The Dorklyst: The 10 Greatest Modes of Transportation in Videogame History

By Andrew Bridgman / April 27, 2012
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Getting around in games can be a hassle. Just like in real life, it's nice to have a faster option so that you don't always have to trudge through Mt. Moon one step at a time, fending off Zubats. Unlike real life, you don't have to settle for a used '96 Toyota Corolla. Here are the 10 greatest modes of transportation in videogame history.

10. Rush (Mega Man series)

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The only thing better than a loyal dog companion is a loyal dog companion that can turn into a jet, a submarine, a springboard, and about 20 other things (depending on which game you happen to be playing). Rush, the robot dog of Mega Man, was a blessing when he first appeared – now you had the option of flying across the pits of spikes instead of trying to make perilous and risky jumps. Of course, you could only use Rush for short bursts of time, just like a regular dog who caught on that you were out of Beggin' Strips.

9. Rocket Skates (Toejam & Earl)

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The most exciting thing about Rocket Skates in Toejam and Earl was – 9 times out of 10 – you had no idea you were about to get them. You're opening an mystery present, and BAM! Suddenly you're rocketing across the level, barely able to control yourself, and – 10 times out of 10 – you'll fall off a cliff and back to the previous level. But the biggest allure of the rocket skates was allowing you the chance to jump back to level 1 and use them to cross the sea and find the secret level 0. Assuming your older brother told you about it first.

8. Chocobo (Final Fantasy series)

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Final Fantasy is known for two types of transportation: aerodynamically-questionable airships and Chocobos. Of the two, Chocobos are easily the more interesting and endearing option. The giant goofy birds could rarely fly, preferring instead to act like a cross between an ostrich and a horse, galloping across fields much faster than you'd be able to do on foot, and sometimes even able to be summoned into battle. Not that they were perfect – Chocobos would often leave you upon dismounting or only able to be ridden for a limited amount of time. Still, that's a small price to pay for getting to ride Big Bird into battle.

7. Your Pokemon (Pokemon series)

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In the early playing of the first Pokemon games, you start to think to yourself, "Self, I own an enormous bird, several giant fishes, and a fire horse. Why the hell can't I ride them?" And (besides the fire horse) it turns out you can! You can fly to different cities and locations instead of walk and you can swim across water. Don't want to go through that cave again to get to another town? You never have to again! It's still bullshit that you can't ride your fire horse though.

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