5 Video Game Sidekicks That Deserve Their Own Game

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Every hero needs a little help every now and then. Somebody to keep them grounded, to have the antidote to their weakness or just to be quippy in an otherwise quip-poor environment. It's not unheard of for these sidekicks to get their own spinoffs, like DC's excellent Red Hood series, or in video games like Diddy's Kong Quest. Still, there are some who haven't taken the plunge into a starring role, and we hope that gets rectified in the future for...

Biggs and Wedge

Biggs and Wedge form a long-running gag in the Final Fantasy games. They've appeared in more than half of them, usually as foot soldiers for an oppressive empire, and until recently it was rare for them to survive. They were named after Wedge Antilles and Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker's wingmen in Star Wars, and now no game is complete without an appearance by the oft-meatheaded and snarky duo.

Even though they've been briefly playable at times, it's high past due for Biggs and Wedge to get their own spin-off game where they're the main protagonists. Perhaps they could helm something close to a tower defense game where they protected a castle from over-the-top parodies of various Final Fantasy heroes. Personally, we'd like to see them as a grizzled buddy cop pair out to solve a mystery threatening Imperial security like Sam Vimes in the Discworld novels.

Grant Danasty

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse remains one of the most influential games in the series. Set 200 years before the original Castlevania, the prequel is scheduled for adaptation onto an animated film by Project 15 Productions, and the events in the game remain very influential to later mythology. Two of Trevor Belmont's sidekicks have gone on to bigger roles. Dracula's son Alucard had a hit in Symphony of the Night, and sorceress Sypha Belnades wedded Trevor and infused the Belmont bloodline with her magical powers.

Left out is arguably the best character, the pirate captain Grant Danasty, who is based on a powerful Wallachian family that was in a vicious feud with Vlad III. In the game, Dracula kills his family and turns him into a monster to guard a clock tower. Once Trevor frees him, he joins in the quest and is very helpful with his endless supply of throwing knives and ability to scale walls.

What we're looking for is a grand pirate adventure spin-off starring Grant or one of his descendants. Instead of the oppressive halls of vampire castles, he could roam haunted isles, ghostly armadas and hidden temples full of strange gods. It would be a great chance to reconcile the Lovecraft deities that make so many appearances by having Grant sail to invade R'lyeh.

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