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21st Nov '16 8:20:42 PM Strafe2409
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* The numbering of the four * .5 games (''Immaterial and Missing Power'', ''Shoot the Bullet'', ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' and ''Double Spoiler'') would imply that they're all gaiden games to the main VideoGame/{{Touhou}} series (Touhou 12.3, ''Hisoutensoku'', is an ExpansionPack to SWR), especially since none of them use the same gameplay system ([=IaMP=] and SWR are both 2D {{Fighting Game}}s, and [=StB=] and DS are {{Boss Rush}}es where you take pictures instead of fighting back). However, of the four, [=StB=] and DS are the only ones [[ExcusePlot without an actual plot]] -- whereas the events and new character introduced in [=IaMP=] are acknowledged in the [[AllThereInTheManual canon books]] ''Perfect Memento in Strict Sense'', ''Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red'', and ''Silent Sinner in Blue'' (SWR was made after those books came out).

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* The numbering of the four * .5 games (''Immaterial and Missing Power'', ''Shoot the Bullet'', ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' and Rhapsody'', ''Double Spoiler'') Spoiler'', ''Hopeless Masquerade'' and ''Urban Legend in Limbo'') would imply that they're all gaiden games to the main VideoGame/{{Touhou}} series (Touhou 12.3, ''Hisoutensoku'', is an ExpansionPack to SWR), especially since none of them use the same gameplay system ([=IaMP=] ([=IaMP=], SWR, HM and SWR [=ULiL=] are both 2D {{Fighting Game}}s, and [=StB=] and DS are {{Boss Rush}}es where you take pictures instead of fighting back). However, of the four, six, [=StB=] and DS are the only ones [[ExcusePlot without an actual plot]] -- whereas the events and new character introduced in [=IaMP=] are acknowledged in the [[AllThereInTheManual canon books]] ''Perfect Memento in Strict Sense'', ''Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red'', and ''Silent Sinner in Blue'' (SWR was made after those books came out).
27th Oct '16 12:29:17 PM DalekJast
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** There's also ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoAdvance'' for GBA that takes place before the events of [=GTA3=] and features some of the characters.
13th Oct '16 6:50:20 PM nombretomado
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* The ''VideoGame/{{DJ MAX}}'' series has primarily been a ''{{beatmania}}''-like game, but the newly-released arcade game ''DJ MAX Technika'' is a much different game, with touchscreen-based gameplay combining elements of ''OsuTatakaeOuendan''/''EliteBeatAgents'' and ''{{Lumines}}''. Due to its similarities to the former and its harsh LifeMeter, it's a very NintendoHard game; you can easily fail a song in the first 10 seconds.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{DJ MAX}}'' series has primarily been a ''{{beatmania}}''-like game, but the newly-released arcade game ''DJ MAX Technika'' is a much different game, with touchscreen-based gameplay combining elements of ''OsuTatakaeOuendan''/''EliteBeatAgents'' ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan''/''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' and ''{{Lumines}}''. Due to its similarities to the former and its harsh LifeMeter, it's a very NintendoHard game; you can easily fail a song in the first 10 seconds.
3rd Sep '16 9:52:03 PM Schismatism
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* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is a tabletop game set in the eponymous universe created by ''Creator/HPLovecraft''. '''''Trail''' of Cthulhu'' is a lighter variant which masks the rate of player attrition by simplifying the rules. Similar in many ways, like the ''Dark Heresy'' example just above, but not quite the same.
31st Aug '16 6:06:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had an action-RPG, ''An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire'', and an action-adventure, ''The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard'' (another Elder Scrolls Adventures, ''The Eye of Argonia'', was planned but never made, though the Eye itself is mentioned in the main games). (Those who don't know this often erroneously assume that it's a reference to ''TheEyeOfArgon''.) There's also the ''Elder Scrolls Travels'' side-series, consisting of ''Dawnstar,'' ''Stormhold,'' and the [[CanonDiscontinuity mostly not-canon]] ''Shadowkey,'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/NGage system. Finally, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' will be an {{MMORPG}} set several hundred years, minimum, earlier than ''Arena''.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' had an action-RPG, ''An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire'', and an action-adventure, ''The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard'' (another Elder Scrolls Adventures, ''The Eye of Argonia'', was planned but never made, though the Eye itself is mentioned in the main games). (Those who don't know this often erroneously assume that it's a reference to ''TheEyeOfArgon''.''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon''.) There's also the ''Elder Scrolls Travels'' side-series, consisting of ''Dawnstar,'' ''Stormhold,'' and the [[CanonDiscontinuity mostly not-canon]] ''Shadowkey,'' for the ill-fated UsefulNotes/NGage system. Finally, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' will be an {{MMORPG}} set several hundred years, minimum, earlier than ''Arena''.
13th Aug '16 3:32:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' each have a number of spinoff tabletop games in their universes. Warhammer Fantasy's games include TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay, the gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', American football parody ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' (even referring to the mystical god 'Nuffle'), the naval fleet based game ''Man O'War'' and massive-battle ''Warmaster''. 40k has the large-scale "narrative wargame" ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'', space combat ''BattlefleetGothic'', small-scale ''Epic'', all-Ork ''Gorkamorka'', air-battle ''Aeronautica Imperialis'', gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' and recently the role-playing game ''DarkHeresy''.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' each have a number of spinoff tabletop games in their universes. Warhammer Fantasy's games include TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay, the gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}'', American football parody ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'' (even referring to the mystical god 'Nuffle'), the naval fleet based game ''Man O'War'' and massive-battle ''Warmaster''. 40k has the large-scale "narrative wargame" ''TabletopGame/{{Inquisitor}}'', space combat ''BattlefleetGothic'', small-scale ''Epic'', all-Ork ''Gorkamorka'', air-battle ''Aeronautica Imperialis'', gang-based ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' and recently the role-playing game ''DarkHeresy''.''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy''.
5th Aug '16 12:22:14 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Another gaiden game of sorts is ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''; despite that 3 in the title (and being based off the third game's engine), it actually takes place during ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and involves an almost totally different cast of characters.
** The reason why ''ODST'' has a ''3'' in its title is because it was originally planned to be merely an add-on that still required ''Halo 3'' to play. But as the game grew and grew and more and more tweaks to the game engine were made [[note]]the VISR system, the whole NAV/map/waypoint system, Firefight game mode, making groups of opponents patrol and thus successfully navigate large areas, and so on[[/note]], Bungie decided to make it a stand-alone product for half the price of a normal retail game. Then Microsoft "interfered" and added a second disk containing the multiplayer portion from ''Halo 3'' along with all the DLC map packs, and upped the price to that of a normal retail game.

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* Another gaiden game of sorts is ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''; despite that 3 ''3'' in the title (and being based off the third game's ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''[='s=] engine), it actually takes place during ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and involves an almost totally different cast of characters.
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characters. The reason why ''ODST'' it has a that ''3'' in its title is because it was originally planned to be merely an add-on that still required ''Halo 3'' to play. But as the game grew and grew and more and more tweaks to the game engine were made [[note]]the made[[note]]the VISR system, the whole NAV/map/waypoint system, Firefight game mode, making groups of opponents patrol and thus successfully navigate large areas, and so on[[/note]], Bungie decided to make it a stand-alone product for half the price of a normal retail game. Then Microsoft "interfered" and added a second disk containing the multiplayer portion from ''Halo 3'' along with all the DLC map packs, and upped the price to that of a normal retail game.



** In contrast, its sequel, ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'', takes place ''after'' ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians''.



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: Spartan Assault'' is a side-story interquel which takes place between ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: Spartan ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Assault'' is a side-story interquel which takes place between ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. 4}}''.
** ''Spartan Strike'' is a side-story which takes place both concurrently with the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and around the end of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''.
6th Jul '16 4:19:25 AM MoogleSam2222
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** Played straight with ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' however. The main purpose of the game is to reveal the content of [[SequelHook the letter written by Mickey to Sora]] at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and how Mickey found out about the fate of Aqua, Terra and Ventus, [[InternalReveal something the player already knows]] if he played to ''Birth By Sleep'' previously. The actual plot (Mickey creating a data Sora to restore Jimminy's journal and Maleficient trying to stop him) has little bearing on the MythArc and is never alluded in the next game ''Dream Drop Distance''.

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** Played straight with ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'' however.to a degree. The main purpose of the game is to reveal the content of [[SequelHook the letter written by Mickey to Sora]] at the end of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' and how Mickey found out about the fate of Aqua, Terra and Ventus, [[InternalReveal something the player already knows]] if he played to ''Birth By Sleep'' previously. The Most of the actual plot (Mickey creating a data Sora to restore Jimminy's journal and Maleficient trying to stop him) by defeating bugs) has little bearing on the MythArc and is never alluded in the next game ''Dream Drop Distance''.Distance''. It does contain a few relevant points that are obviously setting up for future games though, including the first mention of the Book of Prophecy; Maleficent and Pete gaining knowledge of such a thing; and Mickey seeing all the people Sora has to help which includes Xion, a character he previously would have had no reason to be aware of at all, and that fans may have expected not to see again.
23rd Jun '16 7:54:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''TimeCrisis: Project Titan'', ''Crisis Zone'', and ''Razing Storm''.

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* ''TimeCrisis: ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis: Project Titan'', ''Crisis Zone'', and ''Razing Storm''.''VideoGame/RazingStorm''.
16th Jun '16 7:12:46 AM erforce
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* Each ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game had a Game Boy follow-up in the "Donkey Kong Land" series. The first was a completely separate adventure, the second was basically a port of Donkey Kong Country 2 and the third was a basic collection of very generic levels in the style of Donkey Kong Country 3.

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* Each ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' game had a Game Boy follow-up in the "Donkey ''Donkey Kong Land" Land'' series. The first was a completely separate adventure, the second was basically a port of Donkey Kong Country 2 ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest'' and the third was a basic collection of very generic levels in the style of Donkey Kong Country 3.''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble''.
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