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
I am happy to report that last night’s Puppy Bowl V was the best Puppy Bowl of all time.
I was a little nervous on Saturday when I set my TiVO to record the show and noticed that is was only 2 hours rather than the traditional 4 (to mirror the length of the simultaneous airing of the Super Bowl).
But, honestly, the shorter runtime actually helped the show.
Things started off nicely with the classic Tail Gate party -- a group of dogs hanging out on lawn chairs and watching the Puppy Bowl on T.V.
After that, for the first time ever, a bird named Pepper the Parrot came out and “sang” the National Anthem. This was a little odd since the bird wasn’t really singing and just more or less opening its mouth in front of a prop microphone. The song that was playing did sound like a parrot singing, so who knows? Maybe Pepper just got stage fright and they had to use a taped track. Regardless, it was amazing.
The big event itself was, of course, the most incredible (and incredibly cute) thing ever. The puppies were adorable and it seemed like the writers had an extra fun time with the proceedings.
Here are some highlights:
-Since this was the Puppy Bowl’s 5th anniversary, multiple “Hall of Fame Moments” were shown throughout the event. They mostly focused on past MVPs (most valuable puppies) and great plays from the past. I loved how they were shown in muted color and mostly slow motion. It was a great addition and I loved each and every one.
-During the first half one puppy started biting the goal post and wouldn’t stop. It was amazing.
-The world-famous Kitty Half-Time show was, of course, awesome. I was a little disappointed with it last year, if only for the strange choice in music (it was something akin to easy listening). This year, though, the sassy techno-y music was back. As was the pink stage and colorful lights.
To make this Kitty Half-Time show even better, confetti fell down halfway through and most of the kittens freaked out. God, it was so funny.
-The referee (same guy they use every year) was, again, great. His delivery of each foul call was extra over-the-top, which was perfect. Honestly, though, that guy has my dream job and I hope the stars are aligned and I get to take his gig next year. Let’s hope my (multiple) letters to Animal Planet actually get read this year.
-Speaking of the referee, he made quite the scandalous call in the second half of the game. One of my favorite puppies Griffey (SO CUTE!) was wrestling with another puppy. When it got a little too rambunctious the ref gave Griffey an “Unnecessary Roughness” foul call. I was fine with that, but then seconds later the ref called the same foul and actually kicked him out of the game!
If I was there I would have been one of those fans that yelled and threw things at the referee. Griffey was being rough, but he shouldn’t have been kicked out of the game.
-WATER BOWL CAM WAS BACK!
-In one of the most inspired, hilarious segments I have ever seen, near the end of the Puppy Bowl a “streaker” ran out and interrupted the game. The “streaker” was one of those crazy, shaved, skinny dogs with only some small tufts of fur on its head and tail. The producers of the show actually added a black bar near the “private region” of the streaker as he ran around the field causing mischief.
Before all the puppies got too riled up, the ref ran out, wrapped the nude offender in a t-shirt, and escorted him out of the stadium. It was so amazing.
-The MVP of the game was Madeline the Beagle.
Now, Madeline was cute, but I voted for the incredible Eli. Not only was Eli super cute, he seemed to perform the best in all the various plays. He also scored a few touchdowns!
Here are a few pics of Eli and his brother Moose:
While I was happy for Madeline, I felt Eli was robbed!
-By far the cutest thing of the entire show was anything involving puppy Schroeder. I really don’t think I can describe how jaw-droppingly cute Schroeder was.
Basically, Schroeder slept through everything.
I’m not kidding.
While all the puppies were playing with toys, Schroeder was sleeping. While the pups were tackling each other and wrestling, Schroeder was sleeping.
Here are a bunch of pictures of Schroeder at different points during the event:
It really was the cutest thing of all time.
All in all, the Puppy Bowl V delivered. It was the most entertaining, enjoyable, cutestPuppy Bowl yet. I am a little disappointed Eli or Schroeder didn’t take the MVP crown, but I was still happy with all the results.