Sonic and The Simpsons ruled the early 90's, and with good reason: Both were outstanding in their genres and featured title characters that became fixtures in pop culture. Unfortunately, neither franchise knows when to quit and has been milked to the point of almost destroying their legacies. Now Sonic's half werewolf and Moe is judging American Idol. WHY.
Take a successful game or TV show with a loyal fan base, pick the fan's favorite character, and give him his own spin-off a recipe for success! Or total failure. Dirge of Cerberus, a spin-off of the critical darling Final Fantasy VII, was released to mixed reviews. Joey, a spin-off of the long-running Friends, lasted only two seasons. With Friends and Final Fantasy followers as fanatical as they are, it's actually pretty impressive that both could be released to such lukewarm reception. So good for them! I guess?
1. Duke Nukem
2. Doctor Eggman
You can only play through the main story of a game so many times, and with each replay, the experience becomes less and less enjoyable. From warp whistles to programming glitches, game secrets can refresh a stale gaming experience. Here's a tribute to our favorite ways to cheat in videogames.
1. Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time: The Biggoron Sword
In Hyrule, the good stuff was hard to get. REALLY hard to get. Even after braving all the temples, Link's Master Sword was only second second fiddle to the Biggoron Sword. To get it, Link had to facilitate the Hyrulian black market between all of the shadiest characters, deal in Odd Mushrooms and Pocket Eggs, wait three days, dodge rolling boulders, and cross the country several times; all for a sword he wasn't even man enough to hold with one hand.
2. Pokemon: Missingno
This was a secret that many attempted, but few carried out to the end. After sailing around on your Lapras for a few hours (in those days, gamers still had attention spans of steel), a jumble of tiny pictures named Missigno would try to fight you. Even better, if you ran away, Missigno rewarded your cowardice by duplicating one of the items in your backpack. If only the mutant fish in the polluted river near my house did the same.
The Super Nintendo
You never forget your first time. Back then, you didn't care how "edgy" or "cool" a girl was, you just wanted to have fun. Pure, sweet, innocent fun. Sure, she wasn't the hottest girl you'd ever date, but she had personality. Like all first loves, you thought it would last forever, which is why it was such a surprise when you dumped her for
Look, you were young. It was seventh grade, and she had all the things you loved in your old girlfriend, but with more depth. Hoping for a nostalgia trip, you looked her up recently. Big mistake how did someone so devastatingly attractive end up looking so ugly? Maybe you should give SNES a call I hear she's as cute and fun as ever.