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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:

Tropes featured:

  • 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.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Heartful Tears (sometimes translated as Wipe away your tears) is a recurring song used in most of the earlier installments in the series and their remakes, either as a prelude or for particularly sad moment. Some versions: Makai Toshi SaGa, GB version (WSC remake), Makai Toshi SaGa 2 (DS remake), Romancing SaGa (Minstrel Song), Romancing SaGa 2
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Strongly averted; monsters (including blatantly non-humanoid ones like slimes, tigers, and scorpions) are just another sentient race and you'll find almost as many of them hanging around town peacefully as you will humans and mutants/espers. They can even be party members.

Alternative Title(s): Sa Ga