Just like books and movies, good video games usually produce sequels. Also like most movies, the sequel to a video game is usually something simple like Halo 2. Sometimes that basic naming scheme is ignored or interpreted oddly. Game designers occasionally name video games in very confusing ways, especially when making sequels. The following are the top five most confusingly named video game sequels.
5. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link – The oddity of this naming scheme is that the original game is called The Legend of Zelda, not just Zelda. Additionally, every major sequel to the original game other than this one has the full name of the original game in the title, before a subtitle, like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The removal of part of the title is especially confusing when Zelda isn’t even the main character of the game. In fact, she is sleeping for essentially the entire game. Obviously the designers recognized the confusion, because this naming scheme was not repeated in later games.
4. Goonies II – Goonies II may seem like a rather ordinary title for a sequel, but it gets a lot more confusing when you realize that the original Goonies game made by Konami was never released in the U.S., except on a few random arcade machines. Essentially, Goonies II was a sequel to a game that never existed. Since U.S. gamers never saw the original game, most gamers actually believed the game was supposed to be a direct sequel to the movie, which made equally little sense given the plot of the game.
3. Final Fantasy VII – Final Fantasy VII was the seventh main game ever released in the Final Fantasy series. Based on that, the name seems completely sensible. But, in America, only three games from the series were previously released, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II, and Final Fantasy III. Suddenly release Final Fantasy VII as the next game in the series made plenty of fans wonder how they had managed to miss three whole games in the series. The numbering system makes sense when you release that the second and third game in the U.S. were actually the fourth and sixth game in Japan, respectively, but this fact was not particularly well publicized when Final Fantasy VII was first released.
2. Dune II – Gamers were wrong when they believed that Goonies II was a direct sequel to the movie, but they weren’t wrong if they believed that about Dune II. There was a previous Dune game but it was made by an entirely different company and was an entirely different style of game. Dune II was actually a video game sequel to a movie that was numbered to suggest that the movie was the prequel. This makes total sense, unless you were a gamer searching for the Dune video game, and at best finding a game made by a different company that wasn’t even vaguely the same style.
1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – In November of 1992, Sega released Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Master System and the Sega Genesis. Dual releases near the end of the life of one system and the start of the next are not uncommon. For example, Titanfall received a similar dual release for both the XBOX 360 and XBOX One. What makes this release odd was that the two games were completely different. Normally dual releases are graphically different due to the hardware limitations of the earlier game and the later system may also have some bonus content, but the two games are nearly identical. This wasn’t even vaguely the case for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. These are two games, with identical names, both made by the same publisher, that are completely different. It is almost like Sega was trying to create the most confusingly named sequel ever.