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Spiritual Successor: Video Games
  • Jumping Flash! is actually a spiritual successor to a Sharp X68000 game called Geograph Seal. Same developers, similar gameplay blend of First-Person Shooter and Platform Game. Don't believe me? Watch this video.
  • The Last of Us is a Darker and Edgier successor to the Uncharted series. Both are made by Naughty Dog.
  • League of Legends is one to Defense of the Ancients since most of its dev team previously worked on Dota.
  • Spore is this in some ways to SimEarth.
  • Torchlight is a spiritual succesor of Fate and/or Diablo.
  • Pokémon Black and White to MOTHER 3 in many ways.
    • The music: The Nuvema town theme, the Surfing theme, Route 10 theme, and N's Farewell are all remixes or suspiciously similar to MOTHER 3's songs (respectively: Hinawa's Theme, The Green Train's Fun, Too!, Run, My Dog, Run!, and the Love Theme).
    • The story: The back-story reveals that Unova's two dragons, Reshiram and Zekrom (and probably Kyurem) were once one, and twin heroes formed Unova alongside it. However, one twin wanted things to remain natural and the other was in favor of urbanization. The dragon then split in two as a result, the older twin forming Reshiram and the younger twin forming Zekrom. N and Ghetsis are said to be the decendents of one of these twins.
    • The Pokémon: Drilbur and its evolution, Excadrill, are reminiscent of the Mischievous Mole and Reconstructed Mole enemies respectively. Garbodor is similar to the Forlorn Junk Heap. Many others resemble enemies from the other Mother series games.
    • One could make a case for the entire Pokémon series being a spiritual successor to the MOTHER series, considering that the two series were made in part by a common developer (Creatures Inc.), and share a number of uncanny similarities.
      • Mewtwo looks quite similar to Giygas from Mother 1, except with some purple and a few extra details added.
  • Raw Thrills, the arcade game devhouse headed by Eugene Jarvis, has three instances of this.
  • Rareware's GoldenEye and Perfect Dark are likely the prime video game examples. Perfect Dark is built on the Game Engine of Goldeneye, so it feels like a natural extension of the same game, despite Bond being nowhere in sight. They even use Rare Guns and settings from Goldeneye with the names slightly changed. Goldeneye had another Spiritual Successor in the form of the TimeSplitters games, done by the core team behind Goldeneye. TimeSplitters 2 is extremely similar to Goldeneye and with the use of the Map Maker, one can get extremely close to it.
  • Fumito Ueda's Shadow of the Colossus was thought to be a Spiritual Successor to his previous game, Ico. However, he revealed a direct connection between the two games in an interview several months after the game's release: the protagonist of Shadow of the Colossus is actually a direct ancestor of the protagonist in Ico. However, the two play very differently and have no further storyline connections.
    • Team Ico's upcoming game "The Last Guardian" appears very likely to be one to both Ico AND SOTC.
  • The laserdisc arcade game Space Ace was an obvious Spiritual Successor to Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair.
  • StarCraft can be argued to be a spiritual successor to the first two Warcraft games, also made by Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Chris Taylor's Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander.
    • Uber Entertainment is trying to fund a new one called Planetary Annihilation on Kickstarter.
  • The Paper Mario series was conceived and created in-house by Nintendo's Intelligent Systems after a direct sequel to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars became impossible due to Nintendo and Square's late-nineties falling-out.
    • Likewise for the hand-held Mario & Luigi series. Practically the only differences between Mario & Luigi and Super Mario RPG are the plot, characters, and change of perspective from isometric to more traditional side-scrolling. The game mechanics are the same, and Expys and Captains Ersatz are found in abundance. Incidentally, Alphadream, the development company, is made of staff originally from Square.
  • System Shock has two. BioShock retains the gameplay of System Shock 2, and Dead Space retains the horror atmosphere and setting.
    • Deus Ex can be considered as a spiritual successor to System Shock as well. Warren Spector, the creator of Deus Ex worked on System Shock in the past.
      • Deus Ex also shares many similarities to Commodore Amiga adventure game KGB, also known as Conspiracy.
  • Tech Romancer, a 3D Humongous Mecha-themed fighting game, is a spiritual successor to another Capcom-made Humongous Mecha-themed fighting game, Cyberbots. One of the mechs from Cyberbots, Blodia, and its pilot, Jin Saotome, appear as a playable character in the home console version.
  • Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma are considered to form a thematic, though unofficial, trilogy as successors to Soul Blazer. Although there are direct links included; The first boss of Soul Blazer is a Bonus Boss in Illusion of Gaia, with a storyline explanation of why, albeit a somewhat bizarre one. Meanwhile, Terranigma is explicitly referred to as "Illusion of Gaia 2" in a Developer's Room Easter Egg.
    • There's also a dog named Turbo who shows up in all three games.
    • To some, The Granstream Saga on the Playstation may be considered a fourth game due to a few shared themes.
  • The turbulent history of Wasteland's developers has prompted a lot of this:
    • After Interplay made Wasteland for Electronic Arts, EA made a "sequel" named Fountain Of Dreams, which they ultimately decided not to market as a sequel to Wasteland.
    • Since IP couldn't get the rights to Wasteland back from EA, IP (specifically, the RPG group inside IP, Black Isle Studios) instead repurposed a prototype GURPS RPG to make Fallout and Fallout 2.
    • As the crowning glory to this nonsense, InXile head Brian Fargo (the producer of the original Wasteland) has reacquired the rights to Wasteland recently, opening up the possibility for Wasteland itself to get an actual sequel.
      • Which, as of March 2012, is actually happening thanks to the Kickstarter's success. Oddly enough, this game may end up being the spiritual successor to the first two Fallout games, since the Fallout 3 that was released is often considered to be different compared to the first two.
    • The scepter then has to go to Afterfall which is being developed as a spiritual successor to Fallout, set in Nuclear Winter Eastern Europe.
    • Interplay also released Dragon Wars, the spiritual successor to The Bards Tale trilogy they developed for EA. Brian Fargo then obtained the rights to The Bard's Tale and published another game under that title in 2004.
  • Bioware's Neverwinter Nights was a Spiritual Successor to the early Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game of the same name.
  • Ikaruga was a Spiritual Successor to Treasure's earlier game Radiant Silvergun, and had the Working Title Project RS2. The octahedron-shaped object also makes an appearance in both games; the track that plays when you fight it is even called "The Stone-Like", which was its name in Radiant Silvergun.
  • The Trackmania series is considered to be the Spiritual Successor of an early 90's game called Stunts, which not only has the merit of sporting super-sleek 3D graphics (for the time of course), but is about clearing obstacle-laden tracks on powerful sports cars. Coincidentally, Trackmania Nations, to put an example, is about clearing obstacle-laden tracks in an Formula-1-lookalike racing car.
  • Maximo was created as an heir to the Ghouls 'n Ghosts series, to the point of borrowing the first-stage music of the latter, and having protagonist stripped to his boxer shorts after taking enough damage.
  • Fallout 3 bears the distinction of being the spiritual sequel of The Elder Scrolls series while itself being an actual sequel to another game.
  • Some consider Bungie's Halo series a spiritual sequel to their earlier Marathon series.
    • The other theory is that the Halo Trilogy is a PREQUEL to PiD and Marathon, though that seems more unlikely now due to the Halo IP no longer being owned by Bungie. With that said, Destiny appears to be a successor to that franchise.
  • Xenosaga was one for Xenogears (although the third game & the sourcebooks hint that the two take place in the same timeline, albeit very distantly apart). This was due to copyright issues; Square Enix still holds the copyright for Xenogears, while all the people who actually worked on it went to Monolith Soft. There are a metric ton of Shout Outs and characters that are strikingly similar. Word of God, however, states that Xenosaga was a Continuity Reboot for Xenogears, and not an actual prequel.
    • And history has now repeated itself: Xenoblade is a spiritual successor to both Xenogears and Xenosaga, once again caused by Namco retaining the saga franchise while Monolith, now owned by Nintendo, wanted to make more Xeno games. Which is receiving a sequel (still called more of a "spiritual successor" by many to the previous game which was called Xenoblade Chronicles outside of Japan) in the form of the upcoming Wii U game Xenoblade Chronicles X, formerly known under its codename X. It has been confirmed to be a new story/setting, but has similar gameplay as Xenoblade, expies of characters from previous games seen in trailers and mecha similar to the previous Xeno games.
  • The 2000 RPG Wizards and Warriors by D. W. Bradley (not to be confused with the NES Wizards And Warriors game) is one for the Wizardry series. Bradley was also the creator of Wizardry games 5 through 7.
  • Smash TV was a Spiritual Successor to the arcade classic Robotron 2084.
    • Smash TV later got its own Spiritual Successor, Total Carnage, with the same gameplay and over-the-top violence, except you're fighting a Saddam Hussein lookalike instead of going through a futuristic game show.
      • It's actually Hitler.
  • Chris Sawyer's Transport Tycoon and Locomotion.
  • Valve's Portal is officially the Spiritual Successor of Narbacular Drop, and the whole team behind ND now works at Valve.
  • One of the victory conditions in Civilization II is to make a journey to Alpha Centauri, thus beginning the colonization of the galaxy by your side. Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri can thus be seen as the direct sequel to this particular victory. Or, it's just Civilization II IN SPACE!
  • Rise of Nations, a strategy game designed by Brian Reynolds, is to some degree a Spiritual Successor of Civilization III.
  • While Guitar Hero III is obviously the notional sequel to Guitar Hero II, many feel that the "soul" of the franchise has moved along to Rock Band; after Harmonix, the series' creator, sold the Guitar Hero IP to Activision, they moved on to Rock Band, making it the game which still employs the Guitar Hero II development team, game engine, and philosophy regarding note chart design.
    • While we're on the subject of Rock Band, Unplugged for the PSP hearkens back to Harmonix's pre-Guitar Hero days, playing much more like Frequency or Amplitude (in fact, it was orginally supposed to be a direct sequel to the latter, but Sony then vetoed the idea, forcing Harmonix to slap the Rock Band label on it). The DS version of Rock Band 3 continues the trend, while the DS version of Lego Rock Band is similar but more watered-down than the other two. The similarities then ballooned into Rock Band Blitz, which is little more than a direct self-plagiarism of Amplitude. This means that, in a way, Harmonix finally got that Amplitude sequel they wanted!
    • Also on the subject, there's a disgruntled group of fans of GH I & II that feel that the 'soul' of the series isn't the subtle control differences, scrolling note layout pattern or the level of difficulty, but the fun and wacky spirit of the first two games is part of neither Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The closest to this spirit is probably Lego Rock Band.
  • Killer7 and No More Heroes, both brainchildren of Goichi Suda. Travis, the protagonist of No More Heroes, can learn special abilities themed after the various personalities from Killer7 by bringing balls to a drunk in a bar.
  • Far Cry, as well as spawning a couple of re-imaginings, also has a spiritual sequel, Crysis, which was made by the same company, is set in a similar location, and includes similar themes.
    • In fact, Crysis plays much more like a sequel to Far Cry than Far Cry 2 does. Far Cry 2 was developed by a different team, is highly non-linear in terms of both storyline and gameplay (it's a "sandbox game"), and is still not connected to the original's storyline in any way. Other than brand recognition, there is really no reason to call it a sequel. Thus, while a Spiritual Successor has to "feel like" a sequel, a sequel clearly does not have to feel like a Spiritual Successor.
    • Even further confusingly, Far Cry 3 is a Spiritual Successor to Far Cry 2, but not the first Far Cry.
  • The game Heavenly Guardian was originally supposed to be a game in the Kiki Kai Kai series (Pocky and Rocky), and had its sprites reworked into a new game when the publisher lost the license.
  • Gotcha Force is considered by its fans a thematic successor to Virtual-ON. It's also a Spiritual Successor-slash-Serial Numbers Filed Off version of the Gundam Vs Series.
  • In a rare example of spiritual sequels crossing from one franchise to another, a group of developers wanted to make a new Ultima Underworld game, but failed to secure the license. They changed the project to a Spiritual Successor in an original IP, Arx Fatalis. They were later hired by Ubisoft, and created a Spiritual Successor to Arx Fatalis as part of Ubi's revived Might and Magic brand, becoming Dark Messiah.
    • Ultima VI received its own spiritual sequel in the form of Cythera, which featured an improved resolution and expanded skills.
  • LEGO Indiana Jones to LEGO Star Wars, and further LEGO games to both of them - we tropers have even filed all of them as a single series.
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is considered to be the Spiritual Successor to Another Code (Trace Memory in the United States), and is set in the same universe. Again!! is in turn the Spiritual Successor to Hotel Dusk: Room 215.
  • Odin Sphere is a Spiritual Successor to the little-known and Japan-exclusive Sega Saturn title Princess Crown, being created by the same director and company, and featuring several thematic similarities, including the 'little girl reading the game story in a book' narrative device.
    • The Wii game Muramasa The Demon Blade is a spiritual successor to both of them, and was in earlier stages referred to as Princess Crown 3, in the same way Odin Sphere was named Princess Crown 2.
  • Haunting Ground is considered to be the Spiritual Successor to the Clock Tower series due to its similar gameplay and style. The fact that it was made by some of the same people behind Clock Tower 3 didn't hurt either.
  • MadWorld appears to be a Spiritual Successor to God Hand, being made by the reassembled remains of Clover Studios, creators of the original game.
  • Super Robot Wars W is the Spiritual Successor to Super Robot Wars J for the Game Boy Advance. Despite being in separate continuities, they both share many of the same series' (Full Metal Panic!, Martian Successor Nadesico, Gundam SEED, and Tekkaman Blade are the standouts), with units even using the same sprites and attacks. W also has many of the same features as J, such as Unit Switching with battleships, altering background music, and series favorites. A common fan theory is that the other race J's Fury mention they're avoiding is in fact W's Database, or at least will be once their storylines come up in the Original Generation series. Similarly, K has a similar engine and graphics, but series-wise it really only shares SEED This all culminates in Super Robot Wars High School, which combines all three.
    • Similarly, the original mecha of Super Robot Wars Advance are descended from the mecha of Super Robot Wars 64, and SRW MX is considered to be a successor of the Compact/Impact series.
    • K is actually a successor to Z - created out of all the content the devs wished they could have put in the latter, and sharing a few series and several themes.
    • Super Robot Wars Z is likewise one for Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden, sharing many of the same series as well as largely taking place in a post-apocalyptic setting.
  • Cute Knight is quite similar to the Princess Maker series of games.
  • The Boktai series (including Lunar Knights) can be considered a spiritual successor to Metal Gear: Ghost Babel. The game engine is very similar, and Ikuya Nakamura, the director of all the Boktai games, was also the character designer of Ghost Babel.
  • The Donkey Kong Country series seems like a Spiritual Successor to Super Mario World, where they took everything that set that game apart from the earlier Mario games and expanded on it, and the gameplay was even reminiscent of a Mario game. Keep in mind that Yoshi's Island only picked up its sequel status for American release.
  • Nintendo recently announced a Chinese company is developing an MMORPG featuring all of the Disney franchises separated into different worlds that the players can visit called "Disney Fantasy Online". That's right, it's an MMORPG version of Kingdom Hearts with the Square elements subtracted. The website really screams it out, since the Disney characters are wearing the same outfits they do in Kingdom Hearts.
  • The Wii's menu system (including the default channels and at least part of Wii Sports) is a Spiritual Successor to Mario Paint. The music is too similar to be a coincidence, and the Wiimote works a lot like the old SNES Mouse did.
    • The way you can customize the Wii menu through drag-and-drop is also very similar to the GBA Movie Player. Both the Wii and GBAMP also have 512MB of memory.
    • WarioWare D.I.Y. also shares a lot of elements with Mario Paint, such as the usable colors. The music maker borrows all of the symbols used for notes and the man running above the staff outright.
  • Assassin's Creed is considered by many to be a Spiritual Successor to UbiSoft's Prince of Persia series.
    • Fans of Prince of Persia are very confused by that notion, seeing as the two titles have almost nothing in common, gameplay and story wise.
    • This may be due to the fact that Assassin's Creed started out as a Prince of Persia game, but it was made into it's own seperate franchise, due to those differences in tone, story and gameplay.
  • Some people consider the Yakuza series as a Spiritual Successor to Shenmue, due to a shared publisher (Sega), a similar emphasis on hand-to-hand combat and time-killing minigames, and an elaborate, intricately-told story.
  • Despite being a beat-'em-up instead of a competitive Fighting Game, Final Fight is a spiritual successor to the original Street Fighter. It was even marketed at trade shows under the Working Title Street Fighter '89. Guy and Sodom would later show up as playable characters in the original Street Fighter Alpha, followed by Rolento and Cody in the sequels.
  • BlazBlue is a Spiritual Successor to Guilty Gear, with more emphasis on offense and greater penalty for turtling. Early in development, Arc System Works received a lot of flak for basically just giving Guilty Gear a huge makeover.
  • Guilty Gear 2: Overture is a spiritual successor to the Herzog Real-Time-Strategy/Action hybrid games. Really.
  • The Tiger Game.com could be considered the spiritual successor to the Sega Game Gear, as the Game.com featured games from Sega licenses (like Virtua Fighter II and Sonic Jam), and was launched the same year as the Game Gear was discontinued in 1997, with Sega not making a new full handheld console after that.
  • The Pandora is the spiritual successor to the GP2x which is the spiritual successor to the GP32. While all three handhelds differ in developers, companies, and even nationalities, the philosophy of being and open games device anyone can make games for has been present and strengthened throughout the series.
    • A more closely-related successor to the GP2X is the Wiz, made by the same company (Gamepark Holdings). The Pandora, it should be noted, is made by a separate group of developers though its underlying philosophy is very similar to the GP32, GP2X, and Wiz.
  • The Age of Wonders series is a spiritual successor to Master of Magic.
  • Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island (aka Sonic 3D Blast) is more of a spiritual successor to the early arcade game Flicky, than a proper Sonic title.
  • Dawn of War 2 plays more like Company of Heroes than Dawn of War 1. It largely abandons base-building, which was a major part of Dawn of War 1.
  • Battle Garegga's spiritual sequel is Armed Police Batrider, which inherits many of Battle Garegga's mechanics, such as bombing the scenery for powerups and medals, as well as the medal chaining system, and even has guest appearances by the ships of Battle Garegga and the Mahou Daisakusen series. Batrider in turn had a spiritual sequel in Battle Bakraid, which borrows Garegga's option changing feature, has a somewhat modified medal chaining system, and the "tickle laser"-cum-charge-shot from Batrider.
    • The Dynamic Difficulty system of these games is lifted from Zanac, of all things, only made completely and utterly inconvenient (notably, the removal of every rank reduction method except dying.)
    • Ibara, sharing the same main designer also counts as a Spiritual Successor, if you can count a near-exact copy of the rank system of Garegga as one.
  • NBA Jam is a spiritual successor to Arch Rivals (both are arcade-style basketball games created by Midway which played fast and loose with the rules).
    • Likewise, NFL Blitz to High Impact Football.
  • Heretic is a spiritual successor to Doom. Both are published by id Software, and both use the id Tech 1 game engine. In fact, using the God Mode and Weapons cheats from Doom will result in death and loss of all weapons, respectively, when used in Heretic.
  • Star Ocean 1 was a Spiritual Successor to Tales of Phantasia, the first game in the Tales Series. They share many gameplay and interface elements, and even things like items and spells; the original Tales of Phantasia team splintered into the two series, with the exception of music composer Motoi Sakuraba, who remains the composer on both series.
    • Tales of Symphonia is a spiritual successor to Tales of Eternia design-wise. Never mind that it's already a long-distance prequel to Tales of Phantasia, which makes it a spiritual successor as far as the theme is concerned.
      • Tales of the Abyss is the spiritual successor to Symphonia, particularly in terms of gameplay, but also in cartain thematic elements. This is due to it sharing Symphonia's development staff ("Team Symphonia"). It was followed in turn by Tales of Vesperia, making a sort of spiritual trilogy.
  • Snatcher and Policenauts, both of which are sci-fi graphic adventure games directed by Hideo Kojima.
  • Nexus War to Urban Dead, with the added twist that the former made off with a substantial chunk of the latter's player base when it came out. So not only does it have similar mechanics and interface, it's played by all the same people.
  • Sigma Star Saga is considered this in regards to The Guardian Legend. While both games are hybridizations of the Action Adventure and Shoot 'em Up genres, Sigma is more story-driven.
  • Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier is considered a Spiritual Successor to Namco × Capcom. Both games are developed by Monolith Soft, and shared a similar action-styled battle system, even though the latter game was structured like a Turn-Based Strategy game, and the former being more a Eastern RPG. The kicker is though that the protagonists of Namco × Capcom, Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu, get caught up in the events of Endless Frontier, while chasing down the Big Bad they thought they had killed at the end of Namco X Capcom, thus making the two games in continuity.
  • Persona is an obvious spiritual successor to one-off Mega Ten Gaiden Game Shin Megami Tensei if...... — most prominently in the first one, with a truly astounding number of parallels between the two games, but even later ones have some of this; if nothing else, the "persona" system remains a greatly revised and expanded version of the "guardian" system found in If....
    • Digital Devil Saga, was, meanwhile, a Spiritual Successor to Persona, featuring some noticeable similarities in story and gameplay... although the Persona series later ended up getting true continuations in Persona 3 and 4.
    • Devil Survivor is a Spiritual Successor for the Majin Tensei spinoff series, although this statement is based only on the fact that they are strategy games.
  • Prototype is this to The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Both are superhuman Wide Open Sandbox games by Radical Entertainment that downright relish in their Video Game Cruelty Potential.
    • According to Word of God, the inspiration for Prototype came about due to Hulk's "weaponize" ability; that is, the ability to turn vehicles and such into improvised weapons, rather than limiting the player to "pick up and throw." Reportedly, during testing, somebody posed the question "What If? you could weaponize the player?"
  • Demon Sword: Spiritual successor to The Legend of Kage. Irem's Ninja Spirit, although made by completely different developers, was also a spiritual successor (pardon the pun).
  • The popular, but now dated, X-COM series has a number of unrelated spiritual successors, including the UFO After Blank series, the open-source UFO: Alien Invasion, and Rebelstar:Tactical Command for the GBA.
    • X-COM: UFO Defence itself is kind of a prequel to earlier Gollop's game Laser Squad, quite successful on ZX Spectrum, but nearly unknown elsewhere. X-COM: Apocalypse even borrowed Mega Corp. names from Laser Squad. This came a full circle with Laser Squad: Nemesis — a true sequel to Laser Squad and Spiritual Successor to X-COM.
  • Krazy Rain is a spiritual sequel to the massively-multipler online Rhythm Game O2Jam.
  • Raystorm: spiritual successor to Rayforce. Raycrisis is the official prequel to Rayforce.
  • Mars Matrix is a spiritual sequel to the Giga Wing games.
  • Strikers 1945 series: Successor to the Aero Fighters series, but more Bullet Hell-ish.
  • Border Down: Successor to Metal Black, a Shoot 'em Up by Taito. Hiroyuki Maruyama, the president of G.rev, started the company and did subcontracting work for Treasure and Taito to generate revenue just to make this game. Why? He just really liked Metal Black.
  • Hellgate: London to Diablo.
  • Razing Storm is the spiritual sequel to Crisis Zone, the Gaiden Game to Time Crisis. Like Crisis Zone, you use a machine gun instead of Time Crisis's handguns (though for bigger targets, you (automatically) switch to stronger weapons), and instead of hiding behind objects, you take cover behind a heavy-duty shield. Razing Storm has since been renamed Time Crisis: Razing Storm for its PS3 release.
  • The Tetris clone NullpoMino is somewhat of a spiritual successor to Heboris: Unofficial Expansion (sharing the same font and a similar level of customization), developed from scratch due to Heboris UE's source code—a mixture of C++ and a gaming script—being an Eldritch Programming Abomination.
  • Metal Slug is the spiritual successor to Gunforce 2 and In The Hunt, which were made by the same staff back when they were working for Irem.
    • By the same developers, the Neo Geo golf game Neo Turf Masters is a spiritual sequel to the Major Title series.
  • The Konami arcade game M.I.A.: Missing In Action is pretty much an unofficial official sequel to Rush'n Attack (aka Green Beret), using what is essentially a more advanced version of the same engine, but with a different setting (being set in Vietnam instead of Russia).
  • Irem's Vigilante is pretty much a more advanced version of their earlier single-plane Beat 'em Up Kung Fu Master in a different setting, although there was an official sequel for the Family Computer in Japan titled Spartan X 2.
  • Tear Ring Saga, a Japanese-only strategy RPG for the PlayStation designed by Fire Emblem creator Shozo Kaga, is practically an unofficial Fire Emblem sequel, to the point that Nintendo sued Kaga's company, Tirnanog, for copyrights infringement (but lost the case).
  • Gunstar Heroes was considered a spiritual successor to Contra III: The Alien Wars due to the fact that two of its main programmers worked on both games. In fact, it was the closest thing to a Contra game for the Sega Genesis before Konami decided to release Contra: Hard Corps.
    • A similar case of a spiritual successor to the Contra games, could be made with Sin and Punishment, another game by Treasure. It also has programmers returning from Contra III: The Alien Wars, and the very story and setting of game is very much a darker version of Alien Wars. It was, and is also regarded as way superior 3D Contra game, than the contemporary Contra: Legacy of War and C: The Contra Adventure.
  • Tetris: The Grand Master is the spiritual successor to Sega's Tetris games, and borrows many elements such as the piece colors, the bottom-biased rotation system, fast sideways movement and soft drop, and piece lock delay (a feature present in all of Sega's Tetris games but not in Nintendo's, at least for a while).
  • Prince of Persia was a Spiritual Successor to Karateka, an earlier Jordan Mechner game. The rotoscoped kicks and punches in Karateka prefigured the rotoscoped swordplay in Prince of Persia. Karateka even included a gory instant-death Booby Trap.
  • Fatal Fury to Street Smart. The first stage music from the latter is even featured as the Versus Mode theme in the former.
  • The Mitchell arcade game Osman and feelplus/Square Enix's recent Moon Diver are this to Capcom's Strider, both developed by the same designer (Kouichi Yotsui).
  • Data East's Neo Geo platformer Spinmaster stars the same characters from the Sega Genesis game Dashin' Desperadoes, but plays more like a modernized version (literally and figuratively) of the original Joe And Mac (aka Caveman Ninja) than the game it's supposed to be a sequel to (which was more of a racing platform game). Spinmaster might as well had been called Joe & Mac AS INDIANA JONES-STYLE TREASURE HUNTERS.
  • Neo Geo Battle Coliseum is a practically a sequel to SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, only without the Capcom characters.
  • The first Video Games (and arcade games in general) can be seen as a Spiritual Successor to various carnival games such as the claw game, shooting ranges and Pinball as you spend little money for one game that is quickly over and in the case of Pinball you aim for a high score. It also helps that the only business experience Nolan Bushnell had before founding Atari was from maintaining these at a carnival.
    • However, they're more a spiritual successor to the earlier electromechanical arcade games, at least some of which had a similar cabinet design to those first video games.
  • The Final Fantasy games set in the Ivalice universe (including Vagrant Story, which technically isn't a Final Fantasy game) are successors to Quest's Ogre Battle franchise. Final Fantasy Tactics, the first game in the Ivalice universe, was already a spiritual successor of Tactics Ogre in its gameplay. Not surprisingly, Yasumi Matsuno, the director of most of the Ivalice series, was also the director of Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre, as well as the script writer of OgreBattle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber, while Hiroshi Minagawa and Akihiko Yoshida were the illustrators in most of his games. After the release of Vagrant Story, Squaresoft actually purchased all of Quest's assets and absorbed them into the company.
    • Technically, Final Fantasy can be seen as a "Spiritual Series", as virtually none of the games have direct relation to each other, unless they have odd numberings or alternate subheadings, like Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus. Every numbered Final Fantasy game has no direct relation to any other other than a few series trademarks. Even though they are technically sequels based on numberings, fans never consider them to be actual sequels. Thus Final Fantasy takes Spiritual Successor to the extreme.
    • In the other direction, Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku argued that Lost Odyssey and The Last Story were better Final Fantasy games than the actual Final Fantasy games that came out during the Seventh Generation. This is particularly true given both games' lineage — they were made by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series, with music by Nobuo Uematsu, who scored Final Fantasy I through X.
  • The G.I. Joe arcade game by Konami is a spiritual sequel to an obscure pseudo-3D shoot-'em-up titled Devastators by the same company, which itself was loosely based on the 3D stages from the original Contra.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a spiritual sequel to the two-installment Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. It shares many elements with Higurashi: written by the same person, "Groundhog Day" Loop that loops at the beginning of each new arc, and spikes from happy scenes to horrific scenes; however, it's in an entirely new setting: instead of a small, secluded village, it takes place on an island owned by a multi-million-yen family with new characters. It does have a couple Continuity Nods, however, in the form of Bernkastel and Lambdadelta.
    • But that hasn't stopped the fans from theorising that there is a connection between the series, especially since Bernkastel has been confirmed to be an amalgamation of all the Rikas who never made it past June of 1983, plus Higurashi was labeled When They Cry 1 & 2 (Higurashi and Higurashi Kai) while Umineko is When They Cry 3 & 4 (Umineko and Umineko Chiru). This might indicate a closer connection between the series.
  • The team that worked on Pro Wrestling later formed Human Entertainment and developed the Fire Pro Wrestling series.
  • Stella Deus The Gate Of Eternity is a successor to Hoshigami Ruining Blue Earth, as the two games share a lot of the same battle mechanics.
  • Word of God says that Golden Sun is this to the Shining Force tactical RPG series, which makes sense considering Camelot was the ones who developed said series before they split with SEGA. In fact, the botched release of Shining Force III on the Saturn is the whole reason why they split and started Golden Sun.
  • According to Turn10, they consider Forza Motorsport 3 to be the true spiritual successor to Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo series. To paraphrase Polyphony Digital president Kazunori Yamauchi, "No it bloody well isn't".
  • The Tokimeki Memorial series got, during its 15 years-long run and ongoing, three Spiritual Successors:
    • Mitsumete Knight in 1997, which used Tokimeki Memorial 1's game engine and most of its mechanics, with several twists such as easier girl management, an expanded battle system, and a rich medieval/heroic-fantasy storyline where Anyone Can Die ;
    • Meine Liebe in 2001, using too the same game engine than Tokimemo but in a Gender Flipped version, making it the predecessor of the Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side branch of the series ;
    • Love Plus in 2009, reducing the datable characters to a measly three of them, but with lots more development around them and an After Story of sorts where the player can interact with the girl long after having they have confessed their feelings (a system which got a lot of controversy, especially with some Otaku pushing the thing a bit too far).
    • In 2007, Konami released Brooktown High in English. It was an In Name Only successor to the Tokimeki Memorial series. It received mixed reviews and weak sales.
    • Shira Oka: Second Chances was meant to be an unofficial fan-made spiritual successor to Tokimeki Memorial, but in English. It began development around 2005, but the full game was not released to the public until December 2010. Therefore, the title of "first fan-made spiritual successor in English with a commercial release" goes to the independent game Summer Session.
  • Refazel was supposed to be the sequel to Ferazel's Wand—hence the similar title. Sadly, the fellow who was in charge of the first game left Ambrosia Software shortly afterwards, and they wouldn't give him the sequel rights, so he made it into a sort of inverted Dolled-Up Installment.
  • The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers video game by Bandai for the Super NES is a spiritual successor to the Choujin Sentai Jetman game by Angel for the Famicom. Not that surprising, considering Natsume developed both.
  • The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, a Wii flight sim game made by Project Aces with WW2 like planes, is this to the Ace Combat series.
  • Buck Bumble for the N64 is a 3D spiritual successor to Codemasters' C64/NES game Bee 52.
  • Wanako Studios' Assault Heroes can be seen as a spiritual successor to Konami's Jackal, as both games put you in control of a heavily-armed jeep (though Assault Heroes adds such features as multiple weapons, on-foot stages and dual analog-stick control).
  • Wii Party appears to be one of Mario Party.
  • Galactic Civilizations is this to Master of Orion 2. In fact, it's a better Master Of Orion 3 than Master Of Orion 3 was, since MoO3 was Spreadsheets IN SPACE!.
  • Ghost Trick is a Spiritual Successor to the Ace Attorney series. Both of the games even share the same director and creator, Shu Takumi.
  • Star Trek Online's space navigation/combat portion is a spiritual successor to Star Trek: Starfleet Command.
  • Heavy Rain is a spiritual successor to Indigo Prophecy. Both from the same developer and both being mostly interactive movies.
  • Naughty Bear is the spiritual successor to Manhunt with teddy bears.
  • Elemental - War of Magic is the spiritual successor to Master of Magic.
  • While Red Dead Redemption is the official sequel to Red Dead Revolver, Redemption has a lot more in common with the Activision-made Gun than its true predecessor.
  • Blur is this to the Project Gotham Racing series, which itself was a spiritual successor to the Dreamcast game Metropolis Street Racer.
  • Ikari Warriors is a spiritual successor to Front Line. Both had a rotary aiming control.
  • Although the two games are very different, much of Final Fantasy V's dungeon/castle layout system is seen in Treasure of the Rudra.
  • Codemasters' GRID is a spiritual sequel to the TOCA Race Driver series, while DIRT was the spiritual successor to Colin Mc Rae Rally.
  • Lost Odyssey is a spiritual successor to the "Sakaguchi era" Final Fantasy games, which include Final Fantasy I through Final Fantasy X. Appropriate, since Sakaguchi himself actually is the game's creator.
  • Electronic Arts's Skate is a successor to their NES-era game Skate or Die.
    • And interestingly enough, the series it used to duel with, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, is itself a spiritual successor to 720 Degrees.
  • Alpha Protocol is a spiritual sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines and Deus Ex, an action-RPG where choices result in tangible consequences and gameplay is more heavily affected by one's character sheet than most games, including other RPGs. More cynically, Alpha Protocol gets a lot of undeserved flak and is often brushed aside as an attempt at "Mass Effect with SPIES" that failed miserably, so it also shares living with a bad rap (as well as some genuine technical problems) with Bloodlines.
  • I Wanna Be the Guy has a spiritual successor by the name Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril, endorsed by the maker of I Wanna Be the Guy.
    • I Wanna Be the Guy itself is arguably the spiritual successor to a Japanese flash game known as Zinsei Owata no Daibouken/The Big Adventure of Owata's Life, which inspired IWBTG's creator. Owata acknowledged this in it's final version, which ended in a Homage to I Wanna Be the Guy...followed by a Crossover appearance of the main character as the Final Boss.
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault led to Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 1, 2, and the Modern Warfare trilogy''.
  • Jade Empire is either the successor to Bridge of Birds, or the only game adaptation it's ever going to get.
  • While Knights of the Old Republic II is the sequel to Knights of the Old Republic, it is the spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment. The first Knights of the Old Republic itself is a spiritual successor to Neverwinter Nights.
  • The NES game Laser Invasion can be considered the successor of the two first Top Gun games released by Konami for the NES. Laser Invasion shares the same engine used in Top Gun The Second Mission and similar HUD, except that you control a gunship instead of a F-14, and there's a few light gun and maze sequences set on foot.
  • Kane and Lynch can be seen as a successor to Freedom Fighters. Both were developed by IO Interactive and feature music by Jesper Kyd, and aside from the co-op mode in the former game, the gameplay in the two games is practically identical.
  • Brutal Legend's "Stage Battles" were intended as a spiritual successor to Herzog Zwei... and they do have some strong similarities, but also to Sacrifice — not surprising, as they had a developer for that game on the dev team.
  • The 1995 pinball machine Attack From Mars turned out to be a huge seller, but didn't get a proper sequel until the Pinball 2000 machine Revenge From Mars. In the meantime, the 1997 pinball Medieval Madness was created by the same developers and, despite the different premise, was far more similar to the original game's structure than the sequel was.
  • Konami's Dance Masters is sort of a spiritual successor to Para Para Paradise, and even has several parapara/eurobeat songs, including the famed "Night of Fire".
  • PS2 game Kengo serves as the spiritual successor to the unfortunately deceased Bushido Blade series.
  • Bulletstorm is this to the Painkiller.
  • In Japan, Hudson Soft produced the NES and MSX ports of Star Force and ran a nationwide tournament around it. But Star Force was a Tecmo game, and so Hudson developed a rather similar game called Star Soldier to feature in the next year's tournament. Star Force and Star Soldier each had their own line of sequels.
  • Bayonetta to Devil May Cry, moreso the first DMC game, but the traits are shared with later DMC games. Both were created by Hideki Kamiya, both share over the top action, and both have styles of attacking where mixing it up grants a higher score at the end of each section/chapter.
  • Bangai-O was originally supposed to be a remake of an old Japanese PC game called Hover Attack.
  • Treasure's Bleach fighting games for the Nintendo DS are considered to be spiritual successors to their Mega Drive fighting game Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen.
  • One Piece: Gigant Battle for the DS was developed by Ganbarion, makers of Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, and reuses many of the same assets.
  • Forbidden Siren was made by former members of Team Silent, the original developers for the Silent Hill series.
  • After a falling out between the developer and publisher of Operation Flashpoint, the publisher won the rights to the name and would reuse it for a rather different duology, while the developer kept the rights to the engine behind Operation Flashpoint and went on to create the ARMA series, which is widely considered to be the true successor to Operation Flashpoint to the point that the developers collectively call both series the Armaversum.
    • As a twist, for the tenth anniversary of the original Operation Flashpoint, the developers released a final patch (just over six years after the penultimate patch) that actually renamed the game to ARMA: Cold War Assault, as well as removing the Codemasters-developed expansion campaign "Red Hammer."
  • E.Ψ.Ǝ.: Divine Cybermancy has been called a successor to Deus Ex.
    • Project: Snowblind actually was to be a spinoff of Deus Ex, but was retooled when its actual sequel sold poorly.
  • Alan Wake developed by Remedy Entertainment, is the Spiritual Successor to Max Payne also by Remedy. Both are third person shooters with a gimmick, Max Payne has Bullet Time while Alan Wake has weaponized Weakened by the Light; both have Shows Within A Show; both use a genre that video games do not normally dabble in (Film Noir and Stephen King-esque horror), both have evil old ladies as the main antagonists, and both have Shout Outs to Norse mythology.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slated to be something of a Spiritual Successor to Chrono Trigger, with it's storyline that revolves around Time Travel through the centuries with the goal of preventing the postapocalyptic future one of your main characters hail from and multiple endings depending on your actions in the game.
  • Parodied by Valve, who tried to pass off Deus Ex: Human Revolution as the spiritual successor to Midway's Rail Shooter Revolution X, starring Aerosmith.
  • HAWX, to Blazing Angels (both arcade flight sims by Ubisoft's Romanian studio).
  • The old Taito game Mizubaku Adventure AKA Liquid Kids could be considered a successor to The New Zealand Story. Both of them are cutesy maze-like platformers with a hero who needs to rescue his kidnapped relatives/friends from cages in every level, have enemies pop up from randomly appearing portals, and have warps to other levels that appear by shooting empty portions of the stages. They also both have the same font for in-game messages!
  • The rare coin-op Nightmare in the Dark is a spiritual successor of sorts to the more well-known Snow Bros., except that you control a hunchback who engulfs enemies in balls of fire rather than snowmen burying enemies in snow by pelting them with snowballs.
  • Sega's Confidential Mission is considered by many a spiritual successor to their Virtua Cop games.
  • Dark Souls, with its near-identical Action RPG gameplay, probably would be Demons Souls 2 if Sony didn't own the IP.
    • And then came Bloodborne, yet another horror Action RPG by the director of Dark Souls and Demons Souls, but set in a new continuity.
  • R-Type had a line of actual sequels, but before most of these Irem made a spiritual successor titled X-Multiply.
  • Command & Conquer is the spiritual successor to Dune II, both done by Westwood Studios.
  • Twin Cobra was a spiritual successor to Tiger Heli, which in turn had a predecessor in Gyrodine, whose programmers went on to found Toaplan, the company which made the other two games. All three of these helicopter-based vertical shooters were distributed by Taito.
  • Skiesof Arcadia is considered to be a spiritual successor to Phantasy Star since both were developed by Sega's Overworks studios, and they're both turn-based roleplaying games. In fact, some fans consider Skies to be more a successor to Phantasy Star than Phantasy Star Online.
  • Valkyria Chronicles too is considered such to Skies of Arcadia. While Valkyria is a strategy RPG instead of turn-based, it has some members of Sega's now extinct Overworks studios on its development, and even Skies protagonists Vyse and Aika make a cameo in it.
  • Pochi & Nyaa, the last game Compile was working on before they went bankrupt, was an obvious attempt to recapture some of the gameplay and aesthetics of the Puyo Puyo Cash Cow Franchise which they no longer owned.
  • Chrono Trigger can be seen as Live A Live's Spiritual Successor due to the similarities of both games.
    • The sequel, Chrono Cross, got its own Spiritual Successor in the Baten Kaitos duology for the Gamecube: both games share several staff members, have the same art style (hand-painted backgrounds with 3d sprites), and have similar battle systems.
  • Obliterator, a Platform Game by Psygnosis, features a slightly more refined form of the mouse-based control system and gameplay of their earlier game Barbarian (not to be confused with Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior), but takes place in a science fiction setting instead.
  • The Vic Tokai Platform Games Kid Kool, Psycho Fox and Decap Attack all feature different characters (and the Japanese versions are different still), but have many elements in common, including the acceleration physics.
  • Doublesix's All Zombies Must Die is a spiritual successor to their earlier zombie-slaying game, Burn Zombie Burn.
  • The Fire Pro Wrestling series, along with HAL Wrestling for the Game Boy, is this to Nintendo's classic Pro Wrestling game, following the same style of play mechanics as well as the use of Captain Ersatz versions of existing wrestlers.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny is this for the Wild ARMs series. To start with, the Original Generation main character is a combined Expy of the various Wild ARMs protagonists, and she comes from a dying wasteland planet that's a Filgaia Expy and whose restoration serves as one of the main plots of the game. It helps that Kaneko, the Wild ARMs creator, is the one in charge of the game's development, and that he and Tsuzuki, the Lyrical Nanoha creator, are old acquaintances. This was confirmed in an interview Tsuzuki included in the guide, where he mentions that the Wild ARMs elements were included as a show of respect to Kaneko and the franchise he made, of which he had been a fan of since Wild ARMs 3.
  • People have joked that Team Fortress 2 is a Spiritual Successor to RuneScape, as both are games about collecting party hats, known for their "The one with the most hats wins" rule.
  • The X-Universe series is widely considered a Spiritual Successor to Elite and Privateer.
  • Skullgirls is being considered a spiritual successor to Arcana Heart, according to people in the fighting game community who attend professional tournaments and have played both of them.
  • Kenka Bancho is sometimes considered to be the 3D version of Nekketsu Koha Kunio-kun that Technos never got to make.
  • The Two Guys from Andromeda, the guys behind the Space Quest games, have just recently come back together to try and create a "SpaceVenture" that looks every inch like it'll be a successor to their previous series. They've even gotten Gary Owens back to narrate again!
  • The original Resident Evil was conceived when Capcom wanted an updated version of their Famicom horror RPG Sweet Home. An early teaser for Biohazard even used an arrangement of the Sweet Home battle theme and it is believed that the international title of Resident Evil came from a line in Sweet Home which describes the mansion where the game is set "a place of residing evil."
  • Resident Evil also borrowed the control scheme from the original Alone In The Dark 1992. Eternal Darkness is also something of a spiritual successor to Alone in the Dark as both games feature a female character called to an old mansion to investigate the suicide of a family member; an investigation that leads to Lovecraftian horrors.
  • The Sega arcade game Congo Bongo may had seemed like a blatant Donkey Kong-ripoff, but in reality the game's developer, Ikegami Tsushinki, was the same company Nintendo contracted to handle the programming for Donkey Kong.
  • The UK-based company Graftgold ported Rainbow Islands to the Amiga and other European-market home computers. They followed it up with a game called Fire and Ice, which had somewhat similar game mechanics (in particular, combat is done by shooting something that immobilizes an enemy and then touching it while immobilized, enemies left immobilized for too long will become stronger, every level contains a certain amount of enemy-dropped items which the player is supposed to collect, and taking too long to finish a level causes something to chase the player character), and its box cover had a quotation from a review that called it "the best platformer since Rainbow Islands".
  • Halo 4 seems to be more inspired by Metroid Prime than the previous Halo games.
  • The Wonderful 101, a Wii U game by Platinum Games, seems to be based somewhat on Viewtiful Joe.
  • When developers leave their parent company to start a new studio or otherwise lose the rights to their previous intellectual properties, it's not uncommon for them to create spiritual successors. For example, when the development team responsible for Xenogears and Chrono Cross left Square Soft to form Monolith Soft, they created successors to those games in the form of the Xenosaga and Baten Kaitos games, respectively. When the developers behind Devil May Cry, P.N.03, Viewtiful Joe and God Hand left Capcom to form Platinum Games, they created Bayonetta, Vanquish, The Wonderful 101 and MadWorld, respectively.
  • The open-source game Naev is a Fan Sequel to Escape Velocity, meant to be what EV 4 might have been if Ambrosia Software hadn't stopped making games.
  • Mr. Do! could be considered a spiritual successor to Dig Dug, what with the tunneling, the center-screen prizes and the boulders/apples.
  • The Neo Geo & Sega Dreamcast Platform Game Gunlord is essentially this to Turrican.
  • Nintendo Land continues the spirit of Wii Sports, since both games are fun and lighthearted games that show off the capabilities of their consoles. The main difference is that the former is Nintendo franchise-themed.
  • Legasista is a spiritual successor to Nippon Ichi and System Prisma's ClaDun games, and features some of the same elements, such as create-a-character mode and Randomly Generated Levels.
  • Super Retro Squad is this to Super Mario Bros Crossover in that the game is based on characters from vastly different games with their gameplay retained. The differences in this case are that Super Retro Squad is a Writing Around Trademarks version for commercial release (as such, the characters are replaced with expies — Mario himself, for example, is replaced by a German miner named Manni), the worlds in the game are based on each of the characters rather than solely emulating Super Mario Bros.., and there is some Character Customization present.
  • The Zero Escape series can be seen as a spiritual sequel to the Infinity series (which includes Never7 and Ever17), including similar themes about existence and involve a shady pharmaceutical company.
  • G-Loc was developed as a spiritual successor to Sega's After Burner.
  • Code of Princess to Guardian Heroes. Some of Treasure's former employees are the ones working on the game.
  • Casual Video Games are the spiritual successors to Arcade Games.
  • The Surge Concerto series (Ciel nosurge and Ar nosurge) was thought to be one to the Ar tonelico series, until Ar nosurge established a solid connection.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) (2006) to the Sonic Adventure series. Featuring similar gameplay styles, multiple playable characters, Hub Worlds and attempts of a more serious storyline.
    • Sonic Unleashed has been called Sonic Adventure 3 occasionally.
  • Rampage, to Crush, Crumble, and Chomp!.
  • Project Exonaut is this to Fusionfall. Both are online games revolving around redesigned Cartoon Network characters.
  • Star Citizen is the successor to Chris Roberts' earlier titles Wing Commander, Starlancer, and Freelancer. The single-player "Squadron 42" portion is more like WC and Starlancer, while the Wide Open Sandbox MMO half is more like Freelancer.
  • Pillars of Eternity borrows elements from at least three previous RPGs that Obsidian Entertainment's people worked on. According to the Kickstarter page it mates the companions and exploration of Baldur's Gate to Icewind Dale dungeon-delving to the storytelling and themes of Planescape: Torment. Stretch goals added George Ziets, the lead writer of Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, to the team.
  • And while we're on the subject, the game Torment: Tides of Numenera is being billed as a direct Spiritual Successor to Planescape: Torment. And like Pillars of Eternity, it has it's own Kickstarter. They avert Dueling Games because Obsidian Entertainment is very supportive of the project.
  • General Chaos is a spiritual successor to Pigskin, a "footbrawl" game developed by the same people back when they worked at Midway Games.
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger to Crash Bandicoot.
  • Domino Rally to No One Can Stop Mr Domino.
  • The Dark Cloud games could be considered spiritual successors to ActRaiser, given their emphasis on reconstructing the world with RPG elements.
  • Despite Word of God stating that Child of Eden is no sequel to Rez, the gameplay is very similar.
  • Blazing Star is the semi-official sequel to Pulstar, created by the same team working for a different company.
  • Following development of the late-80s soccer simulation Kick Off and its sequel, author Dino Dini left publishers Anco. Although Anco released a poorly-received "official" Kick Off 3, Dino Dini's Goal (written for another company) is considered to be the true successor to Kick Off 2.
  • Since a direct sequel of Knights of the Old Republic fell through (although they ended up making Star Wars: The Old Republic), Mass Effect is seen as this due to the story progression, outer space setting and decision making system, along with a type of morality meter.
  • Asura's Wrath was stated by Cyberconnect2 to be a spiritual successor to God Hand in the sense of over the top action, but the concept of the game itself is more like one of these to Time Gal or Yarudora due to being touted as an Interactive anime like the aforementioned games.
  • Risen to Gothic series after Gothic 3. Developers — Piranha Bytes — left the publisher, who retained rights to the title, world and most characters. Risen uses similar mechanics, but tries to correct the drawbacks of Gothic games.
  • TransBot for the Sega Master System is the spiritual successor to the Orguss Licensed Game for the SG 1000.
  • Crowd-funded effort Shadow of the Eternals is Eternal Darkness 2 in all but name.
  • SWIV was created by the developer of the home computer versions of Tecmo's Silk Worm, reusing some of the sound effects, and was all but advertised as a sequel to it. "Silkworm IV" was only one of three official expansions of the Initialism Title.
  • Star Flight and Starflight 2 influenced several others:
    • Protostar started as Starflight 3 under the same producer, Joe Ybarra, but had Serial Numbers Filed Off after disagreements between developer and publisher.
    • The first Star Control game, was inspired by Starflight, but bore little resemblance. Star Control 2 came much closer. Both were designed by one of Starflight designers Paul Reiche III.
    • Alien Legacy, also produced by Ybarra, has a smaller scope — only a single star system and only 1 on-screen alien race — but shares similar After the End / Apocalypse Not mood, as well as scouring the surface of alien planets for many kinds of Applied Phlebotinum and quest items.
    • Not really a successor, but Mass Effect director called Starflight a key inspiration.
  • Metro2033 and Metro: Last Light are considered by many to be the successors to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise. They are very similar in theme, the major difference in setting being Metro taking place mostly in the underground Metro in Moscow, and for the gameplay, that Metro is a traditionally linear fps as opposed to the sandbox of the Stalker series.
  • Journey is pretty much the successor to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
  • The currently-in-production freeware game 0 A.D. can be considered a spiritual successor to the Age of Empires series as a whole: it was originally going to be a total conversion mod of Age of Kings before the decision was made to create a whole new engine for it, it is set in a similar time period to the original Age of Empires, and its graphics quality is currently on par with Age of Empires III while also having a similar premise for the multiplayer function (that the player is in charge of a colony or settlement of the larger civilization, rather than building from the ground up). It even has (or will have) a lot of the same civilizations as the first two games.
  • The currently in development platformer Mighty No. 9 seems to be a spiritual successor to the Mega Man series, complete with Keiji Inafune and other people who used to work on the latter series being part of the development team. It's basically a Mega Man style game made as a response to the lack of Capcom-made ones.
  • City of Titans to City of Heroes.
  • WarioWare to the Sound Bomber mode of Mario Artist: Polygon Studio, and Mario Artist to Mario Paint.
  • Kill Switch, to Win Back.
  • Starbound is this to Terraria, as one of the developers of Terraria is the head developer of Starbound.
  • The Guided Fate Paradox is a spiritual successor to another Nippon Ichi-developed roguelike, Zettai Hero Project. Whereas ZHP's protagonist is a loser who becomes a superhero, GFP's protagonist is a loser who is selected at random to become a god.
  • Knack to the Naughty Dog-developed Crash Bandicoot games. Mark Cerny, one of the chief architects of the PlayStation 4, was an executive producer of the latter game, and director of the former.
  • Dragon's Crown is a successor to Capcom's Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. Both games are cooperative multiplayer-focused side-scrolling Beat Em Ups set in a highly detailed fantasy world. George Kamitani, one of the designers on the Mystara games, later became president of Vanillaware, developer of Dragon's Crown.
  • The Wii game Saint is effectively the successor to The Monkey King: The Journey Begins, with a more realistic art style. They were clearly developed on the same engine, and are both very loosely inspired by Journey to the West.
  • Titanfall to Call of Duty, more specifically Modern Warfare, due to the fact that developer Respawn Entertainment is composed of the majority of developers from Infinity Ward who left Activision following the release of Jason West and Vince Zampella, the co-founders of Infinity Ward.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 is strongly influenced by Super Mario Bros. 3, from the Tanooki Leaf power-up to those colorful rectangular sheet platforms Mario can walk between to the return of the Angry Sun to the Koopalings to each World's map being a wide rectangle. Reznor's role in this game is also rather similar to that of Boom Boom, guarding the midpoint of each World.
  • LEGO Minifigures Online is one to LEGO Universe; both are LEGO minifigure MMORPGS.
  • Contagion is a spiritual successor to the first two Zombie Panic games, being made by the same developers.
  • Bravely Default is already being called the best Final Fantasy game in years.
  • Mad News to Mad TV. Both were designed by Ralph Stock, but for different publishers. The only major difference is that you run a newspaper instead of a TV station; it is heavily "implied" that you still control the same character, just with the Serial Numbers Filed Off.
  • Japanese video game developer Azarest, is essentially Artoon, without actually being Artoon.
  • Omega Five is a successor to Capcom's Forgotten Worlds, using the same rotary aiming mechanic.
  • Double Dragon was this to Technos' earlier beat-em-up Renegade, although each also had their own series of sequels.
  • Transistor to the earlier Bastion.
  • In regards to its goop/fluid mechanics, Splatoon has frequently been characterized as "Super Mario Sunshine, except you spread goop rather than clean it up. Also with multiplayer added."
  • The Adventures of Lomax, having the same gameplay, is a spiritual successor to The Misadventures of Flink.
  • Space Football: One On One by Triffix for the Super NES is this for LucasFilm Games' Ballblazer for the Atari 8-bit computers, as it also is a futuristic soccer/football game using hovercraft.
  • Many players of the defunct browser-based RPG Glitch have recreated their avatars and in-game communities as "Folk" in Here Be Monsters.

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