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I thought the Worst Game Sequel thread was pretty interesting. I like seeing what's important in a game to other people. And it's fun to reminisce about terrible sequels. Even if hard to pinpoint the worst one overall, you can't deny there's a lot of them.

Which got me to thinking about what sequels did it *right*. What sequels went beyond its predecessor(s) in awesomeness.

A big example that pops into my mind is Mario 3. The first Mario game isn't bad by any means. It's a classic, and can still be fun to this day. However, Mario 3 blows it out of the water in my opinion. It takes everything that was great about the original and greatly expanded upon it. You don't just have 4 stages per 'world' anymore, you have many stages in a world, different paths to choose, and the worlds are themed and less generic. There's items you can collect and a lot more powers to wield.

And who didn't love the giant world!?

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Really, really, good sequels?

-Super Smash Bros. Melee

-Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword (as compared to Sealed Sword/Binding Blade)

-Kirby's Dream Land 2

-Pokémon Gold/Silver

-Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (as compared to Phantom Hourglass)

-Megaman 2

-Mother 3

-Super Mario Land 2

-Wario Land 3

-Super Metroid

-F-Zero GX

-Sonic 2

-Sonic 3 & Knuckles

-Advance Wars 2

Maybe I exaggerated?

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From the top of my head (proly forgetting half of them):

Ace Combat IV & V

Arc the Lad III

Bonic Commando 2009

Breath of Fire III

Contra III / Super Probotector

Dead Space 2

Demon's Crest

Devil May Cry 3

Dragon Ball Z - Super Butoden 2 (SFC)

Fallout 3

Fantasy Zone 2 - Tears of Opa Opa

F.E.A.R. - Perseus Mandate

Final Fantasy VI & XII

Front Mission 3

Gradius III and Gradius V

International Superstar Soccer Deluxe

Megaman 2 and Megaman Zx Advent

Metal Gear Solid 3 and Peace Walker

Rage Racer

Raiden III

Resident Evil 2 & 4

R-Type III - The Third Lightning

Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2)

Shinobi III - Return of the Ninja Master

SnK vs Capcom 2 - Millionaire Fighting 2001

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (master system)

Splinter Cell 3 - Chaos Theory

Street Fighter II and SF III 3rd Strike

Streets of Rage 2

Super Castlevania IV and Order of Ecclesia

Super Metroid & Metroid Fusion

Syphon Filter - Dark Mirror (psp)

TLoZ Links Awakening and TLoZ The Minish Cap

Thunder Force IV

Wonderboy III - The Dragon's Trap

Zone of the Enders - the 2nd Runner

*braces himself for impact*

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Absolutely no contest Donkey Kong Country 2.

One was awesome, and still 2 took it to a whole new level with design, music, atmosphere...

this and

Pokemon Gold/Silver introduced a HUGE amount of improvements, and it was early enough that they hadn't started to run out of ideas much. Still the best generation of pokemon IMO.

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