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.

Next page – God of War, Bully, Kingdom Hearts and tons more!




  • EYE8URBRAINS - February 23, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    what about in the original super smash brothers. When you were shocked by Pikachu, you were a pretty awesome looking skeleton
  • Oxfordcomma4 - February 25, 2009 10:30 p.m.

    Time Splitters is, in my opinion, the best, no second best, multiplayer game the Cube has to offer. Second after SSB:Melee. It has more than skeletons. It's got all sorts of random-ass characters than you can fire a minigun at. ReCapcha: Economy Gold.........WHAT?!?
  • SenorChunky - August 25, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    The 9th Skeleton on The First Entry, Street Fighter II, is Chun-Li, I think, look at the black area's Chunky-Thunder Thighs
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 31, 2008 7:27 p.m.

    Lol @ Chrono Cross! Skelly was my favorite character in that game :D
  • GoldenMe - October 31, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    Shizcakes, that's a lot of skeletons. I happen to remember Lost Vikings the most. By god that was an awesome game. Great Article GR!
  • TrIp13G - November 1, 2008 3:04 a.m.

    When I was younger, the only thing I remember about playing Uninvited is the ghost killing me. Oh, and nice coverage of the CV skeletons. Classic.
  • Wizrai - November 1, 2008 3:05 a.m.

    No Devil May Cry-ish skeleton?
  • vincenzo - November 1, 2008 3:46 p.m.

    No Maximo? or was i the only one that played that game...
  • drprofessor - November 1, 2008 5:35 p.m.

    Nice list. I played Astyanax and have a vague ability to say it properly lol. Was also fun identifying all those street fighter characters by there posture and skeleton.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - November 1, 2008 7:12 p.m.

    @ ElkRider1 Murray is just a floating skull from what I remember. This was full skeletons. However, I do indeed now have a folder full of skulls for another day...
  • Defguru7777 - November 2, 2008 3:37 a.m.

    I love the Bowser skeleton from New Super Mario Bros.
  • Xplosive59 - November 2, 2008 2:24 p.m.

    were the heck is dry bones from mario!?!?!?
  • Mrinsane117 - November 3, 2008 2:09 a.m.

    you guys forgot dry bones from almost all the mario games. Turok has lots of skeleton dinosaurs although they arent alive.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 3, 2008 1:43 p.m.

    OH NOS!!! teh fartbonerlol *dies* @ oreomonkey What was it supposed to say
  • LionheartAce - November 3, 2008 10:56 p.m.

    Grim Fandango is the awesome. Skelly is a close second.
  • zerohero - November 4, 2008 4:54 a.m.

    Ha Ha on Skelly's description for "Build" it says "boney"
  • SandroTheMaster - November 5, 2008 3:37 a.m.

    You know what? I'm mad, GR whored all skeletons from boring as hell JRPGs and left most of the big names in western PC RPGs out cold.
  • FierceDeity - October 31, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    first stalfos ftw
  • smallberry - October 31, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    WooHoooo Manny Calavera! *cough*PC adventure game*cough* Anyway great article. Can't wait for T-Dar episode 25!
  • skyguy343 - October 31, 2008 7:42 p.m.

    was waiting for Mega Man 4 btw : fartbonerlol, didnt see THAT coming(sarcastically)

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