appears in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' as a BonusBoss, much like Kyurem did. However, it not only appears in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' (and [[VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon their Ultra versions]]), but Dexio outright confirms it's the same Zygarde from Kalos, having travelled all the way to Alola. Naturally, it'd be hard to do so from the confines of a Poké Ball, so it's likely the encounter with it in ''X/Y'' ''X and Y'' didn't end with the player capturing it.
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