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A video game that is overshadowed by the demo of another game packaged with it.
Tropeworthy? Better Name
(permanent link) added: 2012-06-10 18:44:49 sponsor: BearyScary (last reply: 2012-07-04 17:19:37)

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Too Rare to Trope? Needs a Better Name?

An Audience Reaction where video game publishers promote a highly anticipated title of theirs by releasing a demo of it with another, lesser-known game. Even if the game is good, it is likely to be overshadowed by the sheer star power of the other game's demo. This page lists examples of those kinds of games, and aversions to the trope.

Konami's Zone of the Enders is arguably the Trope Codifier, for while it was well-received, it was still instantly known as "the free game that came with the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo".


  • Crackdown was overshadowed somewhat by its inclusion of an invitation for the Halo3 multiplayer beta, albeit not as badly as ZotE.
  • Dragon Quest VIII was a decent game in its own right, but didn't receive too big of a boost in sales from its inclusion of a Final Fantasy XII demo.
  • Dragon's Dogma seems to be an aversion, despite shipping with access to a demo for Resident Evil 6.
  • Back in the original PlayStation days, an obscure fighting game called Tobal No. 1 was shipped with a demo for the highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII. Despite innovations to the fighter genre and character designs by Akira Toriyama, the Tobal series never gained much popularity in America while Final Fantasy VII became one of the best selling and well known games of all time.
  • Zone of the Enders shipped with a demo for Metal Gear Solid 2 and was subsequently overshadowed by the game that was hyped up to be the PS2's Killer App. In a possible reprise of this trope, the remastered HD collection of ZotE features a demo for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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