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Why do Japanese games always turn their protagonists into kids in their sequels?

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3 years ago#1
I noticed this a lot in many games, like:


- From Megaman X to Megaman Zero, they made Zero look like a kid.
- Phoenix Wright to Apollo Justice. Apollo Justice is like a kid version of Phoenix Wright.

- Atelier something. I remember reading an article that they made the character a child again. (Like what they did with the Dragonball Z anime)

- Final Fantasy XII and its sequel. Vaan and Penelo are turned into kids?
- Final Fantasy Tactics. The 2 sequels all have kid protagonists.
- I think in Okami, they chose the protagonist in the sequel to be a puppy?



I'm pretty sure there are more examples, but this is all I could remember right now. Cite more if you can remember some.


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3 years ago#2
Cuz kids are rad,man. But seriously though, Japanese children generally mature faster than many other countries so that might have something to do with it.

If I am wrong feel free to correct me.

EDIT: Also, it's like the 80s there. By that I mean teens are still considered cool. At times.
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3 years ago#3
Junpei_Stupei posted...
- Final Fantasy XII and its sequel. Vaan and Penelo are turned into kids?


Say what?
3 years ago#4
Everfree_Fire posted...
Say what?



I swear only a few people know this:



http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/6/1/4/935614_87561_front.jpg



I get asked all the time.

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3 years ago#5
Junpei_Stupei posted...
Everfree_Fire posted...
Say what?



I swear only a few people know this:



http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/6/1/4/935614_87561_front.jpg



I get asked all the time.

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Different art style doesn't mean they're kids.
I haven't played Okamiden but I don't think Amaterasu is the main character....
Rorona was turned into a kid because the producers didn't want her to be 30+ lol
3 years ago#6
Change in art style to suit the DS does not mean they got younger, you realize that?
3 years ago#7
But they did try to make Vaan and Penelo look younger than they should. In my opinion, at least. Just look at the other characters and maybe you'll see what I mean.

Ashe:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/blurming/ashe.jpg

Vaan:
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww348/BushidoPixie/Video%20Games/Final%20Fantasy/Final%20Fantasy%20XII/Vaan/271px-Vaan_RW.jpg

Anyway, they did add two kids as protagonists, Kytes and that other little girl whose name I forgot. TC's point stands.
3 years ago#8
Maybe it's just me, but Vann doesn't look any younger than Ashe than he did in FFXII.

Also, his point doesn't stand because they are not turning the protagonists into kids in the sequels. They pretty much were to begin with if you're trying to nit-pick it.
3 years ago#9
Ashe was slightly older than Vaan and she acted much more mature.
3 years ago#10
You forgot Golden Sun. They were pretty young in the first 2 games, but not little kids anymore (for most part). Then Dark Dawn comes around and the protagonists are 3-4 years younger on average.

Lufia did it the other way around though. Lufia 1 starred a bunch of kids around age 15-16 or so. Lufia 2 starred adults. Though technically, it takes place 100 years before the first game.
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