Spin-off kings

Seven contenders battle for the side-series crown

Aug 31, 2007

Ah, the life of a game's character. Born into a custom-made world, forced to live out a life that's been scripted already, doomed to die a million times at the hands of men, women and children. If you're successful, you might get to do it all over again in a similar sequel. But what if you were so popular you were given the shot at doing something else? Want to be a kart driver? Want to get into music?

These are the games that spawned new games. New games that actually worked. But who's the king of them all? Which game's spin-off are the best? We can tell you're already thinking 'Mario'... but you might justbe surprised. Start the countdown, please...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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