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A film or other literary work where a sequel
is released long, long after the original work. May sometimes be a Trilogy Creep
, very often related to Development Hell
. Does not apply to Sequels In Name Only
, Sequel Series
, or Franchise Reboots
. This Trope is for honest-to-goodness sequels. See also Capcom Sequel Stagnation
, and a related Webcomic trope, Schedule Slip
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Anime and Manga
- Both in-universe and out-of-universe, there was a Sequel Gap between Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Real life: 7 years. In-universe, 5 years. This happened again later with Char's Counterattack, which came out 8 years after Zeta, and then after that, a couple of years later, came F91. Another, even bigger Sequel Gap is between Char's Counterattack and its direct sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, which had its first episode launched about 17 years after CCA. The Universal Century certainly loves Sequel Gaps a lot.
- Last Exile (2003) and Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing (2011) — 8 years.
- Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) — 9 years.
- Slayers Try (1997) and Slayers Revolution (2008) — 11 years.
- Gunbuster (1988-89) and Diebuster (2004-05) — 14 years.
- Mushishi (2005-06) and Mushishi: Zoku-Sho (2014 - ) — 8 years.
Films — Animation
- A number of Disney Animated Canon Direct-to-Video examples:
- The Fox and the Hound (1981) and Fox and the Hound 2 (2006) — 25 years.
- 101 Dalmatians (1961) and 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure (2003) — 42 years.
- Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure (2001) — 46 years.
- Cinderella (1950) and Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True (2002) — 52 years.
- Bambi (1942) and Bambi II (2006) — 64 years, a record for the longest gap in film.
- And Disney theatrical ones:
- The Land Before Time, where 8 years passed before the first sequel. From there, the numerous sequels came like clockwork, though, only stopping when Universal shut down their animation studio.
- The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie (2004) and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2 (2014) — 10 years.
- Toy Story 3, a gap of 11 years from Toy Story 2.
- Monsters, Inc. got a prequel Monsters University in 2013 — 12 years after it was released.
- Finding Nemo (2003) will be getting a sequel called Finding Dory in 2016 — that will be a gap of 13 years.
- The third sequel to The Swan Princess comes out in 2012, 14 years after the previous sequel.
- The Secret of NIMH (1982) and The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998) — 16 years.
- A sequel to South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has been announced by Paramount Pictures, nearly 14 years after the original 1999 film's release. If plans are to believe that this will serve as South Park 's Grand Finale, then the movie will premiere 16 years or more after the franchise's premiere episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe", which aired on August 13th, 1997.
- Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso was released in 1992, and he's planning on making a sequel set years later with the titular pilot being older. As of now, it's been at least 20 years.
- Cat City (1986) and Cat City 2: The Cat of Satan (2007) — 21 years.
- Vuk The Little Fox (1981) and Kis Vuk (A Fox's Tale) (2008) — 27 years.
Films — Live-Action
- Common with the Alien series: 7 years to the second, 6 to the third, and 5 to the fourth (plus 15 to the semi-prequel). And if you count the Alien vs. Predator films in the series, another 7 years to the first of those.
- Fairly common for the Childs Play franchise: 7 years between Child's Play 3 (1991) and Bride of Chucky (1998), then 6 years until Seed of Chucky (2004) and another 9 years until Curse of Chucky (2013).
- The Love Bug (1969) and Herbie Rides Again (1974) with five years and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) and Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) at 20 years, and the latter certainly being the last given its critical and commercial failure. This also doesn't count the 1982 miniseries nor the 1997 tv movie.
- There's a fourteen-year gap between Predator 2 (1990) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). Or, not counting the Alien vs. Predator films as legitimate, there's a 20-year gap between Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010).
- Star Trek
- Jurassic Park III (2001) and Jurassic World (2015) — 14 years.
- Star Wars
- Dumb and Dumber (1994) Dumb And Dumber To (2014) 20 years not counting the prequel which would count as well being released in 2003, 9 years after the first and 11 years before the sequel
- Common with the Terminator series: 7 years to the second, 12 to the third, and 6 to the fourth and the fifth (scheduled for 2015).
- Return to Oz was made 46 years after The Wizard of Oz. The stylistic differences are great enough that by some standards it's more of a thematic sequel than a direct one.
- Warriors of Virtue (1997) and Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao (2002) — 5 years.
- The World's End (2013) was made 6 years after Hot Fuzz (2007), which in turn was made 3 years after Shaun of the Dead (2004).
- The Mummy Trilogy - the first two films appeared in 1999 and 2001 with the third installment arriving in 2008, seven years later.
- Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) — 8 years.
- Johnny English (2003) and Johnny English Reborn (2011) — 8 years.
- Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003) and Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World (2011) — 8 years, by which time Fleeting Demographic had set in. The franchise was more-or-less remarketed as though new.
- Counting only the main American Pie films (the direct-to-DVD spinoffs are borderline In Name Only anyway), it's 9 years between American Wedding and the 2012 American Reunion.
- Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) — 9 years.
- The Beastmaster and Beastmaster 2: Through The Portal of Time — 9 years.
- Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013)— 9 years between each.
- The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Riddick (2013) - nine years.
- Freddy vs. Jason is a direct sequel to Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and was supposed to come out not long after, but it wasn't made until a decade later due to Troubled Production.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) was released 9 years after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) (see also the Literature entry below).
- Bean (1997) and Mr Beans Holiday (2007) — 10 years.
- Men In Black III (2012) comes 10 years after Men in Black II (2002).
- Scream 3 (2000) and Scream 4 (2011) — 11 years.
- A Shot In The Dark (1964) and The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975) — 11 years.
- Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) and Live Free Or Die Hard (2007) — 12 years.
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) — 12 years
- Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, released 13 years after the second.
- Basic Instinct (1992) and Basic Instinct 2 (2006) — 14 years.
- The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013) — 14 years.
- Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996) — 15 years.
- The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four Musketeers (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989) — 15 years. (Not unreasonable considering the latter is an adaptation of the book Twenty Years After.)
- An American Werewolf in London (1981) and An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) — 16 years.
- Chinatown (1974) and The Two Jakes (1990)— 16 years.
- The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990) — 16 years.
- Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006) — 16 years.
- The Blues Brothers (1980) and The Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) — 18 years.
- In 2009, almost 13 years after the first film, Twentieth Century Fox announced a set date of July 3rd, 2015 for Independence Day. If the filming schedule stays as it is, then the sequel will be released nearly 19 years to the date of the first film.
- Superman Returns (2006), released nineteen years after the last Superman film — and chronologically following the second film, released 26 years before.
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) — 19 years.
- Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008) — 20 years.
- Harold Lloyd's The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) was a sequel to his hit film The Freshman (1925)- 22 Years.
- Carrie (1976) and its sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) — 23 years.
- Psycho (1960) and Psycho II (1983) — 23 years.
- Wall Street (1987) and Money Never Sleeps (2010) — 23 years.
- The Hustler (1961) and The Color of Money (1986) — 25 years.
- War Games The Dead Code. 1983/2008 — 25 years (with some non-trope-fitters in between).
- Deadly Prey, a DTV B-movie, received the sequel The Deadliest Prey in 2013, 26 years later, and basically rehashed the plot from the first film.
- Inferno (1980) and Mother of Tears (2007) — 27 years.
- TRON (1982) and TRON: Legacy (2010) — 28 years.
- A Christmas Story (1983) and A Christmas Story 2 (2012) — 29 years.*
- The Odd Couple (1968) and its sequel The Odd Couple II (1998) — 30 years.
- The Naked Civil Servant (1975) and An Englishman In New York (2009) — 34 years.
- An obscure film noir movie Strange Bargain (1949) was given a sequel 38 years later in 1987 — in an episode of Murder, She Wrote, where Jessica Fletcher investigated the original crime.
- Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins made a trilogy about his Author Avatar character Coffin Joe. The movies are At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1963), This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967), and finally Embodiment of Evil (2008), only 41 YEARS after the second one. Of course, that doesn't mean he did nothing at all this years, even using Coffin joe in minor roles in his other projects.
- Godzilla has had several: 7 years between Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), 9 years between Terror Of Mechagodzilla (1975) and The Return Of Godzilla (1984), 5 years between The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), and 10 years between Godzilla Final Wars (2004) and Godzilla (2014).
- It's a Wonderful Life is getting a sequel set to be released 69 years(!) after the original. The film will be called It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.
- Universal released a sequel to the 1994 film The Little Rascals called The Little Rascals Save The Day 20 years after the original.
- Isaac Asimov
- The third book in his "Robot Trilogy", The Robots of Dawn was published in 1983, 26 years after the second.
- The fourth book in his Foundation series, Foundation's Edge, was published in 1982, 29 years after the original trilogy.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books: 8 years between So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992), and 17 years between Mostly Harmless and And Another Thing... (2009). Though the latter was due to Author Existence Failure.
- There's a five-year gap between the third (2000) and fourth books (2005) of A Song of Ice and Fire, and a six year gap between the fourth and fifth (2011), after the first books came out in 1996, 1999, and 2000. Oddly, originally the fourth book was going to be a five-year timeskip in-universe before it was delayed, then after not coming out for five actual years, the action picks up immediately where it left off.
- The Unicorn Chronicles had something like almost 10 years between the 2nd book and the 3rd book being published.
- Fans of Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn series waited 10 years for the fifth book in the sequence; the fourth book, The Keeping Place was originally published in 1998, The Stone Key in 2008.
- There was a 12-year gap between the third and fourth book in The Demon Princes series. The series was always planned to have 5 books.
- The Earth's Children series had a 12 year gap between The Plains of Passage (1990) and The Sheltes of Stone (2002). Assuming The Land of the Painted Caves comes out as scheduled in 2011, that will have been another 9 year gap.
- In the Magic Kingdom of Landover series, there was a fourteen year gap between the fifth book, Witches' Brew, and the sixth, A Princess of Landover (for reference, there were nine years between the release of the first book and the fifth).
- Magicians of Gor (book 25 in the series): 1988 — Witness of Gor (book 26): 2001. 13 years.
- Peter David's Knight Life (1987) and One Knight Only (2003) — 16 years (the original did get an Updated Re-release in 2002.)
- In Clare Bell's The Named series, the release of the first four books was spread between 1983 and 1991. Seventeen years later, the series started its re-issue because of its new fifth book, Ratha's Courage (2008). The next year also saw a novelette written on Twitter and a short story in an anthology of speculative fiction.
- The Hobbit (1937), followed by The Lord of the Rings (three volumes, 1954-1955) — 17-18 years.
- Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep came out in 1992; the sequel, The Children Of The Sky, was released in 2011 (19 years). A Deepness in the Sky — set in the same universe but not a direct sequel — came out in the interim.
- The Blackcollar (1983), The Backlash Mission (1986) and The Judas Solution (2006). — 20-23 years.
- Another Timothy Zahn example is The Cobra Trilogy: original trilogy released 1985-1988, two new trilogies released from 2009 onwards.
- C. J. Cherryh's Cyteen and Regenesis (1988/2009) — 21 years. Similar to the Vinge example above, Cherryh had other Alliance/Union books come out between the two.
- Julie of the Wolves (1972) by Jean Craighead George got its sequels Julie and Julie's Wolf Pack in 1994 and 1997, respectively (22 and 25 years).
- The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen was originally a trilogy that was published 1982-1987. The fourth book came out in 2009 — 22 years.
- Psycho, the original Robert Bloch novel (1959), and Psycho II also by Bloch (1982), which was totally unrelated to the film sequel — 23 years.
- Part I of Goethe's Faust was first published in 1808. Part II (a sequel in all but name) was released in 1832 (24 years).
- The Egypt Game (1967) and The Gypsy Game (1997) — 30 years. Both are set in The Present Day through the use of Comic Book Time.
- My Side of the Mountain (1959) by Jean Craighead George had its sequel On the Far Side of the Mountain published in 1990, leaving a gap of 31 years. The third book, Frightful's Mountain, came nine years after that.
- Closing Time, the sequel to Catch-22, was published in 1994; 33 years after the original novel.
- Gone with the Wind (1936) and its authorised sequel Scarlett (1991) have a gap of 55 years (coincidentally, so do the films based on both of them (1939/1994) and then an officially authorized P.O.V. Sequel Rhett Butler's People (2007) 16 years later.
- Peter And Wendy (1911) and its authorised sequel Peter Pan in Scarlet (2006) — 95 years.
- The Time Ships, an official sequel to The Time Machine was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first book (1895/ 1995).
- The Iliad and The Odyssey were likely composed some time around 850 BC. The Aeneid, a Continuation Fic, was finished in 19 BC. If both are taken as part of Classical Mythology, that's a Sequel Gap of over 800 years.
- The first four Harry Potter books came out on a yearly basis from 1997-2000. However, Rowling, probably kept busy managing the sudden expansion of the franchise that came with the film series, took three years to write the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003), a gap fans dubbed " the three year summer." After that, Rowling stuck to a two year interval between books, releasing Half-Blood Prince in 2005 and Deathly Hallows in 2007.
- Stephen King got The Shining released in 1977. It's sequel, Doctor Sleep, was released in 2013... 36 years later.
- Elton John released a Concept Album in 1975 called Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy, chronicling his and lyricist Bernie Taupin's rise to fame, at the height of Elton's success. In 2006, 26 years later, Elton released a sequel album, The Captain And The Kid, chronicling the duo's success and personal issues.
- Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson released a followup to Tull's 1972 Concept Album, Thick As A Brick 2, during the 30th anniversary of Thick As A Brick's release (2012).
- Boston was notorious for this, to the point where the Boston's record label actually sued the band because they were taking too long to record Third Stage
- The Bat Out Of Hell trilogy by Meat Loaf. Bat Out Of Hell was released in 1977; Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell came out 16 years later in 1993, and Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose rounded it off 13 years after that, in 2006.
- Double Dragon (the Neo Geo version released in 1995) to Double Dragon Advance (2003) to Double Dragon Neon (2012) — 8 years and 9 years respectively.
- If we excludes the Neo-Geo version for being a competitive fighter instead of a beat-'em-up, then that leaves Super Double Dragon (1992) as the last true game in the series prior to Advance, which makes it an 11-year gap instead.
- There were other Double Dragon games released between Advance and Neon though, particularly a Zeebo version by Brizo Interactive released in 2009 and an iOS version made by the same developers in 2011, but these were a bit more obscure (especially the Zeebo version, which was a game console only available in Brazil and Mexico).
- Panel de Pon (1995) to its GameCube incarnation (technically a sequel as it features different characters) in Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003) — 8 years. Not the case with its Westernized variants Tetris Attack and Pokémon Puzzle League, which only had a 4-year gap. From Pokemon Puzzle League (2000) to Planet Puzzle League (2007) is seven years - although this only applies in the West, as the latter game came out only four years after NPC. As far as games featuring the traditional fairy character designs go, however, a 10-year gap (so far) is still ongoing.
- The Wolfenstein series has seen a few gaps between titles:
- Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME (2002) and Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA (2006) — only 4 years between those two major arcade releases, but the four years before saw no less than 7 major arcade versions of DDR, as well as Plus versions and spin-offs. However the PS2 Game EXTREME 2 was released in 2005, thereby filling the gap.
- Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (2007) and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (2013) — 6 years, in terms of a direct sequel. There were still Ace Attorney games released between them, but two of them were Gaiden Games and the third was a crossover with the Professor Layton series.
- The DonPachi series was supposed to "die peacefully" with DoDonPachi Dai-Ou-Jou in 2002 ("daioujou" = "peaceful death"). But fans wanted more, so it was "resurrected" 6 years later with DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu in 2008 ("daifukkatsu" = "great resurrection").
- Golden Sun: The Lost Age (2003) and Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (2010) — 7 years.
- Red Faction II (2002) and Red Faction: Guerrilla (2009) — 7 years.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II (2004) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) — 7 years.
- Super Smash Bros.. Melee (2001) and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008) — 7 years.
- Raiden III (2005) — 7 years if you count Raiden Fighters JET (1998) as the last entry, 11 if you count Raiden DX (1994) as the last.
- Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) and Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (2002) — 7 years.
- Wario Land 4 (2001) and Wario Land Shake It (2008) — 7 years. Stops being this if you count Wario World and Wario: Master Of Disguise as part of the same series, but as far as traditionally named Wario Land games go, that's quite a gap.
- The Longest Journey (1999) and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006) — 7 years. Dreamfall to Dreamfall Chapters (TBR 2014) — another 8 years. That's despite the Word of God claiming it won't take another seven years.
- Caesar III (1998) and Caesar IV (2006) — 8 years.
- Counter-Strike: Source (2004) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012) — 8 years.
- Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003) and Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011) — 8 years.
- Max Payne 2 (2003) and Max Payne 3 (2012) — 8 years.
- Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990) and Metal Gear Solid (1998) — 8 years.
- Shantae (2002) to Shantae: Risky's Revenge (2010) — 8 years.
- Super Metroid (1994) and Metroid Prime / Metroid Fusion (2002) — 8 years.
- Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (2003) and Rayman Origins (2011) — 8 years. The Raving Rabbids games are only spin-offs.
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005) and Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (2013) — 8 years.
- Team Fortress Classic (1999) and Team Fortress 2 (2007) — 8 years.
- You Don't Know Jack Volume 6: The Lost Gold (2003) and You Don't Know Jack 2011 — 8 years, although there was an online beta flash game from 2006 to 2008.
- Pikmin 2 (2004) and Pikmin 3 (2013) — 8-9 years.
- Bionic Commando: Elite Forces (1999) and Bionic Commando Rearmed (2008) — 9 years.
- Escape from Monkey Island (2000) and Tales of Monkey Island (2009) — 9 years.
- KAMUI (1999) and RefleX (2008) — 9 years.
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (1999) and Street Fighter IV (2008) — 9 years. Despite being the last "main" Street Fighter game by Capcom for nearly a decade, 3rd Strike was hardly their last fighting game featuring Street Fighter characters prior to IV. The Street Fighters were still being featured in other Capcom fighting games produced between 3rd Strike and IV (notably in crossovers such as Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes and the Capcom vs. SNK series) and even then Arika's Street Fighter EX3 was released only a year after 3rd Strike. Between Capcom Fighting Jam and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, there was really only a four-year gap.
- Shin Megami Tensei II (1994) and Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (2003) — 9 years, not counting spinoff games.
- Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant (1992) and Wizardry 8 (2001) — 9 years. Despite the long gap, it still allowed you to import your save from the previous game.
- Fallout 2 (1998) and Fallout 3 (2008) — 10 years. Although two spinoff titles were released in between: Fallout Tactics (2001) and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel (2004).
- Gradius III -From Legend to Myth- (1989) and Gradius IV: Fukkatsu (1999) — 10 years, not including ports or spinoffs such as Gradius Gaiden and the Parodius spinoff series.
- Spec Ops: Airborne Commando (2002) and Spec Ops: The Line (2012) — 10 years.
- American Mcgees Alice (2000) and Alice: Madness Returns (2011) — 11 years.
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes (2000) and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011) — 11 years.
- NiGHTS Into Dreams... (1996) and NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (2007) — 11 years.
- Rampage (1986) and Rampage World Tour (1997) — 11 years.
- Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne (2003) and Shin Megami Tensei IV (2013) — 10 years.
- Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995) to Seiken Densetsu 4 (2006) is, again, 11 years. Spin-offs were produced in between but this was the first numbered game since.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) and New Super Mario Bros. (2006) — 11 years. Mario had kept on going in the meantime, but New was a direct return to classic 2D platforming that had been mostly abandoned since Yoshi's Island. If only 2D SMB-style platformers are considered, it's 14 years, with 1992's Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins being the last game of that type.
- Thunder Force V (1997) to Thunder Force VI (2008) — 11 years.
- Yoshi's Island (1995) to Yoshi's Island DS (2006), that's 11 years if you only count games in the direct Yoshi's Island series. If you count other Yoshi games, the gap between Yoshi's Story (1997) and Yoshi's Topsy Turvy/Universal Gravitation (2004) would count instead, with 7 years between games.
- Carmageddon TDR 2000 (2000) and Carmageddon: Reincarnation (scheduled for 2012) — 12 years.
- G-Darius (1997) and Darius Burst (2009) — 12 years.
- Diablo II (2000) and Diablo III (2012) — 12 years.
- Luigi's Mansion (2001) and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (scheduled for 2013) — 12 years.
- Mega Man 8 (1996) and 9 (2008) — 12 years. As with Sonic, there were other Mega Man titles released, though nearly all of them falling into the various other spinoff series.
- EarthBound (1994 in Japan) and MOTHER 3 (2006) — 12 years. It should be noted that MOTHER 3 fell victim to vaporware status for a very good chunk of that time - its earliest incarnation was intended for the SNES and at one point was a heavily hyped N64 project. It ultimately ended up emerging at the end of the Game Boy Advance's lifespan.
- Starcraft (1998) and Starcraft II (2010) — 12 years.
- Donkey Kong (1981), Donkey Kong '94 (1994), and Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004) — 13 years and 10 years, respectively.
- Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (1991) and Ninja Gaiden (2004) — 13 years.
- Sam & Max: Hit the Road (1993) and Sam & Max: Culture Shock (2006) — 13 years.
- After Burner III (1992) and After Burner Climax (2006) — 14 years.
- Donkey Kong Country 3 (1996) and Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010) — 14 years. If you count Donkey Kong 64 (1999) in the series, it's 11 years.
- Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) to Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008) — 14 years.
- Duke Nukem 3D (1996) and Duke Nukem Forever (2011) — 15 years. There were a few games that played differently a few years after 3D, however. What makes Duke Nukem Forever so infamous in this regard is the fact that the unlike most titles listed here, the game was in active development the entire time!
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991) and Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (2006) — 15 years. Not counting the WonderSwan game Capcom licensed to Bandai, the Game Boy Advance port of Super, or the Gargoyle's Quest spin-off series.
- Pilotwings 64 (1996) and Pilotwings Resort (2011) — 15 years.
- Super Punch-Out!! (1994) and Punch-Out!! (2009) — 15 years.
- Rygar (1987) and Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (2002) — 15 years.
- Goblins 3 (1993) and Gobliiins 4 (2009) — 16 years.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (2010) — 16 years. Although there were many other Sonic titles released between then. Even without considering numbered sequels, Sonic also went an entire console generation without releasing a main series platform game, resulting in the five year gap between the aforementioned Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) and Sonic Adventure (1999).
- Final Fantasy IV (1991) and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (2008) — 17 years. Note that this is in regards to a direct story sequel, as the Final Fantasy series is non linear with 14 titles in the main series.
- OutRun (1986) and OutRun 2 (2003) — 17 years. Although it did have a few other oddly named sequels (notably Turbo OutRun in 1989 and OutRunners in 1992, both arcade releases).
- Killer Instinct 2 / Killer Instinct Gold (1996) and Killer Instinct (2013) — 17 years.
- King's Bounty (1990) and King's Bounty: The Legend (2008) — 18 years.
- X (1992) and X-Scape (DSiWare, 2010) — 18 years.
- TRON (1982) / Discs of TRON (1983) and Tron 2.0 (2003) — 20 years.
- Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (1991) and Kid Icarus: Uprising (2012) — 21 years. Uprising pokes fun at this by starting the game with Pit saying "Sorry to keep you waiting!" Japan had it worse - they didn't get Of Myths and Monsters until its Virtual Console release in 2012, meaning they had to wait 26 years between installments.
- The Great Giana Sisters (1987) and Giana Sisters DS (2009) — 22 years.
- The Legend of Kage (1985) and The Legend of Kage 2 (2008) — 23 years.
- The Fool's Errand (1987) and The Fool and His Money (2012) — 25 years.
- Wasteland (1988) to Wasteland 2 (scheduled for 2014note ) — 26 years.
- Tapper (1983) and Tapper World Tour (2011) — 28 years.
- Sin and Punishment (2000) and Sin and Punishment: Star Successor (2010) — 10 years.