Readership of this blog has fallen pretty heavily this month, and that can only mean one thing: We need more lists! What draws hits more than Top X Lists? Apparently nothing, if the news sites I read are worth anything. To jump on that bandwagon, I present a truly important Video Game List article: The Top Ten Frogs in Video Games.
#10 - Keron - Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus has a lot of great monster designs, and one of them happens to be a frog. While he's no Eggplant Wizard, this ugly, one-eyed frog with wings stuck to his head is still a pretty memorable monster. Kerons hassle the hero Pit in the game's second world.
#9 - Croagunk - Pokemon Diamond/Pearl
#8 - FroggerFrogger: Hyper Arcade Edition. A lot of his games have been absolutely terrible, but Frogger: HAE proved that the old dude's still got a lot of spring left in his step. He even has his own bizarre rock theme.
#7 - Frog FractionsIt's free, so if you haven't played it and have an hour to kill, check it out. I don't want to say much about how the game works in a fluff piece about Video Game Frogs because you're best going into it absolutely blind. Be sure to unlock all the upgrades.
#6 - The Slimy Amphibians - EVO: The Search for Eden
I realize these guys probably aren't very memorable or interesting, but that screenshot there's one of my favorite bits of weird dialogue in an overall strange and wonderful game. EVO, a game about eating enough fish until you turn into a bird, is one of my all time favorite 16-bit titles. You can customize your horrible evolution monster pretty heavily to build your own frogs!
#5 - Toad Man - Mega Man 4
#4 - Fred - Blaster Master
#3 - Frog Mario - Super Mario Bros. 3
#2 - Frog - Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger's Frog was once a sad sack named Glenn. He is transformed into an amphibian by dark magic, at which point he becomes braver, stronger, and for some reason starts speaking Olde English style. It's a fairly bad curse, since it makes him better in every way, except for looks. Dude may be ugly, but he could punch out the neck of anyone willing to say so. There are lots of frogs and frog-like things in Chrono Trigger, but obviously the guy actually named Frog is the most important.
#1 - Wart - Super Mario Bros. 2
The Big Boss of Mario 2. Wart hates vegetables, insubordination, and Mario's subconscious. He's a huge jerk who's clearly having a great time reigning over the dumb little Shy Guys and bossin' around his Birdos. Wart has a cameo in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, but has otherwise been left in the Nintendo gutters. SPOILER: Both of the games he appears in are dreams. Wart is Nintendo's Freddy Krueger. I think this guy's an even better villain than Bowser, who's pretty phenomenal in his own way and will obviously be a major part of the eventual Top Video Game Turtles article. I'm asking Nintendo politely to include a playable Wart in the Wii U Smash Bros. sequel.
Edit: I am dumbstruck that I forgot about one of the most important Video Game Frogs while writing this:
The Kerotans - Metal Gear Solid 3
That's all for this time! If I missed any frogs you really love, be sure to leave a comment! If you just want to reminisce about how great Wart is, that's good too.