This one was a little easier. There are plenty of characters who came to mind – but pretty soon I  noticed that they all had something in common. They’re all sidekicks. They all seem like lazy additions in a futile attempt to keep various franchises fresh.

I’ve picked just three examples:

What are they for?

Birdo, WaLuigi and Tails. What are they for? I just don’t know. Perhaps it’s because they we introduced too quickly. Perhaps there wasn’t enough time to get any sort of feeling for the characters, or perhaps they just seem like a formulaic, thoughtless addition trying to pull the wool over gamers eyes.

I can’t say for sure what it is about these characters I don’t like, but I think it’s best summed up in the feeling that there is no intrinsic reason, within the context of the game, for them to exist.

.. and I’m not prepared to even acknowledge some more characters that appear to be sidekicks of sidekicks of sidekicks.

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