Ten Video Games that Should Have Gotten Toys

By Jason F.C. Clarke in Daily Lists, Toys, Video Games
Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

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6. Punch-Out!!

Better known in the U.S. as Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, this is a popular series of boxing videogames. It introduced many memorable characters such as the lightweight Glass Joe, the aptly-named Bear Hugger, and the large menacing King Hippo. They've all become part of the pop culture lexicon and Nintendo villain staples. Punch Out!! saw a resurgence in 2009 with a Wii reboot, featuring the same beloved characters. Toys seem like a natural fit, especially if they had some sort of punching feature.

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5. Killer Instinct

The second Rare entry from this list, Killer Instinct was a popular arcade fighting game that later appeared on Nintendo consoles. Known not just for its gorgeously rendered 3D models fighting on a 2D plane, the gameplay hook that separated it from the competition was an unusually deep combo system that involved lengthy combo attacks that could only be broken with a rock-paper-scissors combo breaker system. It also featured one of the most amazing and varied cast of characters ever to grace a fighting game, including the Native American Chief Thunder, the demonic skeleton Spinal, fiery criminal Cinder, the killer cyborg Fulgore and the vicious velociraptor-hybrid Riptor. Everyone in the main cast would make for spectacular toys, complete with their memorable accessories and blast effects.

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4. Wolfenstein 3D

This is a game whose final boss is a giant robo-Hitler with four chainguns. That should tell you all you need to know about the sort of game it is and whether it has action figure potential. Wolfenstein 3D popularized the first-person shooter in 1992. You play William "B.J." Blazkowicz, a soldier on a quest to destroy the Nazi attempt at creating an army of zombies. The series was a tremendous hit and every FPS since owes its existence to its popularity, and yet we've never seen toys of B.J. Blazkowicz nor his (mostly undead mutant) Nazi enemies.

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3. Final Fight

Mike Haggar. That's all you need to know. Back when SOTA Toys was making its impressive Street Fighter action figures, fans inundated them with requests for Final Fight toys. A predecessor to Street Fighter but supposedly taking place in the same universe, action figures of Cody, Guy and Haggar would are glaring omissions in everyone's Street Fighter collection. Sadly, it was not to be, but fans hold out hope that one day we'll see toys -- especially of Mike Haggar, mustache aficionado and despiser of two-strap suspenders.

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2. Silent Hill

You'd think this would be a no-brainer. Whereas Japan's other popular survival horror series Resident Evil has had countless action figures and a surprising number of terrible movies, Silent Hill, alas, has only had the bad movies (despite being an arguably better series of games). Fans are crying tears (of blood) for figures of disgusting and memorable characters like Pyramid Head and the infamous Silent Hill nurses.

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1. Doom/Doom II

If Wolfenstein 3D is the grandfather of first-person shooters, Doom and its even-better sequel, Doom II, are the twin fathers of the genre. They popularized the first-person shooter format. It's mind-boggling that no toy company has seen fit to pay tribute to its legacy with a line of action figures. Yes, we want the Doomguy, but we also need figures of every damn monster in the games, from the Imp to the little pinky demons to the red flying balloons (Cacodemons) to the Cyberdemon (pictured above) to that giant crazy spider-y thing that looked kind of like Mojo from X-Men. The third game eschewed the bullet-spraying madness and was more of a survival horror title, but there's a fourth Doom in development that reportedly gets back to basics. Maybe when that game comes out, we'll finally get the Doom action figures we've always wanted.

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