The Ultimate Nintendo Listicle
Coming up with random lists is fun — why not join us and try your own?
Everyone loves a good list, right? They are a great way of thinking about our favorite aspects of gaming — the games themselves, characters, worlds, and so on. And of course, the humble listicle is a popular staple across gaming media. We love writing them, and they’re fun to read and discuss. And so, I thought it’d be a fun idea to run through a whole bunch of random rankings; well, not totally random. These lists are all about different aspects of Nintendo. If you’re a fan of the company’s games, then you know just how broad their work is. It would be difficult to create just one ultimate Nintendo list — besides, it’s a whole lot more fun to come up with a few. Let’s go!
Top 5 Kongs from the Donkey Kong Franchise (excluding Donkey and Diddy)
- Lanky Kong
- Funky Kong
- Dixie Kong
- Cranky Kong
- Swanky Kong
I realize that everyone would probably put Lanky dead last in their own list, but I just love everything about him. He’s awkward, he’s the only notable orangoutang in the series, and he plays a trombone! Funky is an obvious fan favorite, always cooler than every other Kong in the room. Dixie gives the series some girl power, and when she headlined the third game in the Donkey Kong Country series she became one of the only female protagonists on the SNES. Cranky is, well, cranky. We all know he means well though. Swanky is the game show host who debuted in Diddy’s Kong Quest and was severely underused since then. That jacket and swag is off the chart and could definitely compete with Funky’s aura!
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Top 3 Sources of Health in Nintendo Games
- Coins (Mario)
- Watermelon (Donkey Kong 64)
- Beads (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
Coins are technically a source of health in all Mario games, as they provide the extra life after 100 in both the classic side scrollers and the 3D games. I love the idea of money as health, since most people do view cash as more important than anything in the world. Watermelon is so random as health in Donkey Kong 64 and fits with all the rest of the food in the game, such as oranges, bananas, coconuts and peanuts. Beads is the most realistic of the bunch, because Kirby is literally made up of arts and crafts supplies in the aforementioned game!
Top 3 Items in The Legend of Zelda
- Hook Shot
- Deku Leaf
I love boomerangs. I’ve detailed that love before, and it still applies here with Link. Nothing like throwing and catching an object, while kicking ass in between. The hook shot is a classic, letting you travel anywhere within reason. My third choice is an interesting and underrated item. The Wind Waker introduced traveling by Deku Leaf, and I certainly wish it had stayed in future games.
I left the Master Sword off the list because I don’t really consider it an item, per se. When talking about the main weapon of the hero, that’s more than your typical weapon. It would be more suited to a list that discusses the best main objects of the protagonist in video games.
Top 3 Mario Sports Games
- Mario Super Sluggers
- Mario Power Tennis
- Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
My first choice is a biased personal pick, but it’s my list so you’re gonna have to just live with it. My brother and I adored this game throughout middle and high school, as it made a normally boring sport into a whole different game. Mario Power Tennis is one of the more critically acclaimed sports titles on the Gamecube. The large variety of stages in the Mushroom Kingdom universe is truly impressive, and the tennis mechanics are decent. Toadstool Tour is more technically sound than the tennis title, but golf doesn’t allow for the same competitive fires to spark amongst family and siblings.
Top 3 Final Smashes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- The Landmaster (Fox, Falco, Wolf)
- Cook Kirby (Kirby)
- Giga Bowser (Bowser)
I choose to rank the Final Smashes in Brawl because there was such a variety to the move back in the Wii game, and the novelty of the attack was exhilarating. This attack has been dumbed down and made boring in Ultimate, wherein each character is just a one-button press and attack; previous games and iterations allowed the character some movement and flair. The Landmaster is one of the coolest vehicles in Nintendo gaming, and the havoc it causes on stage when controlling it in this game is pure fun. Cook Kirby just puts a smile on your face, as everything on the screen goes into the pot, and out comes different items and lots of damage inflicted upon your opponents. Giga Bowser finally makes Mario’s rival seem dangerous and scary, and everyone loves a powerful Bowser, don’t we? Of course!
Top 3 Weapons and Upgrades in Metroid
- Screw Attack
- Wave Beam (Metroid Prime)
- Power Bombs
The screw attack is simply majestic, and Nintendo knows it. The move is featured in the logo of the franchise itself, and once Samus is graced with its presence, it finally gives the player that feeling of the bounty hunter being at her absolute best! The Wave Beam from Metroid Prime, not from the other games, is mentioned here because it’s just downright nasty. Love the graphical design of the attack and the color scheme and fluid motion of the beam is really invigorating. Power Bombs are my third choice because it’s just really fun to blow crap up. Nothing like obliterating everything on the screen all at once! This is a really difficult list to make, as Samus has got all of the coolest attacks in the game industry. Let me know your favorites.
Top 5 Mario Party Stages
- Western Land (Mario Party 2)
- Pagoda Peak (Mario Party 7)
- Toad’s Midway Madness (Mario Party 4)
- Pirate Dream (Mario Party 5)
- Goomba’s Booty Boardwalk (Mario Party 8)
I love Mario Party more than most people; it’s a childhood staple that I’ll remember forever. I wish there was a new game in the series made in the exact vein of the N64 and Gamecube titles, but no such luck. The stages are mainly what make the experience so magical, and here are the five best ones. The Western Land stage from the second game made me feel like I was in the Wild West, costumes, desert, and all. The Pagoda Peak stage from the seventh game has some unbelievably immersive music, giving that ancient Chinese feel that is simultaneously comforting and fascinating. Toad’s Midway Madness is the great day at the amusement park form childhood, but with Mario and friends! Pirate Dream from the fifth game is an interesting board design that has you travel down the map instead of up for a change. And then I top the list with one of the most “travel up the stage” maps in the series with Goomba’s Booty Boardwalk. I appreciate when you can travel by dolphin to get to the end of this one quicker, and it’s one of the only stages where getting a high dice role is truly imperative to winning the game!
Top 3 Yoshi Colors
The meaning of Yoshi’s colors has always been left ambiguous. There are many different debates around the web. What is the personality traits of the Yoshi’s depending on the colors? Are they all related, or are they just friends of different species? In Super Mario World different colors had different abilities. I think we all like the original green Yoshi the best, simply based on nostalgia. Red Yoshi could spit fire in the aforementioned first game appearance, so that has to count for some major brownie points with gamers. Turquoise Yoshi is just pretty. That’s my only reasoning there. Deal with it.
Thanks for reading my random lists of Nintendo stuff. Give me your lists of random goodies in the comments section and let’s see how far we can go!