Just because they’re sidekicks doesn’t mean they aren’t entitled to have the spotlight on them for a change. Whether it was a DLC add-on, a handheld title, or a full-fledged game these are 10 sidekicks that got their own video game.
10. Tails Adventure
I will not sugarcoat this, but the Game Gear was not very good. While it lacked a lot of “OMG gotta have it” games there was one game that I felt was underrated. Tails Adventure is an action-adventure game released in North America in November of 1995.
Tail Adventure has players taking control of Sonic the Hedgehog’s notable two-tailed fox, as he defends an island being invaded by an army of birds known as the Kuku Army. The game was one of a kind, to say the least, and offered a unique gameplay for Tails that I would like to see be implemented again in future Sonic titles. Now if you do not have a
Now if you do not have a Game Gear, you do have a few options to play this game. if you own a GameCube pick up Sonic Gems Collection, or if you have Sonic Adventure: DX Directors Cut you can play the game by collecting 130 emblems in the game. If you do not have access to either of those two games, but you have a Nintendo 3DS the game available via the 3DS virtual console.
9. Secret Agent Clank
Released in 2008, Secret Agent Clank is a platformer developed by High Impact Games and was released on the PlayStation Portable with a PlayStation 2 port coming a year later. The game follows Clank and has him portraying his alter-ego ‘Secret Agent Clank.’
Unlike his role in the Ratchet and Clank games, Clank now has a move set similar to his lombax buddy. While his gameplay in the original series focuses on platforming and puzzle solving, Clank now has an array of weapons at his disposal.
8. Star Fox Guard
A tower defense game co-developed by Nintendo and Platinum Games, Star Fox Guard was released in April 2016 and was bundled up with the first edition print of Star Fox Zero, but was later released on Wii-U eShop shortly afterward.
The game has players protecting various bases owned by Slippy Toad’s uncle, Grippy. Players must prevent attacks from various enemies and must utilize both the Wii-U gamepad and their television. Despite not offering the same type of action as any of the Star Fox titles, it is a quick time sync that anyone can enjoy and I can’t be the only one who thought the gameplay reminded me of Five Nights At Freddy’s, right.
7. Mega Man Zero series
It was hard to choose which game from the Zero series I wanted to add to this list, so I decided that the entire series deserved a spot. Developed by Inti Creates (except for the fourth game, which was co-developed by Inti Creates and Natsume)and published by Capcom the series spawned four games released from 2002-2005
The plot of the series starts off approximately one hundred years after Zero’s ending in Mega Man X6 and focuses on Zero who now founds himself in a war between humans and Reploids. If you love the Mega Man X series, then you should definitely give this franchise some attention.
6. Yoshi’s Wolly World
Yoshi’s Wolly World is a platforming side-scroller released in 2015 and was developed by Good-Feel for the Wii-U with a Nintendo 3DS port released this year. The game focuses on Nintendo’s favorite dinosaur in yarn form. You play as Yoshi, who is on a mission to save his friends who are in the clutches of the evil Magikoopa, Kamek.
5. Knuckles’ Chaotix
The Sega 32X may have been a flop, but ya know what? At least that niche group of people that owned the 32X had some fun games, (albeit a rather small library). Knuckles’ Chaotix is a platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega.
The game has you controlling five characters, Knuckles the echidna and team Chaotix, which consists of Charmy Bee, Espio the Chameleon, Mighty the Armadillo, and Vector the Crocodile, each character has their own unique abilities and during the game you will always control two out of the five characters (or one of the two Eggman robots) who are tethered together.
Interestingly enough the characters working together ironically works in an odd way, and it offers a ton of replay value as your playthrough varies depending on your character combos. Now if you do not have a Sega 32X, you can try to emulate the game on PC.
4. Diddy Kong Racing
Released during Rare‘s prime, Diddy Kong Racing is a kart racer released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. The game follows Donkey Kong’s sidekick, Diddy Kong and his pals as they attempt to defeat the antagonist, Wizpig in a series of races.
3. The Last of Us: Left Behind
The Last of Us was hands down one of the best games to come out of 2013. When I heard that Naughty Dog was releasing a DLC expansion I was intrigued and impressed. Originally released in 2014 for the PlayStation 3 Left Behind focuses on Joel’s sidekick, Ellie.
Now, the plot of Left Behind fluctuates between events that took place two weeks before Ellie met Joel, as well as after the events of Colorado after Joel is injured from fending off David’s crew. However, the plot focuses more on Ellie and her friend named Riley and explains how they both got infected, which in turn kickstarted the events of the first game.
Despite the gameplay being pretty much the same, there was a heavier emphasis on being more stealthy and tactical due to Ellie’s size. If you have a PS3 I recommend purchasing this. However, if you own a PS4 then pick up a copy of The Last of Us Remastered is you haven’t already because that comes with Left Behind, free of charge.
2. Luigi’s Mansion
Luigi’s Mansion was a launch title for Nintendo’s purple lunchbox. Released on September 18, 2001, this action-adventure game had you take control of Mario’s little brother, Luigi. The main plot focuses on Luigi as he explores a haunted mansion that he won in a contest he didn’t even apply for while searching for his brother.
Despite the game’s short length, I really did enjoy the gameplay style being offered. Venturing around this creepy, dark mansion armed with only a flashlight, a Poltergust 3000, and a GameBoy Horror (I see what you did there, Nintendo) it was definitely refreshing to not only have Luigi get the spotlight turned on him but having Luigi playing as pretty much a Ghostbuster was also enjoyable.
I LOVE the Jak and Daxter series, but I prayed for the day that someone would make a game where I could play as Daxter. In 2006, Ready at Dawn answered my prayers. Daxter is platformer game exclusive for the PlayStation Portable.
Set after the events of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy but beforeJak II, Daxter follows everyone’s favorite ottsel as he attempts to rescue his best friend, Jak who was taken prisoner by the Krimzon Guards. The majority of the game has Daxter working as an exterminator in Haven City while figuring out what happened to his pal.
While the game offers solid platforming, some of my favorite moments of the handheld game include this extermination tank that can serve as a jet-pack, once you find the right upgrade. Not to mention I got a kick out of the Dream Sequence mini-games that you can play, where Daxter dreams that he has become a famous movie hero like Indiana Jones and who could forget the mini-game where Daxter reenacts the courtyard fight scene featured in The Matrix: Reloaded.