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Wii RPG of the Year - Rune Factory: Frontier
Sometimes, a series just moves beyond its initial roots and becomes something beyond its name. Fallout 3 came from a series known in the hardcore circles to become a bestseller on home consoles. It changed from a turn-based hex grid to an action game all without blinking an eye. While the Rune Factory change happened a bit more slowly, one thing can be for certain: Rune Factory: Frontier's dropping of the Harvest Moon name is an action that's purely justified. It's above and beyond other Harvest Moon titles - and even the DS iterations that shared the Rune Factory name. Neverland was able to expand on everything in the Harvest Moon world, and it shows, as everything in the game shines with polish. The characters are entertaining and feature fantastic, witty dialogue, the story felt like you were solving the mysteries of the island yourself, and the challenges were all worthwhile and gave a fantastic feeling when conquered. The game is deeper than most would think, as well, featuring hardcore staples like item synthesis, which made the game all the more fun. That's only scraping the surface of the additions, as well, as the game features monster raising, several types of customization, and challenging combat. Rune Factory: Frontier fuses that Action-RPG combat with the simulation elements Harvest Moon fans are familiar with, and, ultimately, is a game that no Wii owner should pass up. Both longtime Harvest Moon fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with Rune Factory: Frontier.

Runner-up: Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
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Action RPG: Handheld
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Strategy RPG: Handheld
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