Ever leave Mario waiting for three hours while you shower, grab some tacos, or consult a strategy guide? He was likely none too pleased. He may even have gone to sleep. Remember Sonic tapping his foot impatiently if you got distracted for even a few seconds? He always was the edgier mascot, wasnt he.
The animated quirks developers sometimes sneak into their games are usually pretty amusing. Not surprisingly, other games are loaded with these as well, and though sometimes its simply part of the genre (looped animations in fighting games, for example), other instances can get downright weird. With that, here are some of the most interesting or off-the-wall idle animations seen in games throughout the years.
Sonic is terribly impatient (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Lets start with Sonics basic foot-tap from Sonic the Hedgehog. What exactly is his deal? If youve got somewhere to be then feel free to leave, bro.
While Crash just wants to show off (Crash Bandicoot 3)
Some characters use their free time for a hobby instead; just check out Crash Bandicoots impressive yo-yo-ing skills.
Prepare for glory (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
Heres a pretty innocent one: Young Link! Watch as he adorably adjusts the belt of his classic green hero's garb.
Game within a game (Banjo-Kazooie)
You play video games, so why cant Banjo? If the world is actually a Matrix-like game simulation, then youre probably being put into a GIF made by our otherworldly overlords as we speak.
The latest tech (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
Looks as if DK likes to game too. Maybe its a thing with Rare characters? Retro specifically made sure he upgraded to a 3DS this time around, too (he packed an original DS in the Wii game).
Show ya moves (Psychonauts)
When the going gets tough, some characters prefer to just drop everything and dance. Raz is an any time, any place kind of kid.
Bro party (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
And so is Mario, as it turns out--him and Luigi bust out regularly before each battle.
Burn up the dance floor (The Legend of Spyro)
Heck, Spyro even performs a full-on jazz-snap when nobodys looking. Hes clearly self-conscious about it, though.
Itch that needs scratching (Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time)
Sly Cooper isnt quite the type for busting out his moves, but he will indulge in a nice long back scratch when hes not needed by the player. He can also be seen playing air guitar on occasion.
Dont play with yourself (Rayman 2: The Great Escape)
Being the oddity that he is, Rayman finds his own ways to make fun. Here, he practices his dribbling by detaching his own torso. Dont knock it till you try it!
Prepare for battle (Metro 2033)
Lets look at some less quirky examples. Dropping your remote during Metro 2033 will incite a weapon-check to make sure all is in order.
For your entertainment (Might & Magic Heroes VI)
Of course, villains need to entertain themselves too--like this witch from Heroes of Might and Magic. She ought to consider the traveling circus.
Never trust a jackrabbit (Jazz Jackrabbit 2)
I certainly wish this next one was only a glitch, but Im pretty sure Cliffy B is just weird. Watch and be amazed as Spaz destroys a UFO and eats a bird for breakfast.
Mark your territory (Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded)
Everyone remembers Larry; he stars in those games your mom would never let you buy. Keep still too long, though, and the neighborhood pets begin to show how they really feel.
See Jim jump (Earthworm Jim)
When all else fails, I often rip my own head off and use it as a jump rope. I see Earthworm Jim feels the same way.
Pikachus spinning panic from Pokemon Yellow is great, but you cant exactly screengrab an original Game Boy. There are dozens more of these out there in the ether--what are some of your favorites?
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