Destructoid's Features Editor. Chad loves the Super Nintendo, pinball, Pixar, and dolphins. His dream is to one day be taken to the undersea kingdom of the dolphins and made their new king. Since that may not happen right away, he bides his time writing features for Destructoid and managing all of the original content that is posted to the site.
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My Top Ten Favorite (updated as I play) ...
... Role-Playing Games: 1. Final Fantasy VI 2. Mother 3 3. Chrono Trigger 4. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 5. Final Fantasy IV 6. EarthBound 7. Lost Odyssey 8. Kingdom Hearts 9. Paper Mario 10. Final Fantasy IX
... Adventure Games: 1. Day of the Tentacle 2. Full Throttle 3. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box 5. Sam & Max Hit the Road 6. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human 7. Grim Fandango 8. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 9. The Secret of Monkey Island 10. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
... 2D Action/Adventure Games: 1. Super Metroid 2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 3. Cave Story 4. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 5. The Legend of Zelda: Link�s Awakening 6. Fez 7. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 8. StarTropics 9. Shadow Complex 10. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime
... 3D Action/Adventure Games: 1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2. Shadow of the Colossus 3. Beyond Good & Evil 4. God of War II 5. God of War 6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 7. Metroid Prime 8. Okami 9. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 10. Ico
... Survival Horror Games: 1. Resident Evil 4 2. Dead Space 3. Resident Evil 2 4. Dead Space 2 5. Resident Evil 6. Dino Crisis 2 7. Resident Evil 5 8. Alan Wake 9. Silent Hill 10. Dino Crisis
... Open World Games: 1. Red Dead Redemption 2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 3. Bully 4. Grand Theft Auto IV 5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 6. inFamous 2 7. inFamous 8. L.A. Noire 9. Prototype 10. Crackdown
... 2D Action Games: 1. Contra III: The Alien Wars 2. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 3. Gunstar Heroes 4. ActRaiser 5. Contra 4 6. Ninja Gaiden 7. Gunstar Super Heroes 8. Viewtiful Joe 2 9. Snake Rattle 'n' Roll 10. Viewtiful Joe
... 3D Action Games: 1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 2. Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception 3. Gears of War 2 4. Bayonetta 5. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor 6. Ninja Gaiden II 7. Gears of War 3 8. Vanquish 9. Gears of War 10. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
... Strategy Games: 1. Valkyria Chronicles 2. StarCraft 3. Fire Emblem 4. Pikmin 2 5. Advance Wars 6. StarCraft II 7. Advance Wars: Dual Strike 8. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 9. Pikmin 10. Plants vs. Zombies
... Sports Games: 1. Punch-Out!! 2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 3. Wii Sports Resort 4. Wii Sports 5. Super Punch-Out!! 6. Mario Golf 7. Mario Tennis 8. Pilotwings 64 9. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour 10. International Superstar Soccer 64
... First-Person Shooters: 1. Half-Life 2 2. Portal 2 3. Portal 4. BioShock 5. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 6. Singularity 7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution 8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 9. Resistance 2 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops
... Racing Games: 1. Uniracers 2. Mario Kart DS 3. Diddy Kong Racing 4. F-Zero 5. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 6. Mario Kart 64 7. Wave Race 64 8. F-Zero GX 9. Excitebike 64 10. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
... 2D Platformers: 1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 2. Super Mario Bros. 3 3. Super Mario World 4. Super Meat Boy 5. Rayman Origins 6. Donkey Kong Country Returns 7. Mega Man 2 8. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 9. Mega Man 9 10. LittleBigPlanet 2
... 3D Platformers: 1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 2. Super Mario Galaxy 3. Banjo Kazooie 4. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando 5. Super Mario 3D Land 6. Super Mario 64 7. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time 8. Jak 3 9. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy 10. Jak II
... Fighting Games: 1. Super Smash Bros. Melee 2. Mortal Kombat 3. Super Smash Bros. Brawl 4. Street Fighter IV 5. Super Smash Bros.
... Puzzle Games: 1. Tetris Attack 2. Planet Puzzle League 3. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 4. Meteos 5. Puzzle Quest 2 6. Tetrisphere 7. Tetris DS
... Rhythm Games: 1. Elite Beat Agents 2. Parappa the Rapper 3. Rock Band 2 4. Rock Band 5. Guitar Hero 6. Um Jammer Lammy 7. Guitar Hero II 8. Karaoke Revolution - Volume 2 9. Karaoke Revolution Party 10. Karaoke Revolution
... Shooters: 1. Ikaruga 2. Star Fox 64 3. PixelJunk Shooter 4. Gradius III 5. Air Zonk 6. PixelJunk Shooter 7. Galaga Legions 8. Space Invaders Extreme 9. R-Type III: The Third Lightning 10. Omega Five
... Party/Multiplayer Games: 1. Mario Party 2. Mario Party 2 3. Scene It? 4. Mario Party 6 5. Mario Party 7 6. UNO 7. Mario Party 3 8. Pac-Man Vs. 9. Mario Party 5 10. Mario Party 4
... Collections: 1. God of War Collection 2. Metroid Prime Trilogy 3. God of War: Origins Collection 4. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection 5. Final Fantasy Anthology 6. Final Fantasy Origins 7. Final Fantasy Collection 8. Sonic Mega Collection
... Beat 'em Ups: 1. Castle Crashers 2. River City Ransom 3. MadWorld
... LEGO: 1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 2. LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures 3. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 5. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean 6. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 7. LEGO Batman 8. LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues 9. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
... NES Games: 1. Super Mario Bros. 3 2. Mega Man 2 3. Mike Tyson�s Punch-Out!! 4. StarTropics 5. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 6. Castlevania III: Dracula�s Curse 7. The Legend of Zelda 8. River City Ransom 9. Ninja Gaiden 10. Snake Rattle �n� Roll
... Super NES Games: 1. Super Metroid 2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 3. Final Fantasy VI 4. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 5. Contra III: The Alien Wars 6. Chrono Trigger 7. Final Fantasy IV 8. EarthBound 9. Super Mario World 10. Uniracers
... Genesis Games: 1. Gunstar Heroes 2. Earthworm Jim 3. Sonic the Hedgehog 4. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 5. Shining Force 6. Beyond Oasis
... Nintendo 64 Games: 1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2. Paper Mario 3. Banjo-Kazooie 4. Super Mario 64 5. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 6. Goldeneye 007 7. Star Fox 64 8. Conker's Bad Fur Day 9. Banjo-Tooie 10. Diddy Kong Racing
... PlayStation Games: 1. Final Fantasy IX 2. Metal Gear Solid 3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 4. Final Fantasy VII 5. Resident Evil 2 6. Final Fantasy VIII 7. Spyro the Dragon 8. Parappa the Rapper 9. Dino Crisis 2 10. Ape Escape
... GameCube Games: 1. Resident Evil 4 2. Beyond Good & Evil 3. Pikmin 2 4. Metroid Prime 5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 6. Pikmin 7. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 9. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance 10. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
... PlayStation 2 Games: 1. Shadow of the Colossus 2. God of War II 3. God of War 4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 5. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 6. Kingdom Hearts 7. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando 8. Ico 9. Final Fantasy XII 10. Okami
... Xbox Games: 1. Halo 2. Ninja Gaiden
... Wii Games: 1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 2. Super Mario Galaxy 3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 4. Donkey Kong Country Returns 5. Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 6. New Super Mario Bros. Wii 7. Kirby's Epic Yarn 8. Punch-Out!! 9. Wii Sports Resort 10. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
... PlayStation 3 Games: 1. Valkyria Chronicles 2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 4. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 5. LittleBigPlanet 2 6. Demon's Souls 7. LittleBigPlanet 8. God of War III 9. Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time 10. Final Fantasy XIII
... Xbox 360 Games: 1. Half-Life 2 2. Portal 2 3. Portal 4. Lost Odyssey 5. BioShock 6. Red Dead Redemption 7. Rayman Origins 8. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West 9. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 10. Batman: Arkham City
... PC Games: 1. Day of the Tentacle 2. Full Throttle 3. StarCraft 4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis 5. StarCraft II 6. Sam & Max Hit the Road 7. King�s Quest III: To Heir is Human 8. Grim Fandango 9. King�s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 10. The Secret of Monkey Island
... Game Boy/Game Boy Color Games: 1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages 4. Metroid II: Return of Samus 5. Final Fantasy Adventure 6. Final Fantasy Legend 7. Golf 8. Tennis
... Game Boy Advance Games: 1. Mother 3 2. Fire Emblem 3. Wario Ware: Twisted! 4. Advance Wars 5. Drill Dozer 6. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 7. Metroid Fusion 8. Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising 9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 10. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
... Nintendo DS Games: 1. Mario & Luigi: Bowser�s Inside Story 2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 3. Elite Beat Agents 4. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box 5. Advance Wars: Dual Strike 6. Professor Layton and the Curious Village 7. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 8. Contra 4 9. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 10. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
... PSP Games: 1. God of War: Ghost of Sparta 2. God of War: Chains of Olympus
... Nintendo 3DS Games: 1. Super Mario 3D Land 2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3. Resident Evil Revelations 4. Mario Kart 7 5. Pilotwings Resort
... WiiWare Games: 1. Cave Story 2. World of Goo 3. Mega Man 9 4. Fluidity 5. Mega Man 10 6. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Hey, guess what comes out today?! A NEW ZELDA GAME! Woo hoo!
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the Nintendo DS hits stores today and I really can’t wait to dive into Link’s newest adventure. While some people had trouble falling in love with the last Zelda game on the DS, Phantom Hourglass, I personally adored it. I felt the touch-screen controls worked brilliantly, and it really made things that were starting to feel old-fashioned in Zelda games (i.e. throwing the boomerang) seem fresh and exciting.
So, in honor of Spirit Tracks’ release, I thought it would be fun to rank all the games in the Zelda series, from my least favorite to my most favorite. Yeah, this is going to cause a lot of controversy, but, hey, what’s a good list without a little Internet arguing, right?
Keep in mind that when talking about The Legend of Zelda series “least favorite” translates into “the game is still a 10 out of 10 and amazing, but even in a bakery full of delicious cakes, there has to be some cakes that are slightly less delicious than the chocolate mousse one sitting on the top shelf.”
Make sense? Here we go!
13. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color)
12. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Game Boy Color)
11. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
10. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
9. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube)
8. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Game Boy Advance)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)
6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
5. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
4. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)
3. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
What do you think? Do you agree with my choices? Which ranking do you disagree with the most? What is your list of favorite Zelda games (it's harder to rank them than you think)? Are you excited about playing The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks?
The Princess and the Frog -- Disney’s glorious return to classic, 2D (musical!) animation -- comes out this week (December 11th). To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the Top Ten best Disney villains ever. Yup, this is what I did. I have no shame.
Villains in Disney movies are arguably more important than the main heroes (or heroines) that drive the story. As much as I love Aladdin and Ariel, what kind of movie would Aladdin and The Little Mermaid be without Jafar and Ursula? When new Disney movies come out, people are dying (pun intended) to know whether the movie’s antagonist will join the ranks of the all-time classic villains.
Will evil voodoo priest Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog be a memorable villain? (From what I hear, the answer is a resounding yes!) I guess we’ll all find out this Friday. We all will find out, right? You all plan to go and support this movie so more 2D Disney movies are made, right? RIGHT?
Here are my picks for the ten best Disney villains ... EVER!
10. The Hunter (Bambi)
The Hunter is barely seen and has a ridiculously small part in Bambi. But (SPOILER!), he is responsible for shooting poor Bambi’s mom in the face. I actually get teary-eyed every time I think of that tragic scene. It is one of the saddest and most shocking moments in any movie.
The Hunter is a giant asshole.
9. Stromboli (Pinocchio)
Pinocchio is one of the most underrated Disney movies of all time -- it is an absolute masterpiece. And Stromboli is totally underappreciated as the film’s main villain. But think about it. He kidnaps Pinocchio, forces him to star in his puppet show, locks him in a cage, abuses him, and threatens to turn the sad wooden hero into firewood. SO CREEPY!
8. Hades (Hercules)
To this day, no other villain has made me laugh more. James Woods’ performance as Hades in Hercules is completely classic.
7. Si & Am (Lady and the Tramp)
I had a Siamese cat in college named Oscar and he was the sweetest, cutest cat ever. Si & Am -- the two Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp -- are not. They are creepy, unbelievably mean, and kind of a little awesome for it. Also, “We are Siamese if you please ... “
6. Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmations)
What a bitch! Seriously. Not only is Cruella de Vil crazy-looking, she actually kills little puppies and uses their skin to make fur coats. She kills puppies and uses their skin to make fur coats! Out of control.
5. Scar (The Lion King)
Scar is as devious as he is amazing. Never mind the fact that he is voiced by the incomparable Jeremy Irons. Scar is such an ass to hero Simba (worst uncle EVER!) and he pushes his own brother into a pack of stampeding wildebeests, killing him. And then he blames everything on his own nephew -- a nephew he then tries to murder! God, he is a dick.
4. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
Ursula is evil, don’t get me wrong, but what I love about her the most is her look. I just adore the fact that she is an octopus -- the way her eight tentacles slither and crawl around her throughout the entire movie is ridiculously cool and super creepy. Ursula also excels as Vanessa, the human form she takes when she tries to seduce Prince Eric.
3. Jafar (Aladdin)
For a skinny, weak vizier to the Sultan of Agrabah, Jafar is a badass. He does whatever he can do destroy Aladdin and marry Jasmine. And while that would normally make me hate him, he does it with such style and ... badass-ness that I can’t help but admire the guy. Plus, the red genie he turns into at the end of Aladdin is the best final form of any Disney villain since ...
2. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
Out of all the Disney villains, Maleficent may be the most “classic.” As just mentioned, her final villain form is ridiculously amazing. She turns into a huge, towering dragon that really is one of the coolest things of all time. Maleficent also just looks cool, with her horned headpiece and magical staff/raven accessory. There is a reason she is the primary villain in PlayStation 2 classic Kingdom Hearts.
1. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
Although Disney villains are awesome, most of them are given less than exciting songs (if any song at all). That is completely not the case with Gaston -- his rousing, hilarious theme may be the best song in masterpiece Beauty and the Beast (“And every last inch of me’s covered with hair!” is the best line from any Disney song).
But even looking past that, Gaston is still the greatest villain of all time. He is smarmy, ruthless, rude, vicious, and heartless all at the same time. He is such a cocky bastard ... but I love him for it. Gaston will always be Disney’s biggest douchebag. He has moments that will make you laugh, and others that will genuinely terrify you.
So, what do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Who are your favorite Disney villains of all time? THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES!
And remember to go see The Princess and the Frog this Friday (12/11)! Let’s all support this wonderful movie and make sure the era of classic Disney 2D animation never comes to an end.
I haven’t hidden my excitement for Disney’s upcoming hand-drawn 2D animated feature The Princess and the Frog. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I adore all Disney movies and am ecstatic that Disney (under the new leadership of my hero John Lasseter) decided to bring back the classic hand-drawn animated movies that made the mega-company famous in the first place. Choosing to also reunite the same animation/directing teams from the Little Mermaid/Beauty & the Beast/Aladdin trilogy of amazingness didn’t hurt either.
So, just today the first five minutes of The Princess and the Frog was released on YouTube.
Even though some of the footage is obviously still unfinished, I have to say I am excited. Really excited.
The clip is so beautiful, so rich, so wonderfully nostalgic that I am going to have a lot of trouble waiting until the film’s December 11th release date to see the entire thing.
Check out the opening sequence below:
What do you think? Pretty gorgeous, huh? How nice is it to see a brand new, hand-drawn animated movie from Disney? And the hint of one of the songs sounds absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to buy the soundtrack and listen to it over and over again in my Jeep until I get strange looks from people at stoplights.
I actually got a little misty-eyed watching this clip. It made me feel like a kid again.
I have always had such an immense respect and admiration for the Destructoid community, and finally getting to meet the people I love so much is an altogether overwhelming and emotional experience.
After this weekend I really wanted to put all of you in my pocket, take you back to Los Angeles with me, and pull you out whenever I was feeling blue (Which, if my sad feelings writing this post are an indication, is right about now. Where is my pocket keener when I need him?!)
So, first, a few thank yous.
Thank you to all the people that gave me gifts while at PAX. While I still don’t feel like I deserve anything, it doesn’t change the fact that I am completely honored and touched that you all went out of your way to bring me presents that you knew would make me happy.
And, trust me when I tell you this: I love my gifts. From the singing dolphin to the beautiful Destructoid comic sketches; from the Japanese Chrono Trigger poster to the freakin’ PAL PlayStation 2 that will allow me to play SingStar Disney. Everything I received has found a special place in my heart. You guys are too amazing for words.
I also want to say thanks to all my fellow Destructoid editors. It is an absolute honor to write on the same site as you guys, and for the ones that showed up at PAX, it was great having a drink with you.
And, finally, thanks to everyone that is part of Destructoid in one way or another. This Web site has completely changed my life and I really can’t find the words to express my gratitude and adoration for every person that has ever written for, read, or even clicked on Destructoid.com.
I want to put babies in each and every one of you.
Okay, now I am done being really gay. Let’s get to the main point of this post: Musical theater! ;)
This year at PAX, during the Destructoid panel, I decided to create the ultimate love letter to the community. As we all know, Destructoid prides itself as being a site where the community is key. Obviously, I agree with this sentiment. So much so that I recruited a bunch of Dtoid editors and community members to help me deliver a musical surprise ending.
Here is the result.
Actually, before you watch, just know two things:
1. I have not watched this video. I get to the 30 second mark, become horribly embarrassed and then turn it off. Hopefully the quality is okay.
2. This was created 100% because I love all of you. What better way to express your love of an online community than with a super gay musical number set to the tune of “Belle” from Beauty & the Beast?!
Okay, go ahead and watch. Just don’t make fun of me too much!
Thanks to everyone involved in the performance of the song.
And, most of all, thanks to the Destructoid community. Without you guys, my life would not nearly be as interesting.
Although I am the biggest Pixar fan of all time, I don’t consider Toy Story, WALL-E, and Up to be Disney movies. I know they technically are, but I will always look at them as straight-up Pixar movies that happen to have a fancy, CG Cinderella’s castle logo at the beginning.
But when Disney bought Pixar, my hero John Lasseter made a vow that he would bring back the classic 2D animated movies that made Walt Disney famous in the first place.
Even better, he rehired the same filmmaking teams that made the The Little Mermaid/Beauty & the Beast/Aladdin string of hits.
As much I am looking forward to the first of these “classic 2D animated movies” -- the gorgeous Princess and the Frog coming out this fall -- Disney just released some additional concept footage for its next piece of feature animation, Rapunzel.
Check out a few of my favorite images:
Seriously. I am not ready for this movie. It looks absolutely breathtaking.
If rumors are true, and Alan Menken -- the musical genius who composed the songs for The Little Mermaid and Aladdin (among many others) -- is writing the music for Rapunzel, I actually may have a heart attack and die from happiness.
You can check out all the jaw-dropping concept images right here (click on the “more” button to scroll through them all).
I am not ready for this. Is classic Disney back? Only time (and a princess and a frog) will tell. :)