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New game plus, also referred to by several similar names, is a video game mechanic where, upon successfully finishing a game, the player is allowed to restart the game with their character just as powerful as they were when they beat the game. This is usually done to allow the player to more easily find secrets they missed in their first play through or experience alternate endings.

The term "new game plus" comes from the 1995 game Chrono Trigger, however, the mechanic has existed since the 1980s. A traditional new game plus does not alter the game beyond having a more powerful starting character. There are similarities between a new game plus and a hard mode or alternate world, but they are quite different and should be treated as different mechanics even though most online resources do not properly distinguish between them.

I like when developers add a new game plus feature. It doesn't require much work, and it gives the game more life and replay-ability because it's usually fun to replay the early stages of a game when you're over-powered.

Games

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather games that are important to me.

Title Released Notes
Borderlands 2009-10-20 At any time, you can start a new game with your existing character, maintaining all your stats and equipment.
Chrono Trigger 1995-03-11 You keep everything except certain plot items.
Diablo 1996-12-31 At any time, you can start a new game with your existing character, maintaining all your stats and equipment.
Gunmetal Arcadia Zero 2016-11-15
Kid Icarus: Angel Land Story 1986-12-19
Metroid 1986-08-06 You keep all your power-ups (excluding energy tanks and missiles).
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987-01-14 You keep all your levels. When you max out, additional levels give 1-ups.

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