Character Spotlight: Spyro

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Another month has come and gone, which means that it’s time for another character spotlight. Today, I’m talking about an old school guy who has made a comeback recently.

 

Character Spotlight: Spyro the Dragon

Spyro is nostalgic for me. I remember playing his games on the Play Station way back when. He’s always had a soft spot in my heart mainly because he’s so cute.

He was first introduced in 1998 Spyro the Dragon for Play Station. His series continued in Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The Legend of Spyro, released in 2006-2008, was a trilogy of games that was supposedly a rebooted version of the previous games.

Most recently, Spyro has appeared in the Skylanders series (2011-2016).

I was excited to play Skylanders when it was first announced because I remembered Spyro from my childhood. However, Spyro wasn’t the same.

They had changed him, but I enjoyed his character all the same. He’s still a cute, purple dragon to me. And, while I didn’t play the Skylanders game for very long, I thought it was a good game. It’s still something I plan to get back to at some point, but now I’m six games behind, so… Who knows?

Still, I’ve always loved Spyro and I would love to try the original games again sometime.

Do you remember Spyro? Did you play the games? Let me know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Diddy Kong

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Another month has come and gone. With so much Switch and new game hype, I’ve decided to talk about an old school character.

 

Character Spotlight: Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country for Nintendo’s SNES in 1994. He’s known as Donkey Kong’s nephew (since he was originally a remake of DK’s son). Since then, he’s appeared in various Donkey Kong games, such as Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (1995) in which he is the prominent character with his girlfriend, Dixie Kong. He starred in his own spin-off game, Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64 in 1997. From there, he’s been a character in various Mario games such as Mario Kart, various Mario sports games, and even in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

I always loved Diddy Kong. He’s a cute character and I loved that Donkey Kong had some sort of a counterpart. While he’s so similar to Donkey Kong, he has different features such as he’s weaker, but faster.

I think Diddy Kong was a great addition because it added some more variety to the characters. Mario had Luigi, Peach eventually had Daisy, Wario had Waluigi, Bowser had Bowser Jr., and so on. DK has Diddy Kong.

I’ll admit that I’ve never really played Diddy Kong. I always have my certain go-to characters, but I do remember playing Diddy Kong’s Racing when I was a kid. Maybe that’s a game I’ll have to pick up again soon.

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Character Spotlight: Miles Edgeworth

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With all this talk about the Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild and everything, I thought now would be a good time to talk about a character from the Ace Attorney series.

Seems now is as good a time as any, right?

Character Spotlight: Miles Edgeworth

Miles Edgeworth is the chief prosecutor in the Ace Attorney games. He first appeared in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (2001) and has been in most Phoenix Wright games, the latest being Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice (2016). He has also had his own game, Miles Edgeworth: Investigations (2009), which held a sequel that only came out in Japan.

I think Edgeworth is one of the best characters in the Ace Attorney series. He develops so much from the very beginning and even though Phoenix is his rival, they’re good friends. I love how the creators of this game made it so that Edgeworth wasn’t a “bad guy” simply because he’s the protagonist’s rival.

Miles is the kind of guy I would want to get to know in real life and definitely someone I’d want on my side.

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Character Spotlight: Link

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I had someone else for the spotlight this month, but I ended up changing it to Link because of Breath of the Wild. I still don’t have the game, but I figured I might as well talk about Link anyway because he’s a great character and I’m going to eventually.

Link is an interesting, complex character. He first appeared in The Legend of Zelda originally published for the NES in 1987 by Nintendo. His latest appearance is, of course, Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. In between, he’s starred in 17 other games. That doesn’t include games he’s appeared in for Super Smash Bros. or Mario Kart 8’s DLC, or even Hyrule Warriors.

Link is an awesome protagonist as he constantly battles evil and just goes along silently with whatever his destiny throws at him. He’s strong, courageous, and seems like a nice guy despite his hardships (and his childhood…) and the fact that people mistake him for Zelda as the title suggests.

It’s theorized that each Link in every game is a “different” Link, but a reincarnation of the Link before it. This is why he looks similar and have similar abilities in each game. Also, his name may mean that he is the “link” throughout all the various timelines.

I love Link and I think he’s the best protagonist in the whole gaming world. The franchise is simply amazing.

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Character Spotlight: Paper Mario

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I’ve been talking a lot about Paper Mario: Color Splash this month and I thought what better character to do a Character Spotlight for than Paper Mario himself?

Not Mario-Mario, Paper Mario.

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Paper Mario is his own character and known as such from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, a game that was released in the US January 22, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS. I personally have yet to play the game, but it’s on my list.

People speculate about Paper Mario being a different Mario from a paper world due to Paper Jam, where real Mario exists.

However, that doesn’t explain the previous Paper Mario games.

Paper Mario first appeared in Paper Mario released in the US for the Nintendo 64 on February 5, 2001. He then appeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Super Paper Mario, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, and the most recent, Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Paper Mario is one of my favorite characters because his first game was the first game I had ever played and completed on my own. The music is great, the gameplay is fun, and it’s a fairly easy game to boot.

The character Paper Mario will always have a special place in my heart.

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Character Spotlight: Hau

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It’s the end of another month, so I have another Character Spotlight for everyone. I’ve decided to showcase a character who I recently fell in love with.

 

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Hau is a brand new character to the Pokemon world. He was introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon, which came out November 18, 2016, by Nintendo for the 3DS. Hau is the grandson of Melemele Island’ Kahuna, Hala. He’s your friend and ally as well as your rival.

He’s energetic, friendly, and pretty optimistic. While the two of you don’t travel together, you meet up quite a lot. He helps you along the way by telling you where to go next, healing your Pokemon, giving you various items, and is overall just supportive encouraging.

As your rival, you obviously battle quite a bit with him. I don’t know how he reacts when you lose to him, but he’s still positive when he loses. Some rivals in past games are sore losers (Barry from Diamond and Pearl kind of was…), but Hau just keeps complimenting you and strives harder.

But that’s the thing about him. He wants to be the strongest trainer, but overall, he just wants to have fun and enjoy the time he has with his Pokemon as well as the journey, sights, and sounds around him.

Honestly, I think everyone should be like Hau.

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Character Spotlight: Phoenix Wright

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The end of the month (and the year!) is coming before we know it.

So, here’s the Character Spotlight for December!

Character Spotlight: Phoenix Wright

I swear I didn’t pick Phoenix to be this month’s spotlight because of that news article I found a few weeks ago.

Anyway…

Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney in the hit series, Ace Attorney, from Capcom. Phoenix first appeared in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2001 for the Nintendo DS. There were two more games in that trilogy where he played the main character.

He returned in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney in 2008 for the Nintendo DS, but not as the main defense attorney. He returned as a defense attorney again in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS and then again, most recently, in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice in 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Phoenix is pretty popular and famous among all the games he’s been in.

What I love most about Phoenix is that he isn’t a hard-ass like most portrayals of lawyers are. He does his best and doesn’t rest until justice is served. Yet, he doesn’t do all this without complaining.

He keeps his friends close, but his enemies closer. The relationship he has between Maya, his assistant, Trucy, his daughter, and Apollo and Athena, his collegues, is wonderful. He takes care of all of them as though he were their older brother or father.

The dynamic he has with the other prosecutors, especially Miles Edgeworth, an old friend, is great as well.

No matter what happens, they all manage to work together to find the truth.

Phoenix is just one of those characters who I would love to know in real life. What he does is amazing and he’s always looking out for others.

Plus, he has witty and sassy internal dialogue that just makes him all the more realistic.

What do you think of Phoenix Wright? Have you ever played any of those games? Let me know in the comments below!