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SkeleTONS: nearly every bony bastard in the gaming universe

Dragon Quest is right up there with Final Fantasy when it comes to worldwide recognition. Formerly known as Dragon Warrior in the US, it’s gone on to sell millions upon millions of copies of every game in the series, the latest of which we effing adored.

A classic soundtrack and perfect gameplay collide in this near-forgotten SNES/Genesis jewel. From its bizarre level design to the many, many horrific deaths the trio endure, it keeps delivering memorable moments from the first level to the last. Check the GBA remake if you missed the 16-bit version.

Also – one of the few cases of skeletons with full beards.

Here’s one we’ve seen time and time again, poor Arthur shattering into a pile of individually separated bones. That’s what he gets for starring in what is officially known as The Hardest Videogame Franchise of All Time.

On the other end of the spectrum we have these piddly wimps from various cutesy games. Don’t think they realize simply being a skeleton isn’t enough. You’ve got to feel it, deep down in your coccyx.

Perhaps the most famous ongoing skeletal enemy of all time, the Stalfos knight from Zelda. It’s been in just about every game in the series, represented here by its meager beginnings as a crude patchwork of white pixels to its Link to the Past depiction that leaps all over the damn place.

Compare that to Twilight Princess:

All that time to figure out a plan against Link... and all they added were shoulder pads? No wonder Ganon keeps getting punted into prison dimensions.

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43 comments

  • Netsurfer733 - October 30, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    Must...add...shout out...to Warlords Battlecry 1, 2, and 3! Skeleton spam ftw!!!
  • BarryNomad - October 29, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    Wait wait wait... you're telling me that the Saturn classic Mr. Bones did not get a mention?!
  • AntistaIsTheLight - October 28, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    "TimeSplitters 2 is one of the few amazing FPSs fro GameCube, so please" I havent read all the comments so someone might have noticed but i have to be the smart ass to notice...TYPO!!!
  • Mexicutioner - October 27, 2009 2:44 p.m.

    I'm surprised that Goof Troop, a game that starred both Goofy and his son Max, was not mentioned on here. There was a dual of bosses in, I think, the eighth level. The way they fought you was by them throwing a boomerang made of their own bones at you. Additionally, the Goof Troop had a fantastic soundtrack and is probably why I still even remember that damn game.
  • TKTOWA - October 27, 2009 6:27 a.m.

    Mr. Bones, the blues musician from Saturn/PS1? Oh well, it's a little obscure. But big cheers for mentioning Undead Knight from Guardian Heroes/best fighting game ever.
  • mertor3190 - October 27, 2009 12:52 a.m.

    Awesome! Halloweek. My birthday is on Halloween, this is perfect.
  • oldgrammastinkyfeet - October 26, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    What about the unlockable character in Skate (2?)
  • SandroTheMaster - November 5, 2008 3:35 a.m.

    Morrowind notwithstanding you forgot the Might and Magic series, which presented awesome skeletons from the first one to the last, including the Heroes of Might and Magic spin-off, and YOU could be a skeleton... well... the mage in your team could become a lich with awesome look... And in Heroes you had a team with Skeletons as the bulk of their forces AND skeletal dragons as a bonus, as well as skeleton Heroes with one that stands out for his personality and grim reapper look. Want a tip? Look at my name.
  • Sly_Fox - November 4, 2008 11:03 p.m.

    you guys missed morrowind
  • iggzy880 - November 3, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    I'm just happy to see Manny and the Grim Fandango crowd named
  • thebigmo1 - November 3, 2008 1:49 a.m.

  • TheWebSwinger - November 2, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    Ya know what, I read this whole book of an article, only because it probably took Brett about a month to do. ...also because it's a damn interesting read.
  • Gorlack2231 - November 2, 2008 6:52 p.m.

    a Entire page for Street Fighter. wow. Are ReDeads form Zelda Zombies or Skeletons?
  • Tikicobra - November 2, 2008 4:38 p.m.

    Medievil FTW! Probably the best PS1 game ever.
  • oreomonkey - November 2, 2008 4:37 a.m.

    wow.... that was not supposed to say that
  • oreomonkey - November 2, 2008 4:36 a.m.

    sıɥʇ ǝʞıן ǝɯosǝʍɐ ɯı ƃɯo
  • Defguru7777 - November 2, 2008 3:38 a.m.

    I love the Bowser skeleton from New Super Mario Bros.
  • Ravenbom - November 2, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    Wow! Holy complete complete list Batman! Or Brettman, if you will... And people say that Americans are just getting fatter year by year. Clearly they all have eating disorders, and are trying to make up for their inadequacies by attacking other sprites.
  • lava_lamp - November 1, 2008 2:11 p.m.

    i wish i could get my hands on a copy of grim fandango i loved pyschonauts and i want to play Shaffer's other games now. (cant wait for brutal legend)
  • ElkRider1 - November 1, 2008 1:07 p.m.

    You missed out Murray, from the Monkey Island franchise! How could you?

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