Ah, items. Where would video gaming be without them? Items are as important to video games as coffee runs are to office drones. Items give you that little boost you need to get past that one stupid damn enemy, plus it renews your faith that the game is possible to complete. These following 5 items are the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the wheat of the.... ok, you get the idea. The best items.
Item # 5: Power Pellet
Game of interest: PAC-Man series
Ah, PAC-Man. An arcade game kept alive by "retro game collections" and cell phone time wasters. Don't you remember how good it felt when you finally ate all the PAC-Dots and cleared level 1? Or finally ate a piece of that disappearing fruit, just to discover that the points you earn for eating it are hardly worth the trouble?
Good times, indeed. However, PAC-Man is also a very hard game to play. Why? Those annoying ghosts, that's why! While struggling to eat all the PAC-Dots and (in some versions) juggling a time limit as well, you constantly have to watch your back or get killed by an enemy with surprisingly good AI for the year the game came out in. But not when you eat a Power Pellet! This miracle drug increases PAC-Man's power, allowing him to EAT the ghosts that were giving him so much trouble. Mmm... ectoplasmy! The most satisfying thing about power pellets, though, is watching the ghosts flee for their lives from little PAC-Man. LOL!
Yes, run! RUN! Run and hide like the cowardly ghost you are!
Fun fact: PAC-Man was originally to be called "Puck-Man", but the people at Namco were afraid vandals would change the first letter into "F", making a word that I just can't say here.
Item #4: Rare candy
Game of interest: Pokemon series
I love Pokemon. Everyone, at one point or another, has been intrigued by the "Catch, raise, and battle monsters" premise of the series everyone originally wrote off as a "passing fad". One item at the top of every player's shopping list (or not, as this item is so rare it cannot be bought in any store. It must be found in out-of-the-way locations.) is Rare Candy. This amazing little treat sugar-shocks raises a Pokemon up 1 level when you feed it one. Rare Candy makes it easy to beat tough gym battles or just earn bragging rights with your friends. Just don't spoil your appetite!
Fun fact: In the card game version of Pokemon, Rare Candy makes a pokemon evolve.
Item #3: Stars
Game of interest: Punch-Out!! series
Punch-Out!! is not a boxing game. Despite what your first glance at the game or box art tells you, it is a puzzle game more than anything else. Trust me, play the game and you'll understand. However, when you punch an oppenent at a certain time (while they taunt you, or right before they attack), you'll earn a star. That's where things get a bit pugilistic. By pressing a certain button, you can unleash a Star Punch, a blazingly powerful uppercut that takes off a huge chunk of your opponent's health. Think of it as payback for the time you were THAT CLOSE to beating Mr. Dream, and then he did that special attack, and oh.. it's just too painful to think about. You can hoard up to three stars, and the number that you have stocked when you finally Star Punch increases the power of the punch. It's even more awesome than it sounds.
Fun fact: Not all of the entries here will have a fun fact.
Item #2: Smash Ball
Game of interest: Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Items are awesome in Super Smash bros. Brawl. They're so awesome, tournaments won't let you use them. The most awesome of them all is the Smash Ball. This multicolored orb, engraved with the super smash bros.symbol, unlocks each character's strongest ability (or in the case of Peach... ugh..). Unlike other items, the Smash Ball can't be obtained by simply touching it. You need to break it to gain the power. This causes some laugh out loud moments where a buddy softens it up, but then accidentally knocks it too far away to continue bashing on it, allowing you to swoop in and deal the final blow. Your enemy swears softly, and closes his eyes so he won't have to see the carnage onscreen pounding their fighter. You feel a little guilty, but all's fair in love and war!
Item #1: Starman
Game of interest: Mario Series
You smart gamers probably saw this one coming a mile away. Good for you, have a cookie.
For those poor souls who have no idea what a Starman is, read on.
Mario. The mascot of Nintendo, and the definitive symbol of gaming everywhere. He's almost 30 years old as of this time of writing, and he hasn't lost his touch yet. One thing that's kept him going are the Starmen. Sometimes known as "Rainbow Stars", Starmen make mario temporarily invincible. You can run straight through spinies, koopas, and everything else with absolutely NO CONSEQUENCES! Plus, you can do it all while listening to that great "invincible" background music. Love is Starman.
Behold, my children, the holy grail of gaming
Fun fact: Like most Mario items, Starmen have eyes that stare right into your soul.
Well, that's all for now guys, see you next time!