Estpolis Denki (エストポリス伝記? officially translated as Biography Estpolis), localized as Lufia outside Japan, is a series of computer role-playing games developed by Neverland (aside from Lufia: The Ruins of Lore, which was developed by Atelier Double). The games are published by Taito in Japan, and Natsume or Atlus in the U.S. While the games are primarily traditional 2D RPGs, they draw on elements from many other genres including action-adventure, monster collecting and puzzle games. The series currently consists of four games, a trilogy and one gaiden, or side-story. In the 1990s the games were developed for the SNES while more recent installments have been released on the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.
The Lufia series spans the course of several centuries, beginning with the defeat of the god-like Sinistrals in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. These events are followed by Ruins of Lore which take place 20 years later. The Sinistrals then return in Fortress of Doom 79 years later (99 years after their original defeat by Maxim). The current series ends with the sinistrals final defeat in Lufia: The Legend Returns, which takes place 101 years after Lufia & The Fortress of Doom (or 200 years after Rise of the Sinistrals).
|N.||Original title||Localized title||Year||Genre||Systems|
|1|| Estpolis Denki
Biography of Estpolis
|Lufia & the Fortress of Doom||1993||SNES|
|2|| Estpolis Denki 2
Biography of Estpolis 2
|Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (US)
|3|| Estpolis Denki よみがえる伝説
Biography of Estpolis: The Legend Returns
|Lufia: The Legend Returns||2001||GBC|
|4|| Estpolis Gaiden 沈黙の遺跡
Estpolis Side-Story: The Ruins of Silence
|Lufia: The Ruins of Lore||2002||GBA|
|2.2|| Estpolis Denki DX
Biography of Estpolis Deluxe
|2.3||Estpolis: The Land Cursed by the Gods||Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals||2010||Action-RPG||NDS|
The first game in the Lufia series made for the Super Famicom published in Japan in June 1993 (under the name "Estpolis Denki") and later that year for the SNES in North America. It starts out with a "prologue" of a team of warriors that defeat the evil group of "super-beings" called the Sinistrals. Then, the story changes to the main story of the descendants of these heroes, and how the Sinistrals are trying to be reborn.
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, released in Japan for the Super Famicom under the name "Estpolis Denki II", is a prequel to Lufia & The Fortress of Doom that takes place a hundred years before the events of the first game occurred, and ends the same way the first game began. Notoriously, it ends with the events that begin the first Lufia game, making the first game's introduction a great spoiler for the second. It was released in Europe as simply "Lufia" because Lufia & the Fortress of Doom was not released in Europe. This often causes a bit of confusion.
Released in Japan in 2000 as "Estpolis Denki: Yomigaeru Densetsu", and in the following year in America, Lufia: The Legend Returns is the series' first handheld adventure on the Game Boy Color. Taking advantage of the Game Boy's new enhanced color palette, the game features sophisticated 8-bit graphics, a new battle system and randomized dungeons. In this game, the player acts as a descendant of Maxim in the fight against the Sinistrals.
Lufia: The Ruins of Lore was released for the Game Boy Advance in Japan in 2002 as "Estpolis Gaiden: Chinmoku no Iseki", and a year later in North America. It is a gaiden, or "sidestory", game that deviates from the normal lore of the series. It was published by Taito in Japan and Atlus in America.