The 5 Most Obnoxious Nintendo Characters
In over thirty years of game developing Nintendo have given the world some of the most iconic and beloved characters the medium has to offer. Many of their creations have left an indelible mark on popular culture, becoming figures who rival what comics, movies and TV have to offer. But nobody can get it right 100% of the time, and Ninty (and their second party studios) have also been responsible for some rather less successful creations. There are some characters in their roster who would be better off forgotten. Today we present for you five of the most obnoxious. Disagree? Want to nominate someone else? Sound off in the comments section!
5. Slippy Toad (StarFox)
First appearing in the 1993 SNES classic, StarFox (known as StarWing in PAL territories) Slippy is the mechanic and inventor sidekick to Fox McCloud. He's perhaps the least well-loved creation of the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, proving that truly nobody is perfect. With his constant pestering and frankly smackable face, Slippy has been annoying gamers for twenty years now. Perhaps most egregiously, despite having Toad as his surname, he to all intents and purposes appears to in fact be a frog. So, why should we trust a single word you say, you deceitful, slippery amphibious bastard?
4. Piantas (Super Mario Sunshine)
In many ways, Super Mario Sunshine is one of the most cruelly overlooked Mario games. Seen by many as a bit of a disappointment after Mario 64, it was none-the-less, a gorgeous, absorbing slice of interactive entertainment. While the island of Delfino was a location with considerable charm, the same could not be said of its' residents. Requiring Mario's help at virtually every turn, these guys are nothing if not needy. Unfortunately, Nintendo seem to be attached to these big-nosed pests, and they have cropped up in various places since, including various Mario Kart games, Paper Mario and even Mario Galaxy 2.
3. Balance Board (Wii Fit series)
Character Animation is a kind of magical alchemy- it takes real skill to imbue inanimate objects with real personality. How the devs behind Wii Fit were able to make an inanimate object seem so insufferably smug is anyone's guess. Sure, at first he seems peppy and cute, here to guide you through your journey to fitness, but eventually his (its'?) back-handed compliments and passive-aggressive nature gets to you. And woe-betide you if you a miss a day or twelve, you can bet that this cross between the Microsoft Paperclip and a P.E. teacher will not let you forget it in a hurry!
2. Tingle (Legend Of Zelda Series)
The design work in the Zelda series is generally so beyond reproach, that Tingle seems like something of an aberration. Generally, in life it's not right to judge people based on their physical appearance, but when it comes to fictional characters, we think you can let it slide. Just look at him. If ever a game character has looked like they smell funky, Tingle is it. Looking like the fruits of a forbidden union between Wario and a Garden Gnome, he is the most mystifying creation in the world of Zelda. First surfacing in Majora's Mask, somebody somewhere must like him, as for some unfathomable reason, he has starred in several spin-off titles of his own. Designer Takaya Imamura apparently created him in a "very relaxed manner", which we might guess might mean that he was drunk. Which would explain a lot, actually.
1. Diddy Kong (Donkey Kong Country Series)
When Rare were handed the keys to the dormant Donkey Kong franchise, the result was the ace Donkey Kong Country. It employed a novel two player mechanic, that distinguished it from most other Ninty platformers of the time. This meant that DK needed a side-kick however, and thus Diddy Kong was born. Nineties platformers were full of "animals with attitude" and Diddy was one of the most irritating- basically think "Poochie" from the Simpsons and you won't be far-off. Unfortunate Diddy didn't have the good grace to "die on the way back to his home planet", but in fact stuck around like a bad smell, even cropping up recently in Mario Kart games and Smash Bros. Perhaps most damning of all is the fact that Diddy would not seem at all out of place alongside the expanded cast of Sonic The Hedgehog, alongside Shadow and Big The Cat. Maybe it's time he switched sides?