Ten Awesome Dogs from Video Games

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Just like cats, man’s best friend is a returning character in every genre. As such we thought it might make sense to select those video game dogs—from games both old and new—which are usually portrayed as companions; sidekicks who can both help us with minor tasks and save us in the most difficult of situations. Here are ten awesome dogs from video games….

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King from Earthbound – He doesn’t stick around very long, but King accompanies you throughout the first spooky moments of EarthBound’s alien invasion. He then stays home because he’s smart and doesn’t want to get attacked!

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Poochy from Super Mario Land 2: Yoshi’s Island – His invulnerability to lava is the only thing keeping Baby Mario and Yoshi from suffering horrible third-degree burns. And when you’re done, he has the common courtesy to sacrifice himself in a pool of the stuff. What a pal.

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That Dog from Resident Evil 4 – Rescuing That Dog from a bear trap in Resident Evil 4 rewards you with a little extra help in the game’s first El Gigante boss fight. We hope this act spreads the message of violence-based retribution throughout the animal kingdom

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Laughing Dog from Duck Hunt – Everyone knows this dog. He might be one of the more annoying dogs in video games but he’s the only one who’s got the courage to laugh at a human holding a rifle.

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Your Dog in Fable II – Fable II is probably the only game where your dog accurately reflects your moral barometer. If this happened in real life, we’d all benefit from the added perspective

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Angelo in Final Fantasy VIII – Upon his introduction in Final Fantasy VIII, Angelo doesn’t appear to be much more than your average pooch. But when you learn his true role as a Limit Break on four legs, things get weird.

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Dog Meat in Fallout 3 – In a postapocalyptic wasteland, sometimes it’s just good to have someone to hang out with. Dogs are a great resource in fighting off the inevitable loneliness

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The Nintendogs from Nintendogs – Laugh all you want at the Nintendogs and their cute little hats; they can buy and sell you, and feel no remorse. It’s easy to see why: Nintendogs make girls melt like butter

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Sam from The Sam and Max Series – Sam doesn’t let that he’s a dog stop him from having opposable thumbs and a complete, Chandler-esque mastery of the English language.

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Amaterasu from Okami – Amaterasu’s more wolf than dog, but she’s also the mother of all creation, so let’s not split hairs.

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