Friday Favorites: Video Game Dads

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!

Father’s Day is this weekend, so I thought I would use a post to celebrate some of the best video game dads. I hope everyone else is able to celebrate with their father or someone close to them this weekend!

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Rusl from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Rusl is the father of Colin, the shy child who finds his courage throughout the game, from Twilight Princess. Rusl is the character from Link’s hometown, the swordsman, seemingly the guard of the village that most likely helped Link hone his own sword skills. Besides being a father figure to the hero of the game, Rusl is also a critical member of the resistance, saving Link during the attack on Hyrule Castle.

“Dad” from Dream Daddy

Dream Daddy is a visual novel where you play as a customizable dad and were able to romance several other (mostly) single dads. While your choices were crucial to the ending of the game, the player’s “Dad-sona” had an awesome relationship with his daughter Amanda. The interactions with her ranged from goofy and casual to affection and, well, fatherly. Their relationship is probably one of my favorite aspects about the game.

Bowser from the Super Mario series

Okay, we all remember that Switch Parental Control video, right? The adorable one when Bowser was the Most Responsible Parent of the Year because he was being sure his son Bowser Jr. was playing games that were appropriate for his age? Bowser is also a father figure to all of the Koopalings as well, allowing them to help him with his work and always very encouraging while doing so. Not only that, his motivation for kidnapping Peach in Super Mario Sunshine was literally just so Bowser Jr. could have a mom. Cool motive, still kidnapping, but the thought was sweet.

What are your favorite video game dads?

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Character Spotlight: Bowser

Happy Tuesday and Happy Halloween!

It’s time for another Character Spotlight, a character we all know and love.

 

Bowser, originally known as King Koopa, is everyone’s beloved villain from the Mario Bros. franchise. He originally appeared in the Super Mario Bros. game for the NES in 1985. He’s an old man… his most recent appearance has been in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions for the Nintendo 3DS in 2017.

He has been in countless games from main Mario games to side Mario games such as the Mario Party series, various Mario Sports games, and the Paper Mario series. Not to mention he’s included in Super Smash Brothers and has made cameo appearances in games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and the Skylanders series as well as the movie, Wreck-It Ralph.

Bowser is one popular Koopa!

Bowser is one of my favorite villains because he’s not always a villain. He has a fun personality. There are some games where he’s a pain and straight up mean – Mario Party 10… – but there are other games such as Paper Mario where he has bad intentions, but he has such a great personality and funny comic relief that he doesn’t seem like a bad guy.

Then there are games such as Super Mario RPG where he actually joins Mario in a fight against a separate villain. I think my favorite versions of Bowser is from Super Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series.

Also, I love Bowser’s design. Koopas are cute, but Bowser is just a beast.

What are your thoughts on Bowser? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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Fabulous Villains

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Everyone always gushes about the heroes of the games, but what about the villains? Have their been any recent villains or minions that really made an impression (good or bad) on you? I think one that stands out to me at the moment is Ghirahim, one of the main antagonists in the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Fabulous is one of the first words that come to mind when thinking of him!

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When we first started playing Skyward Sword, we thought Ghirahim was creepy and weird. But, as the game went on, we grew to enjoy his character. Sure, he’s bizarre. But that’s what makes him kind of funny. I remember we both burst out laughing at the end of the game when he was dancing around Zelda’s floating body. Literally dancing.

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Fabulously creepy was what he was, but he made an excellent antagonist, in my opinion. Another favorite villain is, as cliche as it may be, Bowser from the Super Mario games. He was never truly fearsome to me, but my earliest, main memory of him was from Super Mario RPG where he actually joined your party. His snarky remarks in games since then have placed him on my favorites list.

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Bowser is also wonderful in Paper Mario. He’s funny in that one, even if he is the true villain. Though, he’s not the main villain in some other Paper Mario games. Dr. Eggman from the Sonic franchise is great as well. It’s not so much that he can’t really outsmart Sonic. He just can’t catch him.

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Ah, Dr. Eggman! It’s a shame that they can’t showcase his true brilliance, as he’s supposed to be a genius. He has such a catchy theme song in Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2! One of the villains that I believe I miss the most is Giovanni from the original Pokemon games. He was the leader of Team Rocket and seemed to have an actual goal in mind. Unlike, for example, Team Aqua and Team Magma, who just wanted to expand the water or land, or Team Plasma, who used Pokemon but wanted to release them all…? Opposing Pokemon teams’ motives got a bit shakier as the franchise went on.

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Team Rocket was the best and always will be. Giovanni is a fine villain, but I adore Jessie and James. Even though they were more in the anime than the games, but still. Though, I do have to admit, N was great in the Unova region. He had a great story.

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Yes, his wasn’t too bad, but Team Plasma’s motivations to me were still a bit strange. Other fantastic villains were Von Karma and Dahlia from the first and third Ace Attorney games. They were amazing to hate!

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Ah, yes! I agree. You have to love the villains in video games. Because, without them, we wouldn’t have a game to play.

Who are some of your favorite villains from video games? Let us know in the comments! 

Flashback Friday: Super Mario RPG

Double Jump Kris Mii Hey everyone, Kris here!

Going along with the majority of posts for the rest of this week, today I’m raving about my favorite Mario game, a classic from the past – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

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Super Mario RPG was a game originally released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2008, it was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. I didn’t hesitate to download it.

Super Mario RPG was probably the game that first got me hooked to video games. My younger self was always bothering my very patient uncle to play the game for my entertainment until I eventually tried to play it on my own. Since then, it cemented my love of video games, and Super Mario RPG is the game that I’ve replayed and completed the most to this date.

This game was the first to give Mario a taste of a role-playing game and was responsible for the famous spiritual successor Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series. It granted the player a vast world to explore and a unique party of characters. Bowser and Princess Toadstool (now known simply as Peach — this is how old the game is!) join Mario, along with two new characters, Mallow and Geno. Geno, especially, rose to a famed popularity, enough so he’s a favorite contender for the Super Smash Brothers franchise despite being owned by Square Enix rather than Nintendo.

Although the story line is a bit cheesy, especially to some older players, Super Mario RPG is a timeless game that continues to be enjoyable no matter how many times it’s played through.