Now adays, it doesn’t seem like 2D Platforming will ever die- Indeed, the Wii’s two big Christmas launches both this and last year have been from that genre, yet rewind to 2003 and the type of games that had previously ruled the world was seemingly lying on its own, before clambering into its’ grave. In steps Viewtiful Joe, a wonderful, brightly-coloured platformer with an awesome combat system that simply had to be played to be believed.
As part of the Capcom Six, Viewtiful Joe was set to be GameCube’s biggest third-party exclusive and even though it eventually made its way to PS2, the title was a ‘Cube game at heart- It showed that Capcom, unlike most developers, get what works on a Nintendo system. They get the bright colours and the hectic action. They get that a game must be, above all else, fun to play. They get that, and because of that, Viewtiful Joe gets the Number Six spot on our list. Honourable mentions go to the sequel and Alien Hominoid, both of which were excellent little games, which could have been the key factors for the modern revenge of the 2D platformer.