The first game I present to you is Actraiser 2. This game was AWFUL compared to it's predecessor Actraiser. They literally took out half of the game from the original Actraiser. The whole "Sim" aspect was removed from the game and what was left was side scrolling action game with wonky controls and little story.
Ultimately, Actraiser 2 looks amazing, but in the end after the removal of half the game and the huge learning curve compared to the last game I feel like a lot of gamers got duped into buying an action game when they were expecting more of a building sim.
Another game that I feel is worthy of mention is Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link. Well still a pretty good game, it was no where near as good as it's predecessor. I think what we all wanted was another top down, screen shifting, action-rpg, but what we ended up with was a half-hearted side scrolling action game with some RPG elements thrown in.
Zelda 1, where dying in a palace in Zelda 2 and having to walk all the way back (sometimes through other dungeons!) just to get there and die again felt very repetitive and boring. I've seen the inside of that starting room in Zelda 2 more then I care to remember.
This was a game that sold copies only because it had a gold case and was the follow up to Zelda 1. Bringing on a new team and new director for this game resulted in sub-par game-play that does not even come close to capturing the essence of original Zelda and thinking about it makes we want to throw a Nintendo controller across the room.
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. This wasn't as much of a sequel as it was a spin off, but it didn't change the fact that as soon as you popped this game into your SNES you couldn't help but ask... "What the hell is this?!".
The lack of difficulty and just plain goofy characters and game-play was very off putting and is still till this day one of the of few blacksheeps of the Final Fantasy franchise . I do revisit this game time to time for it's nostalgic value, but a game like this would never have been purchased if games before it hadn't set such a standard in the RPG world.
Unfortunately, this trend continues in the gaming industry today, but luckily gamers have the tools to avoid these poor purchases now. Let history teach us a lesson and use the tools available to hold the gaming industry to a higher standard than in the past and get out monies worth when giving them our $60.