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Monday, March 14, 2016

Great Gaming Weapons & Items Vol. 1

Where does he/she get those wonderful toys? From dropped mooks, fallen Robot Masters, "?" Blocks and a dozen other places, of course!. Video games have given us some of the best weapons and items to play around with, the likes of which would make 007 jealous. In this ongoing feature, we look at some of gaming's greatest.

Metal Blade - Mega Man 2 (NES)

There are a number opponents you could choose to lay the smack down on first in Mega Man 2. But if you want to posses the game's ultimate weapon, you'll be a smart little metallic boy and kill Metal Man first. Metal Man's weapon, the Metal Blade is a weapon of mass destruction. You can throw three of them at once. They can be tossed in eight different directions, which is great since Mega Man can usually only fire in two directions. The Metal Blade doesn't consume much weapon energy, so it can be spammed. Not only does it reduce most of the regular enemies in the game to scrap metal, half of the Robot Masters are weak to it, including Metal Man himself. If there is a downside to the Metal Blade it would be that the thing is way too over powered to the point of making the other special weapons almost useless.

Hammer Suit - Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

What could be better than throwing fireballs? Throwing highly destructive hammers, of course! Like actual Hammer Bros., the Hammer Suit allows Mario and Luigi to throw hammers in an arc. This does give you less range than the Fire Flower, but the Hammer Suit easily outclasses the Fire Flower in every other area. The hammers thrown pack quite the powerful punch, offing many of the enemies that the Fire Flower can't even damage like Boos, Thwomps, Dry Bones and even the king of all Koopas, Bowser. You'll lose your ability to slide down slopes, but the trade off in some highly protective armor thanks to the shell that makes you impervious to fire based attacks. Unfortunately Hammer Suits are in short supply and the game doesn't start granting you access to it until World 6, and from there on, hanging on to god-like abilities is pretty difficult.

Spiny Shell - Mario Kart Series

Also known as the Blue Shell, this is perhaps the ultimate destroyer of hopes and dreams. Once thrown, the Spiny Shell seeks out whomever is in the lead and deals out swift, often unavoidable punishment. An added bonus is that anyone in close enough to the racer in 1st will share the same terrible fate due to the Spiny Shell's wide blast radius. Yes, it truly does suck to be on the receiving end of a Blue Shell, but when you're the one throwing it? The rush of power, however brief, is exhilarating! Knowing that you completely and utterly wrecked someone's day feels unfathomably good. It might cost you a friendship or two but on the whole? Worth it.

Laptop Gun - Perfect Dark (N64, XB)

A gun dressed up as a standard laptop computer. That is cool in and of itself but the weapon not only sports a stylish, sleek design, but its a pretty useful weapon to have in your hands to boot. It's secondary function is that of a sentry that can be mounted on nearly any surface and given its rather quick rate of fire it can easily fill someone up with holes and make them stop existing. There's endless fun to be had with this bad boy in multiplayer mode.

Spread Gun - Contra Series

Moving from one gun to another, in a game like Contra where you're constantly under fire from all sides, having a weapon that can cover a wide range is something you won't want to pass up. While most other guns fire off in a straight line, range is the name of the game when it comes to the Spread Gun, shooting widely in five directions at once. The damage output on the Spread is also quite high, which can make taking out multiple stronger targets a breeze and in a tough as nails franchise like Contra, you need all the help you can get. Don't even think twice about sacrificing your friend's life if you have to to get one of these. The loss will not have been in vain.

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