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Video Game: 3D Dot Game Heroes
8-bit gaming, Playstation 3 style
3D Dot Game Heroes is a title for the PlayStation 3. It's an homage to The Legend of Zelda series and retro gaming in general. You play as a young hero trying to save the kingdom of Dotnia from some legendary evil. It references and parodies several gaming themes and clichés. It's not limited to gameplay, either. The entire game is depicted as a 2D title that has been converted into high-definition 3D; old-school sprites now look like giant chunks of polished LEGO bricks. Though hardly groundbreaking, its humor and nostalgia appeal to older gamers.

This Shout Outs list is a secret to everybody.
This game provides examples of:

  • Action Adventure: Much of game is based upon the first Legend of Zelda.
  • Affectionate Parody: Due to being a parody of the two, the base game is a hybrid of The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Your first sword belonged to your grandfather.
  • Ascended Extra: The Shadow Mitsuo boss from Persona 4 that tried to breach the fourth wall. The style from that boss made itself into its own game.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Missile Towers in Block Defense. Cost way too much to build and upgrade, take at least 8 waves to unlock, but they annihilate everything.
  • Badass Princess: The female Royal class PC.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Implied; it does turn out that just about every dog, cat, or chicken in a village that you can "talk" to actually WAS a human under some unexplained curse.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One of the game's user-created character sprites is this.
  • BFS: The default swords can already reach a significant distance (3 or more tiles, from a character who is 1x1 tiles in size), but upgrading makes them ridiculous. You really can upgrade a sword until you can strike enemies from more than a full screen away.
    • The best example of this is the fully-upgraded Giga-Sword. Forget hitting enemies from a screen away, you can hit them from a time zone away with this thing. It is quite feasible, with one spin attack, to not only clear out a room, but an entire floor of a dungeon.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: One of the weapons you'll get early on.
  • But Thou Must: Used, by name, by the Princess after you save her and refuse to take her along. She will continue to say this until you agree.
  • Cap: Every sword has a certain amount of "potential" (measured in G) limiting how far you can upgrade it. The lowly Wooden Sword has none whatsoever, making it unupgradable.
    • Subverted with the Giga-Sword, the only sword in the game without any caps on its upgrades.
  • Character Customization: The Character Editor lets you build and upload "any" 3D sprite you can think of.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: You may occasionally encounter a large blue dragon wandering around in the overworld ... who will easily wipe the floor with you if you try to take the beast down.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: You can ask an NPC for an Infinite Money Code. He'll just mock you and say to earn it yourself.
  • Classic Cheat Code: Entering the Konami Code (itself hinted at by a character in the developer room) hides the animation for your shield.
  • Cool Sword: Swords are retractable and long enough to slash through the entire screen at full power.
  • Death Mountain: Right down to its northern location (and across a river, no less!), continuously falling rocks, and red color motif.
  • Developer's Room: There's one accessible in Nialliv Valley, in the north.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: You can upgrade your sword's length and width. The innuendo did not go unnoticed by the game developers. See this trailer. Not to mention acquiring the Freeze spell from the Aqua Sage Ohtu, which requires you to stab her repeatedly to create enough "stimulus" for her to release the magic power upon the Hero. If that wasn't blatant enough, she even groans and says "It's... COMING!!"
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Iris has gone missing. Good luck finding her.
  • Evil Overlord: Dark King Onyx
  • Evil Sorcerer: Fuelle, the Dark Bishop
  • Excuse Plot
  • Exposition Fairy
  • Fairy Companion
  • Fetch Quest: Several of the sidequests.
  • Fission Mailed: Dashing into a wall in Spelunker mode. Also, repeatedly refusing a certain guard's request will cause the game to give a fake game over, with the guard warning that you almost got a real game over.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: If you install the game to your hard drive to reduce load times, it will randomly crash.
  • Game Within a Game: The three minigames are implied to be this, as you're not the only one implied to be playing them.
  • Generation Xerox: Dotnia's legendary savior was your grandfather. Guess what you get to do.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The hero starts his/her adventure waking up at an inn; he's been summoned by the King.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The six sages and their respective orb powers. Also, the Bestiary.
  • Graphics-Induced Super-Deformed: Intentionally invoked.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: The Wire Rod.
  • Guide Dang It: Good luck finding the Anchor Rod upgrade on your own.
    • Or finding Ai and Sue.
    • Or getting the Moon Sword.
  • Hammerspace: There's no way you'd be able carry your sword otherwise.
  • Harder Than Hard: Spelunker Mode. Also qualifies quite literally as Nintendo Hard.
  • Hello, Insert Name Here
  • Heroic Mime
  • A Hero Is You: One of the Sages says this after the final battle.
  • Homage: To classic gaming in general, and to The Legend of Zelda specifically.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The first battle against Fuelle, as you don't have the necessary spell to make him vulnerable.
  • Hyperactive Sprite
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon
  • Improbable Weapon User: Aside from attacking with physics-defying swords, you can also wield a fish.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: The Giga Sword becomes this if you spend a lot (and we mean a lot) of money upgrading it.
    • The true Infinity Plus One Sword is the Moonlight Sword, which you get for completing every sidequest, and when fully powered up is the most powerful sword you can have when you don't have full hearts, which not only reduces your sword to a much reduced length and width but also typically downgrades your attack power by a sizable amount.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Grey keys are standard finds in any dungeon, but on rarer occasions you may find Red, Blue, or Green keys too.
  • Killer Rabbit: Literal carnivorous rabbits are common low-level enemies around the central plains and forest.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Appearances by practically every Dragon Quest IV character (with slightly altered names), in addition to Dragon Quest II, Dragon Quest V, Final Fantasy II...
  • Literal Metaphor: How do you "book" enemies for your Bestiary? You equip the Bestiary book as a weapon and whack them with it.
  • Literal Split Personality: Princess Iris, split into the three fairies Ai, Lee, and Sue.
  • Loading Screen: Accompanied by illustrations in the game's signature pixel style, many of which are references to classic retro games. A compilation of the loading screens and the games referenced can be found here.
  • Lost Forever: A lot of items and sidequests, actually, some with criminally short windows in which they can be obtained/completed. Particularly notable instances include the fairies Ai and Sue, the Ultima spellbook, the "Have a Nice Night?" trophy, and the entire From Cave sidequest.
  • The Maze: Getting to the second dungeon, the Forest Temple. One wrong turn will return you to the entrance.
  • Meaningful Name: The fairies Ai, Lee, and Sue. Put them together and you get AiLeeSue, a (Japanese) phonetic pronunciation of "Iris", the princess and the true identity of the three combined fairies.
  • Metal Slime: The Crystal Slimes have a fair amount of HP and are very fast. The NPC who initially tells you that the best way to defeat one is to corner them.
  • Mini-Game: Dash Circuit, Blockout, and Block Defense.
  • Money Spider: You can make a small fortune by killing bosses. Certain enemies (zombies, Centathrows) drop gold coins frequently.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Onyx
  • Multiple Endings: Aside from dialogue differences based on your character class (Hero/Scholar/Royal), saving the princess also factors in, but can't be done in the same run as the regular ending.
  • New Game+
  • Ninja Maid: You can play as one.
  • Nintendo Hard: The first few dungeons aren't so bad, but once you get to the fifth dungeon ... half of the puzzles rely on finding red/blue switches to open or close matching blocks that block various passages. Die (and have to restart) with the switches in the wrong position and you could end up repeating half the dungeon just to get back. And this is on top of having to locate keys to open the doors. Oh, and the temple's boss is a dragon with significantly more HP than previous bosses...
    • Not to mention that filling your Beastiary changes boss strategies into Endurance Battles, i.e. Hitting them with a rather weak Book.
    • Getting the Wing Sword and Wyrm Sword. Pre-patch 1.01, the Wing Sword was quite possibly too hard to even qualify for this.
    • Spelunker Mode, for obvious reasons.
  • No Bulk Discounts: Averted. Items such as torches, lamps, arrows and bombs are sold in packs, and the packs are always less expensive (per unit) than they are if purchased separately.
  • No Damage Run: You're awarded a trophy for any boss you can defeat without taking damage (preferably, but not necessarily, at full HP). To make this a bit easier, even if you didn't get the trophy, you can choose to "revive" the boss for a rematch and try again.
  • No Hero Discount: You'll have to chop through countless minor enemies and grassy patches to afford everything you'll need.
  • Nostalgia Filter
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Spelunker Mode
  • One-Winged Angel: Fuelle, the final boss, is this. After you beat him once, the Dark Orb turns him into an incarnation of the Dark King Onyx.
  • Optional Sexual Encounter: If you stay the night in Raejack after rescuing the princess, one of these is implied by the innkeeper (and you'll also get the "Have a nice night?" trophy to go along with it.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They're generally of the Western variety, but four Hero sprites are small dragons with interesting summaries (e.g. "too small to breathe fire or fly").
  • Plot Coupon: The six orbs in the six temples.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Princess Iris
  • Puzzle Reset: For the most part, leaving the room and returning is enough.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Don't be afraid of Hotel Nialliv; the long and boring story behind its name is just that it's located in Nialliv Valley, where the ominous Dark Tower also resides.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Dark King Onyx
  • Shifting Sand Land: Have fun getting to the third dungeon, the Desert Temple! There's lots of quicksand in your way. Inconveniently Placed Conveyor Belt style quicksand, that is...
  • Shout-Out: Many to classic and retro gaming in general, and The Legend of Zelda in specific. See the ShoutOut subpage for details.
  • Spin Attack: While pressing the X button to thrust your sword out, you can press a different direction to swing your sword in that direction and (terrain permitting) hit enemies in a wider area.
  • Stock Video Game Puzzle: Moving blocks, pressing switches, killing everything in the room, etc.
  • Sword Beam: For the most part, having full HP empowers your sword to strike farther, wider, or harder than normal. But a few swords can shoot actual energy beams when used at full HP.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: One of the first things you acquire.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential / Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Sure, you can go ahead and keep slashing that Chicken in Raejack village. But you probably won't leave the village alive....
  • Videogame Settings: Everything from Octon-infested rivers to mummified golems in the desert dungeon.
  • Video Game Tools: Boomerang, Bow and Arrow, Shield, Wire Rod, Candle, Lantern, etc.
  • WelcomeToColneria: Nearly all of the NPCs have fixed dialogue that doesn't change much as you progress through your quest.
  • The Wiki Rule: It's fairly small, but yes, there is one on Wikia.

    Creator/From SoftwareAnother Century's Episode
    Play Station 3 Ace Combat Infinity
BishōnenEastern RPGSeventh Dragon

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