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Danganronpa: kibou no gakuen to zetsubou no koukousei

Hardware: PSP
ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生
Danganronpa: A Hope-Filled School and Despair-Ridden Students
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Since Danganronpa mania didn't sweep the west until 2014 when it was re-released on the Vita (or possibly even when the anime was aired in 2013), many forget that it began life way back in 2010 on the Vita's predecessor: the PSP. Though its original platform and release date do nothing more to explain its uniqueness. It borrows from so many pieces of media and genres of games that it makes one's head spin, and merges things both western and Japanese. But there is a very good reason why it caught fire in the west as it did: It takes the best parts of everything involved and mixes them all together.

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Dragon Quest

Hardware: Famicom
05/27/1986 (Japan), 08/1989 (US)
Dragon Warrior

When you look at the immense popularity of Dragon Quest in Japan these days, it's hard to believe that it came from anything but itself. It's often credited as the first and most influential Japanese RPG. While it's certainly one of the most influential, it's not the first. It owes its design to a handful of different predecessors, many of which are western and were released on home computers. Dragon Quest can lay claim to being the first turn-based console RPG (the first non-turn-based console RPG being Hydlide) though.

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