Toplist The Greatest Videogame Sidekick of All-Time

January 15, 2013

Next to every great videogame hero is a sidekick – giving you helpful advice, occasionally being annoying as hell, being sorta-but-not-too effective in battles, but always remaining loyal and useful. But amongst the innumerable sidekicks that have nobly fought (or helped out in fights) throughout videogame history, which one is the greatest of all? Vote for your favorite! Will it be one of your always-in-mortal-danger teammates from Mass Effect? An immortal mutant fox who can fly? Or maybe a friendly, selfless dinosaur? HEY, LISTEN! …the choice is yours.

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Article The 25 Greatest Sega Genesis Games of All-Time

By Staff / July 11, 2012
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Dorkly readers, you did it. Your votes have determined the greatest Sega Genesis games of all-time. Over 200,000 votes were tallied (you can check out the results here), and we have below the top 25 (fair warning – we only included the top performing game from each series, so that you wouldn't have to read about Streets of Rage three times). So sit back, relax, grab your Sega Nomad and six AA batteries, and let's look back at what you've decided are the 25 greatest Sega Genesis games of all-time.

25. Phantasy Star IV

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One genre that was noticeably under-served on the Sega Genesis was the RPG. With Final Fantasy (and other Square games) firmly entrenched over on the side of Nintendo, something needed to make up for the deficiency for Sega. Thankfully, the Phantasy Star series came along, and the 4th entry proved to be not only one of the greatest Genesis RPGs of all-time, but one of the greatest RPGs period. The game combined deep storytelling, well-honed game mechanics, and a unique take on combining fantasy and science-fiction to create one of the most memorable RPG experiences ever crafted. They were so confident in their games, they didn't even care how they spelled "fantasy."

24. Shining Force II

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Shining Force II is one of the greatest tactical RPGs ever created, not that that sounds too impressive when you realize how few tactical RPGs there really are out there. One of the reason there are so few is because everyone saw this game come out and figured "who could possibly top this?" But Shining Force II was something more special than just that – it had unparalleled depth in both gameplay and story, and more characters ready to join your party than an episode of Game of Thrones. The only drawback was the game required a huge time investment to fully appreciate it – but at least you weren't technically lying when you told your friends you couldn't hang out because a huge party was taking up all your time.

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Toplist The Greatest Sega Genesis Game of All-Time

June 25, 2012

There were two videogame camps in the early 90's: kids who had Super Nintendo, and kids who had Sega Genesis. Sega came into the scene dominated by Nintendo and presented the first great rivalry in videogame history, with the help of a stellar library of games. Vote for your favorite titles to help us decide which game is the system's greatest! Will it be a Sonic game? Disney game? Another Sonic game? You decide!

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Article The Top 25 SNES Games Of All Time

By Staff / July 8, 2011

Last week, we began our search for the greatest Super Nintendo game of all time by asking you to choose your favorites in a series of one on one match-ups. After receiving over 800,000 votes, WE HAVE OUR VICTORS! They're a great mix of commercial blockbusters, critical darlings, and hardcore-gamer favorites. Without further adieu, here are the 25 best SNES games as chosen by gamers.


Contrary to popular belief, a flashy sequel doesn't equal a bad sequel all the time. In a bold move, Contra III fast-forwarded the action to the distant future and improved not only the aesthetics, but the scope and storyline of the game, all while maintaining the "run and gun" appeal of the original. Though there have been plenty of knockoffs since, none have had a weapon as universally appealing as the Spread Gun. None.


Earthbound broke a lot of traditional rules established by previous SNES RPGs with its innovative, unique gameplay. To outsiders, Earthbound seemed like a cutesy kid's game. Any well-informed gamer will tell you otherwise. The characters had names like "Buzz Buzz" and "Poo," but it boasted a layered story with complicated characters and one of the most deeply unsettling final bosses in the history of gaming. While it hit the United States before the heyday of Japanese RPGs, it's held onto an incredibly dedicated cult following.

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