Gaming's Loyal Animal Companions

Posted on November 11, 2010

There’s nothing like a good animal sidekick to aid you on your journey. Whether it’s a wisecracking bird, a dog with a huge bite, or an adorable green dino with an adhesive tongue, these loyal animals stick by your side to make your quest that much easier. Take a look at some of our favorite animal companions.

The wisecracking she-bird performs feats of contortion as she travels the world of Spiral Mountain tightly nestled inside Banjo’s tiny blue backpack. This versatile creature can shoot a variety of eggs from either end, use her wings to make the duo invincible, peck at airborne enemies, prop the bear onto her back and break into a sprint, and eventually fly. Kazooie clearly carries the weight in this relationship, which makes it surprising she didn’t get her own spin-off. She should’ve at least fought harder to get her name listed first in the games.

Daxter is the definition of a partner in crime. The orange haired, buck-toothed loser-turned-ottsel helped spark the adventures of Jak and Daxter. Daxter keeps things light-hearted with a slew of bad pickup lines and corny jokes, but can quickly turn the tides as Dark Daxter. He never fails to get the duo into trouble, but on the flipside, Daxter always comes to the rescue when Jak needs a hand. Only your true friends will break you out of jail.

This adorable green dinosaur is one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters for a reason. He captured our hearts after his debut in Super Mario World and later broke out on his own. Yoshi has a crazy sticky tongue that can gobble up enemies, he spews spotted eggs, and he can out-jump the mustachioed Mario brothers with his amazing flutter. Most importantly, however, nothing is cuter than hearing him speak in third-dino. “Yoshiiiiiii!”

“Frocobo” (FFXIII)
Sazh wields dual pistols,
is fantastic at striking enemies from a distance, and also houses a
baby chocobo in his afro. The birdie is utterly useless, but incredibly
cute so it gets a mention. Don’t judge.

Donkey Kong Animal Buddies
Kremlings are dangerous foes, so DK and his bud Diddy need all the help they can get. That’s why coming across a barrel or crate labeled with the face of one of these animals is always welcome. Rambi the rhino, Winky the frog, Enguarde the swordfish, Expresso the ostrich, and Squawks the parrot – these guys each serve a unique purpose across various levels, lending DK a hand. The animal buddies help DK charge through Kremlings, hop to higher areas, navigate water levels, speed toward secret areas, and navigate through dark caverns.

What other animals made the list? Find out on to page 2!


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