Star Fox Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Star Fox 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 Josh 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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10. STREET FIGHTER BEARDED RYU T-SHIRT
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $14.63

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This Street Fighter shirt shows off Ryu's bearded look, and for a fighting game icon like Ryu, all it takes is a beard to show off his battle experience. This shirt is the ultimate gift for fighting game fans!

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If you're interested in our other gift guides for gamers, you can find them here!

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9. TWISTED METAL SWEET TOOTH T-SHIRT
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He's sick, he's evil, and most of all, he's twisted. Grab this retro-style T-shirt depicting the trademark character of the Twisted Metal racing game series: Sweet Tooth. This shirt is the perfect gift for anyone that loves metal, clowns, racing games, or all three of them!

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8. Mario & Luigi Slippers
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Slip on some slippers with attitude! You can keep your friend's or family member's feet warm with the iconic Nintendo brothers, Mario and Luigi -- as slipper shoes!

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Buy now from StylinOnline for $29.99.

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7. Phantom Panic
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Spooky and devilish, the Mario villain, Phanto, is probably the cause of many childhood nightmares. However, Phanto has probably never looked quite as stylish as it does on this T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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6. Windjammers - Jammin'
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If you live in the northern hemipshere, the holiday season probably isn't the best time to time to go to the beach and throw some frisbees around -- but you can still show off your style and attitude with this retro WindJammers T-shirt!

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Buy now from Fangamer for $24.

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5. Super Mario Jumpmen at Work T-Shirt
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This T-shirt will make you feel like a constructor and get you to work hard! The stylized Super Mario art shows off a slightly different side of the Mario franchise. You can get this Jumpmen at Work shirt from FanGamer.

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4. Prototype 2 Leather Jacket
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Feel like the ultimate hero with the leather jacket worn by the protagonist of Prototype 2. It probably won't grant your gift recipient the shapeshifting powers of Alex Mercer, but it certainly can't hurt to dress like him!

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Buy now from Stylowears for 99£.

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3. Super Mario Pajama Pants
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Buy now from Hot Topic for $15.60

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Get warm and cozy with these Mario pajama pants -- a perfect gift for the chilly holiday season! Available in all sizes for girls and guys.

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2. Star Fox 2 Cover T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $14.99

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Letting you fly through galaxies in a spaceship and take down your enemies as a heroic fox is probably one of the coolest things Nintendo ever let you do as a kid (or adult). If anyone you know is a Star Fox fan, you can surprise them with this T-shirt depicting the cover for the Star Fox 2 game.

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1. The Legend of Zelda "Be Prepared" T-Shirt
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Buy now from ThinkGeek for $19.99

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This holiday season, bring this shirt home for that Zelda fan you know. With a reference to one of the most memorable quotes from the NES classic, this 8-bit styled Zelda T-shirt is sure to please.

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There is nothing like a store for nerds and gamers. ThinkGeek, Hot Topic, and other great retail stores have some of the best gifts for gamers, nerds, and more. If you know anyone like that, you'll also probably know that they sometimes like to show it off in how they dress.

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Here are some of the best nerd culture apparel you can buy for your friends and family!

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Nintendo Announces SNES Mini Classic Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/heqjv/nintendo-announces-snes-mini-classic-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/heqjv/nintendo-announces-snes-mini-classic-edition Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:03:52 -0400 LuckyJorael

Nintendo announced today the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, a mini version of the grandfather of gaming systems. The new system comes with 21 pre-loaded games, an HDMI cable for compatibility with new high-definition TVs, one USB charging cable with an AC adapter, and two controllers. 

Nintendo of America's Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser, said:

While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it. With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.

The Super NES Classic Edition looks like a tiny version of the classic console and comes with the following games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch Out!!
  • Yoshi's Island

Yes, that's right. Not only does the console have 20 of the best games from the SNES era, the SNES mini includes the never before released Star Fox 2. Players only have to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock its sequel.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition releases September 29 and retails for $79.99.

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New Update for Star Fox Guard Released https://www.gameskinny.com/gjejf/new-update-for-star-fox-guard-released https://www.gameskinny.com/gjejf/new-update-for-star-fox-guard-released Sun, 29 May 2016 06:41:02 -0400 Jacob San Antonio

Nintendo released a patch for its Star Fox-themed tower defense game, Star Fox Guard. The patch does not affect the main and extra missions, but focuses on balancing player-created robot squads. Also included in the update are extensions to the time player-created robot squads and replay data are kept on Nintendo servers before facing deletion. 

Overall, certain robots will be seeing a boost to their performance. Snailblazers received an increase in strength, while the Drill Ho-Ho and K.O.F. Unit both received a boost in their speed. The B.O.O. Unit's cost in chaos points has been decreased as well to make it just a little cheaper.

Of course, it's not all buffs and boosts in Star Fox Guard's latest update. The Jumprella's combat point cost increased, and the P.O.P. Unit's yellow and red forms both received a reduction in speed.

In good news outside of gameplay, Nintendo is adjusting the time that player-created robot squads and replay data remain on servers. For both squads and replay data, their availability on Nintendo servers has nearly doubled.  

The adjustments should improve the overall experience for those trying to put together the perfect squad to spoil someone's defenses. Add to that the server-side adjustments to squad/replay data retention, and fans of Star Fox Guard can expect much more to play with online. Full details of the patch can be seen here.

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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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Star Fox team takes on The Galactic Empire in this fan-made short https://www.gameskinny.com/4oucs/star-fox-team-takes-on-the-galactic-empire-in-this-fan-made-short https://www.gameskinny.com/4oucs/star-fox-team-takes-on-the-galactic-empire-in-this-fan-made-short Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:14:17 -0400 David Fisher

While some fan-made content is high quality, and some of it not so much, there is some that's just plain fun. Why? Because it's been pulled straight out of our childhood imagination. In this fan-made video, "Star Fox vs Star Wars Invasion: Battle for Earth" by King Bob Videos, has taken two of the most well-known space series and blended them together for one epic battle.

The video starts out simple enough, with Earth military forces trying -- and failing -- to stop the Galactic Empire from taking over our world. All hope seems lost until we hear the familiar "Good luck!" and Mission Start screen from the Star Fox series. The result is a beautiful cinematic battle between Fox's team and the Imperials.

While the video does lend itself more to Star Fox lore than Star Wars, it is still an entertaining watch that will bring a smile to the faces of fans for either series. You can check out the video for yourself at the top of this article, or follow this link to watch it on YouTube.

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Nintendo, don't let your franchises fade into obscurity https://www.gameskinny.com/azvm5/nintendo-dont-let-your-franchises-fade-into-obscurity https://www.gameskinny.com/azvm5/nintendo-dont-let-your-franchises-fade-into-obscurity Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:07:50 -0400 Robert Sgotto

Nintendo, love 'em or hate 'em, has one of the most powerful franchise line ups known to gaming.

Mario, Zelda, Pokémon, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Metroid, Pikmin, F-Zero, Fire Emblem, it's quite a big list, and it doesn't end there.

However, it's a list that's going to become much smaller if Nintendo keeps letting some of their titles stagnate.

Franchise Decay

The last time we saw an F-Zero game was in 2004, over 10 years ago. Metroid: Other M was released in 2010, and it wasn't received well. To a lot of people, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption was the last good Metroid game and it was released in 2007. Earthbound's third installment, and allegedly final game, is only available in Japan.

The problem is that by not giving these franchises any attention, people will lose interest in them, eventually to the point where it wouldn't be worth it to make a new entry in the series.

Metroid isn't there yet but I've accepted the fact Captain Falcon will only ever be a Super Smash Brothers character from now on.

It's not just Nintendo

Half-Life 3. There I said it. If Valve announced Half-Life 3 tomorrow, it would probably be huge news and would see coverage all over the web, despite the fact that Valve hasn't done anything with it in a very long time.

But Half-Life 3 is a very different beast. If Nintendo didn't release a new Zelda game in a decade, it might be similar to Half-Life 3's situation, but for the smaller franchises this would never work.

I'm not saying these games are dying but...

It's a good thing when your franchise is in the public eye. It's a bad thing when they're not.

It's not like people don't want these games either.

Capcom has been sitting on Mega Man for such a long time that fans had to go through a Kickstarter for Mighty No.9 just to get a game that plays like Mega Man.

Mega Man Legends 3, cancelled before it even got a chance.

Classic Castlevania's stopped getting attention (outside Lords of Shadow) and now the game that fans wanted has a Kickstarter.

We shouldn't have to go through Kickstarter to get the games we want, and companies need to find ways to bring their prestigious franchises back into the forefront before they fade into obscurity.

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Optimistic About Nintendo's E3 Announcements: A Shut-In Fan's Perspective https://www.gameskinny.com/zwjn5/optimistic-about-nintendos-e3-announcements-a-shut-in-fans-perspective https://www.gameskinny.com/zwjn5/optimistic-about-nintendos-e3-announcements-a-shut-in-fans-perspective Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:47:01 -0400 GamingGuru

From the living room of my youth, with countless hours on Super Mario Bros. on my Nintendo Action Set under my belt, nothing could have prepared me for the massive live events that we experience today! Sadly enough, the simple act of "growing up" also made me aware of what happens when I'm in the throes of a massive crowd.

When I'm surrounded by thousands of other people on an open floor, I almost feel like I'm drowning in humanity and B.O. In the interest of my mental health, I've talked to a few psychiatrists about it, but none of them ever diagnosed me with social anxiety.

 

Yeah...no thanks!

I did what any other millennial would do: I turned to the Internet!

I did find one History Channel video, featuring some dude from Rutgers University, who suggested that it could be an issue with "personal space," but nothing has really panned out and my research is still ongoing.

And that's the best part about video games: they don't require you to go outside! Regardless of what causes my anxiety (if that's even what it is), it didn't stop my excitement for what Nintendo would unveil at E3 2015!

Direct Event for the Global Win

Even though Sony and Microsoft were live in attendance at E3, Nintendo chose to livestream their announcements via Direct Event. Watching from the comfort of my home and free from anxiety, I silently applauded Nintendo for choosing a digital format for their announcements. I wouldn't be missing out on anything by foregoing E3, but I could still be a part of it!

 

This simply blew me away!

Interjecting some Muppet-style comedy along with dramatic gameplay and emotional development stories, one thing became clear right from the start: these folks absolutely LOVE what they do for a living!

Star Fox Zero Announced

Watching and listening to Miyamoto tell his deeply personal story behind the arches in the Star Fox franchise struck a nerve with me. This is a man who has truly taken positive experiences in his life (the Fushimi Inari shrine & drawing anthropomorphic characters) and shared it with the world. He was absolutely gushing when discussing the unique perspective and control scheme of the game, which makes use of the Gamepad's gyroscope to fine-tune aiming.
The Internet Responds Like...the Internet...

However, multiple sources immediately and vehemently began criticizing Star Fox Zero right out of the gate. One source over at the Verge described the unveiling as "not making a good first impression" due to its "fiddly controls", even going so far as warning potential consumers to "not get too excited".

Yet other sources decry its lack of multiplayer support and that it looks like an HD remake of Star Fox 64.

Beyond that, it seems that the number of detractors is far less than the number of fans excited for Star Fox Zero.

As For Myself...

I'm excited to see that Nintendo is beginning to develop games around the Gamepad. A cockpit view in conjunction with a world display paints a unique and immersive picture.

When Star Fox was first released on the SNES in 1993, us Nintendo players were still getting used to the shoulder and Y/X buttons on the new controller after having used A/B controls for so long.

 

This intimidated the hell out of me as a kid...

Fils-Aimes did state that Nintendo is all about "transformation" during the Direct Event, so even if the controls do need some help, I don't feel that we need to shoot Star Fox Zero out of the saddle so quickly. Let's not forget that we all started somewhere, and have had to learn as we went along.

"Nintendo is abandoning the Wii U..."

This is a comment that I've seen repeated over and over again in countless forums. Though I can see how some may think so, Reggie did say during the Direct Event that they will further "discuss" future games at a later time.

In fact, the Wii U is receiving at least 13 different titles going into 2016 according to Nintendo's E3 2015 Release Roadmap. Announced games that I'm most excited for include:

1. Super Mario Maker

 

2. Yoshi's Wooly World

 

3. Star Fox Zero

 

Another game that I'm super excited for is Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, slated for release this Fall. I'm not splitting any hairs as to why this North American port wasn't announced during the Digital Event (it was released in Japan September 27th, 2014), but I'm excited nonetheless. Consider yourself informed now and share with your horror-loving, gaming buddies!

 

Coming this Fall to Wii U!

So do I feel that Nintendo is abandoning the Wii U in favor of its upcoming NX console? Absolutely not. In fact, when considering Miyamoto's excitement over Star Fox Zero's use of the Gamepad, I'd say that Nintendo is finding new ways to use this innovative piece of technology in relevant ways.

Again, let's keep our eyes open and know that we are all definitely getting our money's worth with our Wii Us with some awesome, first-party exclusive titles on the horizon.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force


This actually looks pretty cool!

Out of all of the titles featured during Nintendo's Direct Event, Metroid Prime: Federation Force has received the most negative feedback. A lot of the feedback seems to focus on the fact that it was:

  • announced for the 3DS instead of being a home console release
  • it doesn't appear to feature Samus
  • it's multiplayer.

The vitriol has been so intense, that there is even a petition to cancel the game, with over 12,000 signatures from supporters.


No, really...stop.

Petitioning for a stoppage on development for any game is wrong. Why though, exactly?

  • A beta, or even alpha, version is simply a glimpse and not indicative of what the final product will be.
  • A game still in development is more or less a presentation of a concept or set of concepts.
  • Rampant banning of games whose ideas we don't agree with is a slippery slope that stifles creativity.

Yes, some of us may not be thrilled with some of the concepts presented in the trailer, but to tell you the truth, I didn't get much from it other than a small sampling of gameplay and a release date.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Trailer

None of the executives spent a lot of time talking about the game, and it didn't have a Developer's Story feature or any other clarifying information to supplement it during the Direct Event. Further, the game isn't slated for release until 2016.

I understand that Metroid fans have been waiting for a truly immersive console release for quite some time (I'm one of them), some of them may even want reparations for the critically panned Other M (I personally enjoyed the game), but we mustn't get in the way of Nintendo's creative process.

In the end, I feel that Federation Force may be a precursor to something MUCH bigger, and even if it isn't, let's see where it goes. It's simply too early to tell what the final product will be.

Let's Be Hopeful and Grateful

Being a fan since the Action Set days, if it's one thing I've learned about Nintendo, it's that they know what they're doing and they don't ride on the coattails of others. Yes, some of their games may not be the most praised, and some gamers may decide to jump ship to other consoles all together.

Regardless of where or how you may get your game on, we must remember why we're in this hobby in the first place. What works for you may not work for someone else, and that's perfectly fine. I've always been an advocate for acceptance, and I feel that it can also exist in our own little corner of the world.

As I sit in my own little space, I'm glad that I can be a part of this community, even if the simple act of walking outside seems to be an insurmountable chore. Let's do each other and ourselves good, and be thankful that companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft can continue to create games and put a great deal of effort into these live events, even if some of us are current or recovering shut-ins.

His puppet body is ready, and so is mine! #MyBodyisReggie

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Top 5 Franchises You Want to See at E3 This Year https://www.gameskinny.com/nurbg/top-5-franchises-you-want-to-see-at-e3-this-year https://www.gameskinny.com/nurbg/top-5-franchises-you-want-to-see-at-e3-this-year Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:38:32 -0500 TumsST

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Super Mario RPG

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You can tell me all you want that Paper Mario or the Mario and Luigi games are sequels to Mario RPG. That's all well and good but I want that true Super Mario RPG sequel with turn-based battles. Princess Toadstool, Bowser, Geno, Mallow, and Mario need to team up again to save the Star Road and defeat whoever messed it up in the first place. This is probably up there with Banjo Kazooie on the not-realistic front but one can dream right? Super Mario RPG was one of my favorite games on the Super Nintendo. I can still remember how tough it was to find and then playing it for hours. I still at times will jump on the Super Nintendo and throw Mario around with the Hurley Gloves or use the Lazy Shell.

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In the 1990's, Square and Nintendo broke up and that's why at the time, we never got Super Mario RPG 2.( not Paper Mario, the spiritual sequel) Since then Nintendo and Square have settled their differences and made up. With the success of Paper Mario and the Mario and Luigi franchises, it just doesn't look like a Mario RPG game is coming anytime soon, wishful thinking, I guess.

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E3 will be here before you know it and who knows what games will be there. It's fun to imagine what could be at the show in California this year. Give me a brand new Snow Brothers game and I'll lose my mind. One of the first games I bought from Blockbuster Video with my own money so many years ago! Can't wait to give the games of E3 a test run this year!

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Pokemon

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Now I know what some of you are going to tell me on this that we finally got the Ruby/Sapphire remakes at last years E3. Well, it's never too late for a Pokemon game to show up at E3. This could be details pertaining to Pokken Tournament or a non-main Pokemon game. However, I will continue my tradition of asking every year for a Red and Blue remake with Game Boy graphics and online play/Wi-Fi trading.

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If it was an eShop download, then save batteries wouldn't go dead and you could have the game anywhere you brought your 3DS. Another feature would be the Wi-Fi and online play, thus pleasing the old-school trainers by having the old Pokemon graphics and please the new-school with online battles/trades. In this day of classic gaming-type games like Shovel Knight being so popular, this could be the perfect time to downgrade. It could be like a thank-you to the original Pokemon trainers that started in Kanto, the beginning.

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Star Fox

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The crew of the Great Fox needs to have a new entry in the franchise and we're in luck. Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on the new installment in the Star Fox franchise. It was also reported that the Wii U Star Fox game will be at E3 this year and that's a welcome sight. It has gone from just being a pipe dream at last year's show to being playable( should be) at this years.From the information available around the internet, it sounds like the game will be flying based and not like Adventures.

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I'm not saying I didn't like Adventures but it just wasn't the Star Fox game everyone wanted on the Game Cube. We need more flying around, more shooting Andross in the face, more not saving Slippy because he's annoying and most of all more "do a barrel roll!"I can't wait to see what the Wii U Game Pad is used for in the game and am hoping for something like using the Game Pad as a cockpit or Game Pad steering. If the Game Pad is used properly, it could be really cool but it feels like Wii U games don't fully utilize the Game Pad functions.

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Metroid

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The Metroid series has been asking for a new game since the Metroid Prime Trilogy ended and Other M wasn't the game the fans wanted. It feels like Metroid can go in one of two ways in the future. It could either go in a new 2D side scroller with HD graphics on the Wii U or it could go in a full 3D immersion on the New 3DS. The 3DS version would be more like the Prime series where it would be a first person shooter and you could aim/control the camera with the new C stick on the New 3DS.

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It would be interesting to see Metroid go back to the NES classic with new graphics or 3D gameplay. Bringing NES games back with modified graphics is something Nintendo does regularly so this could actually happen if Nintendo remembers Metroid actually is a game. It feels like recently they've forgotten about it.

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Banjo Kazooie

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Let's start this off right with a game that plenty of people have been asking for. They have been asking for a real third installment of Banjo-Kazooie for a long time now. It was simpler time back then when Rare made games for Nintendo but since then they were sold to Microsoft.

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Microsoft tried to give the fans Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts but that wasn't a true Banjo Kazooie game with the Nintendo 64 feel to it. Microsoft recently said that some of the older properties/classic properties could be coming back into the limelight sooner rather than later. That could be good news for the likes of Banjo Kazooie and Conker but only time will tell. E3 usually is a good place to drop bombshells and Banjo Kazooie, the true third installment would be bombshell material. We could be collecting jiggies sooner than we think.

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It's almost February and that can only mean one thing, it's time to start to think about this years Electronics and Entertainment Expo or in simple terms E3. I have been lucky enough to attend the last two E3's and will be able to attend this years show as well. Being able to attend E3 was one of my goals when I started out writing about video games and entertainment years back. Being able to get a sneak peak of the upcoming games and electronics is something I enjoy and find it special that I can play games that won't be out until later that year.

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That being said, it's never too early to think about the top games/properties that could be at E3 this year in Los Angeles. Game properties come and go but they never truly stay away forever. This E3 could be the launch point for icons that we haven't seen in awhile! Let's get right into it.

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