May 16 2013 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: What Are the Best Feuds in Gaming?

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds in Gaming Mario Bowser

A few weeks ago, IGN took a stab at highlighting a few of the best vendettas in video game history. While a few inescapable classics will make almost any list largely based on tradition and recurrence (see: Nintendo and Sega’s brand-defining characters), we decided to highlight a few of our own favorites this week and volunteer them into the discussion.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds Sonic Robotnik

Sonic vs. Dr. Robotnik

This rivalry became synonymous with the Sega brand from 1991 onward, as Sonic was constantly forced to rescue his supercute woodland friends from the evil clutches of Dr. Robotnik and his mech-fetish.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds Bowser Mario

Mario vs. Bowser

From one brand-defining feud to another—as Mario’s popularity continued to solidify Nintendo’s position in the gaming marketplace, his ongoing dispute with the Princess-napping King Koopa himself, Bowser, established its place in gaming history.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds God of War Kratos

Kratos vs. the Gods of Olympus

The God of War series is a relatively recent entrant, but anytime a rage-filled Spartan warrior goes on a crusade against the Gods, dismembering his way all the way up the chain to Zeus himself, it has to warrant heavy consideration on this list.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds Mortal Kombat Scorpion Sub-Zero

Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero

A blood feud that has lasted through several generations, dimensions, and afterlives, these two original Mortal Kombat warriors will stop at nothing to rip the spines out of one another. Literally.

Gaming Roundup Best Feds Final Fantasy VII Cloud Sephiroth

Cloud vs. Sephiroth

Borne out of what might well be considered Square Enix’s pinnacle achievement, Final Fantasy VII, the clash between protagonist Cloud and Sephiroth is simultaneously intensely personal, heartwrenching, draining, and epic in every sense of the word.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds Metal Gear Solid

Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake

Siblings, clones, jealousy, foils, and failure... the incredible story-oriented Metal Gear Solid series constructed one of gaming’s best and most tragic rivalries between Solid Snake and Liquid Snake—two sides of the same coin divided forever by their very inception.

Gaming Roundup Best Feuds

Of course, there are several other quality nominees in this category—Link vs. Ganondorf from Zelda, Ken vs. Ryu from Streetfighter, Leon vs. Wesker from Resident Evil, Gordon Freeman vs. (sort of) the G-Man in Half-Life—but at this point, we turn it over to you, dear reader. What are your favorite gaming feuds of all time, and why? Your choices are most welcome below.

In other gaming news this week, The Last of Us goes gold, EA gives its newly-acquired Star Wars IP the royal treatment, and we get a preview of what to expect from E3 this year. Read on!

  • If you’re lucky enough to be attending E3 this year, or are simply curious about what kind of coverage to expect coming out of the world’s largest gaming convention in 2013, here’s the full list of games that will be present at E3 this year.
  • Following the wild success of their Walking Dead games, Telltale Games is returning to the graphic novel well with their followup game: The Wolf Among Us. Check out some early screenshots and artwork here.
  • The director of the original Assassin’s Creed, Patrick Desilets, has reportedly been terminated without merit by Ubisoft. The company cites creative differences, but Desilets suggests otherwise.
  • Speaking of Assassin’s Creed... channel your inner pirate with the new Assassin’s Creed 4 trailer.

If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

Alyson Mahn
1. AyeJaySedai
Leon vs Wesker? Seriously. Have they even met? Wesker's foe is Chris. Made most noticable in 5 when they kept screaming eachother's names.
Jeff R.
2. Jeff R.
Guybrush Threepwood versus Ghost Pirate LeChuck.
Pritpaul Bains
3. Kickpuncher
@1 - Good catch! Thanks for the correction. Chris & Wesker are indeed the inextricably intertwined.

@2 - Abso-freaking-lutely! Monkey Island would have to be on any definitive list.
Jeff R.
4. BrooksJay
Red vs. Blue (Halo) - no?
Jeff R.
5. ryan n
Mega Man & Dr. Wiley
Susan Davis
6. sue
The Gorfian robots and their alien minions vs. Earth (Space Invaders, Galaxian, Galaga, Gorf, Defender, and a hundred other space shooters).
Susan Davis
7. sue
Lara Croft's breasts vs. the male gaze? For that matter, every female character ever vs. the male gaze?
Susan Davis
8. sue
Sony vs. Nintendo vs. Microsoft (vs. Sega vs. Atari vs. Mattel/Magnavox/Coleco in earlier eras).
Susan Davis
9. sue
Adventurers everywhere vs. the lurking Grue.
Susan Davis
10. sue
The development team vs. the shipping deadline for the Christmas rush.
Susan Davis
11. sue
Carmen Sandiego vs. schoolchildren everywhere?
Pritpaul Bains
13. Kickpuncher
@ 11 Arghhhhh. Carmen Sandiego was the bane of my elementary school years.
Pritpaul Bains
14. Kickpuncher
Put forth by a friend of mine.

Z-shaped Tetris blocks vs EVERYBODY.
tarin almstedt
16. lapbplayr
Growing up in the 80's and having an NES in '86 I found it disturbing that in the 90's Nintendo started pairing Mario and Bowser together in games like Mario Cart. If I was Mario I would never stand on a podium with Bowser, and I doubt Princess would either. By making them everyday characters instead of bitter rivials weakened that thread. Am I alone in this?
Cyrus Freeman
18. Kosciuszko
FPS vs RTS... Alliance vs Horde, though not so much any more... MMOs vs time...
+1 on the z-shaped tetris blocks...

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