SaGa is an RPG series created by Square Enix. In North America, the first three games were released as part of the saga-makingly popular Final Fantasy series under the name Final Fantasy Legend. (Similarly, the first World of Mana game was released as Final Fantasy Adventure).
It has nothing to do with the comic book Saga.
Character sheet for the franchise here.
The series consists of:
- Makai Toshi SaGa (1989, Game Boy) — Released in the U.S. as The Final Fantasy Legend. Has a 2002 WonderSwan Color remake.
- SaGa 2 (1990, Game Boy) — Released in the U.S. as Final Fantasy Legend II. Has a 2009 Nintendo DS remake, Goddess of Destiny.
- SaGa 3 (1991, Game Boy) — Released in the U.S. as Final Fantasy Legend III. Has a 2011 Nintendo DS remake, Shadow or Light.
- Romancing SaGa (1992, Super Famicom) — Has a 2005 PlayStation 2 remake, Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song.
- Romancing SaGa 2 (1993, Super Famicom) — Has a 2016 Enhanced Remake for iOS/Android and later to platforms belonging to The Eighth Generation of Console Video Games.
- Romancing SaGa 3 (1995, Super Famicom) — Has a 2019 Enhanced Remake for iOS/Android and platforms belonging to The Eighth Generation of Console Video Games.
- SaGa Frontier (1997, PlayStation) — Has a 2021 remaster for iOS/Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC planned.
- SaGa Frontier 2 (1999, PlayStation)
- Unlimited Saga (2002, PlayStation 2) — The only game in the series without a capital G.
- Emperors SaGa (2012, GREE)
- Imperial SaGa (2015, PC)
- SaGa Scarlet Grace (2016, Play Station Vita) — Received an internationally released Enhanced Remake, with the subtitle Ambitions
- Romancing SaGa Re;Universe (2018, iOS/Android) — A mobile gacha game released internationally on June 2020.
- Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend (2020, Nintendo Switch) — A Compilation Re-release of the first three SaGa games.
- Hit Points: Restored after each battle and includes another type, called Life Points, which are more limited and require sleeping somewhere or healing items to regain them.
- In Name Only: The first three games were titled The Final Fantasy Legend in North America, but are actually completely divorced from Final Fantasy in all aspects aside from sharing the same developer and using the stat progression system of Final Fantasy II.
- Level Scaling: Enemies rank up along with the characters. This, however, doesn't apply to bosses.
- Mutagenic Food: Depending on the game, both monster meat and robot components can either turn your character into a monster/robot OR be a simple way for monsters and robots to get new abilities.
- Nintendo Hard: The series is infamous for featuring a steep difficulty curve where even the most basic enemies pose a remarkable threat and can/will cause a Total Party Kill to any unprepared gamer.
- Non Standard Skill Learning: Generally the player can spark learning new skills (randomly, of course) by spamming abilities lower on the skill tree.