Lufia, known as Estpolis Denki (エストポリス伝記, officially translated to Biography of Estpolis Denki) in Japan, is a series of console role-playing games developed by Neverland (aside from Lufia: The Ruins of Lore, which was developed by Atelier Double). The games are published by Taito in Japan, and Natsume or Atlus in the U.S. While the games are primarily traditional 2D RPGs, they draw on elements from many other genres including action-adventure, monster collecting, and puzzle games. In the 1990s the games were originally developed on the Super NES while the most recent installment, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals, was developed for the Nintendo DS and was released in Japan on February 25, 2010 and in North America on October 12, 2010. The series currently consists of six games, including this most recent installment.
The Lufia series spans the course of two centuries, starting with the defeat of the Sinistrals in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. These events are followed by Lufia: The Ruins of Lore, which take place 20 years later. The Sinistrals then return in Lufia & the Fortress of Doom 79 years later (99 years after their original defeat by Maxim). The series ends with the Sinistrals' final defeat in Lufia: The Legend Returns, which takes place 101 years after Lufia & the Fortress of Doom.