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Video Game: Lufia & The Fortress of Doom

100 years ago a band of heroes set off to the evil Sinistrals, a group of four gods who planned to rule over the world from the floating Island of Doom. With the power of the Dual Blade in hand Maxim and his three companions Selan, Guy, and Artea were able to defeat the Sinistrals. Their victory came at the cost of Maxim and Selan's lives, but victory it was. The world is at peace once more, but one man stands on the lookout for the Sinistrals who vowed that they would one day return. Though everyone else was convinced it would never happen the Sinistrals did in fact return and our young hero sets off with a mysterious girl named Lufia on a quest to once more seal away the gods.

This is Lufia & the Fortress of Doom or Estopolis Denki for the SNES. Published by Taito before it closed its doors in America and developed by Neverland, Lufia is a rather simple turn-based JRPG. The first in the Lufia series it would introduce the series setting, the Sinistrals, and the Dual Blade. Gameplay wise it was your typical JRPG. You had a party of four characters with preset roles. Some such as Lufia could use magic while others bashed baddies on the head with large and deadly weapons like swords and axes.

This game provides examples of...

  • All Swords Are the Same: Maxim wields two swords, which look alike. Despite that the Sword of Plot Advancement is called the "Dual Blade", there's only one — this game's hero only uses one sword.
  • All in a Row
  • Amnesiac Dissonance
  • Artifact Title: The girl Lufia would go on to name the series in America and Europe.
  • Badass Grandpa: Guy, now over 100 and is "still kicking". He kicks the bucket before we see him doing anything else.
  • Badass Normal: Aguro, who has no magic abilities and just hits things really hard.
  • Bittersweet Ending: It's really the series trademark.
  • Broken Bridge
  • Bonus Dungeon: The Ancient Cave which makes an appearance in every game.
  • But Thou Must: Jerin is a required party member, so you can make it to the Hidden Elf Village.
  • Character Exaggeration: Of the legendary heroes who don't speak nearly as formal in the second game.
  • Degraded Boss
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Take a wild guess.
  • Easing Into the Adventure: Averted - the first dungeon is the final dungeon of the second game.
  • Encounter Repellant: Sweet water is somehow used to avoid monsters.
  • Follow the Plotted Line: The people who block you from using the teleporters that bring you to the next town usually have bad reasons for it.
  • Forced Level Grinding: This game is very hard, incredibly hard, unless you grind at least enough to buy all of the equipment in the current town you're near.
  • Follow the Leader: It bears similarities to the first Lunar game.
  • Game Breaker: The Mirror magic, learned by Jerin at level 32. It will reflect any magic thrown at you by the enemy, but will let healing and buffs through. Using Mirror on everyone makes the final boss battles jokes.
  • Guide Dang It: It is possible to visit a town that wasn't meant to be visited yet as soon as you get your boat, merely by sailing in a different direction than what they tell you to. Doing this gives you access to equipment miles better than what you are normally supposed to be using at the time. The equipment is expensive, but with enough grinding, it is easily do-able.
    • Also, it is possible with lots of Level Grinding to reach the bottom floor of the Ancient Cave before going any further in the storyline. Doing this is a Game Breaker, obviously.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here: The Hero.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Elfrea.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: In the first fight with Gades, Hero hits him several times for minor damage, then Gades smacks down Hero with one blow.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The hero chooses to live with Lufia/Erim which leads to the continued existence of the Sinistrals.
    • Though it's implied Erim is no longer one with Lufia, meaning their revival in the other game is thanks to Arek.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: You can rob a sword from Guy's grave. That means something.
  • Lost Forever: Averted with items you sells There's a shop a certain town that sells everything you've sold.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Noble Demon: Erim/Lufia.
  • Physical God: Four them in fact!
  • Rare Candy: Power potion for HP, speed potion for AGL, mind potion for INT, great potion for STR, and spell potion for MP.
  • A Taste of Power: You start the game off playing as the legendary heroes off to fight against the Sinistrals at level 80 and a good stock of potions.
  • Together in Death: Maxim and Selan in the beginning.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Lufia is actually Erim.
  • We Buy Anything: Justified, as everything you sell will be sent to Forfeit.
  • Wham Line: When Daos reveals that Erim (up until now unseen) revived the other Sinistrals... and that Lufia is actually Erim.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The titular Lufia.

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alternative title(s): Lufia And The Fortress Of Doom
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