Please excuse the story time, I just feel like writing a bit.
Solatorobo is an off-the-beaten-path niche title that a lot of people are probably never going to hear of. I was wondering how everybody here came to know about it.
For me it was just luck. I just had a major surgery recently and have been hurting and mostly house-bound. I had someone take me to Gamestop for a few minutes, I haven't bought a new video game in ages because my health issues have translated into money issues but I really needed something to take my mind off of things.
Looking at the DS games I saw Solatorobo and that it had a soundtrack with it which is always cool. Then I saw that it was about a dog riding a robot and instantly I thought of Tail Concerto which I have for PS1 from back in the day and I always really enjoyed, assuming it was a dead property that would never see a sequel. I didn't even know the two games were related at this point I was just noting the similarities.
Well I was hurting and wanted to get out of there so I did something that I never do and decided to take a risk and buy a game I never heard of and knew nothing about. I was impressed with the art style and the manual and the soundtrack extra and the graphics looked cool. I figured it couldn't be a total loss and I could try to sell it if it turned out bad. When I got home the first thing I did was Google the game and I got excited when I saw all the positive reviews, then I got REALLY excited when I found it it was actually a sequel to Tail Concerto!
My mind was blown even though it all made total sense because the similarities were many and obvious. They actually made a sequel of one of my favorite PS1 games that only I ever heard of! Then I got to playing and on top of that the game was good, even better than Tail Concerto.
I don't remember window shopping for video games and blindly buying one I never heard of simply because the box looked cool since my Sega Genesis's day and I'm happy that it paid off this time.