Ogre Battle

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For the Queen song, see Queen II § "Ogre Battle".
Ogre Battle
Genres Tactical role-playing, real-time strategy
Developers Square Enix (current)
Quest (former)
Publishers Square Enix (2010–)
Artdink, Atlus, Enix America, Nintendo, Quest, Riverhillsoft, SNK (1993–2001)
Creators Yasumi Matsuno
Platforms EZweb, Game Boy Advance, iMode, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (New Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U)
Platform of origin Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Year of inception 1993
First release Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (Super Famicom)[1]
  • JP: March 12, 1993
Latest release Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (Wii U Virtual Console)[2]
  • EU: February 9, 2017

Ogre Battle (オウガバトル Ōga Batoru?), sometimes referred to as Ogre Battle Saga (オウガバトルサーガ?), is a series of five tactical role-playing and real-time strategy video games developed by Quest Corporation and currently owned by Square Enix. There are five original games in the series, and one remake.

Overview[edit]

The first video game in the series, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, was released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan, and two years later in North America. The title was a real-time strategy role playing game,[3] set in a medieval fantasy world. The second game in the series, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, was released in 1995 in Japan. It was a turn-based tactical role-playing game making use of isometric graphics, and the title is largely considered to be "exceptionally influential" to the genre.[4][5] Two subsequent games in the Ogre Battle series – Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber and Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia – follow the real-time strategy gameplay of the original title in the franchise, while Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis follows the turn-based tactical role-playing gameplay elements of the second game in the series.

The Knight of Lodis, released in 2001, is the last original release in the franchise. In 2010, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together was remade for the PlayStation Portable, but the characters, story and setting are identical to the 1995 release. The creator of the series, Yasumi Matsuno, directed the remake of the game. Matsuno was also responsible for another highly influential title, Final Fantasy Tactics, originally released in 1997. Though the title bears no relation to the Ogre Battle series, Final Fantasy Tactics is considered by some critics to be a spiritual successor to Tactics Ogre.[6] As of 2016, the franchise mostly remains active through re-releases of the first two games for the Nintendo's Virtual Console service in Japan, North America and Europe.

The name of the series was inspired by the 1974 song Ogre Battle performed by the English rock band Queen. The titles of the North American releases of the first two games in the series were also inspired by titles of songs performed by Queen, The March of the Black Queen and Let Us Cling Together.[7]

Video games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen March 12, 1993 (SFC) May 1995 (SNES) July 3, 2009 (Wii VC)
Notes:
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together October 6, 1995 (SFC) 1998 (PS) February 25, 2011 (PSP)
Notes:
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber July 14, 1999 (N64) October 7, 2000 (N64) March 26, 2010 (Wii VC)
Notes:
  • Real-time strategy game
  • Seventh chapter of the saga
  • Released on Nintendo 64 in 1999; this version was later released for Wii Virtual Console (2010) and Wii U Virtual Console (2017)
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (オウガバトル64 パーソン・オブ・ロードリー・キャリバー?, Ōga Batoru Rokujūyon: Pāson Obu Rōdorī Kyaribā)
  • The English subtitle translates to Japanese as Shidōshataru Utsuwa o Motsu Mono (指導者たる器を持つ者)

Side stories[edit]

Title Original release date

Japan

North America

PAL region

Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia June 22, 2000 (NGPC) N/A N/A
Notes:
  • Real-time strategy game
  • Side story originally titled Prince no Shō: Let us walk on together, so as not lose our way (プリンスの章 Let us walk on together, so as not lose our way)
  • Released on Neo Geo Pocket Color in 2000
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Legend of Ogre Battle Gaiden: Prince of Zenobia (伝説のオウガバトル外伝 ゼノビアの皇子?, Densetsu no Ōga Batoru Gaiden: Zenobia no Ōji)
  • Only game in the series not to be released outside of Japan
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis June 21, 2001 (GBA) May 7, 2002 (GBA) N/A
Notes:
  • Tactical role-playing game
  • Side story originally titled Ovis no Shō: Lodis no Kishi (オウィスの章 ローディスの騎士)
  • Released on Game Boy Advance in 2001
  • Originally released in Japan under the title Tactics Ogre Gaiden (タクティクスオウガ外伝?, Takutikusu Ōga Gaiden)

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