Games and media franchises you know mostly from offbeat/forgotten sources.

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  1. RedoLane

    RedoLane GBAtemp Maniac

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    I actually learned about a lot of games through a single game... Namco X Capcom, a collaboration that never came out of japan.
    That was also before i learned about SRW OG Saga Endless Frontier, which contained the NxC protagonists.
    This is how i discovered that Dig Dug's protagonist had a full name, how he's related to Masuyo(Kissy) from Baraduke, and other stuff like The Tower of Daruga and Bravoman.

    I also learned that in this continuity, some game franchises take place in the same universe, either from different cities or different times.
     
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  2. bjaxx87

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    Dragon Quest Monsters for Game Boy Color marked the first time a Dragon Quest game was released in Germany. In the middle of the Pokémon hype it was a great gateway drug for me to get into the whole franchise.

    And while I enjoyed the 80s Ninja Turtles as a kid, it was the 2003 show that made me look at the Turtles differently and ultimately lead me to the source material: The much more adult and serious comics by Mirage Publishing which turned me into a real shellhead.

    The Mirage Ninja Turtles on the other hand lead me to another legendary comic book series (thanks to several crossovers): Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai which has been ongoing for 35 years now and fills a lot of space in my shelf.
     
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  3. pedro702

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    everyone knows smash bros made fire emblem being known, before that barely anyone played FE games or even knew about them.
     
  4. jDSX

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    I knew about doom 3 before ever knowing about the first two let alone being amazed of all the custom wads for it making it even more interesting to play
    Did not know anything about SMT till I played person 3 on a whim and learning of the exhaustive series of smt. I still haven't played the first two games but I really liked nocturne and persona
    Same thing can be said for suikoden my favorite franchise of jrpgs playing suiko II way back when blockbuster was still a thing and a little know store called strawberry's
     
  5. FAST6191
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    Some expected things, some unexpected things (I believe I said I would be impressed if someone did have the C64 text adventure for Hitchiker's guide so this is that) and some things I should have noted (the Saga vs Final Fantasy Legend thing comes up every so often in ROM hacking forums where we get people wanting to lean into or out from the connection. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles though as a way in for Final Fantasy is a first -- I did once meet someone that had not played final fantasy but had played Vagrant Story which is nominally set in the same universe as Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, though 12 would be along a lot later, but CC... OK then).

    To add to another of mine. Tetris 2 on the NES is probably my first real memory of Tetris.

    Also stretching the definition of media but we used to occasionally get the cash grab games dragged across the pond (or pop up on emulator collections) and thus I had no idea Cool Spot was a mascot for a drinks company or the same thing for that cheetah that advertises crisps as they had not made it here (and possibly still haven't). I suppose even more amusing there was playing Rainbow 6 vegas they had adverts for "Axe" body spray that I thought were parodies (the same stuff is called Lynx in the UK).

    Looking at my game shelves then it occurs I had only really done Baldur's Gate via Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance, which in turn is probably the most exposure I have had to mainstream dungeons and dragons (though I did see the films, including the sequels) outside of a few internet videos on the matter.

    It is a spoof/parody of "The Thinker" which is a fairly famous statue often used to show things deep in thought ( https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.1005.html ) but with the Temp mascot (in this case the older v2 version from a previous forum skin) https://gbatemp.net/threads/tempy-gbatemp-mascot-graphics.51083/ in place of its head and colour tweaked. If ever we do a little series, sticky, special thread we will often take the mascot and give it a little twist to reflect the content of the series
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/gbachef-wild-foods-you-collect-and-eat.547944/
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/so-you-want-to-learn-to-program.371255/
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/merry-christmas.492449/
    + many earlier review banners (example https://gbatemp.net/review/watch_dogs.150/, https://gbatemp.net/review/sniper-ghost-warrior-3.600/ ), though today it is mostly if it makes sense ( https://gbatemp.net/review/ace-combat-7.942/ ).
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/photos-video-audio-streaming-and-capture-an-introduction.371279/
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/gbatemp-game-of-the-year-2017-voting-playstation.492279/
    https://gbatemp.net/threads/gaming-perfection-sonic-06.464602/
     
  6. Ryccardo

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    Every single Amiga game I've tried is from the water-damaged 800 or so disks collection (99% are pirate) a friend of mine got from a friend of their father's: this in turn resulted into
    • Me buying the iPhone ports of Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Dreams
    • Learning about the Bomberman series (or Dynablaster as it was called on Amiga)
    • as well about the Kick Off series, invented by an Italian in London (spoiler: the Vita release is nowhere as funny as the original without the typos)

    I learned about the Super Mario cartoons by having reasonably fast internet around 2007 and finding out the existence of youtube and google video (you know what this means)
     
  7. xatzimi

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    I mean, honest answer: I used to only know Touhou through the massive amount of hentai
     
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  8. AdenTheThird

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    A lot of Smash Bros characters fit that quota for me. Joker, Corrin, Lucina, Chrom, Ricter, Cloud, Bayonetta, Lucas, Terry, Wii Fit Trainer...
    The list goes on and on!
     
  9. Psionic Roshambo

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    I got into anime a while back (on and off for a long time to be honest) but recently I discovered a LOT of anime have PS2 games. I haven't had a chance to play all the ones I want too yet... but so far I love Hokuto No Ken (I hope I spelled that right lol) but Fist of the North Star. It's a pretty solid fighting game with fantastic artwork and is actually fun to play.
     
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  10. naughty_cat

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    I was introduced to half-life after I played half-life: opposing force expansion pack, and I didn't know about the main game, or even counter strike until later... And 007 Nightfire was m first console first person shooter split screen game, back then I had never heard of Goldeneye XD
     
  11. Obveron

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    The kids playing RDR2, and never heard of Gunsmoke, OK Millennials.
     
  12. FAST6191
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    To be fair I don't think I could tell you a thing about Gunsmoke and might have only heard the name, this despite watching many episodes of Rawhide, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger and even some of The Virginian. Despite its popularity and length I think it is one of those things that slipped off the radar.
     
  13. Obveron

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    Full disclosure, the only Gunsmoke I know much about is the NES game. Although I don't believe it had any connection to the TV show. The NES game was the inspiration for the Read Dead games however.
     
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