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Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals ( エストポリス伝記II Estpolis DenkiⅡ in Japan ) and Lufia in Australia is an RPG game with puzzle elements developed by Neverland and published in Japan in 1995 by Taito, and in North America and Europe in 1996 by Natsume and Nintendo respectively, for the Super Nintendo video game console.

Lufia II is a prequel to the first Lufia game, Lufia and the Fortress of Doom. It follows the story of the first main character’s ancestor, Maxim, and explains the origins of the war between mankind and a group of superhumans called Sinistrals.

Lufia II made a number of changes from the first game. Dungeons no longer have random encounters and there are hundreds of puzzles throughout the game, ranging from simple to extremely challenging. It also introduced new skills, such as a variety of weapons that could be used to stun monsters or solve puzzles, and IP attacks.

In 2009, Square Enix announced that it was developing a new game in the Lufia series, known as the Estpolis series in Japan, for the Nintendo DS. According to Famitsu, Estpolis: The Lands cursed by the Gods will be a remake of Lufia II. Square Enix will be making some major changes to the original, the most prominent being that The Lands cursed by the Gods will be an action RPG, while Rise of the Sinistrals was turn-based. The Lands Cursed by the Gods will also feature 3D graphics and voice acting. The game will be released for Nintendo DS on February 25 in Japan; no North American date has been announced.

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Breath of Fire II

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Breath of Fire II, originally released in Japan as Breath of Fire II: Shimei no Ko (ブレス オブ ファイアII 使命の子, lit. Breath of Fire II: The Fated Child?), is a console role-playing game developed and published by Capcom. First released in 1994, the game was licensed to Laguna for European release in 1996. It is the second entry in the Breath of Fire series. It was later ported to Game Boy Advance and re-released worldwide. The game has been rated by the ESRB for release on Wii’s Virtual Console. Nintendo of Europe’s website mistakenly announced it for release on July 27, 2007, but it was in fact released two weeks later, on August 10, 2007. The game was released on the Virtual Console in North America on August 27, 2007.

Unlike later installments in the series, Breath of Fire II is a direct sequel to Breath of Fire. Set 500 years after the original game,[1] the story centers on an orphan named Ryu Bateson, whose family vanished mysteriously long ago. After his friend is falsely accused of a crime, Ryu embarks on a journey to clear his name.

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Lufia & the Fortress of Doom

Lufia & the Fortress of Doom (エストポリス伝記 Esutoporisu Denki?, officially translated as Biography Estpolis) is an RPG with puzzle elements developed by Neverland and published by Taito in 1993, for the Super Nintendo. It is the first title in the Lufia series of video games and the only game from the series released under the Taito label in North America.

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Breath of Fire

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Breath of Fire, originally released in Japan as Breath of Fire: Ryū no Senshi (ブレスオブファイア 竜の戦士, lit. Breath of Fire: The Dragon Warrior?), is a role-playing video game developed by Capcom originally for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Initially released in Japan in April 1993, the game was later made available in North America in August 1994 by Squaresoft, who handled the title’s English localization and promotion. Recognized by Capcom as their first traditional console role-playing game, Breath of Fire would set the precedent for future entries in the series, and features character designs by company head of development Keiji Inafune, as well as music by members of Capcom’s in-house sound team Alph Lyla. In 2001, the game was re-released for the Game Boy Advance  handheld system with new save features and minor graphical enhancements, with the English version being released in Europe for the first time.

Set in a fantasy world, Breath of Fire follows the journey of a boy named Ryu, one of the last surviving members of an ancient race with the ability to transform into mighty dragons, as he searches the world for his sister. During his quest, Ryu meets other warriors who share his quest, and comes into conflict with the Dark Dragon Clan, a militaristic empire who seeks to take over the world by reviving a mad goddess. The game experienced mostly positive reception upon release, and was followed by a direct sequel, Breath of Fire II, in 1994.

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