5 Video Games Where the Sidekick Got to Be the Hero
Video game sidekicks hardly get the attention that they deserve, they give their all and stand by our favorite gaming heroes’ sides, but sometimes they get to shine as with these five video game sidekicks that got to star in their own games.
Luigi – Luigi’s Mansion
Luigi has been receiving Mario’s sloppy seconds for decades, but had the opportunity to shine in his own game by way of Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube. Luigi’s Mansion stars Luigi in a game where he surprisingly wins a mansion – that he finds to be haunted – and has to fight throw the haunted mansion searching for a missing Mario. Although it wasn’t well received by all fans, Luigi’s Mansion was worth being made just to see Luigi do his own thing.
Diddy Kong – Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Diddy Kong, son of the iconic Donkey Kong, has been by his papa side for so long that it’s hard to comprehend why he’s still a child, but I digress. Diddy Kong got to opportunity to show the gaming world what his was made of in the rather enjoyable Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, which followed the same gameplay as the original Donkey Kong Country and introduced a new sidekick – Dixie Kong.
Zero – Mega Man Zero
Zero is mostly known being the sword toting robot deuteroganist in the cult-classic Mega Man games where he featured as a “drop-in” character and often as a secondary character to the “main man”; Mega Man. By building a cult following all his own, Capcom saw it fit to introduce a new “Mega Man-ish” series known as Mega Man Zero where Zero got to play the role of leading antagonist.
Yoshi – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Lots of gamers have considered Yoshi Mario’s pet and considered Luigi to be Mario’s only sidekick, but considering how much of a big role Yoshi plays and how much more useful he’s been in Mario Bros. games, it’s safe to consider Yoshi a fitting sidekick for the iconic Mario. Due to his hard work and binge eating, Yoshi finally got to do his own video game spin-off in the form of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island where he transported a baby Mario on his back in this Mario Bros. game that sheds light on Mario and Yoshi’s past.
Miles “Tails” Prower – Tails Adventure
Tails is considered one of the most popular video game sidekicks – second only to Luigi – and although he usually plays the role of mechanic, best friend , and two-tailed flying fox, Miles finally got the opportunity to fly solo in Tails Adventure for the SEGA Game Gear system.