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Aside from obvious choices, I would say "Rockman & Forte" for SNES. It came out in 1998.



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For me, Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64.
Reflections, impressive lighting and texture work really showcased what the Nintendo 64 could do, even if the framerate was less than ideal.



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Another really significant one for me is Project Zero 2: Wii Edition.

Arriving in mid 2012, when the Wii was essentially finished, it was marketed as a port of a decade old PS2 game but is actually something far more fascinating; a full on remake with redesigned gameplay and presentation and an expanded story, that is honestly one of the best old school horror games I've ever played.

It's atmosphere and scares are absolutely phenomenal, and its finely tuned pacing, nerve-wracking gameplay, and moody presentation are all excellent. It's an absolute crime it wasn't released in North America and received little attention, as it's a worthy if unconventional swan song for the little console that could.



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I remember playing Harvest Moon on SNES when we already had a N64 at home. But that game turned out to be more fun to me than anything I had for that shiny new console at the time. Which says a lot when Mario 64 was a launch title.



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BasilZero said:

Persona 4 for PS2.

Came out in 2008 while the PS3 came out in 2006 lol

Also Persona 5 for PS3

Came out in 2016 while PS4 came out in 2013



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Due to supply issues, diminishing returns and subsequent console generation elongation, I suspect the PS4 to be regarded as having a lot of swan songs.

Ghost of Tsushima
The Last of Us Part II
Horizon Forbidden West
Gran Turismo 7

But I sure hope that this selection pales in comparison to how fondly people will remember God of War Ragnarok in the future. I hope it turns out to be the masterpiece it could be.



Leynos said:

SEGA Dreamcast. Shenmue. Ikaruga. Rez. Fighting Vipers 2.

The Dreamcast had such a short life span that every game was practically a swan song.



Conker's Bad Fur day, now that was one I neglected to mention. For me, it was not only the last hurrah for the N64, but also for Rare; nothing they've made since has lived up to their golden age of 1994-2001 in my humble opinion.

Metal Gear Solid 5 in 2015 also felt like the swan song for both the PS3 and Xbox 360; the last real AAA game released for those systems, pushing them to the very limit for one final encore before retirement.



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Conker's bad fur day was my runner up for best Swan song. Never played it on the original hardware, I do not even think that the game had an official release in Sweden so one had to import it from UK or some other PAL-region.

The game play is not as good as other games from Rare, but the cut scenes is some of the funniest in the gaming world.
When the pitchfork fail to hang himself and the other barn boys just laughs at him for it is still one of my favorite dark humor scenes ever.