May 22, 2007 - Welcome to IGN's weekly countdown of the exceptional, fascinating, and absurd: something we like to call Top 10 Tuesday. Every week we'll feature the top ten games, characters, fashion statements or whatever else we can think of that in some way relates to gaming and its history. And just because it's called Top 10 Tuesday doesn't mean it's always going to be a list of the best -- we like to razz on stuff as much as we like to praise it. From counting down the best consoles ever to revealing the worst use of fish heads in a videogame, this is where it's at.
This week's topic: Characters who desperately need their own spin-off games. Each of the following characters has appeared in games (some in numerous titles), but never in any sort of starring role. Either they act merely as side-kicks to the hero, or they are just too dastardly to ever have been given the chance to shine. Well, now they have it. While some of these games have no chance of ever getting made, others had darn well better be put together as soon as possible. Plus, we're always happy to put together a Top 10 list that prominently features Psychonauts.
Cid Highwind Appears in: Final Fantasy VII Platform(s): PS1
This chain-smoking short fuse cusses like a sailor and wields a mean spear. While characters named Cid have a long history in Final Fantasy games, Highwind is the most fleshed out, making him the only true Cid in our eyes. His adventures as captain of an airship would make for a great side story. He's already got an impressive special attack: he leaps from his airship and plunges his spear into enemies -- at least that's what he does in Final Fantasy: Advent Children. Plus, the affirmative action department of the ESA is worried that games aren't properly representing goggle-wearing protagonists.
Sasha Nein Appears in: Psychonauts Platform(s): PS2, Xbox
Because a Psychonauts sequel is just begging to be made, and Raz's future adventures might prove a little stale, we recommend that Tim Schafer get his affairs in order and give Sasha Nein his own game. Psychonauts had a wealth of interesting and unique characters, but Nein was the only who felt like a true "psychonaut." A game starring Sasha with noir-stylings and a secret agent theme would be beyond awesome. Sasha's game could even take a slightly more adult approach to the psycho-analytical themes of the original Psychonauts. Any way you slice it, we desperately want to explore the depths of more people's psyches, and Sasha is definitely the character to take us there.
Revolver Ocelot Appears in: Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Platform(s): PSX, PS2
Revolver Ocelot is in serious need of his own stage time. The gunslinger has made appearances in all of the Metal Gear Solid games, which is more than even Solid Snake can claim. Revolver Ocelot's unique blend of Wild West themes with Soviet know-how has made him an enigma throughout the Metal Gear Solid series. Despite constantly working under higher-ups, Revolver has maintained his autonomy, making him exactly the kind of villain that players want to play as. He has been around for decades of game time, but much of his story still remains a mystery. A spin-off game could provide the opportunity to finally flesh out what makes our favorite Ocelot tick. Plus, who here doesn't want to play a sequence where you torture Solid Snake?
Shoma must have taken Roosevelt's advice literally. In a game filled with sexy school nurses, demonic principals, and swimmers that can force opponents to spontaneously break into synchronized dances, you need a really big prop to get noticed. And that's what Shoma has: a giant bat. And a giant hair style. There are few attacks more satisfying in all of gaming than launching an enemy 50 feet in the air with an enormous baton, jumping up to kick their ass in the sky, then giving them another crack to send them smashing into the ground. Capcom, if you ever want to see your puppy alive again, you'll make a game starring Shoma.
Toad Appears in:Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Kart (series), Mario Party (series) Platform(s): NES, SNES
Mario has his own game. Luigi has his own game. Yoshi has his own game. Wario has his own game. Even Princess Peach has her own game. Toad does not have his own game. There is something wrong with this picture. Toad has appeared in countless Mario games, yet he still gets consistently ignored when it comes time to create spin-off franchises. Well, this had better change soon. We're tired of seeing Toad relegated to bit-player statues. Look at that smiling face! How could you not want to play a game starring a sickeningly jolly anthropomorphic mushroom like him?