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The Top 7... inanimate objects


 

You know something is beloved when, after 18 years and only one appearance in one level, people still remember it vividly. Kuribo's Shoe, an oversized boot found in World 5-3 in Super Mario Bros. 3, commands such a following. It's just a green boot with a wind up key. Mario jumps around in it, just like he always does. There's barely any use for it at all other than safely traversing spikes.

Yet here we are, in 2008, and just about anyone who played SMB3 will admit an irrational fondness for Kuribo's Shoe. Part of its allure is its rarity - we've played through the game more than once just to hop in the lifeless, meaningless shoe, and we're sure plenty of other gamers have too. It has this intangible, novel feeling that etches a little piece of your brain away and replaces it with green boot. Plus, whose boot is this? Why haven't we seen the true owner of this mammoth piece of footware? How many other 18-year-old, one-game, one-level items have affected people this much?

 

PixelBlock creation by NeoGaf user keiichi.

 

The same, only created with beads. See foglera's many other creations here.

 

Some Kuribo fan art, as seen on Tyler Ohlew's blog.

 

An adorable stocking sent in to Kotaku.



You know the shoe is big time when people use it as the basis of an entire video. It's stuck in everyone's mind and has become one of the few things that every single gamer can agree on: Kuribo's Shoe rocks, and that's that.

Want more misty-eyed recollections about the past? We've got plenty of other Top 7 lists for your nostalgia-devouring mind. And if that's not enough to keep you busy, head on over to our forums for exciting good times.

Apr 7, 2008

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  • trojan12 - February 3, 2011 4:10 a.m.

    The Screw Attack didn't let you somersault indefinitely, that was the Space Jump! Get it right, GR...
  • MyriamD - January 1, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    I think the lack of Kuribo's Shoe is for teasing you. Also, I vote Companion Cube on the top. And push the freaking box up XD
  • ghost5555 - November 30, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Will everyone PLEASE shut up about the companion cube, it was with you for HALF A LEVEL!!! other than that, good list :)
  • AGENTJORRRG - September 28, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    I would've put the turretbots from portal above the Cube. They're shooting at me, but they're adorable and I want one.
  • FanofSaiyan - December 5, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    You'd think with all the Mario sports games, kart racers, party games, and sequels to the main series that they couldn't have Kuribo's Shoe make a single reappearance.
  • FanofSaiyan - December 5, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    Ahh the smash ball, the "tide turner" of Brawl. There's no telling how many matches have been decided by who gets that precarious little orb.
  • thephntm - December 2, 2008 5:36 p.m.

    still laughing at the cosplayer in kuribos shoe!
  • kamikaz3e124 - October 26, 2008 8:06 p.m.

    I wish the WCC was first. I dont know why, but im obsessed with it.
  • Nin10DOH - September 1, 2008 11:54 p.m.

    the box was the most important Metal Gear Solid item ever
  • xReptar - October 26, 2008 6:34 p.m.

    I'm surprised the WCC wasn't first.
  • NullG7 - September 29, 2008 11:28 p.m.

    I love that giant shoe I have played the game a few times just to hop around in it like the guy in the video
  • iiscody - September 26, 2008 2:05 a.m.

    only the completely useless items are any good. WCC is my favorite. i played portal multiple times just to use it for 10 minutes. but all of the other objects made a huge impact on my life too...
  • VoodooPanda - September 2, 2008 7:04 a.m.

    Hate the Companion Cube. My friend is obsessed with it. "It takes hits for you like a good friend would, you can use it as a step, and it will go anywhere with you without complaining." Thats his reasons why its awesome. But I think if it doesnt explode or shoot something then its useless to me.
  • Burn - September 1, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    Love that shoe...
  • Smeggs - September 17, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    Oh, the porn magazines, jesus that take me back. I rememeber putting them all over the ground, and then blowing up a gaurd. Another gaurd turned around "HUH? What's that noise?" He walks three steps, notices the magazine next to him, and completely ignores the fact that his buddy just rose to a higher plain of existence.
  • kamikaz3e124 - July 26, 2009 5:58 a.m.

    As you see in this default picture here, the companion cube is still alive... playin on my X-Box 360. Me:"Hey, are you done playing yet?" WCC:"..." Me:"Darn..." Me:"Oh well, maybe next time." WCC:"..." Me:"Yeah I love you too."
  • vigeoman - July 7, 2009 3:53 p.m.

    hahaha i love the shoe
  • halifaxia - June 9, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    I love wcc... it's always number one in my heart
  • stuzimuzipuzi - February 2, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    do you guys love that car from street fighter
  • bigpoppachain - August 1, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    lol voodoo i think ur friend is giving you hints

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