Assassin's Creed Dead or Alive Altair Tina

It didn’t take long into the lifespan of video games for the first sequel to hit. As with a lot of early gaming history, exact dates and “firsts” can be tricky to pin down, but there is definite evidence of numbered video game sequels going back to the early 1970s. Even the concept of video game “franchises” came pretty early on, with PC series like Ultima and Wizardry already on their fifth installments by the mid-80s.

The NES in particular was as much a platform for exciting new properties as it was a place for companies to lay the foundation for franchises that would go ...

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