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In order to help manage the different versions of a single game, we have compiled here a list of possible release relations and terminology, along with some examples.

Predecessor, Successor and Partners

When specifying when a game was released in relation to other games in its series or sub-series, use one of the following terms:

A game published or released before another in the same series or sub-series
A game published or released after another in the same series or sub-series
A game published or released at the same time as another in the same series or sub-series
Kirby's Adventure is a successor game to Kirby's Dream Land
Pikmin is a predecessor game to Pikmin 2
Pokémon Gold is a partner game with Pokémon Silver
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages is a partner game with The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Sequels, Prequels, Interquels, etc.

When specifying a game's chronological placement (as opposed to order of release) within the timeline of its series, use one of the following terms:

a game that follows the story of another entry in the series
a game set before the story of another one, even if it is released later
Interquel / Midquel
a game set between the story of two others
Super Mario Bros. 2 is a sequel to Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a prequel to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge is a midquel between Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie
Metroid Prime is a interquel between Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus

Remakes, ports and Re-imaginings

A game is redone, with improved graphics, and possibly minor changes to the story and/or gameplay.
A game is re-released on an emulated service, but is not changed in terms of graphics, story, etc. Controls may be adapted to suit the new console, and bugfixes may be included.
A remake of a game, with more significant changes to the plot, graphics, and gameplay techniques. Also sometimes referred to as a "reboot".
Updated Release
A game is released a year or two later, with some minor additions or changed details. Not a full remake.
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is a remake of Super Mario Bros.
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land is a remake of Kirby's Adventure
Super Mario 64 was ported on Virtual Console
Star Fox 64 is a re-imagining of Star Fox
Super Mario Bros. is ported for Virtual Console
Pokémon Yellow is an updated release of Pokémon Red and Green, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Red and Blue


  • Each remake and re-imagining merits a page; however, ports do not. This is due to the fact that ports generally do not change the content of the game in any way.
  • If a game is ported to another console, categories for the year in which the port was released are not added to the article.


When indicating if a game can interact with another game, use the following terminology:

Data is transferred from one game to another, temporarily or permanently
Data is continually transferred from one to the other, and often back to the first
Golden Sun: The Lost Age imports information from Golden Sun
Pokémon Black and White imports information from Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Pokémon Platinum exchanges information with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver


Compilations are single games consisting entirely of ports and/or remakes of previous games, usually with little or no original content.

Super Mario All-Stars is a compilation of
Game & Watch Gallery is a compilation of

Games featured within other games

Certain games, most notably the WarioWare series, sometimes include partial ports of other, larger games. These are usually termed "mini-games", or, within the WarioWare series, "microgames".

Kirby's Dream Land is a mini-game in Kirby's Adventure
Helmet is a microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
Star Fox is a microgame in WarioWare D.I.Y.

Other situations

There are times when different releases of a game vary based on what region it is being released in.

Sometimes, this is simply a difference in language, with minor differences in art, story, etc. Other times, there are drastic differences between the two regional releases.

How big the difference is helps determine whether or not a separate page is required for each release.

Star Fox 64 is renamed in the PAL region as Lylat Wars
Pokémon Red and Blue is the international release of Pokémon Red and Green
with the graphical improvements of Pokémon Blue


  • If the same game is released for the same console in different years in different regions, and is not a port or remake, it should have categories for each of those years. For example, F-Zero was released in Japan in 1990, the USA in 1991, and Europe in 1992. Therefore, it goes in the 1990 games, 1991 games, and 1992 games categories.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 is a special case. The game originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2 was deemed by Nintendo of America to be excessively difficult, and it was decided not to release the game outside of Japan. In its place, Nintendo instead restyled Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, originally a Famicom Disk System game, into a Mario series game, and released it in the USA and Europe as Super Mario Bros. 2. The Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was eventually released as part of the Super Mario All-Stars collection, where it was renamed Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and the Western version of Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in Japan as Super Mario USA. To help avoid confusion, please refer to the game released in the USA and Europe as Super Mario Bros. 2, and the Japanese original as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
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