The 13 Greatest Pets in Video Game History Video Games
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The 13 Greatest Pets in Video Game History

From a dog who will rip out a man's throat at your command, to a self-sacrificing horse, to a dinosaur that can literally swallow your enemies whole, here's a list that shows not only the greatest domesticated animals in video game history, but how integral and important they are to all of gaming in general. Enjoy.

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    Yoshi - Nintendo Universe

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    Yoshi is the ultimate in gaming pets. He's at the top of the list for a reason: we've known him the longest, and he's seen us through more games than anyone else on this list. Yoshi is the first taste we got of the blooming Nintendo universe when we all brought home our Super Nintendos and popped in the included game, "Super Mario World."

    Not only was Mario in multiple dimensions, and not only were some set pieces translucent, but we had a friend. A friend we could play with at the same time (Luigi doesn't count though, as the Mario Bros. seem to roll solo when they're on missions most of the time for some reason).

    This new friend was not only a domesticated dinosaur that we just happen to run into, but he could swallow our enemies. He could provide us with a powerful stomp and would let us ride him seemingly forever. Yoshi would also swallow the power-ups we have and breathe fire, or even fly.

    Through dozens of Nintendo games, Yoshi's not only moved on to be the most popular and successful pet in the history of video games, he's become the most iconic; I mean, hell, the guy has his own ISLAND.

    Aside from his own games, Yoshi's also gone on to be some of the best playable characters in various Nintendo games. He kicks some serious ass in "Smash Bros.," and is one of the most easily maneuverable players in any "Mario Kart" game.

    He also just barely made it in to be included in the ill-fated "Super Mario Brothers The Movie" (picture here and here ).

    Yoshi's been through quite a lot with us and has provided Mario with his equivalent of a mighty steed. A mighty steed that is a loyal friend, can EAT enemies, and is a freaking DINOSAUR.

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