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17th Aug '16 8:49:18 PM TheGrandestDad
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17th Aug '16 8:48:56 PM TheGrandestDad
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17th Aug '16 8:48:34 PM TheGrandestDad
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17th Aug '16 8:47:33 PM TheGrandestDad
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7th Aug '16 11:34:03 PM GamerFromJump2
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** The upcoming [=CoroCoro=] manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has the protagonist partnered with a [[PreciousPuppies Rockruff]] instead of one of the starters.
20th Jul '16 2:01:13 AM RacattackForce
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* ''Fraqnchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. All well and good, except for the classic games not fitting in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to the modern entries, Nintendo [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' final battle.

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* ''Fraqnchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from its odd continuity, but for the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. several years during which the timeline wasn't known, many fans agreed that ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' resulted in [[AlternateTimeline a split timeline]]: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker one where Hyrule is flooded after Ganondorf makes good on his promise to return]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess one where Ganondorf is executed before he can even attempt his coup d'état[[note]]Well, they try to execute him away.[[/note]]]]. All well and good, except for that the classic games not fitting [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI four]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink previously]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast released]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening games]] couldn't logically fit in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to these branches or with the modern entries, games that took place before Ocarina. When Nintendo finally revealed an official timeline for the series in 2013, it was revealed that there is actually [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking that takes place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' ''Ocarina of Time'''s final battle.
23rd May '16 5:02:49 PM MarkLungo
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
*** They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
*** They then rolled this back into the games in ''[[RecursiveAdaptation Pokémon Yellow]]'', the RecursiveAdaptation ''Pokémon Yellow'', where the player started with a Pikachu but the rival, who normally selects one of the three starters that the player character didn't, ''also'' got a third option starter, an Eevee. And then back in the anime even that Eevee is subject to this: in ''Yellow'', the rival's Eevee could evolve into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon based on how often you beat him in your early battles. In the anime, Gary gets an Eevee like his ''Yellow'' counterpart, but since he never battles Ash until much later his Eevee was revealed to have evolved into an Umbreon, which was introduced in the sequel.



*** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' handled the first gym the same, but for the last gym it made Drayden the leader while Iris was a later opponent during the Pokémon League finals, foreshadowing how she has become League Champion in the sequel.

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*** In ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the first and last gyms each have multiple leaders, of which the player only fights one. In the anime, Ash fights all three leaders in the first gym and ''neither'' of the last gym leaders - instead the two leaders from the last gym, Iris and Drayden, face ''each other'' (Iris being a regular supporting character and proving herself against her mentor Drayden) and Ash gets his eighth badge from one of the new leaders from [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 the sequel]]. ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' handled the first gym the same, but for the last gym it made Drayden the leader while Iris was a later opponent during the Pokémon League finals, foreshadowing how she has become League Champion in the sequel.



* The VideoGame/{{Fallout}} games allow players to be male or female, any race they choose, and a bunch of other customization features as rudimentary as nose size. How could boxart get all of this represented at once? It doesn't; instead opting for pictures of an undefined character in power armor.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf: The Apocalypse]] - Heart of Gaia'', an abortive video-game translation of the pen and paper RPG, had the main character as a redeemed [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Spiral Dancer]], thus avoiding using any of the main tribes in the game.
* The Videogame/DeusEx series is an extremely interesting case. The first game (set in 2052) features 3 different endings. The [[Videogame/DeusExInvisibleWar sequel]] (set in 2072) states that all 3 essentially endings happened. The prequel, Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution, (set in 2027) is an inversion, as it features 4 different endings, all of which could plausibly lead to the events of the original game. However, Human Revolution is getting a [[Videogame/DeusExMankindDivided sequel]] (set in 2029), and the announcement for it stated that *none* of Human Revolution's endings are canon.

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* The VideoGame/{{Fallout}} ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games allow players to be male or female, any race they choose, and a bunch of other customization features as rudimentary as nose size. How could boxart get all of this represented at once? It doesn't; instead opting for pictures of an undefined character in power armor.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf: The Apocalypse]] ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse - Heart of Gaia'', an abortive video-game translation of the pen and paper RPG, had the main character as a redeemed [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Spiral Dancer]], thus avoiding using any of the main tribes in the game.
* The Videogame/DeusEx ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' series is an extremely interesting case. The first game (set in 2052) features 3 different endings. The [[Videogame/DeusExInvisibleWar [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar sequel]] (set in 2072) states that all 3 endings essentially endings happened. The prequel, Videogame/DeusExHumanRevolution, ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' (set in 2027) 2027), is an inversion, as it features 4 different endings, all of which could plausibly lead to the events of the original game. However, Human Revolution is getting a [[Videogame/DeusExMankindDivided [[VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided sequel]] (set in 2029), and the announcement for it stated that *none* ''none'' of Human Revolution's ''Human Revolution'''s endings are canon.



* It's amazing the EpilepticTrees that have come from trying to figure out which, if any, endings of the various {{Geneforge}} games are canonical. A popular one for the third game argues that the main character ''died at the very beginning'' and was replaced by someone else who acted out most of the game's events before getting killed off in turn.

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* It's amazing the EpilepticTrees that have come from trying to figure out which, if any, endings of the various {{Geneforge}} ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' games are canonical. A popular one for the third game argues that the main character ''died at the very beginning'' and was replaced by someone else who acted out most of the game's events before getting killed off in turn.



* The ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series also employed this trope. Rather than focusing on any of the canon characters from the game series, the films are centered around a new character named [[ActionGirl Alice]]. Though interacts with characters and situations from the games, in is clear that the movies are Alice's show, and the rest are just along for the ride. This allows the movies to take many liberties and diverge significantly from the game canon.

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* The ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film series also employed this trope. Rather than focusing on any of the canon characters from the game series, the films are centered around a new character named [[ActionGirl Alice]]. Though she interacts with characters and situations from the games, in is it's clear that the movies are Alice's show, and the rest are just along for the ride. This allows the movies to take many liberties and diverge significantly from the game canon.



* Some of the spinoffs from the TenchiMuyo universe pair him up with an entirely new girl, rather than stick him with a member of his UnwantedHarem.

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* Some of the spinoffs from the TenchiMuyo ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' universe pair him up with an entirely new girl, rather than stick him with a member of his UnwantedHarem.



** As if this weren't enough, the manga then takes this trope ''very'' literally with an ultimate THIRD ending [[spoiler:where Ryu and Fou-lu split ''again'', Fou-lu is basically BroughtDownToNormal, and the two live/hide out as monks at the Chek monastery where Fou-lu is basically trying to learn why Ryu thinks HumansAreSpecial]]. The latter resulted in [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Much Rejoicing]] in Japan, among others.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri was a United Nations project sponsored by several nations.

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** As if this weren't enough, the manga then takes this trope ''very'' literally with an ultimate THIRD ending [[spoiler:where Ryu and Fou-lu split ''again'', Fou-lu is basically BroughtDownToNormal, and the two live/hide out as monks at the Chek monastery where Fou-lu is basically trying to learn why Ryu thinks HumansAreSpecial]]. The latter resulted in [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing Much Rejoicing]] in Japan, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, among others.
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' is the unofficial sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'', picking up from where that game left off - when the spaceship reaches Alpha Centauri. However, while in Civilization ''Civilization'' the starship would be built by one nation (it's one of the win conditions), the starship in Alpha Centauri ''Alpha Centauri'' was a United Nations UsefulNotes/UnitedNations project sponsored by several nations.



** In fact, one of the major sponsors was not a nation but a Namibian company, which allowed its CEO Nwabudike Morgan to install a secret [[HumanPopsicle sleeper pod]] onboard the ship (he justifies it by claiming that he, technically, owns part of the ship).

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** In fact, one of the major sponsors was not a nation but a Namibian UsefulNotes/{{Namibia}}n company, which allowed its CEO Nwabudike Morgan to install a secret [[HumanPopsicle sleeper pod]] onboard the ship (he justifies it by claiming that he, technically, owns part of the ship).



* The story of the original ''BibleBlack'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].
* The original ''TwoWorlds'' has two possible endings: either you choose to join Gandohar and rule the world, or you kill Gandohar and save your sister Kyra. ''Two Worlds 2'' doesn't follow from either ending; instead it posits that you actually ''lose'' the final battle against Gandohar, and spend the next 5 years as a prisoner in his dungeon while he takes over the world, which is where the game picks up.
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' is the sequel to a route that ''couldn't'' happen in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' most of the Servants and Masters are still alive, even those that died in every route. Turns out the explanation is that [[AWizardDidIt Rin did it]]. She made a mistake that turned the city into a location where all realities are possible and sorta merged all the routes plus various universes we didn't see into one. She's off at Clock Tower at the start of the game to make up for this mistake.
* In Clue, the board game, the culprit always ends up being one of the players (Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, etc). In one of the endings to [[Film/{{Clue}} the film version]], [[spoiler: the murderer turns out to be ALL of the dinner guests (except Mr. Green), as well as an added character, Wadsworth the butler.]]

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* The story of the original ''BibleBlack'' ''Bible Black'' game has two main routes: viewpoint protagonist Minase either [[spoiler:keeps the eponymous grimoire and becomes Kitami's [[VillainProtagonist apprentice in the dark arts]]]], or (more conventionally) [[spoiler:lets it fall into Saeki's hands and winds up trying to save his [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] Imari from [[GrandTheftMe Kitami's plot]]]]. The anime sacrifices the story's integrity ([[PornWithPlot which, yes, it]] ''[[PornWithPlot did]]'' [[PornWithPlot actually have]]) in order to [[PornWithoutPlot maximize the sex scenes]], [[spoiler:following the former route up to [[MoralEventHorizon Minase delivering Imari to Kitami]], at which point [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Kitami abandons Minase for Saeki]], prompting an instant HeelFaceTurn in Minase, and the latter route takes over]]. Now, this combination [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot might actually have made some sense]] if they'd just included a line or two about [[spoiler:Kitami [[MagnificentBastard stringing Minase along to get at Imari]] (although it still wouldn't have excused Minase's just-too-late "change of heart")]], but [[TheyJustDidntCare they didn't]].
* The original ''TwoWorlds'' ''VideoGame/TwoWorlds'' has two possible endings: either you choose to join Gandohar and rule the world, or you kill Gandohar and save your sister Kyra. ''Two Worlds 2'' doesn't follow from either ending; instead it posits that you actually ''lose'' the final battle against Gandohar, and spend the next 5 years as a prisoner in his dungeon while he takes over the world, which is where the game picks up.
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' is the sequel to a route that ''couldn't'' happen in ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' most of the Servants and Masters are still alive, even those that who died in every route. Turns out the explanation is that [[AWizardDidIt Rin did it]]. She made a mistake that turned the city into a location where all realities are possible and sorta merged all the routes plus various universes we didn't see into one. She's off at Clock Tower at the start of the game to make up for this mistake.
* In Clue, ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'', the board game, the culprit always ends up being one of the players (Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, etc). In one of the endings to [[Film/{{Clue}} the film version]], [[spoiler: the murderer turns out to be ALL of the dinner guests (except Mr. Green), as well as an added character, Wadsworth the butler.]]



* ''Zelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. All well and good, except for the classic games not fitting in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to the modern entries, Nintendo [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' final battle.

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* ''Zelda'' ''Fraqnchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is famous for having an AlternateTimeline from the two endings of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. All well and good, except for the classic games not fitting in either one. Instead of making some game connecting them to the modern entries, Nintendo [[TakeAThirdOption made a third timeline]] taking place if Link '''[[TheHeroDies dies]]''' in ''Ocarina's'' final battle.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also adapts out though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', TheHero Chrom could marry one of a five characters: a female Avatar, Sully, Sumia, Maribelle or Olivia. Possibly to avoid the ''insane'' ShipToShipCombat over the issue, the Drama CD seems to go with the nameless village maiden as Chrom's wife, the one who, in-game, he only marries if all of the above options are already taken or [[FinalDeath dead]]. For each of the above 5, Chrom's KidFromTheFuture Lucina will have a sibling, which the audio drama also [[AdaptedOut adapts out out]] though the village maiden, making Lucina an only child. There is also one Drama CD with a male Avatar and one with a female one, as well as a Drama CD where both male and female Morgans (the Avatar's child) meet up in the Outrealms. These are situations not possible in the game since [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter both versions of these characters can't exist at the same time.]]
8th Apr '16 1:47:49 PM TARINunit9
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their Pokémon Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their an UpdatedRerelease. The US Pokémon Red and Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.are largely based on said rerelease.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
6th Apr '16 4:43:26 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' expanded media such as the [=OVAs=], musicals, drama [=CDs=] and movie, it never clearly states which girl(s) Oogami has a romantic relationship with or Taiga in the New York stuff. There is usually slight hints toward Sakura (as the poster girl) but since games have a serial progressing plot and the [=OVAs=] and Drama CDS fill in the gaps it wouldn't jive to take the controller away from the player, and thus in the [=OVAs=] StatusQuoIsGod.

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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' expanded media such as the [=OVAs=], musicals, drama [=CDs=] and movie, [[Anime/SakuraWarsTheMovie movie]], it never clearly states which girl(s) Oogami Ogami has a romantic relationship with or Taiga in the New York stuff. with. There is are usually slight hints toward Sakura (as the poster girl) but since the games have a serial progressing plot and the [=OVAs=] and Drama CDS fill in the gaps it wouldn't jive to take the controller control away from the player, and thus in the [=OVAs=] StatusQuoIsGod.StatusQuoIsGod. The same thing applies for his New York-based nephew [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Shinjiro]].
28th Mar '16 10:11:34 AM Kitch
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[note]]Red and Green in Japan. In Japan, Blue was a special edition. In the US, their Pokémon Blue is just the original Pokémon Green re-branded for the market.[[/note]] required the player to choose among Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' TV series adaptation started with Ash having overslept and, as a result, all the starter Pokémon have been picked by other trainers already when he shows up. He ends up with a spare Pokémon the prof happened to have on hand, a Pikachu (an outside fan favorite by that point), instead. He would later get all three of the game's starters as part of his team, and as the series went on the starters from the game sequels would also appear and join the cast under either Ash or one of his friends; though their exact level of prominence and how far they would evolve would vary.
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