After last week, I needed some happiness. And though Nintendo does a lot of comedy (I'd need a Top 100 to list the best moments of comedy in the Nintendo franchises), it's also very strong when it comes to emotions. Nintendo makes you feel good. Okay, you could say that for almost any video game series. But Nintendo always finds ways to insert heartwarming moments in its video games. If you're really sensitive, those moments could bring a tear of joy to your eye. Here are 12 of those moments.
Please, keep in mind: Those are MY Top 12 heartwarming moments. Most of those moments, I have seen them in their respective games or I know they were touching to a lot of people. As a result, if there is something missing on this list, a moment that you really liked and that you wished you had seen here, well... Not only I need to keep it to 12, but I also had to pick among the many moments I remembered or those that seemed to bring the most emotions to me or others. If you don't see your favorite moment here, tell it in the comments! I'll be very happy to read about it. Also, be warned: Many of those moments refer to the endings of the games, so read at your own risk if you don't want to get spoilers.
Let's get this happiness party started!
(Out-of-character note: I really, really need this. As I was writing this review, I was playing Pokémon HeartGold, as I was about 90 species away from completing the Pokédex. However, I found out that my save file had been corrupted and, therefore, erased. Nearly three hundred hours of fun were taken out of my lifetime along with some of my real-life friend Laura's favorite Pokémon that she traded to me, some exclusives she got who knows when. As a result, as I wrote this Top 12, I felt extremely saddened. Therefore, excuse me in advance if this article is not the funniest. Even though it had been planned for a while before this happened, it's still a very heartbreaking thing to see all your efforts amount to nothing because of a glitch. That was April 11th. Even at the time this article is posted, I might still be very bitter about it. Please don't mind it too much, but... Yeah, I need something to make me happier again and make me forget that I lost over two hundred fucking hours to a game that glitched on me. Wouldn't be so bad if I hadn't spent so long playing it, spent so long trying to get everything... and I had nigh everything I could catch in it, I was one - catchable - Pokémon away from succeeding! But... Damn. Look, please enjoy this list, I worked on it as much as I worked on my other Top 12s, so... to fully enjoy the moments listed here, please try to forget this lengthy paragraph and just be happy that Nintendo is really able to get emotions out of you with the stories in their games.)
12. Aran and 'Mon
|You should see the amount of fanart for that friendship. My Gosh.|
11. Some Recognition, at Last!
|Cranky being nice? That's a rare thing!|
10. The Cake is a Lie No More
|Nothing makes me happier than a happy pink puffball.|
...How is he holding those ustensils?
9. Sadly But Then Happily Married
|No, Kafei is not a kid. Just a small adult. There is nothing|
deeply wrong going on here.
8. Farewells From Pikmin Planet
To me, it's always difficult to talk about Pikmin, as I hardly ever played this series. However, just reading about this scene from the second Pikmin game made me smile. How can it not? Captain Olimar's ship is repaired, and he can leave the planet of the Pikmin (which is Earth after an apocalypse, if we can judge by the trash that Olimar picks up around; a Duracell, really?). Times were tough for this diminutive alien. The animals in this world were all gigantic, except the eponymous Pikmin, which were basically Olimar's only allies until the end. When our little space man leaves in is spaceship, the Dolphin, he takes a look back at this gigantic planet that was so dangerous. It's almost night, and all the Pikmin wish him goodbye... by glowing on the ground, thousands of them if not more, covering the land. This is beautiful to watch, ad it shows that Olimar really did something wonderful down there with his allies the plant-people.
7. Never Give Up, Trust Your Instincts
|That's Fox! ...No, that's James. No, it looks|
too much like Fox! But I tell you it's James...
Oh Gosh, I'm confused.
6. Happy Ending Party at the Ranch
Another Legend of Zelda heartwarming moment? Yeah, that series has a lot of those. Through every game, you get to interact with a lot of people, and many of them end up helping Link in a way or another. It's most prominent in Ocarina of Time, where everyone rejoices at the end of Ganondorf' reign of terror over Hyrule. Seven years of pain, gone forever, thanks to our Hero of Time. Everyone's at Lon Lon Ranch, and we see many scenes revealing that peace has returned, and it shall stay forev... er... well, until Ganondorf's next twisted plan, anyway. Talking about each of those moments would take way too long, but I'll just end by saying that the Legend of Zelda series does this sort of thing very well. In most games, you save the world, but you hardly ever get a glimpse of how much you've done for the world. And the Legend of Zelda series mastered that aspect. I took the ending to Ocarina of Time; I could have used any Zelda game since A Link to the Past, actually. That's quite the achievement for an entire franchise.
5. Wishing For Realities
|Oh, don't worry, it'll happen soon, Luigi. Keep wishing.|
4. Finally Resting Peacefully
Major Pokémon X and Y spoilers here. So, for once, you beat the Elite 4 and a parade is made in your honor. Wow, now that's what I call some recognition! It was about time the hero got what he deserved, huh? However, an interesting event happens during the parade. You meet with AZ, the odd homeless man who's taller than every other human in the series, and he challenges you to a Pokémon battle. Compared to the Elite 4, he's not hard to battle, I'd even say he's AZ to defeat (Tomato throwers, do your thing; I know this was an awful pun). It's then revealed that this man was the King of the ancient civilization that was about to destroy the population of the Kalos region. The guy's more than 3,000 years old! Oh wait, it doesn't stop there. After you defeat him, he retrieves his long-lost friend, a Floette, and cries of happiness. He has retrieved faith in humanity, which was a very common theme in the sixth-gen Pokémon games. Even Lysandre, the real enemy, has lack of faith in mankind as his motivation for leading Team Flare! ...Although, to be fair, the other Team leaders do give those humanity haters some arguments... Looking at you, Ghetsis.
3. From Snarker To True Companion
In my enormous review of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, there was so much to say about the plot that I omitted this interesting element: The relationship between Midna and Link. Yeah, she meets him as a wolf and is a snarking little imp at the moment, I'd even dare say she was acting nasty at first. She helped Link, but it does seem like she didn't want to or as if she didn't believe in him (then again, what's a goat herder gonna do against a Twilight King?) However, at one point, Zant traps Link in wolf form again and badly injures Midna by exposing her to the light of Hyrule. She begs for Wolf-Link to bring her to Zelda, as the princess can heal her. Oh, by the way, this is the first time she calls Link by his name. After he saves her, she becomes much more likable towards him, ready to help at any moment, even her tone of voice seems to have changed. Their friendship grows through the adventure and by the end, they're like a true team, knowing exactly what's their role. Because they've been to Hell and back, it's like they've known each other forever. It's heartwarming to see such a good friendship, huh? ...But I'm not shipping them. Besides, I don't want to imagine a cheap reason why Midna would be able to travel back to Hyrule despite shattering the Mirror of Twilight... you know, the kind of thing fanfic authors do. (And also, she looks in her late twenties while he's 17.)
|"This is the moment when I'll turn into a giant spider and|
destroy the castle's force field. I know you're not gonna run away."
2. Farewell, Odd One in the Equation
What? Yet ANOTHER Pokémon heartwarming moment? Huh, guess there's a lot. Okay, but this one is quick. If you've played Pokémon Black or White, you know Ghetsis wanted to rule over the world by being the only one allowed to have Pokémon, and for this he used an idealist (manchild-ish?) teenage boy, N, who was unaware of it until he was defeated by the player. Turns out that before that fight, Legendary dragon Reshiram or Zekrom (depending on the version) had joined N's team, as it agreed with the boy on his vision of the world. ...Anyway, once Ghetsis is defeated, N has his entire life to re-think. His way of looking at the world has been negated by the player's victory, and to top it all off, his sole existence was part of a carefully elaborated plan by a madman seeking power. Thus, after Ghetsis is defeated, N tells some final world to the player character... and then leaves on the back of his dragon, never to be seen again. He hasn't forgotten his ideal view of the world, but he's accepted the divergence in points of view and remains a friend to all living things, still not quite a villain but not exactly a hero either.
Wow, there weren't much jokes in this one.
1. The Great X in the Skies
The Number 1 heartwarming moment, to me, is the ending of Super Smash Bros Brawl's Adventure Mode, AKA The Subspace Emissary. All 35 characters escaped the Great Maze in time. Tabuu's defeat has led to all the pieces of the Smash world being put back in place. All... But one. The Isle of the Ancients, home of the R.O.B. None of them came back, except one: The R.O.B. you can use in the game. As the many brawlers look at this great X in the skies where the Isle of the Ancients originally was, the ominous theme song starts playing, with lyrics translated from Latin to English. “I've heard legends of that person / How he plunged into enemy territory / How he saved his homeland.” “Now that person stands at my side / Now my friends are with me / Some of them were once heroes / Some, my mortal enemies.” “Now, that person / Stands at my side.”
...Do I really need to explain that? Heroes and villains, all together, looking at the only thing that has never been brought back from their adventure in Subspace, in silence.
|"Ille iuxta me. Ille iuxta me. Socii sunt mihi, qui olim viri fortes|
rivalesque erant. Saeve certando pugnandoque splendor crescit."
And this concludes the list. I hope you enjoyed it. Next week is... Next week is... Oh God! I had almost forgotten! It's my last Game Boy Advance cartridge! I'm almost done with GBA games! And I know exactly how to celebrate... With a multi-part review of that last game! Yes, I'm totally doing that! Regardless of the subject of the game... Wait... that's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards. Awesome, there's no better way to end the GBA era of Planned All Along than with a game that is so good and so bad all at once! Tune in next week if you're a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan! If you grew up reading the manga, watching the anime, playing the card game, or if you got addicted to the Abridged series, you're not gonna want to miss that!