Video Game: Digimon WonderSwan Series
A series of four Bandai WonderSwan games released between 1999 and 2001 based on the Digimon franchise. The four games star Ryo Akiyama, a character who made a handful of cameo apperances in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 before becoming a Sixth Ranger in Digimon Tamers, and detail his ongoing conflict with the sinister Millenniumon. Their main draw is they are the hypothetical manual for exactly who the hell Ryo is, what he's doing in two different alternate continuities, and why he's seemingly out-of-place in the Tamers universe; they also link together all permutations of the franchise as a multiverse, which of course Ryo ends up saving.All four were a victim of No Export for You because the WonderSwan itself wasn't released in the west, and so while most people are aware they exist and they explain Ryo's backstory, non-Japanese fans who've played them or are aware of how exactly it all unfolded are few and far between.The series did a crossover with Digimon V-Tamer 01 in one of its bonus chapters, with Ryo teaming up with the manga's Taichi Yagami to challenge Vikemon... and getting very distracted.The four games in the series:
- Digimon Adventure: Anode/Cathode Tamer (December 1999) (set around New Year's Eve 1999)
- Digimon Adventure 02: Tag Tamers (August 2000) (set shortly after the Our War Game Short Anime Movie; co-stars Ken Ichijouji)
- Digimon Adventure 02: D-1 Tamers (December 2000)
- Digimon Tamers: Brave Tamer (December 2001)
This series provides examples of:
- The Ace: The first three games all treat Taichi, The Leader of the original Digimon Adventure team, as the height of Tamer achievement. Indeed, Ryo's only called in when Taichi isn't able to help. Ryo finally surpasses him in the Tournament Arc of D1 Tamers, becoming the Ace himself.
- Arc Welding: The first three games bridge the gap between Adventure and 02.
- Continuity Snarl: With Digimon Adventure, 02, and Tamers, which already have plenty of disagreements.
- Mons: Like other Digimon games, Digimon are gathered into teams and fight on Ryo's behalf.
- Not-So-Small Role: Ryo's friend Ken, his ally in Tag Tamers and a background presence in D1 Tamers. He is, of course, the same Ken as Digimon Adventure 02's, prior to becoming the Digimon Emperor.
- Villainous Crush: After his first defeat, Millenniumon gains a single-minded obsession for Ryo, lavishing him with Terms of Endangerment and subtext; everybody else (including Ken) he holds in absolute contempt. In Brave Tamer he goes so far as to claim to be Ryo's true partner, but he is also completely insane, so his word can be taken with a grain of salt.