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16th Feb '17 12:38:08 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, most major installments involve a new protagonist but there will often be a Gaiden Game to continue that one's story, usually without any appearances by Zelda, Ganon, or the Kingdom of Hyrule:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' involves the Link from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' waking up on a mysterious Island. Later, a Creator/{{Capcom}}[=/=]Creator/{{Nintendo}} colab brought us the Oracle series as a midquel to the two.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the Link from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', going to Termina. The game's working title was ''Zelda Gaiden''. It was supposed to be an add-on of sorts using the 64DD peripheral.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' is a side-game/sequel to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** The [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Four]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Swords]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap trilogy]] was supposed to be made up of these, and then ''Four Swords Adventures'' [[HijackedByGanon shoehorned Ganon into the plot]] and connected it to the main series.
** A good example for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' for the Wii.
** ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' is either this or a spinoff.

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* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, most major installments involve a new protagonist Link as protagonist, but there will often be a Gaiden Game to continue that one's a specific Link's story, usually without any appearances by Princess Zelda, BigBad Ganon, or the Kingdom of Hyrule:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' involves the Link from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' waking up on a mysterious Island. island during his travels. Later, a Creator/{{Capcom}}[=/=]Creator/{{Nintendo}} colab collaboration brought us the Oracle ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' series as a midquel to set between the two.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' has the Link from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', going to Termina.Termina after saving Hyrule. The game's working title was ''Zelda Gaiden''. It was supposed to be an add-on of sorts using the 64DD peripheral.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' is a side-game/sequel to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', detailing one of Link's and Tetra's adventures during their quest to find a new land to settle.
** The [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Four]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Swords]] Swords]]'' [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap trilogy]] was supposed to be made up of these, with their main villain being Vaati instead of Ganon, and then ''Four Swords Adventures'' [[HijackedByGanon shoehorned Ganon into the plot]] and connected it to the main series.
** A good example for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' for the Wii.
** ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' is either this or a spinoff.
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** ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' is either this or a spinoff, as the game stars recurring side character Tingle, with both Link and Zelda completely absent from the plot.


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* ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' for the Wii is vaguely set during the events of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' and stars the same Link. The game's actual canon status is rather iffy, though.
25th Jan '17 4:42:11 AM Perseus
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* The aptly named ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'' is a side-story to the original ''Fire Emblem'' game, while ''Fire Emblem: Thracia 776'' is one to ''Genealogy of Holy War''. The two titles are generally considered full instalments in the ''Fire Emblem'' series, being the second and fifth respectively, though there are some portions of the Japanese fanbase who don't consider ''Gaiden'' to be a full ''FE'' game. Also present are the {{Satellaview}} instalments in the series, which are briefer games focusing on small groups of the cast of the first/third game doing things in the intervening time period between Dolhr's victory and the start of the first/third games; they were later remade and included as a bonus in ''New Mystery of the Emblem''.

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* The aptly named ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' is a side-story to the original ''Fire Emblem'' [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia original]] ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' game, while ''Fire Emblem: Thracia 776'' is one to ''Genealogy ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War''.War]]''. The two titles are generally considered full instalments in the ''Fire Emblem'' series, being the second and fifth respectively, though there are some portions of the Japanese fanbase who don't consider ''Gaiden'' to be a full ''FE'' game. Also present are the {{Satellaview}} instalments in the series, which are briefer games focusing on small groups of the cast of the first/third game doing things in the intervening time period between Dolhr's victory and the start of the first/third games; they were later remade and included as a bonus in ''New Mystery of the Emblem''.
14th Jan '17 6:54:40 PM nombretomado
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Subtrope of SpinOff. Sister trope to PinballSpinoff. Also of note is that having Gaiden in its title doesn't necessarily mean the game pertains to this trope. Even if you exclude ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', which has a troubled approach with its ''gaiden'' status. See the respective entry below.

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Subtrope of SpinOff. Sister trope to PinballSpinoff. Also of note is that having Gaiden in its its
title doesn't necessarily mean the game pertains to this trope. Even if you exclude ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', which has a troubled approach with its ''gaiden'' status. See the respective entry below.



* ''VideoGame/LufiaTheRuinsOfLore'' is one to the ''{{Franchise/Lufia}}'' series, dealing with a subplot from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' rather than the overarching plot of the rest of the series. Even its Japanese name is ''Estpolis Gaiden''.

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* ''VideoGame/LufiaTheRuinsOfLore'' is one to the ''{{Franchise/Lufia}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Lufia}}'' series, dealing with a subplot from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' rather than the overarching plot of the rest of the series. Even its Japanese name is ''Estpolis Gaiden''.
10th Jan '17 9:48:46 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Aleste Gaiden'', in contrast to other ''{{Aleste}}'' games, has the hero running and jumping in PoweredArmor and a relatively limited weapon selection. The ending reveals that it takes place in AnotherDimension from the original ''Aleste'', with the same protagonist and villain.

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* ''Aleste Gaiden'', in contrast to other ''{{Aleste}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Aleste}}'' games, has the hero running and jumping in PoweredArmor and a relatively limited weapon selection. The ending reveals that it takes place in AnotherDimension from the original ''Aleste'', with the same protagonist and villain. Interestingly, ''Musha Aleste'' (''M.U.S.H.A.'') is officially a sequel to this game, whereas ''GG Aleste'' follows the alternate timeline of ''Aleste 2''.
5th Jan '17 3:52:57 AM jormis29
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** A good example for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is ''Link's Crossbow Training'' for the Wii.

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** A good example for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is ''Link's Crossbow Training'' ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' for the Wii.
19th Dec '16 7:00:05 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters'' and ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank'' have their settings unconfirmed, but known to be after the third game. However, their canon status is disrupted, and are completely [[{{CanonDiscontinuity}} ignored]] by InsomniacGames.

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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters'' and ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank'' have their settings unconfirmed, but known to be after the third game. However, their canon status is disrupted, and are completely [[{{CanonDiscontinuity}} ignored]] by InsomniacGames.Creator/InsomniacGames.
19th Dec '16 6:59:32 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2'' share the same basic platforming elements like SuperMarioBros, but take some liberties with the story, settings and items. Instead of rescuing Peach from Bowser like usual, Mario takes a trip to a neighbour country of the Mushroom Kingdom to save a different princess from an evil alien in the first game. In the sequel, Mario has to take back his private island from his evil counterpart, Wario. The [[WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 third game]] distances itself completely from Mario and gives birth to the WarioLand series instead. Notably, none of the games were designed by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, but were well-received nonetheless.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'' share the same basic platforming elements like SuperMarioBros, Franchise/SuperMarioBros, but take some liberties with the story, settings and items. Instead of rescuing Peach from Bowser like usual, Mario takes a trip to a neighbour country of the Mushroom Kingdom to save a different princess from an evil alien in the first game. In the sequel, Mario has to take back his private island from his evil counterpart, Wario. The [[WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 [[VideoGame/WarioLandSuperMarioLand3 third game]] distances itself completely from Mario and gives birth to the WarioLand ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series instead. Notably, none of the games were designed by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto, but were well-received nonetheless.
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.
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