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28th Jun '16 4:11:30 AM TheJayman49
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** Parodied [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUqEPUZ-ds here,]] where Link is too busy either fishing or chasing chickens to do ''anything'' that actually involves saving Hyrule.


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* Parodied in the Website/{{Collegehumor}} video ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUqEPUZ-ds The Legend of Link's Distractions]]''. It's basically a case of RealityEnsues that shows just what would happen if Link is too busy either fishing or chasing chickens to do ''anything'' that actually involves saving Hyrule.
25th Apr '16 8:07:54 PM Gingerkitteh
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*** That Bonus Boss ([[spoiler:A big rainbow-swirl sphere named Ozma]]) required a further sidequest: Finding and satisfying all of the [[FriendlyEnemy "friendly enemies"]] scattered all over the world by giving them their requested jewel(s). By doing this sidequest, the Bonus Boss [[spoiler:goes from absorbing the Shadow element to being weak to it]] as well as [[spoiler:now being within melee range, instead of only being targetable by magic and ranged attacks/skills]].
25th Apr '16 11:02:43 AM erforce
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29th Feb '16 8:30:09 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/BombermanTournament'' on the Game Boy Advance had the [[{{Mons}} Karabon]] battle mini-game, which revolved around an odd mechanic that combined [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Elemental]] and TacticalRockPaperScissors.
** And pretty much every ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' game that includes the classic Battle Mode, which is nearly every ''Bomberman'' games. They've added all kinds of new stuff over the years, but most people play just for that mode.
* [[FishingMiniGame The Fishing Hole]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' is well-known for its addictive properties. Even after winning the available prizes, you can waste ages in there, looking for the elusive Hylian Loach. It was the result of one of the game designers goofing off while working on [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]]; he'd isolated a room with a water pool and some fish for his own amusement, and, when found out, the rest of the team liked the idea enough to throw it in.
** ''Ocarina of Time'' also featured the Horseback Archery course in the Gerudo Fortress. Ganon can wait. Link NEEDS his perfect score!

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* ''VideoGame/BombermanTournament'' on the Game Boy Advance had the [[{{Mons}} Karabon]] battle mini-game, which revolved around an odd mechanic that combined [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Elemental]] and TacticalRockPaperScissors.
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** And pretty much every ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' Every game that includes the classic Battle Mode, which is nearly every ''Bomberman'' games.Mode. They've added all kinds of new stuff over the years, but most people play just for that mode.
** ''VideoGame/BombermanTournament'' on the Game Boy Advance had the [[{{Mons}} Karabon]] battle mini-game, which revolved around an odd mechanic that combined [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Elemental]] and TacticalRockPaperScissors.
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'':
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[[FishingMiniGame The Fishing Hole]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' Pound]] is well-known for its addictive properties. Even after winning the available prizes, you can waste ages in there, looking for the elusive Hylian Loach. It was the result of one of the game designers goofing off while working on [[ThatOneLevel the Water Temple]]; he'd isolated a room with a water pool and some fish for his own amusement, and, when found out, the rest of the team liked the idea enough to throw it in.
** ''Ocarina of Time'' also featured the *** The Horseback Archery course in the Gerudo Fortress. Ganon can wait. Link NEEDS his perfect score!score!
*** Someone, with help from others, made [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/n64/197771-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time/faqs/3500 sheet music]] for ''Ocarina of Time'', since the Ocarina is a full-featured instrument, not a prefabricated spellbook.
** The Pictograph/Nintendo Gallery mega-sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' for 3DS includes the Fishing Hole. With all the kinds of fish that can be caught in both locations, it's not unheard of for players to spend all three days doing nothing but fish.



** Someone, with help from others, made [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/n64/197771-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time/faqs/3500 sheet music]] for ''Ocarina of Time'', since the Ocarina is a full-featured instrument, not a prefabricated spellbook.
* The Fishing Hole returned in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. Still awesome, and this time you can fish in any body of water, using a fishing rod of your very own, plus the Wii controls. [[spoiler: It can even be used against Ganondorf! [[BoringYetPractical Guess that wasn't a total waste of time!]]]]
** The Fishing Hole lobby even has the addictive mini-game "Rollgoal," so you can get sidetracked by the Gold Saucer while you're sidetracked by the Gold Saucer.
** Also from ''TP'', the snow boarding races with Yeto.
* The Pictograph/Nintendo Gallery mega-sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** Be honest, in ''The Wind Waker'' you spent four hours sailing around, exploring unimportant islands, looking for treasure, and filling in your map as soon as you were allowed to sail around freely.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask [[UpdatedRerelease 3D]]'' includes the Fishing Hole. With all the kinds of fish that can be caught in both locations, it's not unheard of for players to spend all three days doing nothing but fish.
** Due to the game's open, easily resettable nature and the massive amounts of sidequests it has, it can be more fun doing all the sidequests than going through the actual quest.

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** Someone, with help from others, made [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/n64/197771-the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time/faqs/3500 sheet music]] for ''Ocarina of Time'', since the Ocarina is a full-featured instrument, not a prefabricated spellbook.
*
''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''
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The Fishing Hole returned in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''.returns. Still awesome, and this time you can fish in any body of water, using a fishing rod of your very own, plus the Wii controls. [[spoiler: It can even be used against Ganondorf! [[BoringYetPractical Guess that wasn't a total waste of time!]]]]
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* ** The Pictograph/Nintendo Gallery mega-sidequest Lightning Round in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** Be honest, in ''The Wind Waker'' you spent four hours sailing around, exploring unimportant islands, looking for treasure,
''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' allows Link to access a BossRush as well as a replay of the Silent Realm challenges, and filling in your map as soon as you were allowed to sail around freely.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask [[UpdatedRerelease 3D]]'' includes
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* If you are intent on winning all of the swoop races in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you will probably spend enough effort on them that you end up at a loss with the track fees, unless SaveScumming is used to cheat them. It doesn't help that getting the best time is literally a difference counted in fractions of a second. The second game is slightly more forgiving on this account.

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
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If you are intent on winning all of the swoop races in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', races, you will probably spend enough effort on them that you end up at a loss with the track fees, unless SaveScumming is used to cheat them. It doesn't help that getting the best time is literally a difference counted in fractions of a second. The second game is slightly more forgiving on this account.



* The ''Tower of Tragedy'' quiz and "shootout" modes in ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' were so neat, Rare included them as their own mini-games. They're also ridiculously addictive, and make great multiplayer fodder.

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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
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The ''Tower of Tragedy'' quiz and "shootout" modes in ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' were Banjo-Tooie'' are so neat, Rare included includes them as their own mini-games. They're also ridiculously addictive, and make great multiplayer fodder.



* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' has a variety of mini-games you can find. Most are simple (like Tic-Tac-Toe), but one is an [[UpToEleven entire]] ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' spin-off with a thirteen-mission campaign. Hope you didn't opt for the time limit on the main game.
** The sequel has some as well, including an ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' clone that's several hours long. For extra coolness, play this while a hacked turret blazes away at foes.
* Any game with a casino is prone to this; such as ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. Series creator Yuji Horii is an avid gambler himself, which is why gambling mini-games are a major element of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' franchise. Gambling was mysteriously absent from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', but returned in X.

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* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' has a variety of mini-games you can find. Most are simple (like Tic-Tac-Toe), but one is an [[UpToEleven entire]] ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' spin-off with a thirteen-mission campaign. Hope you didn't opt for the time limit on the main game.
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game. The sequel has some as well, including an ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' clone that's several hours long. For extra coolness, play this while a hacked turret blazes away at foes.
* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'':
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Any game with a casino is prone to this; such as ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. Series creator Yuji Horii is an avid gambler himself, which is why gambling mini-games are a major element of the ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' franchise. Gambling was mysteriously absent from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', but returned in X.



** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' was much, ''much'' worse than ''VIII''. One word -- poker. They brought it back for the remake of ''IV'', but they [[{{Nerf}} nerfed]] the double-or-nothing feature.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' was much, ''much'' worse than ''VIII''. One word -- has poker. They brought it back for the remake of ''IV'', but they [[{{Nerf}} nerfed]] the double-or-nothing feature.



** Likewise, in later titles the Casino Gift Shop gives out the most useful [=TMs=] and items, so the gambling really does pay off, especially for StopHavingFunGuys.
*** New to the scene in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' is the "Voltorb Flip" game. Your total coins can only go up, because you're not actually betting in this game. On the other hand, they compensate for this by making it take even longer to make just as much money as you could by SaveScumming the slots... which just results in even more incentive to play it for hours.

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** Likewise, in In later titles the Casino Gift Shop gives out the most useful [=TMs=] and items, so the gambling really does pay off, especially for StopHavingFunGuys.
*** ** New to the scene in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' is the "Voltorb Flip" game. Your total coins can only go up, because you're not actually betting in this game. On the other hand, they compensate for this by making it take even longer to make just as much money as you could by SaveScumming the slots... which just results in even more incentive to play it for hours.
6th Feb '16 10:30:41 PM vifetoile
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* The Fishing Hole returned in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. Still awesome, and this time using the Wii controls. [[spoiler: It can even be used against Ganondorf! [[BoringYetPractical Guess that wasn't a total waste of time!]]]]

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* The Fishing Hole returned in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. Still awesome, and this time you can fish in any body of water, using a fishing rod of your very own, plus the Wii controls. [[spoiler: It can even be used against Ganondorf! [[BoringYetPractical Guess that wasn't a total waste of time!]]]]
19th Jan '16 7:30:55 AM Spanks
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** Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, on top of having the afforementioned Super Training and Pokemon Amie, has the Poke Nav Plus, namely the Dex Nav function. It gains better search functions the more a particular species of Pokemon have been encountered. Pokemon detected by the Dex Nav may have Egg Moves, holding certain rare items, possess ''Perfect IV's'', and even be''Shiny''. Players may just waste their time fiddling around with the Dex Nav than doing actual adventuring.

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** Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, on top of having the afforementioned Super Training and Pokemon Amie, has Amie returning, introduces the Poke Nav Plus, namely the Dex Nav function. [=DexNav=]. It detects hidden Pokemon and gains better search functions the more a particular species of Pokemon have been encountered. Hidden Pokemon detected by the Dex Nav [=DexNav=] may have Egg Moves, their hidden ability, holding certain rare items, items like Lucky Egg and ''Life Orb'', possess ''Perfect IV's'', ''Perfect'' [=IVs=], and even be''Shiny''. be ''Shiny''. Players may will just waste their time fiddling around with the Dex Nav [=DexNav=] than doing any actual adventuring.progress in the game.
18th Jan '16 2:34:03 PM Spanks
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*** Super Training is a set of mini-games where your Pokemon kicks soccer balls into a balloon to try and pop it as fast as possible. This has the gameplay purpose of increasing your Pokémon's Effort Values which can be manipulated for MinMaxing, and is much, much easier than the previous way of killing a certain type of Pokemon over and over again. Secret Super Training takes this even further by having mini-games that reward rare items like Evolution Stones, PP Ups, and even ''PP Maxes'' if the player does well enough. Of course, it still takes a long time to complete, so players find themselves spending a lot of time in the mini-games, causing this trope.
** Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, on top of having the afforementioned Super Training and Pokemon Amie, has the PokeNav Plus, namely the DexNav function. It gains better functions the more a particular species of Pokemon have been encountered. Pokemon detected by the Dex Nav may have Egg Moves, holding certain rare items, possess ''Perfect IV's'', and even be''Shiny''. Players may just waste their time fiddling around with the DexNav than doing actual adventuring.

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*** Super Training is a set of mini-games where your Pokemon kicks soccer balls into a balloon to try and pop it as fast as possible. This has the gameplay purpose of increasing your Pokémon's Effort Values which can be manipulated for MinMaxing, and is much, much easier than the previous way of killing a certain type of Pokemon over and over again. Secret Super Training takes this even further by having has mini-games that reward rare items like Evolution Stones, PP Ups, and even ''PP Maxes'' if the player does well enough. Of course, it still takes a long time to complete, so players find themselves spending a lot of time in the mini-games, causing this trope.
** Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, on top of having the afforementioned Super Training and Pokemon Amie, has the PokeNav Poke Nav Plus, namely the DexNav Dex Nav function. It gains better search functions the more a particular species of Pokemon have been encountered. Pokemon detected by the Dex Nav may have Egg Moves, holding certain rare items, possess ''Perfect IV's'', and even be''Shiny''. Players may just waste their time fiddling around with the DexNav Dex Nav than doing actual adventuring.
18th Jan '16 2:31:13 PM Spanks
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*** Super Training is a set of mini-games where your Pokemon kicks soccer balls into a balloon to try and pop it as fast as possible. This has the gameplay purpose of increasing your Pokémon's Effort Values which can be manipulated for MinMaxing, and is much, much easier than the previous way of killing a certain type of Pokemon over and over again. Of course, it still takes a long time to complete, so players find themselves spending a lot of time in the mini-games, causing this trope.

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*** Super Training is a set of mini-games where your Pokemon kicks soccer balls into a balloon to try and pop it as fast as possible. This has the gameplay purpose of increasing your Pokémon's Effort Values which can be manipulated for MinMaxing, and is much, much easier than the previous way of killing a certain type of Pokemon over and over again. Secret Super Training takes this even further by having mini-games that reward rare items like Evolution Stones, PP Ups, and even ''PP Maxes'' if the player does well enough. Of course, it still takes a long time to complete, so players find themselves spending a lot of time in the mini-games, causing this trope.trope.
** Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, on top of having the afforementioned Super Training and Pokemon Amie, has the PokeNav Plus, namely the DexNav function. It gains better functions the more a particular species of Pokemon have been encountered. Pokemon detected by the Dex Nav may have Egg Moves, holding certain rare items, possess ''Perfect IV's'', and even be''Shiny''. Players may just waste their time fiddling around with the DexNav than doing actual adventuring.
18th Jan '16 10:49:12 AM Piando
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9th Jan '16 2:18:31 PM KingLyger
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** "Chocobo Hot & Cold" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Granted, it helped that the top prize for the game was the best armor for four different characters, and it also gave you access to the BonusBoss. And that the music was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddoNmZUHIo catchy like nothing else.]]
*** And the Chocographs provide the best weaponry for four, and the best weapon you're likely to get for a fifth. Also, Chocobos are adorable.

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** "Chocobo Hot & Cold" in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Granted, it It helped that some of the top prize for the game was things you could find included the best armor for four different characters, the best weapons for four different characters, and it the best weapon you're likely to get for a fifth. It also gave you access to the BonusBoss. And that the music was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddoNmZUHIo catchy like nothing else.]]
*** And the Chocographs provide the best weaponry for four, and the best weapon you're likely to get for a fifth. Also, Chocobos are adorable.
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