Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We have a special SG Choice to mark the occasion. The team got together and picked their favorite couples (Xenoblade, and Majora’s Mask spoiler warning).
Dixie/Diddy – Donkey Kong Country
Ahh monkey love. I have to say that as usual the Kongs were my go to franchise when thinking about the Source Gaming choice. You can’t help what you like!
Dixie and Diddy Kong are such a fantastic couple. Dixie was literally made for Diddy, but is not defined by him. Not once has she ever been a damsel in distress that Diddy (or anyone else) has had to rescue. In fact, Dixie has had to rescue Diddy on two separate occasions. Seldom are you able to play as both members of a love-struck couple in protagonistic roles in video games, especially Nintendo ones. In games in which they both appear, they are pretty much equals. Dixie and Diddy are refreshingly unique in that way.
First off, Xenoblade spoilers ahoy. [when this is posted please place my comments as spoilers. And delete this part of the paragraph. It would probably look awkward]
When I first started playing Xenoblade, I wouldn’t have thought this romance would end up on here. After all, it starts out fairly typical for games: the lady is murdered, prompting our hero to swear bloody revenge on the villains, in this case the Mechon. It’s a boring cliché…which might have been the point for Monolith Soft’s western-inspired JRPG, since it plays with decades worth of common RPG tropes and design.
What makes Shulk and Fiora’s relationship work so well for me is that the latter’s death isn’t the end of the relationship, but really the start. Much later Fiora comes back as a cyborg, now an agent of the Mechon’s surprisingly benevolent god, and suddenly both of them are forced to reevaluate their perspectives on the war they’ve been fighting. Their individual parties keep running into each other until, after seemingly being cast out of their worlds for good, the two finally meet back up for good. And as they continue their journey together, they reconnect and you see how much they’ve changed over the course of the game, and how that impacts and ultimately deepens their relationship.
The two partners feel like just that: partners, whose evolving romance is fundamental to the story and themes of the game. It’s wonderful seeing them go from bright-eyed, infatuated kids to mature, heroic adults while never losing that love for each other. It also helps that the voice acting is fantastic; the game couldn’t work without that genuine chemistry.
I’m fully aware that Nintendo never stated or confirmed that Birdo and Yoshi are a couple in any media or games. They were only shown on some games as Teammates (sometimes even flirting to each other).. But regardless, I still chosed them as my favorite couple. Why?
I first asked the Team about famous Nintendo-Couples and PushDustIn joked with Birdo and Yoshi. At first, it was a funny thought. But the more I thought about them, the more appealing was that thought. You see, both’ gender are a bit confusing with Yoshi being male, but still be able to produce eggs…which…is not manly. And it becomes more confusing with Birdo’s gender as we know. Heck, I’m not even sure, if she’s now male or female. But according to Captain Rainbow, she’s female, but that doesn’t matter and you know why? Because they don’t care either! They love each other and despite our confusion about their gender-identity, they still love each other like any other couple.
Just the thought about them simply not caring about what other people (or Fans) say about their relationship, makes me comfy in my heart. Still accepting each other who they are and love each other regardless what their are. Isn’t that true love? It may be a forbidden love for some people, but love comes in so many forms. So this is why Birdo and Yoshi are my favorite Lovebirds in the Nintendo-Universe.
(Since it’s been long since Nintendo showed Yoshi and Birdo in the same Team, we just pretend that Nintendo respects their wish of not showing their relationship in publicity, okay? Okay!)
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Anju/Kafei – Majora’s Mask
There was no other choice, really. Anju and Kafei’s sidequest is one of the most memorable experiences in Majora’s Mask. The three day sidequest has Link reuniting the love before the moon crashes into Termina. Kafei, just before his wedding is turned into a child by the Skull kid possessed by the powers of Majora. Shortly after his was cursed, Sakon, a thief steals Kafei’s wedding ceremony mask. There is also a cool mini-dungeon in which the player uses both Link and Kafei to try to get through Sakon’s liar.
After retrieving the mask Kafei states, “There’s still time! I must get back to town!” Kafei rushes back to Anju’s inn in order to combine the sun mask with her moon mask in order to create the Couple’s Mask. After the ceremony, they say to Link, “Please take refuge. We are fine here. We shall greet the morning…together.” Anju and Kafei are have accepted their inevitable deaths because they have been able to find happiness in their relationship. It’s incredibly moving experience especially with the amount of work it takes. It shows players that love is filled with hardships and difficulties, but with perseverance people can make it work.
(I am going to anger a lot of people, aren’t I?)
Robin/Lucina – Fire Emblem Awakening
Yeah, you’ve heard this one a thousand times by now at minimum, but it really is the most recognized pairing from said game. And as for myself, well, it was the first one I had heard of. To compound this, it makes a degree of sense for the two, what with them being time-travelling heroes and all. And while it may sound odd, the sheer amount of parody this pairing gets is personally quite hilarious, obviously due to it’s popularity and how both are in the last Smash title.
Dog/Duck (Duck Hunt Duo) – Duck Hunt
Perhaps not the most romantic of duos, the Dog and Duck of Duck Hunt fame recently joined forces in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, an unlikely union between canine and avian. What makes this ‘couple’ particularly special is that these two previously mortal enemies were able to set aside their differences and work together for the greater good (which in this case, means beating up their fellow Nintendo all-stars). Much has changed since the 80s, where the Dog would happily grasp his winged companion by the neck with a huge grin on his face, seemingly remorseless to the quite grim fate that would befell him. Yet in their most recent appearance, the pair have seemingly put aside any lingering of adversity, working together with grace and technique. On a day that celebrates love and companionship, we can all learn a lesson from these two buddies – with effort, enemies can become friends, and they can pull off some pretty nifty combination attacks together too. Although it has to be said, how the Wild Gunmen came into the picture in this relationship is beyond me…
Let us know your favorites in the comments below! For more Source Gaming choice, check out our previous entries!