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999 is a DS game anyway, and actually, I felt it was tedious that the puzzles couldn't be skipped in subsequent playthroughts. I couldn't be bothered to do them six times, so eventually I just googled all endings. The true ending was fairly ... disappointing, I felt, but I prefer more believable stories in general, and 999's was far out there. Still, a remarkable game.
Last Virtue's Reward is the 3DS sequel, but if you opt for it, play 999 first.
I heard the latest(and apparently last) Professor Layton iteration struck a pretty emotional chord as far the story goes.
Not sure if I can attest to that though, as I'm not very familiar with the series nor have I ever played any of the games. But with PW vs PL coming soon, maybe I should get to it sometime...
I played through Layton not too long ago and agree with this. It was a pretty emotional conclusion. That being said, I don't think it would mean nearly as much to people who haven't played the rest of the series. I actually had missed the first game in the prequel trilogy (last specter) myself but still felt familiar enough between all the rest of the games.
Also, a port, but I also found Tales of the Abyss to be pretty up there.
999/VLR made me misty eyed at a few points so I'd say that. MGS 3 Snake Eater counts I guess too, but I see it as a playstation game. If you do want to play 999/VLR, you could play VLR alone I guess but some of the twists wouldn't have as much punch without context and VLR spoils 999's story.
This may sound weird, but the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are REALLY well done as far as storyline. I've cried like a baby at each and every one. The ending of the most recent MD game, Gates to Infinity, left me in uncontrollable hysterics. Lol.
She was walking on a stage after the play was over. Who now could say it had ever happened. AC:NL: Town: Repaupo, Mayor: Stoochy, Dream Address: 5600-2142-2397