Star Fox 64 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Star Fox 64 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network International Dog Day 2019: The Goodest Video Game Doggos That Ever Was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:27:19 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Your Dog — Harvest Moon

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You can’t find a video game dog more like a real dog outside of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Stardew Valley.

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He or she has a lovely little dog house outside for those cool mornings and lazy evenings, and there’s always a place ready to snuggle down for the night inside your house. All that’s really needed to make them happy in life is a smile and a good head pat, though snacks are most welcome of course.

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You’ll frequently see your four-legged friend wandering about the farm, casting an eye over the crops and keeping the other animals in line, occasionally wandering over to make sure you’re okay.

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It’s getting your dog that really makes the farm first seem like home, too. Before that, you’re a newcomer to a strange place, with a massive farm to look after and a big, empty house to exist in. Add a dog, and just like in real life, you’ve got an instant home, a bright spark of life that makes the future seem good after all.

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Unlike your other animals, you technically don’t have to feed your dog either, so pointing to your canine caretaking abilities in Harvest Moon et al probably isn’t the best way to convince someone you can care for a real dog.

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Still, in those early days when times are tough, resources are scarce, and crops are slow to grow, it’s a great comfort knowing your dog is perfectly happy eating air.

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It's not really an exaggeration to say none of these games would be quite the same without their fabulous canines.

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No matter what your favorite video game dog is and why you love it so much, though, make sure to take some time today and every day to give your real dog some snuggles, snacks, and playtime.

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Oh, and if we had to make a list of honorable mentions, it would be: 

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  • General Pepper (Star Fox)
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  • Dog (Dragon Quest: Origins)
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  • Hewie (Haunting Ground)
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  • Poppy (Samurai Shodown)
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  • Caesar (Wargroove)
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  • Vigilance (Skyrim)
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  • Chop (Grand Theft Auto V)
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  • Riley (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
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Let us know which good doggos you would add by sounding off in the comments below! 

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Amaterasu — Okami

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Most dogs in video games are your friends, your sidekicks, or your pets. But in Okami, you are the dog — or, more accurately, you are the white lupine representation of the sun goddess Amaterasu on the mortal plane.

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Okami is all about Amaterasu and her truly epic journey to preserve creation in the face of Orochi’s impending onslaught of darkness. It’s drawn straight from Japanese legends, though naturally, with some changes and embellishments for game purposes.

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Being an almost all-powerful goddess, Ammy, as her villagers call her, is able to change the world around her using a mechanic that makes the game shine as a unique experience almost as much as it is a unique game. You’ll use Ammy’s powers to solve puzzles, bring objects into creation, interact with and change the environment, and take on foes throughout the gorgeous watercolor world.

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Amaterasu’s story might be beautiful, but it isn’t always a happy one. She’s tested to the end of her abilities and faces defeat and despair more than once. At her weakest point, though, when all seems lost, she transforms into her true self and suppresses Orochi’s darkness for all time, before ascending to the Celestial Plain.

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Now, most dogs aren’t going to have lives quite that active, and hopefully, yours won’t have a face-off against the lord of darkness. But Amaterasu’s actions still embody the essence of being a dog — putting everything on the line for the ones that need them most and trying their hardest to make sure they don’t let anyone down.

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Bill Grey — Star Fox

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Bill Grey is the quintessential guard dog. Data for Bill existed in the scrapped Star Fox 2 game for the SNES, but he didn’t make a proper debut until Star Fox 64. He’s one of Fox McCloud’s oldest friends, with the two having grown up and attended pilot school together.

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In 64, Bill takes charge of Corneria’s defensive squadrons, aptly called the Husky and Bulldog squads because duh. He also makes an appearance in the often-overlooked Star Fox Command, also on a defensive mission with Falco, and then he returns yet again to defend Katina once more in the ill-fated Star Fox Zero.

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No matter what he does, Bill is always looking to protect the things that mean the most to him.

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He might not be as visible in the series as General Pepper, but he’s certainly got something Pepper doesn’t. Where the General barks orders and maintains a definite distance from the rest of the squad, Bill is right there in the space-trenches alongside everyone else, sharing their burdens as one of the team.

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Unfortunately, Bill still manages to be the one left out of the big picture. He gets no special ending in Command and doesn’t have as much chance for character development as a certain frog, falcon, and donkey.

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While we hope, one day, Bill gets some more attention, maybe even part of a full-blown adventure like Star Fox Adventures, he serves as a good reminder to give credit where it's due to all the goodest watchdogs in our lives.

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Dogmeat — Fallout

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What’s the one thing you need if you’re struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world that's reeling from the effects of nuclear disaster? Food, radiation protection, and survival gear are all wrong answers because a dog is what you need.

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Fortunately for our Fallout hero, a dog is what they get in the form of Dogmeat.

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Dogmeat’s appearance isn’t uniform across the Fallout games. He’s sometimes a large black dog, a wolf-like dog, or a German Shepherd, but the basic gist remains the same across the series.

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At some point during your travels, you get the chance to find and recruit Dogmeat by helping him out and taking an interest in his wellbeing.

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Typically, his owner died sometime in the past, or he just didn’t have one. Though initially spending his days guarding his territory and terrorizing anyone who comes near, he eventually takes up with you and joins your journey for survival as a party member.

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Unlike other party members (and JRPG dogs), Dogmeat can’t equip gear or use weapons that you couldn’t normally fit on a dog, but he still holds his own in combat with no trouble, so long as you make sure to look after him.

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In return, Dogmeat looks after you, alerting you to the presence of enemies, helping you find items, dealing huge amounts of damage in combat, and generally just being your best friend, especially in Fallout 4.

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The world might be dark and deadly in Fallout, but Dogmeat is a good reminder that a loving dog by your side makes every day just a bit easier.

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Koromaru — Persona 3

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Koromaru is the Persona 3 version of the famous Greyfriars Bobby in Scotland. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known throughout the city of Edinburgh during the late 1800s; after his owner died from tuberculosis, Bobby remained in the cemetery for 14 years, faithfully waiting to see his master again.

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Koromaru once lived at a shrine on Iwatodai Island with his owner; Shadows killed his owner, but Koromaru stayed at the shrine nonetheless, waiting faithfully, until the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S.) comes along and adopts him.

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Unlike Bobby, though, Koromaru isn’t real. That key difference means his strength of heart lets him summon a Persona — Cerberus, of course — to take the fight to the Shadows.

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He’s one of the only party members with a natural defense against dark magic, has high speed, and lands critical hits often, which lets you get that sweet, sweet “One More” extra attack. Like Repede, Koromaru wields a knife in his mouth.

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But more importantly, he wears an unbelievably adorable pair of tiny wings and a T-shirt.

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His floofy cuteness actually plays an important role in the story as well. Koromaru keeps Shinji Aramaki from being the stereotypical gruff character with no depth, as he’s the only one Shinji opens up to and acts like a normal human around.

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That’s a very important point to note later on, before the very bad thing happens ,and you learn more about Shinji, Akihiko, and Ken’s intertwined past.

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He also helps you raise Social Link points with others by taking him for a walk at night. Truly, no one can resist Koro-chan’s charms.

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Sandy — Dragon Quest XI

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Sandy doesn’t get much screen time in Dragon Quest XI, but what she does get makes her a top-notch canine companion.

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The first thing you have to do in the game is climb Cobblestone Tor for a ritual that proves you and your childhood friend Gemma have grown up. The problem with this particular tradition is that the Tor is crawling with monsters. Gemma, grown up though she may be, is no fighter. That leaves Hero to fend off the creatures alone.

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He’s not entirely alone, though. Good ol’ Sandy comes to the rescue and joins the party, with some powerful attacks to help see you safely through your trials.

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Doing a regular mode run, that might not seem like much of a big deal. This is the first dungeon, after all, a time for extended tutorials and enemies no tougher than pudding.

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Take on a Draconian Quest, and it’s a different matter entirely. Without Sandy, these early-game monsters would kick your rear right off the Tor with no effort at all.

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Sandy doesn’t play a direct role in the plot, but she’s still important. Hero grows up with Sandy, and like all good dogs, she’s part of everything in daily life — until that fateful day when their world changes.

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Thinking about Sandy and Cobblestone like that makes the first gut-punch hurt that much worse and sets a distinctly different tone for Hero’s adventures from that point on.

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Zeit — Trails from Zero, Trails of Azure

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You’d be hard pressed to find a dog or wolf that’s more of a contradiction than Zeit is in The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and Trails of Azure.

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He’s at once massively important to the plot, themes, and backstory, but simultaneously doesn’t have a big role to play in the plot thanks to an exception in a certain contract he has. (Yes, a wolf has a contract. It’s a thing.)

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Zeit is a legendary divine wolf who watches over the land known as Crossbell. After one of the mafia groups from Crossbell City starts wreaking havoc in the countryside, the divine wolves get blamed until the Special Support Section of the Crossbell Police steps in to put things right.

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Despite being huge, divine, and legendary, he acts like a normal dog from then on, protecting the SSS headquarters, and generally letting the city’s kids do whatever they want with him.

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Outside some indirect combat support, it initially seems like that’s what Zeit’s role is — big, loveable pooch.

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As Azure gears up for its final chapter, though, that notion changes in a very big way as you learn about Zeit’s past and his connection with Crossbell. Among other things, you can take control of Zeit as a playable party member, and you quickly find out he can basically end the world with a swipe of his paw.

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Yet whether you’re worthy or not, and despite his own circumstances, he chooses to be your friend and help you when times get tough.

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It’s a subtle underscoring of the games’ “true bonds” theme — and pretty much what dogs do in our lives every day.

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Repede — Tales of Vesperia

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Games in the Tales of franchise typically have some sort of animal sidekick. While Mieu in Tales of the Abyss is one of the better ones thanks to being a barometer measuring Luke fon Fabre’s character development, Mieu isn’t a dog.

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Repede from Tales of Vesperia is a dog — and one with impeccable style and presence. He carries a pipe in his mouth and swaps it out for weapons during combat, both of which make for a pretty hard act to beat.

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Repede doesn’t necessarily have much story significance in Vesperia, other than being a reminder of how difficult protagonist Yuri Lowell’s past has been. Beyond plot necessity, though, he's a genuine friend to the isolated Yuri, with all the loyalty and affection we'd expect from the best dogs — and all that in spite of what Yuri did in the past to Repede's father.

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Repede's also a true beast in combat.

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He’s one of the first party members you get, and also one of the rare examples of using a “pet” as a full-time party member — outside Breath of Fire III, at least.

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While he might not be much of a magic user, Repede is speedy and strong, with powerful technical Artes attacks and the ability to strike and retreat with haste. Add his theft ability on top of that, and he’s a character you’ll want to regularly keep on the field. 

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Repede is exactly what all good dogs are: invaluable and adorable.

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Angelo — Final Fantasy VIII

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Angelo is the very definition of loyal. She’s Rinoa’s dog in Final Fantasy VIII and takes things a big step further than Interceptor. For one, she’s always by Rinoa’s side. Always. Whether it’s at school, in battle, or even after that spoilery thing happens and Rinoa is incapacitated for a while, Angelo is there, offering her support.

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Rinoa’s comment about learning so much from Angelo isn’t just cute dog talk either. Unlike Interceptor, Angelo plays a more defined role in combat.

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For one thing, she’s Rinoa’s Limit Break, which is obviously the series’ best Limit Break. Rinoa and Angelo start with four basic attacks, but she/you have to read dog magazines to learn new abilities as an improved dog trainer.

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Depending on circumstances, Angelo can even help heal an ailing party member or perform a hard-hitting attack at just the right moment to turn the tide.

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She gets a biscuit for her troubles during battle, which is sweet. But the endgame is what serves as a perfect metaphor for how our relationships with our dogs usually go.

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After staying by Rinoa at all times, saving the party’s skin on countless occasions, and generally just being perfect, what does Angelo get? More biscuits? Head pats?

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No. She gets left behind while Rinoa has a moment with Squall.

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Whatever.

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Rush — Mega Man

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Rush is Mega Man’s loyal robo-dog friend in the Mega Man series and spinoffs, starting with Mega Man 3 and staying by the Blue Bomber’s side ever since.

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It’s not just one Rush, either. The robo-doggo takes on a wide variety of different forms as the situation calls for it.

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The most familiar one is probably spring-mode Rush, aka Rush Coil, where he transforms into a giant springboard and propels Mega Man to greater heights. It’s a lifesaver in certain situations and absolutely necessary if you’re playing spelunker and want to get everything a stage has to offer.

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But Rush’s trick repertoire doesn’t end there, and it’s arguable that as the mainline Mega Man games started to lose their luster, Rush himself started getting even better.

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Over the course of his long career, he’s mastered the art of turning into the Rush Marine submarine, carrying Mega Man through space as Rush Space, flying through the air as jet-powered Rush, and doing all the things you’d expect from a robotic dog with near-endless capabilities.

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Rush’s loyalty is a bit different from most dogs, though. It’s hard to say he had a choice in the matter of staying by Mega Man’s side, when his creator, Dr Light, programmed him to be (Mega) man’s best friend.

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But he goes above and beyond to fulfill his duties nonetheless, like the good boy he undoubtedly would be — y’know, if he could make his own choices.

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Interceptor — Final Fantasy VI

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Final Fantasy VI boasts one of the biggest casts of playable characters in the series, and though Interceptor the dog is just a sidekick to one of those characters, he plays an interesting role in and out of combat.

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Interceptor’s master is Shadow, the Ninja. Like all Ninjas in Final Fantasy, Shadow is actually pretty fragile, despite his relative strength. Even though he’s a master of stealth, enemies tend to target him rather often during combat.

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Fortunately, Interceptor randomly jumps in and, well, intercepts the attack; he blocks like shields do, only more often. He also randomly attacks an enemy for Shadow, though it’s more adorable than effective in most cases.

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Outside of combat, though,  is where Interceptor gets really interesting, and it’s possible to completely miss how his story unfolds. At a certain spot before the game’s halfway point, the party meets Relm, a precocious young artist with a strange affinity for Interceptor, a dog who usually just tolerates Shadow and can’t stand other people. Relm lives with her grandfather and never knew her parents.

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You can probably put two and two together from that information. But whether you see it play out in the game depends on a choice you make.

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If you’re heartless and leave the Floating Continent without Shadow, his story ends (because he dies, spoiler alert). If not, and you make sure to speak to him at specific points, you learn about his previous relationships and roles in life.

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And it’s all because of Interceptor, bringing people together like a good boy.

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Isabelle — Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Being an animal-centric game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf naturally has lots of lovely doggos to choose from; if you want to be technical, Tom Nook is even a dog, thanks to the whole Tanooki = racoon-dog thing.

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Isabelle stands a cut above the rest for a few reasons, though. Apart from having a distinct personality separate from the rest of the villagers, she always says nice things and doesn’t try to get money from you. That last one alone is worthy of a top ranking.

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But it’s Isabelle’s unfailing positivity and optimism that really make her so loveable and charming. Isabelle is almost always happy — and happy to help.

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She helps you settle into your new village and pick a spot for your house, always organizes special events and attends big public works unveilings, and even shoulders your mayoral duties for years on end when you forget your village exists.

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Of course, that cheerfulness makes seeing Isabelle so capably beat the stuffing out of Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just a bit disconcerting, but it just helps underscore how amazing she really is.

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Whether she’s keeping an entire village running or sweeping up the competition, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more amazing dog than Isabelle.

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Whether it's International Dog Day or just a regular afternoon of playing games with your pooch, the most pressing question we have any time a new game is revealed — or when a new trailer is shown  that also includes a dog is, "But can you pet the doggo?"

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It's a testament not just to how much we all love dogs, but to how often they show up in our favorite video games. Some, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are pretty much there just for show, keeping the world alive and digging up stuff for you if you feed them.

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These dogs are great and all, but they don't always play a substantial role; some of them can't even be pet, no matter how fluffy and oodgie-woodgie they look.

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Others play a much bigger part in a game or entire series, though, and some are even the backbone of entire plots.

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In honor of International Dog Day 2019, we're taking a look at those dogs playing a starring role in the world of video games.

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Whether they're helping you out on the farm, hurling you to new heights, or swatting your enemies away like so much annoying dust, these dogs are versatile, loving, loyal, and everything that makes dogs wonderful in real life.

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Video Games That Will Turn 20 Years Old in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/rm4j2/video-games-that-will-turn-20-years-old-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/rm4j2/video-games-that-will-turn-20-years-old-in-2017 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Naomi N. Lugo

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Star Fox 64

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April 27, 1997

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Another fan praised gem from the Nintendo 64 was Star Fox 64. Again this game was groundbreaking for its 3D graphics and fans were immersed by its controls and branching paths. 

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Yoshi's Story

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Dec. 21, 1997

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Yoshi's story released to a mixed critical reception, but it easily a classic from the Nintendo 64 era. The game was criticized for being possibly too easy, but this may be what got young gamers at the time hooked. It's bright and imaginative world invited all gamers. 

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GoldenEye 007 

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Aug. 25, 1997

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GoldenEye is a game that gamers still want a remaster of today. At the time, the game broke grounds due to its realism. The game showed that video games made from movies could be done right. 

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Fallout

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Sept. 30, 1997

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Another original game to kick off a franchise on this list (spiritual successors aside). Fallout created a world of its own using retro elements in an unthinkable future. The SPECIAL system known and used in the games more modern counterparts can be seen in this original edition. 

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Oct. 2, 1997

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Before the game was a meme, it was winning fans over to the Castlevania series. SOTN was the first in the series to break the mold and allow players to explore down non-linear levels. 

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Grand Theft Auto

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Oct. 1997

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The game to start it all. While the original GTA might look vastly different from its modern counterparts, it was still able to strike a tone and start its own kind of crime-spree, open world sub-genre. With over 70 million copies of GTA V sold, it's safe to say that something was done right. 

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Final Fantasy VII

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Sept. 3, 1997

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Some still consider FFVII one of the greatest games of all time, and at the time of its release it was breaking barriers. The game was first for Square Enix (at the time Square) to break into the 3D realm. What caught player's hearts though was getting a deep look into the main protagonist Cloud's fragile psyche as well as getting to know the characters at his side. 

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The first month of 2017 is just about over, which means the hangover of 2016 is about due to let up. It's time to fully embrace the fact that it is indeed 2017 and look forward to all the hype surrounding this year's releases. 

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There are some major titles to look forward to. Resident Evil 7 is days away, the first new Zelda game since 2011 will release with a brand new console, Red Dead 2 is real and confirmed... so overall, 2017 is looking pretty sweet. 

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What's more, 2017 also marks a milestone for a whole lot of great games. 1997 was a particularly strong year in its own right for game releases. Those games that some grew up with, that have become staples within gaming itself, are turning 20 years old this year.

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Time flies. 

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So let's reminisce on great games from yesteryear, and see which franchises released their first titles and which legends made their names known in 1997.

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Which game was your favorite release of 1997? What was the best year in games releases? Let me know in the comments below. 

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1995-2016: Top 5 Conferences in the History of E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:34:49 -0400 Phil Fry

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E3 2016: Present Day Hype 
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E3 2016 has come a long way since the '96 conference of the N64.

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This year's conference is on this list for several different reasons. Admittedly, I may be letting all of the hype influence this listing -- but thus far, this year's conference has been full of exciting developments and showcases. 

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One of the dominant features that has many gamers talking is Nintendo's latest Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildThe gameplay footage that we have seen so far illustrates that the game is taking a turn away from the conventional aspects of the series and placing more emphasis on exploration and player choice akin to the original NES game. Link is able to jump on command, mountains can be scaled, and environments manipulated. 

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Furthermore, the vastness of the new Hyrule has been said to be far more expansive than any previous iteration of the series, and as a long-time Zelda fan, I am hyped to play this game. The first 20 minutes of gameplay shown left me impressed and much more excited than I honestly expected to be.

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But Zelda alone is not the only hype-worthy game from this year's conference. Bethesda's Dishonored 2, which involves Emily Kaldwin as a playable character, promises to further develop the story of the Empire of the Islands. Bethesda also showcased their reboots of Prey and Quake -- and announced an HD remake of their popular Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, which is also allowing console users access to mods for the first time. 

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Double Fine's Psychonauts VR gameplay was shown utilizing PlayStation's VR,  BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda made an appearance, Gears of War 4, We Happy Fewand Microsoft's new project Scorpio are just touching the surface of the kinds of announcements we've seen so far, making this year's conference one of the most noteworthy in recent history. 

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Which conferences do you remember the most? What announcements left you in awe? What are some of your favorite E3 moments of all time? 

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E3 2013: Long Awaited Sequels 
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E3 2013 was a conference in which many gamers saw sequels that had been, and in some cases are still, long-awaited. Perhaps one of the biggest sequels announced was Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3. The series had not seen a true sequel since Kingdom Hearts 2 back in 2005, 8 years prior to the 2013 conference. Countless fans rejoiced at the announcement. 

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Despite the Kingdom Hearts series containing numerous handheld games that enriched the game's story and characters, and HD remakes, many gamers had been anxious for a Kingdom Hearts 3 for the entirety of a console generation. 

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[image via My Nintendo News]

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Nintendo gave the announcement date ofPikmin 3, another sequel that was long-awaited for a whole console generation. 

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DICE's reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront was first shown, another highly anticipated sequel, after the popular two games from two generations ago were left in limbo. 

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Other notable sequels of this E3 conference included: Final Fantasy XV, The Witcher 3, and Dark Souls II. 

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[E306 - Halo 3 trailer from The Microsoft Briefing]

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E3 2006: A New Generation 
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The 2006 conference is on this list for several different reasons. Primarily, it was the conference in which the first line-up of memorable last generation console games were shown and discussed. 

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Microsoft had a particularly notable conference due to Halo 3, which was highly anticipated at the time and saw gameplay innovations like Forge mode, and the ability to save gameplay footage in Theater mode. During the game's first 24 hours of being released, more than one million players were on the game with Xbox Live. Halo 3's multiplayer was finely tuned, and the game holds a special place in my memories because of the individuals I met playing the game and the community experience that revolved around it.  

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Microsoft also showed a trailer for Lionhead's Fable 2, another anticipated sequel -- the first Fable being a notable RPG for its utilization of player choice in the story. 

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Nintendo's conference set a release date for the innovative Wii, with fantastic games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Mario Galaxy. At the 2004 conference, many remember the first unveil of Twilight Princess, with Shigeru Miyamoto coming on-stage wielding Master Sword and Hylian Shield to the rallying cries of fans. This Zelda game featured innovative motion controls, arguably some of the best boss fights in Zelda history, and a darker story in nature the series hadn't seen since Majora's Mask. 

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Apart from Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy featured a new take on 3D platformers, allowing Mario to traverse planet-like platforms through space in full rotation. The game also featured a fully-orchestrated soundtrack that's almost reminiscent of Studio Ghibili style sounds. 

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E3 2001: Developments in Competitive Gaming 
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At the E3 conference of 2001, Nintendo's GameCube first made its appearance, Microsoft's initial Xbox game line-up was unveiled, and Sega's Dreamcast made its last appearance. 

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Nintendo's games included titles like: Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and Luigi's Mansion. 

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Melee alone sparked the formation of competitive Smash Bros communities across the United States and Japan. The fighting game scene centered on Melee saw a history of technique developments like Wave Dashing, Dash Dancing, and the overall development of character play-styles. Player names like Mew2King, Mango, Leffen and Armada were (and are) widely known names in the Smash Bros community for their high level of play. To this day, Melee remains a highly competitive game that is featured in MLG events such as Anaheim. 

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Another major event of the 2001 conference was the Microsoft conference that featured the first installment of the critically acclaimed Halo franchise.

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[via Halo Nation]

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The FPS Halo: Combat Evolved, which gave rise to the machinima style series Red vs Blue, was innovative in the development for split-screen and multiplayer experiences, and went on to release incredibly popular sequels like Halo 2 and 3Halo 2 would be the primary feature of MLG's Pro Series in 2006, which was the first televised video game console league. 

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[Nintendo 64 U.S. Unveiling @ E3 '96 in Los Angeles, California]

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E3 1996: 3D Interactive Environments 
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At the second ever E3 conference, there were several revolutionary developments showcased. Starting with what is arguably the most prominent of the conference, Nintendo's 64-bit and first 3D console, the N64, made its premier appearance at the '96 E3. The game shown alongside it was the widely-known Super Mario 64. The game's innovative interactive 3D environment, the N64's analog control stick, and the ability to change camera angles in-game, surely blew the minds of many gamers of the day.

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For myself and gamers of my generation, the N64 was the first console we owned (I still own mine), and became the console of our childhoods. The N64 went on to see games like Super Smash Bros, Star Fox 64, Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards, Pokemon Snap, and countless other titles that defined a new generation of gaming -- and that's not even mentioning all of the classic Rare games on the console as well. 

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Besides Nintendo, this 1996 conference saw the reveal of Square's (Now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII, which won countless gaming awards in 1997, and has gone on to be considered one of the greatest games ever made. 

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[via Wikipedia]

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Other games featured at the second conference included Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot, Blizzard's StarCraft, Tomb Raider, and Capcom's Resident Evil. Pretty big year.

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E3 2016 is finally coming to an end. With each day of the conference new and exciting games were unveiled -- and the hype is real, especially after Nintendo's gameplay footage reveal of the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I know that I have been thoroughly impressed with the footage I've seen of the game, and I think it's safe to say that many longtime Zelda fans and gamers are very interested in playing the game. 

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Since E3's beginning in 1995, there have been conferences in which certain games have received similar levels of hype. And in this article, we are going to look at 5 of the best E3 conferences based on the games or consoles that were revealed during that year, and often times the historical developments of gaming these specific games contributed towards. 

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This list was difficult to make, particularly because at each conference there is typically at least a few major games announced, and what I may consider a substantial reveal may not be what someone else considers significant. But in the history of E3, these are my top 5 conferences. This list is not ordered in terms of one conference holding more significance than another, but instead goes from earliest to latest conference year. 

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[image via Gaming World United]

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Is Star Fox Zero Flying Back onto Shelves? https://www.gameskinny.com/d0anm/is-star-fox-zero-flying-back-onto-shelves https://www.gameskinny.com/d0anm/is-star-fox-zero-flying-back-onto-shelves Wed, 25 May 2016 10:19:54 -0400 Joe Passantino

It appears that the near decade-long wait for a new Star Fox game was not worth it for many gamers. According to NintendoLife.com, select Tweets from store-goers show shelves filled with pre-owned Star Fox Zero copies. Based on these, Wii U owners seem to have grown tired of the release fairly quickly.

You can check out a couple of the Tweets below:

Nintendo released Star Fox Zero on April 22 in North America. Bearing some similarities in gameplay to Star Fox 64, it was the first Star Fox main series entry since 2006's Star Fox Command for Nintendo DS. It had been over 11 years since the last home console Star Fox game: Star Fox Assault, released in February 2005.

Because of the unusually long wait, Star Fox fans have been eagerly anticipating this year's installment. Based on this small sample, it does not look great for Nintendo in terms of customer satisfaction.

If you own the game and plan on keeping it, or at least seeing it through to completion, check out our guide to unlocking all levels. You can also measure your opinion on the game against GameSkinny's by reading our Star Fox Zero review.

What do you think of Star Fox Zero? Were these traders too quick to ditch the game, or were they justified? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Source: PlatinumGames Inc. Official WebSite

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Get hyped for Star Fox Zero with these foxy facts! https://www.gameskinny.com/3i17a/get-hyped-for-star-fox-zero-with-these-foxy-facts https://www.gameskinny.com/3i17a/get-hyped-for-star-fox-zero-with-these-foxy-facts Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:57:17 -0400 Kat De Shields

Since its debut on Nintendo in 1993, Star Fox, the classic rail shooter video game series, has made a name for itself over more than 20 years of history. At the time of its release, the use of filled, 3D polygons in a console game was thought to be revolutionary and ground breaking. To this day, the series is known for staying on the cutting edge of gameplay, visual aesthetics and overall product innovations. Let's roll with Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, and the rest of the Star Fox team to explore some of the ways the series has evolved through the ages.  

Overall Series

  • Many elements of the debut game were inspired by the old-school puppet series Thunderbirds, characters from Japanese folklore, and architectural structures from shrines in Kyoto, Japan. 

  • Dinosaur Planet morphed into Star Fox Adventures for Nintendo GameCube when developers realized a lot of similarities with existing Star Fox characters.

  • Do a Barrel Roll!” The spoken dialogue in Star Fox 64 became some of the most iconic in gaming history.

Upon searching for the image below using Google, my screen did indeed do a barrel roll. Derp!

 

  • Star Fox Command featured nine endings and concludes the longest single continuity storyline of the series before it reset with Star Fox Zero. Talk about the Harry Potter of Gaming. 

Technology

  • NESGlider, developed by Jez San and Argonaut Games, served as a prototype for the original Star Fox game. When the team’s progress was limited by available technology, Nintendo gave Jez and team permission to co-develop the Super FX chip--the first consumer-grade 3D graphics accelerator. 

  • With the release of Star Fox 64 for N64, Rumble Pak support was included years before vibration feedback became the standard feature it is today. 

  • If you thought the Apple Watch is cutting edge, did you know Star Fox developed a LED wristwatch that included four stages of gameplay in 1994?

Oh, sweet nostalgia. 

Cameos

You can find Star Fox inspired costumes, references and swag throughout a variety of games, such as Bayonetta 2, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, Warioware: Smooth Moves, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+, Steel Diver: Sub Wars; Pokemon Stadium 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Mario Golf, Animal Crossing, and many more.

I absolutely love the plushie key chains swinging from those boots of death.

 

From affiliated games like Super Smash Bros. to cameo appearances in Yoshi's Woolly World, Star Fox is a legendary series in the video game world. To check out the original infographic outlining the history of the Star Fox franchise, click here

Star Fox Zero is scheduled for release this Friday, April 22 for the Wii U. To pre-order the game, click here

What was your favorite game in the Star Fox series? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Goodbye North America's Club Nintendo - Shuts Down Today, June 30th https://www.gameskinny.com/xudt8/goodbye-north-americas-club-nintendo-shuts-down-today-june-30th https://www.gameskinny.com/xudt8/goodbye-north-americas-club-nintendo-shuts-down-today-june-30th Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:16:16 -0400 Courtney Gamache

Today in North America, we say goodbye to a six-year old loyalty program that Nintendo developed for the gamers to enjoy.

It's sad to see you go

It's very sad to see this loyalty program being shut down. The program gave the Nintendo fan-base an extra incentive when purchasing games - because when purchased "New", they came with that special Club Nintendo code. I for one have saved up tons of coins over the past six years, and bought some collectible posters for A Link Between Worlds and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. After 11:59 PDT this evening all accounts and coins will be deleted, so if you haven't had the chance to use yours up, better get to it. 

Club Nintendo's Final List

Club Nintendo has added many exclusive games to the rewards list, where you can spend virtual coins for them. Among this list includes many Nintendo Wii U, Wii, and 3DS games. 

Some of the popular Wii U games include:

  • Super Mario World (200 Coins)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (200 Coins)
  • Wii Fit U (600 Coins)
  • Wii Party U (600 Coins)

A few of the Wii games are:

  • Super Smash Bros. (250 Coins)
  • 1080 Snowboarding (250 Coins)
  • Paper Mario (250 Coins)
  • Star Fox 64 (250 Coins)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (250 Coins)
  • Mario Kart 64 (250 Coins)
  • Super Mario 64 (250 Coins)

Lastly, some Nintendo 3DS games included:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (250 Coins)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (600 Coins)
  • Star Fox 64 3D (700 Coins)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (600 Coins)

For a full list of all games available, please refer to the Rewards Catalogue on Club Nintendo. Let's all give Club Nintendo a great send off after their six-year gift to the gaming community.

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10 Video Game References That Are In Other Media https://www.gameskinny.com/upa72/10-video-game-references-that-are-in-other-media https://www.gameskinny.com/upa72/10-video-game-references-that-are-in-other-media Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:18:49 -0500 Jay Prodigious

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While I tried to begin and end on powerful notes, this list was just a drop in the bucket of references throughout media. It's hard to say just how many years gaming nuggets like these have been circulating. It goes to show, gaming truly has a life outside the controller.

Did I miss any you know of? Some of these you didn't know about before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Leeroy Jenkins ParaRescue Alarm: World of Warcraft

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Many of the references on this list have all been humorous, which isn't a bad thing. This one, however, just happens to be inspiring as well as worrisome. 

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Leeroy Jenkins was a player in a now infamous raid in World of Warcraft. The story goes that within in this giant raid, the entire team had planned out just how they would approach the bosses. Everyone except one member, Leeroy Jenkins. 

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Leeroy came back into the raid gathering just as final plans were being prepped. As soon as he entered the scene, he adjusts his mic and starts in with "Alright, let's do this. LEEEEEEEEEEEEEOROOOOOOY JEEEEEEEEEEEEENKIIINNNNNNNNNS!" Jenkins rushed into the fight sure of himself, and his raid members ran in behind him, unprepared. They were defeated, but the idea was noble and fairly inspiring.

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On the show Inside Combat Rescue on National Geographic, the lives of the 38th Squadron of ParaRescue soldiers in the Air Force are shown to us as they rush out to bring back wounded soldiers on the battlefields. 

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This squadron has an alarm that alerts them to fallen soldiers and tells them to mobilize. Their alarm is particularly interesting, as they use ol' Leeroy's inspiring battle cry as a rallying scream. It motivates the troops to risk their all to return their fellow comrades back to the barracks. 

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This is an awesome video game reference that exists outside of media altogether, though it does qualify for this list because it's shown on the National Geographic channel. More than that, it's a proud statement about all that is involved with gaming - they're entertainment, but they can also be motivation.

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I wished I had a reference article or video, but for some reason I can only find comments mentioning that it is the Leeroy scream.

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Final Fantasy Burger Chain (Robot Chicken): Final Fantasy VII

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This one was never a surprise for me. The Robot Chicken producers have never shied away from making pop culture references mixed in with video game and 80's cartoons. This one, however, just happened to stick close to the source material.

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In this skit (Season 2, Episode 28), dubbed "Final Fantasy Burger Chain", Cloud and the other heroes of Final Fantasy VII are holding jobs at a local burger shop. In the skit, there are no voice overs, just the standard Text based conversations and video game sound effects, watching as our heroes of Midgar face the daily challenges of being a minimum-wage employee. 

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Cloud even has a turn-based battle with a giant potato in order to peel it for french fries. In the end, it is revealed that Sephiroth is the villain, er, manager and requests Cloud work overtime. Another lengthy and epic battle ensues just because Cloud had Lakers tickets. 

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Tons Of Video Game References: Wreck-It-Ralph 

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One of the biggest game-related movies ever created, Wreck-It-Ralph holds the prize for most game references. At least it does in my book.

The game characters come to life when the arcade they are in closes. All the characters reside within the central hub, and multiple game characters can be seen meeting there. Street Fighter characters Chun-Li and Cammy are seen walking in deep conversation. (Too many long hours in the Street Fighter cabinet maybe?) Sonic the Hedgehog serves as a talking ad within the hub, still finding a way to be the responsible hero. Even Frogger had a quick cameo in the feature film, though he's not running across any crowded highways.

The central hub isn't the only thing that holds game references. A local tavern, Tappers, is a hit on the classic game of the same name. Tappers is the place for characters to relax and unwind after stressful days, while the bartender recreates his game's glory days by serving drinks. Tappers has a lost-and-found box that is filled with gaming items. Ralph rummages through this in the film, only to find Mario's Red Super Mushrooms along with the exclamation mark and warning sound from Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake.

I could spend hours and paragraphs talking about all the references in the movie, because it's drawing from a gigantic amount of video game lore.

Fun Fact: Tons of references and name drops are seen/heard (Aerith Lives, Shenlong was here written on the walls in random spots, dropping names like Mario and GLaDOS). What is more interesting are the deleted (but confirmed) cameos. Dr. Wily, of Mega Man fame, was originally supposed to be in the villains' meeting with Ralph, but was replaced by a generic ninja.

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Another fun tidbit; The Master Sword from Legend of Zelda and Piranaha plant from Super Mario were supposed to be within the lost and found as well, but were scrapped for unknown reasons.

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Tons of Video Game References: Scott Pilgrim VS The World

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Manga, Video Game, Movie - Scott Pilgrim has many iterations in the media, and within each of them lies a world littered with video game references. From the random gaming consoles hidden on the set of the film (from NES and SNES to the Nintendo DS) to the random game references, this movie is filled to the brim. 

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The Band name in which Scott plays in is called "Sex Bob-Omb, which is a play on the walking bomb enemy from Super Mario, the Bob-Ombs. The band also has a bomb logo with an angry face, which is said to be a reference to the logo for a game called Serious Sam, which has a similar humanized appearance.

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The film includes too many references to count, though some have certainly tried. The main game-related moments are the ones in which Scott finds himself earning points as the story progresses. At one point he gets a level up (towards the end) and even collects a 1-UP.

Scott Pilgrim is a spectacular nerdgasm for those gamers who have watched the film or read the manga. This is one of my favorite movies and the references that are brought to life make me love games even more.

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Street Fighter Dress Up: City Hunter (Jackie Chan)

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Jackie Chan has always been a martial artist, and each of his films has him kicking butt in some form or fashion. This time around, in a hallucination, Jackie and his opponent become Street Fighter characters. 

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Characters from Street Fight II were used: Ken, E.Honda, Dhalism, Guile, and Chun-Li. The room in which Chan and his rival fight is surrounded by cardboard cutouts of other Street Fighter competitors, and the entire fight has NES music in the background.

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This scene has been commented on as one of the best depictions of a video game in a movie. It just shows that some movie companies can do video games justice.

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Fun Note: E. Honda's name was changed to E.Honde in the credits because it matched the car company name Honda and Chan had a partnership/sponsorship with rival car company Mitsubishi.

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Nintendo Power Glove (NES): 6th Freddy Krueger Film (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare)

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Don't get scared just yet; I know the idea of the Power Glove returning from beyond the grave is enough to give anyone a heart attack. 

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In the 6th Freddy Krueger film, the directors began reaching out for humor over horror, and Freddy is always known for a wicked approach to comedy. In one of the scenes, a gloved villain is messing with a console that is likened to an NES. Freddy has a victim trapped inside the game, and instead of using the controller, he rigs his very own macabre Power Glove.

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His lines during the scene even play on the Power Glove's catchphrase "Now You're Playing With Power." Freddy antagonizes his victim by saying "You Forgot about the Power Glove!" and "Now I'm Playing with Power!".

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Kind of fitting that the stuff of nightmares is being controlled by the guy who walks in them. 

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Pokemon On TV: The Simpsons

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The Simpsons have been known to make parodies of plenty of things; other shows, video games, politics, movies. You shouldn't be surprised when you find that at least 3-4 instances of Pokemon have been found throughout the many seasons of the show.

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This reference is particularly worth mentioning because of the comments it makes on the longevity of both shows. 

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In this scene, Bart is watching Pokemon instead of doing homework. Ash's outfit looks like it's from the Diamond and Pearl era of the anime. As he's watching, Bart stares at the screen and contemplates, "How does this show stay so fresh?" 

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It's speculated this is a comment on both shows as well as the game (as the show is a direct tie-in to the games and vice versa).

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The question is never really answered, but we can be certain that they have survived for many years and have continually made things more entertaining. It serves not only as a reference, but also as a comment on how timeless the games/show have been.

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Took An Arrow to The Knee (Skyrim): Transformers: Rescue Bots

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A more recent reference is hidden in the Transformer series in which inexperienced Autobots help in small-time missions. This particular episode aired back in March 2014 under the title "A Virtual Disaster".

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In this episode, Blades (a rescue chopper Autobot), is taken into a virtual reality game in order to overcome boredom and tame his fear. In one of the segments he is bombarded with arrows, one of which pierces his knee joint. In the following scene, shown above, Blades reveals he is a Skyrim fan and feels like ramming the joke into the ground. 

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 Read the synopsis of the episode and mention of the quote here.

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All Your Base Are Belong To Us (Zero Wing): 2006 YouTube Site Shut Down

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In 2006, YouTube had planned a standard maintenance update and took down the famous video site while the engineers worked hard on bugs and issues. 

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The engineers decided to play a joke on those who did not heed the site's offline message the day before. Anyone who visited the site was treated to the screen you see above.

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This page only shows the YouTube logo in the middle of the screen, with text below it reading "ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US." This is a reference to the 1989 Arcade and Sega Mega Drive game Zero Wing and the broken English translation of the dialogue in the intro.

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Some YouTubers didn't quite catch the joke and thought the site had been hacked. The engineers at YT went back on the page and updated the visitors, saying, "No we haven't been hacked. Get a sense of humor."

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Read more in this 2006 article about the joke. 

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Do A Barrel Roll (Star Fox): Google Does A Barrel Roll

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There have been many iconic lines ingrained in our head from some of the older games. Star Fox on the N64 left one lasting impression, not only with the annoying addition of Slippy's voice, but with Peppy's infamous line "Do a Barrel Roll!".

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In 2011, Google decided it would be fun to jump aboard the current meme train that was proliferating on the internet at the time. If you simply type "Do a Barrel Roll" into the Google search bar, you can watch the screen roll around.

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It's good to see video games have some fans in high places like Google.

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As gamers, we expect to find easter eggs in all sorts of different games. We scour the game world, looking for that hidden item or reference to the developers' favorite movie or game.

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Sometimes we overlook the idea that games make appearances or are referenced to in other forms of media. This is a list of 10 video game references of video games that are hidden in other media. Let's take a look at just how influential these games have been.

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The Best of #RuinAVideoGameCharacter https://www.gameskinny.com/1sk8e/the-best-of-ruinavideogamecharacter https://www.gameskinny.com/1sk8e/the-best-of-ruinavideogamecharacter Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:34:45 -0400 Danielle Marie

A new sensation has erupted in the Twitter-verse after late night game show @midnight introduced the hashtag war of the day-- #RuinAVideoGameCharacter.

The contest challenged participants to corrupt their favorite video game protagonists (examples included Fresh Prince of Persia and Lara Kraft Macaroni and Cheese) using a play on words, edited images, and whatever else viewers could think of.

The responses, as you can imagine, were nothing short of hilarious. There were, however, a few that stood out among the rest. 

 

Kratos: God of Ballet-Pointless Mako

Leave it to the delicate art of ballet to demasculinize the mighty Kratos of the God of War series.

Twitter user, Pointless Mako, uncovered Kratos' true passion by revealing what the God of War 3 box art should have looked like. 

 

Chris Brown's Super Punch Out -Sean McMann

In a comical reference to the ever-popular subject of celebrity drama, one Twitter user's rebuttal is, quite frankly, award winning.

Sean McMann cleverly combines Punch Out!!, a boxing game popularized by Nintendo, with Chris Brown's notorious accusation of domestic abuse. 

 

Legendary Doges -Cody

Assuming you weren't living under a rock for the last six months, I'm sure anyone would recognize the infamous Doge meme that has been sweeping across our monitors.

Although the meme has deep set roots, dating back all the way to 2005, various renditions have been exploding across the aggressive information sharing network that is the internet.

Here, Cody shares a Doge meme with three legendary, dog-like Pokemon, Entai, Raikou, and Suicine. The original image creator is unknown. 

Much meme, so clever, wow. 

 

Sonic the Crispy Hedgehog Burger -E.J. Coughlin

I just got hit right in the childhood after I witnessed E.J. Coughlin's troubling new menu item for Sonic, the American drive-in franchise-- you guessed it, Sonic the Hedgehog.

This spikey, blue advocate for chaos emeralds everywhere, first made popular in a 1991 release for the Sega Genesis, will be dashing his way right into the mouths of the hungry in his newest role, the Crispy Hedgehog Burger. 

 

Judith Grimes, the Womb Raider -Rick F*cking Grimes

All fans of The Walking Dead should hold on to their zombie apocalypse weapons, because this rendition would make any supporter proud.

Judith Grimes, a baby in the television show, was born to the wife of main character, Rick Grimes, but causing the untimely demise of Lori Grimes.

Thus, Judith the Womb Raider was born! Using their ultra, super powers, Judith, Rick, and Carl have dedicated their lives to fighting zombies, and the forces. of. Terminus. 

 

Halo's Master Chef -TrivWorks

This is one we all saw coming, but is just as humorous nonetheless.

Popular hero from the Halo series, Master Chief shows off his true passion in TrivWorks' depiction of this timeless champion.

Saving the world can wait until the croissants are a crispy, golden brown. 

 

Collect Call of Duty: Modern Welfare -Kevin Torres

Kevin Torres takes a comical spin on the beloved Call of Duty franchise, that no one has dared witness to before.

In the newest title of the series, Collect Call of Duty: Modern Welfare, participants can play as a World War II soldier, as he makes multiple phone calls by pressing "0," and then following the subsequent operator's instructions. 

 

That's so Raiden -Matt Munroe

Disney Channel fans will rejoice when they stumble upon this brilliant response by Matt Munroe, connecting popular 2003 television show, That's So Raven with Mortal Kombat's thunder god, Raiden.

This program follows a teenage Raiden through the trials and tribulations of high school, overcoming social obstacles and deciding which after-school-program is the right fit for him.

He knows that big, straw, Chinese hats aren't exactly going to increase his popularity, but what's wrong with a little individuality? 

 

What Did the StarFox Say? -bill marley

If the random screeches of the infamous "What Did the Fox Say?" song didn't just flood into your brain like a horde of zerglings, I don't know how attuned to pop culture you are.

Bill Marley's comeback to the hashtag battle was flawless, after mashing the track that put Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, on the map with Nintendo's Star Fox series.

Now creatures from all over the galaxy can be singing along with this atrocious record all the way to the planet of Corneria.

Show me your moves!

 


Not Angry, Just Disappointed Birds -Jonathan Rushing

Jonathan Rushing treads on the fragile subject of arguments with your significant other, with his retaliation to the hashtag challenge.

The phrase "I'm not angry, just disappointed," has been voted the worst sentence to possibly declare in any altercation.

Combining this expression with the beloved mobile game, Angry Birds, partners everywhere will be tossing their phones and running in the opposite direction. 

 

Solid Snake's on a Plane -Steve Maverick

Solid Snake is going where no other character has gone before-- on a snake-infested plane in the company of Samuel Jackson. 

The newest title to the Metal Gear Solid series will be featuring this revered hero to face his most terrifying foe.

Players will have to befriend the multitudes of snakes by asking them to politely turn off their overhead lights, and making sure we aren't kicking their seats. 

 

Assassin's Favorite Band is Creed -Lee Hardin

Ezio defeats his foes with the power of the With Arms Wide Open chorus.

Possibly the most horrifying rendition of a game character yet, Lee Hardin introduces the brand new Assassin's Creed, a musical number where the main character serenades the streets of Italy.

Wielding no weapon other than his voice and his iPod speakers, a misunderstood Ezio defeats his foes with the power of the With Arms Wide Open chorus. 

 

Gordon Morgan Freeman -Tyrone Anderson

To wrap up this hilariously entertaining compilation, Valve is in for a surprise after Tyrone Anderson has altered its famous first-person shooter, Half-life, to feature a much more majestic and deeper-voiced protagonist.

With the main character, Gordan Freeman, being swapped out for prestigous actor, Morgan Freeman, I hereby claim that on this day Mr. Anderson has won the internet.

Imagine the narration!

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10 Games Franchises that Need Another Installment https://www.gameskinny.com/l05kk/10-games-franchises-that-need-another-installment https://www.gameskinny.com/l05kk/10-games-franchises-that-need-another-installment Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:26:57 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Legend Of Dragoon
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This cult classic is one of my all time favorite games. Released in North America for the PS1 way back in June of 2000. This 4-disc long epic was the gateway game that introduced me to Japanese RPGs. Since its release, it has steadily grown a huge cult following. But my hopes and dreams were shattered back in 2012, when Sony simultaneously announced that there was a Legend Of Dragoon 2 in development, but it had been cancelled.

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Black
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Black had some of the best sounding guns during the PS2 era. But the destructibility was the best part, some franchises now a days still don't have that level of destructible environments. The thing that stings the most is that Black 2 was in development, but was scrapped due to differences with EA. Criteron is well known for their Burnout franchise, and now they're working on the Need For Speed franchise. How about you guys take a break from the racing genre and give a little love to first person shooters?

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Star Fox
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No, I'm not talking about Star Fox Assault or Star Fox Adventures, I mean Star Fox 2. Apparently this game was already in development and was actually finished, but was never released due to the impending onslaught of the Nintendo 64. I don't want spin offs or new concepts, I want a direct sequel to Star Fox. But apparently that is too much to ask for.

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*Cough--Just release Star Fox 2 already for the WiiU virtual console--Cough*

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Chrono Trigger
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There are 13 different endings in Chrono Trigger, and one of those endings is a perfect set up for a Chrono Trigger 2. Although having another installment in the Chrono franchise would be satisfying as well, seeing as the last installment-Chrono Cross-came out in North America 14 years ago. The series is long overdue for another adventure, and there are millions of fans who are ready to dive in head first.

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Earthworm Jim
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Earthworm Jim has been missing in action for 15 years now, with the third installment leaving a bad taste in my mouth. A remake of the original Earthworm Jim was released for XBLA and PSN back in 2010. So there is still hope that a sequel to the Earthworm Jim franchise may still happen. Hopefully the legendary Tommy Tallarico can come back and compose for the series as well.

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Super Mario RPG
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Super Mario RPG: Legend Of the Seven Stars is by far one of the best RPGs and best Super Mario games of all time, at least in my opinion. Although we have seen Mario delve into the RPG waters again with Paper Mario, but that just wasn't the same to me. There was some real magic in Super Mario RPG, and I believe that was thanks to Squaresoft (now Square Enix). Maybe they should take a trip back down memory lane, and make a sequel to it.

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I can see it now... "Super Mario RPG 2: Smithy Returns!"

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Megaman X
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Yeah, I know the Megaman X franchise has had a lot of sequels, 8 of them to be exact. But the series went a bit downhill for me after Megaman X5. I think it would be amazing to have a Megaman X9 in the same spirit and style as the original. Megaman 9 and Megaman 10 have seen this treatment on XBLA, PSN and WiiWare. Why not bring back the cream of the crop?

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Turok
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Let's face it, the so-called reboot of Turok was complete trash; You could unload 3 clips of assault rifle ammo into a raptors face before you could kill it, or just press B to insta-kill it with a knife. Even Turok: Evolution made my face hurt. I think it's about time the franchise went back to its roots with atmosphere, difficulty and exploration. Bring back Tal'set as well, because having a Native American protagonist is always awesome.

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Half-Life
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It seems Valve is very afraid of the number 3, seeing as its been 7 years since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and 10 years since the initial release of Half-Life 2. I understand that having a phobia can be very hindering, but nothing is more liberating and euphoric than overcoming your fears. I think it would be very healthy for the company to conquer this fear and show the world that a trilogy CAN have 3 installments. Either way, I support their decision.

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Dino Crisis
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Essentially Dino Crisis was Resident Evil with Dinosaurs, and that is some truly awesome stuff. The last installment Dino Crisis 3 was a train wreck, and was released 11 years ago. I think it's time to stop running the Resident Evil franchise into a ditch, and start working on a franchise that has long been forgotten. Even a reboot would suffice.

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100 Of The Best Boss Fights: 90 - 81 https://www.gameskinny.com/sq6hv/100-of-the-best-boss-fights-90-81 https://www.gameskinny.com/sq6hv/100-of-the-best-boss-fights-90-81 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:46:15 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 100 - 91

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Part 3: 80 - 71

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Part 4: 70 - 61 

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Part 5: 60 - 51

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If there is a boss fight that you would like to see on the list, please let me know.

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Wolfenstein 3D - Adolf Hitler
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The original first person shooter was challenging, even by today's standards. Fighting through hordes of Nazi's only to find out that the final boss is Hitler in a mech suit. Pretty epic stuff. Although he's fairly easy, watching Hitler explode into a pile of gore is always a plus in my book. Get out your machine gun and fire away!

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World of Warcraft - The Lich King
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World of Warcraft has a lot of epic moments, but the fight on top of Icecrown Citadel is by far the most epic moment thus far. The heroic twenty-five man version of The Lich King was the best version for sure. Stepping on a shadow trap resulted in instant death, range had to take care of the frost orbs during phase two, and getting sucked into Frostmourne was amazing. The whole fight was phenomenal, plus you got a chance of getting Invincible, The Lich King's flying mount.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time - Ganon
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Ocarina of Time is widely known as one of the best Legend of Zelda game's of all time. We all knew that we had to fight Ganondorf, but the big twist for me was seeing Ganon. Lightning cracking everywhere, darkness surrounding you and a ring of fire... a masterpiece of a fight indeed. Ocarina of Time brought the level of epic to eleven. Ganon's only weak spot is his tail, so try your best to get behind him. Watching Link trust his sword deep into Ganon's mouth was amazing, and still is to this day.

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Super Mario RPG - Smithy
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Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars is an awesome and magnificent Mario game. Fighting Smithy was a gnarly and most epic battle. Seeing the true form of Smithy was amazing, and his head always changed to mix up the strategy of the fight. Make sure you bring a lot of pick me up's and healing potions, Mario and friends are in for a legendary fight.

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Diablo - Diablo
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The very first Diablo game was terrifying for me, especially when I finally managed to get to Diablo himself. A small army of insanely strong enemies guard Diablo, after thinning the herd a bit, you're in for a real treat. Diablo himself deals a massive amount of damage, so be prepared to have a boat load of healing potions. Plus the ending cinematic is one of the best plot twists ever.

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The Legend of Dragoon - Melbu Framha
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The Legend of Dragoon is one of my all time favorite games; the journey Dart and his friends take is truly epic. A journey that starts off as a rescue mission and eventually turns into a journey to save the world from ultimate destruction. The last boss wishes to rebuild the world, and it is up to you to stop the will of a god. Be sure to max out your additions and have plenty of body and spirit potions. This fight is a doozy.

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Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow - Gabriel vs Satan
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is one of the best Castlevania games in my opinion, and the last boss fight is the cherry on top. Switching between light and dark magic on the fly was a awesome touch to the fight. The game made you use just about every skill you knew in order to defeat Satan and save the world.

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Mortal Kombat - Raiden vs Shao Kahn
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The most recent Mortal Kombat has one of the most challenging and frustrating boss fights of all time, Shao Khan. Not only do you have to defeat him once, but twice during the story mode. Both times are rage inducing and require you to be as cheap and unfair as humanly possible. Watch out for Shao Kahn's X-ray attack though, that move takes out atleast 75% of your health.

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Star Fox 64 - The Real Andross
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Finally getting to the real Andross was an achievement for me back when I was a kid. Seeing that gigantic brain with the two floating eyeballs was nightmarish, but exciting at that same time. Be careful to not get sucked into the brain tentacles while you fight him, it is devestating. Plus, after defeating Andross Fox's father comes out of nowhere and helps you escape, an epic experience indeed.

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Mass Effect 3 - Shepard vs The Reaper
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The Mass Effect series is full of epic and jaw dropping moments, but the third installment in the franchise has one of the coolest boss fights of all time. Fighting a gigantic reaper with only a laser guided missile system was fantastic. Watch out for its death beam though, because that will obliterate you instantly. Seeing the entire alliance fleet shoot everything it has at a single reaper was one of the best moments in the franchise for me.

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There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time. 

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What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; The fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.

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6 Nintendo Franchises that Deserve Sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/o0edn/6-nintendo-franchises-that-deserve-sequels https://www.gameskinny.com/o0edn/6-nintendo-franchises-that-deserve-sequels Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:02:01 -0400 Tortuga Fetus

Nintendo has a lot of games coming out in the next couple of months for the Wii U and 3DS that look extremely promising. Super Mario 3D World, Pokémon X and Y, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, Pikmin 3, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds all look fantastic, and there are even more great games slated for release next year. It’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan; that is unless you’re a huge supporter of one of the following Nintendo franchises that haven’t seen the light of day in years.

 

Metroid

The Metroid Prime series is one of the best that Nintendo has ever produced, but the last time one came out was in 2007, and as long as Retro Studios is making Donkey Kong Country games it is unlikely that we’ll see another first person Metroid game any time soon. There also hasn’t been a side-scrolling Metroid game since Metroid: Zero Mission was released back in 2004. It’s high time someone released a Metroid game of any kind. Whether it’s 2D or 3D, something needs to come out.

Also for the record I don’t consider Metroid: Other M to be a true Metroid game because it is straight up garbage. It ruins everything that was great about Samus Aran’s character and I refuse to acknowledge it as canonical.

 

Star Fox

The Star Fox series seems to have gotten off track at some point. The original Star Fox and it’s sequel Star Fox 64 were about a bunch of anthropomorphic animals in space ships that had to blow things up, and it was good. Then the GameCube arrived on the scene and with it came Star Fox Adventures and Star Fox: Assault. While both games were enjoyable, Nintendo made the mistake of taking the Star Fox characters out of their cockpits and trying to give the series a storyline more complicated than “there is a bad guy, let’s blow him up!” Sales in the series saw a decline as the years went on as a result.

Then in 2006 Star Fox Command was released for the DS. It focused entirely on piloting spacecrafts and was a nice return to form for the series. Unfortunately it was also packed with a bunch of new characters and the game made it a point to highlight their relationships to one another. If I told you that Krystal broke up with Fox to run off with Panther and it elicited some sort of emotional response from you in any way, then you are a sad person and I have no desire to speak with you further. If Sonic the Hedgehog has taught us anything it is that casts of anthropomorphic animals do not at all need to increase in size as time goes on, and they definitely don’t need storylines. It is a recipe for disaster.

Fortunately, Nintendo seems to have realized their mistakes with the series. They rereleased Star Fox 64 on the 3DS back in 2011, and last year Shigeru Miyamoto expressed interest in having a new Star Fox game on the Wii U. So there’s hope that the series will return to its former glory.

 

F-Zero

Nintendo hasn’t released a game in the F-Zero series since 2004. This is extremely disappointing since it is an amazing series that absolutely deserves another game. It was well received by fans and critics back in the day.

The latest game in the Mario Kart series, which includes gravity defying hovercrafts was influenced by F-Zero. Kosuke Yabuki, one of the developers of Mario Kart 8, said in an interview said that he hopes to see a new F-Zero game on the Wii U. Hopefully with his influence we will see a the series return sometime in the near future.

 

1080 and Wave Race

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I played a ridiculous amount of 1080 Snowboarding for the Nintendo 64 back in the day. In fact it was the first game that I purchased when I went to buy my N64. I was never very good at it because the controls weren’t exactly wonderful, but I still loved it nonetheless. A sequel was released for GameCube titled 1080 Avalanche. It wasn’t too bad, but it came out just a few weeks after SSX 3 and it paled in comparison. It was a good series and it deserves another chance.

Another sports franchise that Nintendo should revive is Wave Race. I never played any of the games that much because I’ve never been a huge fan of jet skiing for whatever reason, but it was very popular back when it was relevant. Wave Race 64 and Wave Race: Blue Storm are both loved by a lot of people (or at least they were) and I’m sure Nintendo would profit greatly from bringing the series back.

 

Pokémon Snap

This may sound like a joke, but I am completely serious when I say that there needs to be a new Pokémon Snap game. When I first saw the Wii U’s gamepad controller all I could think of was how much I wanted to snap candid photographs of Pokémon with it. It seems like the perfect platform for this game. Plus it could have an outrageously corny title such as “U Snap Pokémon*”. With a new generation of Pokémon about to be released there has never been a better time to take up pocket monster photography.

 

*I can’t take credit for that title. My friend Matthew thought of it. Props where props are due.

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Star Wolf to the Rescue https://www.gameskinny.com/oi8lr/star-wolf-to-the-rescue https://www.gameskinny.com/oi8lr/star-wolf-to-the-rescue Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:00:22 -0400 Dallas Ward

Star Fox 64 was one of my favorite games growing up. It had great feel and the characters were unforgettable. I even liked Slippy to some degree, no matter how many times he would get himself into trouble, always relying on me to bail him out.

But no matter how awesome and cool the Star Fox team was, Wolf O’Donnell, leader of the Star Wolf mercenary team, was always my favorite. Every time Wolf would rocket on to the scene, talking about how he "can’t let me do that", I wanted to play as him instead. I still feel that way when I play a Star Fox game today. So why would Wolf make a great hero instead of a villan?  

Dripping in personality

Wolf is a cunning, cocky mercenary offering his skills to the highest bidder. On the surface, he may seem like just another villain, but I think he would fit nicely as an anti-hero.

He is not without his honor, as shown when, sometime between Star Fox 64 and Star Fox: Assault, he kicked Pigma Dengar out of Star Wolf for being untrustworthy and greedy.

I have no idea where he would get that impression

He is always striving to be better, wanting to prove himself by defeating Fox. But he is not willing to just shoot Fox while he is on the ground. Wolf wants a fair fight to prove he really is the best in the galaxy.

Wolf's personality and quirks are useful for telling a compelling story. He’s not just your token good guy. He cares about his teammates, though he does not show it overtly. He is a ruthless mercenary, but I would follow him on a space adventure any day.

Skills to pay the bills

Wolf is cocky, but he can definitely back it up. His piloting skills rival Fox’s, an impressive feat considering the Wolfen, his space fighter, is technically inferior to the more advanced Arwings.

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Style beats functionality any day

That just emphasizes Wolf’s unwavering determination and resourcefulness. Wolf is simply the best there is at what he does. Screaming into a dogfight in the Wolfen is a dream that I need to see realized. Wolf has all the skills required to be the hero that the Lilat system needs, provided they have the credits to pay for it.

Style is eternal

Take a note from Dante of Devil May Cry: it’s not just about saving the world. It’s about looking good while you do it. Wolf’s style has evolved from a nondescript brown jacket and eye patch to an outfit that leaves an impression. Wolf dresses to kill in a black flight suit, laser-proof vest, metal gauntlets, combat boots that are just itching to kick some ass, and a sweet mechanical eyepiece over his left eye (or lack thereof).

There’s just something about a badass character design that just immediately grabs me, and Wolf’s most recent designs have only made me want to play a Wolf-centric game all the more.

Need I say more?

Wolf is just cool. He’s one of my favorite characters, villain or otherwise. Wolf would have made a great protagonist in the Star Fox games. I still keep the hope alive that he will one day show up in a game of his own (I’m looking at you, Nintendo).

Until then, I’ll keep choosing Wolf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and dreaming of better days.

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