History SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute / VideoGames

11th Aug '16 1:09:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''Dead Or Alive 4'' had a ''[[Franchise/{{Halo}} Spartan]]'', Nicole-458 as a guest character. While she doesn't appear in later games, ''Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate'' has Rachel from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' who has more than a few of Nicole's moves.

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** ''Dead Or Alive 4'' had a ''[[Franchise/{{Halo}} Spartan]]'', Nicole-458 as a guest character. While she Nicole doesn't appear in later games, ''Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate'' has Rachel from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' who has more than a few of Nicole's moves.
19th Jul '16 5:10:12 AM Chabal2
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* Adeleine from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is a complicated example. The character Ado only appears in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. She has short hair and wears androgynous clothing so many fans [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistook her for male]] (and in fact one of the arguments for Ado being different from Adeleine was "Ado isn't a girl"), though the manga and later a 20th anniversary game confirmed that she is female. ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' introduces Adeleine, who is near-identical to Ado in both design and role and has an extremely similar name. It's never been confirmed if "Ado" is Adeleine's nickname, a shortening due to the text box sizes in ''Dream Land 3'', or whether they're separate individuals.

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* Adeleine from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is a complicated example. The character Ado only appears in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. She has short hair and wears androgynous clothing so many fans [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistook her for male]] (and in fact one of the arguments for Ado being different from Adeleine was "Ado isn't a girl"), though the manga and later a 20th anniversary game confirmed that she is female. ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' introduces Adeleine, who is near-identical to Ado in both design and role and has an extremely similar name. It's never been confirmed if "Ado" is Adeleine's nickname, a shortening due to the text box sizes in ''Dream Land 3'', or whether they're separate individuals.individuals.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The second game begins with the characters the previous game had been pursuing. While their personalities are different, their classes are functionally identical- Isaac and Felix are both Squires, Ivan and Sheba are both Seers. And in the third game, the tradition continues with Matthew and Tyrell, who take their respective fathers' classes (Isaac and Garet).
23rd Jun '16 8:04:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TimeCrisis 2'', Christie fills the role of the red-dressed DamselInDistress Rachel from the first game, down to having the same voice actress, Lynn Harris.

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* In ''TimeCrisis 2'', ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis2'', Christie fills the role of the red-dressed DamselInDistress Rachel from the first game, down to having the same voice actress, Lynn Harris.
26th May '16 7:36:59 PM Wuz
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* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', Ghost takes up Gaz's position from the first game, right down to sharing a voice actor.
** People originally even suspected they were one and the same character. This was later disproven in canon.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' has Sgt. Wallcroft, [[AscendedExtra who was a minor NPC]] in ''[=MW1=]'' but is now yet another Gaz clone.tiny

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* In ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'', Ghost takes up Gaz's position from the first game, right down to sharing a voice actor.
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actor. People originally even suspected they were one and the same character. This was later disproven in canon.
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' has Sgt. Wallcroft, [[AscendedExtra who was a minor NPC]] in ''[=MW1=]'' but is now yet another Gaz clone.tiny
15th May '16 9:47:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* Colt in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'' can be resumed as a 12 year old Holly with a tomboy hairstyle.
** Also from ''2'' is the Zuum, who is similar to the Dino from the first game. If you were to use the Slate command to import your Dino, it will be converted into a Zuum.

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* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'':
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Colt in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher from ''Monster Rancher 2'' can be resumed as a 12 year old Holly with a tomboy hairstyle.
** Also from ''2'' ''Monster Rancher 2'' is the Zuum, who is similar to the Dino from the first game. If you were to use the Slate command to import your Dino, it will be converted into a Zuum.
15th May '16 9:45:57 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' introduced us to Gamma, a well-armed red and white humanoid "E-Series" Greek-letter-named robot created by Eggman, who over the course of the game decided to turn against Eggman. At the end of the game, Gamma died. A few years later, ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' brought back a whole bunch of characters, adding no new ones... except Omega, a well-armed red and white humanoid E-Series Greek-letter-named robot created by Eggman who had decided to turn against Eggman. Hmm...
** On the other hand, they are radically different in terms of personality: while Gamma was a conflicted and ultimately tragic character, Omega is a borderline mechanical psychopath that wants to obliterate his former master (and everything he built) and then ultimately take over. And [[RuleOfCool he talks like a]] [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]].

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
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''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' introduced us to Gamma, a well-armed red and white humanoid "E-Series" Greek-letter-named robot created by Eggman, who over the course of the game decided to turn against Eggman. At the end of the game, Gamma died. A few years later, ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' brought back a whole bunch of characters, adding no new ones... except Omega, a well-armed red and white humanoid E-Series Greek-letter-named robot created by Eggman who had decided to turn against Eggman. Hmm...
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Hmm... On the other hand, they are radically different in terms of personality: while Gamma was a conflicted and ultimately tragic character, Omega is a borderline mechanical psychopath that wants to obliterate his former master (and everything he built) and then ultimately take over. And [[RuleOfCool he talks like a]] [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]].



* The jump from UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube to Wii caused a few problems with the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' games, so some characters were left out of Clash of Ninja Revolution. Zabuza's replacement was the shark-swordsman Kisame Hoshigaki. This was probably for the better. In Japan, meanwhile, Sasuke was replaced by his brother Itachi.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'' games, Maxi replaces Li Long (from the prequel, ''Soul Edge'') as the game's [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]] user, after Li's [[spoiler:defeat at the hands of Cervantes]]. Li has only returned as a bonus character in ''Soulcalibur III''.

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* The jump from UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube to Wii UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} caused a few problems with the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' games, so some characters were left out of Clash of Ninja Revolution. Zabuza's replacement was the shark-swordsman Kisame Hoshigaki. This was probably for the better. In Japan, meanwhile, Sasuke was replaced by his brother Itachi.
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In the ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'' ''Soulcalibur'' games, Maxi replaces Li Long (from the prequel, ''Soul Edge'') as the game's [[FightingWithChucks nunchaku]] user, after Li's [[spoiler:defeat at the hands of Cervantes]]. Li has only returned as a bonus character in ''Soulcalibur III''.



* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', Guile, the Air Force lieutenant seeking revenge for his dead comrade, is replaced with Charlie, another member of the Air Force. Though in-universe, it's the other way around; ''Alpha'' is a prequel to ''Street Fighter II'', so it would thus make Guile a replacement for Charlie (and, in fact, Charlie is the "dead comarade" Guile is seeking to avenge in ''SFII'').

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* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
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In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'', Guile, the Air Force lieutenant seeking revenge for his dead comrade, is replaced with Charlie, another member of the Air Force. Though in-universe, it's the other way around; ''Alpha'' is a prequel to ''Street Fighter II'', so it would thus make Guile a replacement for Charlie (and, in fact, Charlie is the "dead comarade" Guile is seeking to avenge in ''SFII'').



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' -- full circle, actually. Nils is the not so SpoonyBard in the introductory campaign, then he's replaced by Ninian, his sister. But then [[spoiler:Ninian kicks the bucket, so Nils replaces her in the final battle]].

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: ''Franchise/FireEmblem:
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[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' -- full circle, actually. Nils is the not so SpoonyBard in the introductory campaign, then he's replaced by Ninian, his sister. But then [[spoiler:Ninian kicks the bucket, so Nils replaces her in the final battle]].



* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', the playable characters Tiny and Chunky Kong are almost identical in form and function to Dixie and Kiddy Kong from ''VideoGame/{{Donkey Kong Country 2|DiddysKongQuest}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble 3]]'' respectively, the instruction booklet states they're the younger sister and older brother of the two.

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* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', the playable characters Tiny and Chunky Kong are almost identical in form and function to Dixie and Kiddy Kong from ''VideoGame/{{Donkey Kong Country 2|DiddysKongQuest}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble 3]]'' respectively, the respectively. The instruction booklet states they're the younger sister and older brother of the two. Tiny eventually grew out of this when she received an age-up.



* From ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' onward, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games feature Pokémon that are somewhat similar (or substitutes) of already existing Mons. Example: Instead of Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, and Beedrill as Bug-type Mons that evolve from worm-like creatures with a cocoon stage in the middle, we get Wurmple (essentially Weedle, with same stats and attacks) which can evolve into Silcoon, then Beautifly (similar to Butterfree) or Cascoon, then Dustox (a Poison-type like Beedrill, but a moth).

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* From ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' onward, ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games feature Pokémon that are somewhat similar (or substitutes) of already existing Mons. Example: Instead of Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, and Beedrill as Bug-type Mons that evolve from worm-like creatures with a cocoon stage in the middle, we get Wurmple (essentially Weedle, with same stats and attacks) which can evolve into Silcoon, then Beautifly (similar to Butterfree) or Cascoon, then Dustox (a Poison-type like Beedrill, but a moth).



** Most of the male protagonists are this to the original hero, Red. Ethan, Brendan, and Lucas take after his original design while Hilbert, Nate, and Calem take after his modern one. The latter two are also copies of Hilbert, most obviously with Nate. Rosa bears a strong resemblance to Hilda.

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** Most of the male protagonists are this to the original hero, Red. Ethan, Brendan, and Lucas take after his original design while Hilbert, Nate, and Calem take after his modern one. The latter two are also copies of Hilbert, most obviously with Nate. Rosa bears a strong resemblance to Hilda. Both protagonists of ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' look like Calem and Serena from ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.



** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].

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** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].dead]].
* Adeleine from ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' is a complicated example. The character Ado only appears in ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3''. She has short hair and wears androgynous clothing so many fans [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistook her for male]] (and in fact one of the arguments for Ado being different from Adeleine was "Ado isn't a girl"), though the manga and later a 20th anniversary game confirmed that she is female. ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' introduces Adeleine, who is near-identical to Ado in both design and role and has an extremely similar name. It's never been confirmed if "Ado" is Adeleine's nickname, a shortening due to the text box sizes in ''Dream Land 3'', or whether they're separate individuals.
28th Mar '16 10:56:18 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen 2'' replaced Ayame Fujieda, the SexyMentor from the first game, with her younger sister Kaede (played by the same voice actress), since Ayame had [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence]]]] at the end of the first game.

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* ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen ''VideoGame/SakuraWars 2'' replaced Ayame Fujieda, the SexyMentor from the first game, with her younger sister Kaede (played by the same voice actress), since Ayame had [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended To A Higher Plane Of Existence]]]] at the end of the first game.
13th Mar '16 11:59:49 PM Pichu-kun
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** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].
* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' games are very often full of expies of characters from previous games:
** Historically the male protagonist is a copy of the first protagonist, Pete. Newer protagonists are more diverse but Henry from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning'' looks like a remake of Pete. It's even more obvious with Rachel from the same game, who is literally just Claire from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl'' with a hat.
** Almost all of the girls, and the protagonist himself, in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' are replicas of characters from [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries the first game]], however it's handwaved that they're [[IdenticalGrandchild their grandchildren]]. Elli looks almost exactly like her grandmother Ellen, the protagonist is an exact replica of his grandfather (down to the clothes), Popuri resembles her grandmother Nina, Ann looks extremely like the original Ann, and Maria looks like the first Maria but with glasses. A few non-bachelorettes also are substitutes of characters
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' has Celia as a mix of Ellen and Nina from the [=SNES=], and Muffy as a reference to Eve from the same game. Celia is a brunette in a dark dress like Ellen and has a similar personality, but has a love for farming and gardening (to somewhat eccentric degrees) like Nina. Muffy is an older, sexy blonde bartender in a red dress with emotional baggage like Eve.
** Almost every doctor in the franchise is based off Doctor from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl''. They're often attractive Asian men with black hair.
** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mother.
** Gina from ''Save The Homeland'' is a shy, glasses wearing woman like Maria (Mary) from ''64'' and ''Back To Nature''. Sabrina from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' is even more obvious. She is essentially Mary with different clothes and hair. They're both ShrinkingViolet bookworms with glasses and long black hair.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' was a 10th anniversary title where most characters were from previous games. The one's who weren't are substitutes. Blue is identical to Gray in ''64'' down to being named after a color, Ray looks like Cliff from the same game, Carl bares a resemblance to Jeff from the same game, and Dan looks a little like Kai from that game too (and works at a grape farm like him). Meryl and Tai look like the fortune tellers granddaughter and the peddler from ''[=SNES=]''.

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** An odd example happens also with Leorina. She replaces Haman for a while, and despite having a projectile attack, she uses Haman's AI and [[ArtificialStupidity thus always attempts to attack enemies in melee]]. A [[GoodBadBugs peculiar and amusing glitch]] can result in her sprite turning into Haman's whenever the party [[PlayingPossum plays dead]].
* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' games are very often full of expies of characters from previous games:
** Historically the male protagonist is a copy of the first protagonist, Pete. Newer protagonists are more diverse but Henry from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonANewBeginning'' looks like a remake of Pete. It's even more obvious with Rachel from the same game, who is literally just Claire from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl'' with a hat.
** Almost all of the girls, and the protagonist himself, in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'' are replicas of characters from [[VideoGame/HarvestMoonOriginalSeries the first game]], however it's handwaved that they're [[IdenticalGrandchild their grandchildren]]. Elli looks almost exactly like her grandmother Ellen, the protagonist is an exact replica of his grandfather (down to the clothes), Popuri resembles her grandmother Nina, Ann looks extremely like the original Ann, and Maria looks like the first Maria but with glasses. A few non-bachelorettes also are substitutes of characters
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' has Celia as a mix of Ellen and Nina from the [=SNES=], and Muffy as a reference to Eve from the same game. Celia is a brunette in a dark dress like Ellen and has a similar personality, but has a love for farming and gardening (to somewhat eccentric degrees) like Nina. Muffy is an older, sexy blonde bartender in a red dress with emotional baggage like Eve.
** Almost every doctor in the franchise is based off Doctor from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature For Girl''. They're often attractive Asian men with black hair.
** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mother.
** Gina from ''Save The Homeland'' is a shy, glasses wearing woman like Maria (Mary) from ''64'' and ''Back To Nature''. Sabrina from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' is even more obvious. She is essentially Mary with different clothes and hair. They're both ShrinkingViolet bookworms with glasses and long black hair.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' was a 10th anniversary title where most characters were from previous games. The one's who weren't are substitutes. Blue is identical to Gray in ''64'' down to being named after a color, Ray looks like Cliff from the same game, Carl bares a resemblance to Jeff from the same game, and Dan looks a little like Kai from that game too (and works at a grape farm like him). Meryl and Tai look like the fortune tellers granddaughter and the peddler from ''[=SNES=]''.
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30th Jan '16 9:01:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'''s Red Jack is this to Anton Girdeux from the first game. Both are their respective games' first proper boss, are armed with oversized flamethrowers, and ImmuneToBullets outside of their [[ExplodingBarrels fuel tank backpacks]].

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* ''SyphonFilter: Dark Mirror'''s ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterDarkMirror'''s Red Jack is this to Anton Girdeux from the first game. Both are their respective games' first proper boss, are armed with oversized flamethrowers, and ImmuneToBullets outside of their [[ExplodingBarrels fuel tank backpacks]].
15th Jan '16 2:21:47 PM Pichu-kun
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** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mom.

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** Lyla from ''Harvest Moon Save The Homeland'' is a pink haired woman with her EyesAlwaysShut who has a job selling seeds and flowers. This sounds exactly like Lillia from ''64'', who in turn is an substitute for Nina's mother from the [=SNES=] game. It's justified with Lillia as Nina is her mom.mother.
** Gina from ''Save The Homeland'' is a shy, glasses wearing woman like Maria (Mary) from ''64'' and ''Back To Nature''. Sabrina from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonIslandOfHappiness'' is even more obvious. She is essentially Mary with different clothes and hair. They're both ShrinkingViolet bookworms with glasses and long black hair.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' was a 10th anniversary title where most characters were from previous games. The one's who weren't are substitutes. Blue is identical to Gray in ''64'' down to being named after a color, Ray looks like Cliff from the same game, Carl bares a resemblance to Jeff from the same game, and Dan looks a little like Kai from that game too (and works at a grape farm like him). Meryl and Tai look like the fortune tellers granddaughter and the peddler from ''[=SNES=]''.
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