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25th Mar '17 11:11:40 AM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has over twelve endings, some of them quite silly. ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' presumably follows one of the standard good endings (since there's no mention of everyone in Guardia being part-frog), but the most it says about its predecessor is that [[spoiler:[[ShootTheShaggyDog Guardia fell to an invasion by Porre]] five years after ''Trigger'', [[UnholyHolySword the Masamune became tainted by evil]], and the PowerTrio from ''Trigger'' [[NeverSayDie "no longer exist in this timeline."]]]] Interestingly, the ''Chrono Trigger'' endings that set all this up come from an animated cutscene in its UpdatedRerelease for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, which came out after ''Chrono Cross''. And then a later ''Chrono Trigger'' rerelease for the NintendoDS added an epilogue that confirmed [[spoiler:[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Dalton]]]] was the one who made all this possible.
* The ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' RPG for the NintendoDS is an interesting example; the "One True Path" is the anime canon, which you're forced to follow on your first playthrough. The NewGamePlus allows one to explore better (or worse) paths, all of which involve OriginalGeneration villains Castor and Pollux. Interestingly, from the fourth playthrough onward, you can force yourself back onto the plot railroad by performing a certain action [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent during a sequence where you control Castor]] that gets him killed and reasserts the anime plotline.

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has over twelve endings, some of them quite silly. ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' presumably follows one of the standard good endings (since there's no mention of everyone in Guardia being part-frog), but the most it says about its predecessor is that [[spoiler:[[ShootTheShaggyDog Guardia fell to an invasion by Porre]] five years after ''Trigger'', [[UnholyHolySword the Masamune became tainted by evil]], and the PowerTrio from ''Trigger'' [[NeverSayDie "no longer exist in this timeline."]]]] Interestingly, the ''Chrono Trigger'' endings that set all this up come from an animated cutscene in its UpdatedRerelease for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation, which came out after ''Chrono Cross''. And then a later ''Chrono Trigger'' rerelease for the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS added an epilogue that confirmed [[spoiler:[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Dalton]]]] was the one who made all this possible.
* The ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' RPG for the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS is an interesting example; the "One True Path" is the anime canon, which you're forced to follow on your first playthrough. The NewGamePlus allows one to explore better (or worse) paths, all of which involve OriginalGeneration villains Castor and Pollux. Interestingly, from the fourth playthrough onward, you can force yourself back onto the plot railroad by performing a certain action [[AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent during a sequence where you control Castor]] that gets him killed and reasserts the anime plotline.
21st Mar '17 2:06:45 AM FieryLion428
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16th Mar '17 7:41:38 PM FieryLion428
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** Scott Cawthon has since confirmed that all 6th nights in the game, including Custom Nights, are not canon.
9th Mar '17 8:24:06 PM Teakay
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** ''Inquisition'' has an odd case of branch-cutting ''during'' the game. [[spoiler:If Morrigan performed the Dark Ritual in ''Origins'', she has a young son with the untainted soul of the Old God Urthemiel, which has major implications for the future of the world... or would if Flemeth didn't show up and summarily extract it]].
6th Mar '17 10:06:33 AM Lemia
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In short, cutting off the branches is when one of the multiple possible endings in a game is considered the canon one in a future adaption.

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In short, cutting off the branches is when one of the multiple possible endings in a game is considered the canon one in a future adaption.
adaptation.
11th Feb '17 2:45:39 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** An odd case is the return of [[spoiler: Eliphas the Inheritor]]. His side lost in ''Dark Crusade'' and the character is ''quite'' messily killed in his faction's defeat cutscene, but he's back for ''Dawn of War II'', and working for a different side.

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** An odd case is the return of [[spoiler: Eliphas the Inheritor]]. His side lost in ''Dark Crusade'' and the character is ''quite'' messily killed in his faction's defeat cutscene, but he's back for ''Dawn of War II'', and working for a different side. Apparently his new patron got the gods to resurrect him for the job.
6th Feb '17 3:50:48 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** The original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has two endings; a "good" one where [[spoiler:Meryl lives]] and a "bad" one where [[spoiler:Snake finds her dead]]. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' doesn't directly mention Meryl, but Snake is wearing his bandana of ''[[BottomlessMagazines unlimited ammo]]'', a gift he got from Meryl in the "good" ending. While the book "In The Darkness of Shadow Moses" (Nastasha's [[FictionalDocument account of the events in the previous game from her perspective]]) suggests Meryl survived, the book "The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Shadow Moses" explains the main character found the bandanna on the beach and Snake took it from him (implying Meryl was never there to find it). Being deliberately confusing was one of ''Metal Gear Solid 2''[='=]s main themes. ''Not'' being deliberately confusing was one of ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}''[='=]s, which had Meryl return in an awkward-ex-girlfriend role.

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** The original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has two endings; a "good" one where [[spoiler:Meryl lives]] and a "bad" one where [[spoiler:Snake finds her dead]]. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' doesn't directly mention Meryl, but Snake is wearing his bandana bandanna of ''[[BottomlessMagazines unlimited ammo]]'', a gift he got from Meryl in the "good" ending. While the book "In The Darkness of Shadow Moses" (Nastasha's [[FictionalDocument account of the events in the previous game from her perspective]]) suggests Meryl survived, the book "The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Shadow Moses" explains the main character found the bandanna on the beach and Snake took it from him (implying Meryl was never there to find it). Being deliberately confusing was one of ''Metal Gear Solid 2''[='=]s main themes.themes (for example, Snake is also using the Stealth Camouflage device in the opening scene, which he acquires in the "Meryl Dies" ending). ''Not'' being deliberately confusing was one of ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}''[='=]s, which had Meryl return in an awkward-ex-girlfriend role.
4th Jan '17 9:24:29 AM Ookamikun
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** And even then, [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/09/07/star-fox-command-interview?page=2 an interview]] with the developers state that should a game that considers ''Command'' canon gets made, they'd rather use the middle as the starting point.
28th Dec '16 10:32:08 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''Videogame/LuckyTower'': the second game has three endings; in the first one Von Wanst becomes king, in the second one he dies and becomes a ghost, and in the third one he ends up in the tower from the first game. But since this game is a prequel to the first one, only the third ending can be considered canon.
8th Dec '16 8:37:55 PM PrincessGwen
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*** Not only the Outrealms are still in ''Fates'', but the concept is explored again in another DLC set known as ''Heirs of Fates'': [[spoiler: The player gets to control [[AscendedExtra the Second Generation children]], each coming from ''Birthright'' or ''Conquest'' universes where [[EvilGod Anankos]] not only ''did'' manage to destroy both realms and the world, but dumps them in a ''Revelations''-gone-wrong sort-of world where [[BarrierMaiden Shigure]] and [[TeamPet Lilith]] are the {{sole survivor}}s. The kids must stop fighting between them, straighten up their differences and, under Shigure and [[SpiritAdvisor Azura's soul]]'s lead, defeat this Anankos so they can leave.]]

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*** Not only the Outrealms are still in ''Fates'', but the concept is explored again in another DLC set known as ''Heirs of Fates'': [[spoiler: The player gets to control [[AscendedExtra the Second Generation children]], each coming from ''Birthright'' or ''Conquest'' universes where [[EvilGod Anankos]] not only ''did'' manage to destroy both realms and the world, but dumps them in a ''Revelations''-gone-wrong ''Revelation''-gone-wrong sort-of world where [[BarrierMaiden Shigure]] and [[TeamPet Lilith]] are the {{sole survivor}}s. The kids must stop fighting between them, straighten up their differences and, under Shigure and [[SpiritAdvisor Azura's soul]]'s lead, defeat this Anankos so they can leave.]]
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