An experimental game is any game that was developed and either released or unreleased by a company or a person to gain enough experience to develop other video games that are more well-done. Some examples include these:
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Koto Battle and Tomato Adventure - Experiments for the Mario & Luigi and Hamtaro games by AlphaDream. StarGlider 1 and 2 and X (Ekkusu) - Experiments for Days of Thunder for Game Boy and the Super FX games. Dylan Cuthbert even said it was an experiment in the Super FX Documentary video. Gitaroo Man - Experiment for Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and its successors. Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru - Experiment for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.
Hang on, hang on... Super Mario RPG wasn't an experiment for Mario & Luigi... That's insane!
In fact, this entire topic is completely mental. When a developer makes a game, they will use gameplay mechanics that will probably make it into later games or sequels... but that doesn't mean they were experimenting before their "big" game.
That's like saying Super Mario Bros. was an experiment for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, or Pokemon Red/Blue was an experiment for Pokemon Diamond/Pearl.
For The Frog The Bell Tolls was in development at the same time as Link's Awakening, and by a largely different team. The gameplay is totally different as well, being a basic RPG with side-scrolling sections rather than a top-down action/adventure. And the Hamtaro games have nothing to do with the Mario RPGs or Tomato Adventure... they're more like an Adventure or Puzzle game than an RPG.
So I want this madness to end, because unless you can back any of these statements up with interviews or the like, then it's utterly pointless.
Dr. Mario was an experiment for Dr. Mario Online Rx
Experiment games are like prototypes that consumers can take home with them before seeing their superior cousins. It's usually about their engines. Sometimes if Nintendo and/or another company needs to create something new, they have to create something else and test it out in the market before attempting to use it to create something different.
Usually, Nintendo creates an original game, but later takes the idea and puts it in one of their largest franchises, while they never go back to the original game's plot. Tomato Adventure, For the Frog the Bell Tolls and X were all like that.
The only engine similarities between the two are in the overworld. The battle system, which I would consider the meat and bones of a Zelda game, is entirely different.
They share a graphical style and similar overworlds. That's about it.
Don't forget about the underworld and castle parts of For the Frog the Bell Tolls, which are very similar to Link's Awakening's underworld scenes. They also have similar text windows (when talking to someone) and pop-up menus (when pressing Start).
Nester the Lark: Also, I know YL isn't into speedruns, but he might be interested to know that RPG Limit Break is having a Gust marathon all weekend, including several Atelier games.
Sept 25, 2020 22:01:18 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Ah… Bad timing. I didn't read this until now, when it's almost over.
Sept 27, 2020 12:59:22 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, if you're still interested, they'll be uploading the replays to their YouTube channel later this week.
Sept 27, 2020 17:58:41 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I like that Mayles put her back in her kneepads. What's the last game they were in? One of the Kongas? It was a good look for her, albeit very 90's.
Oct 4, 2020 19:37:15 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: The jokes call to me, their siren song a temptation I can hardly bear, yet I must stay my tongue. Confound my dirty sense of humor.
Oct 16, 2020 13:05:51 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The replies I see to anything Nintendo posts on Twitter are probably an indication as to why they abandoned Miiverse and decided that social media should be someone else's responsibility.
Oct 20, 2020 16:48:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: As mentioned in Twitter, I'm currently playing Atelier Meruru DX. I'm thinking about writing reviews for the Arland series afterwards, as well as making a second Nintendo Switch review video after I finish either this or my next game.
Nov 7, 2020 8:46:05 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ I would be interested in seeing your reviews of the Arland games.
Nov 7, 2020 10:56:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: So, there's been Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. But guys, how about this: Punch-out Warriors! It's like Punch-out, but you fight all of your opponents at once!
Nov 12, 2020 12:12:00 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Sounds punchy, but unless it's a real knock-out I don't think it'd be a hit.
Nov 15, 2020 16:11:31 GMT -5