With Metal Gear Survive out this week (review in progress!), spin-offs are in the air, for better or worse. But while Survive has some baggage attached to it, there are plenty of cases which make the case that spin-offs can be as great as the series that inspired them.
It’s entirely possible that I’ve missed a few great spin-offs while thinking of my answer, but I’m pretty sure the first WarioWare game is up there. Sure, the “Wario” in WarioWare is more a ruse that ties all the microgames together than a real substantive hook, but the biker jacket and helmet have become an iconic look for the character, breathing new life into him beyond him being “bad Mario.” The supporting cast is great too, and of course, the idea of playing dozens of microgames that last only a few seconds each is a brilliant idea that holds up today.
So what’s your favorite spin-off? Think Revengeance is an excellent game in its own right? Are you one of those weirdos who likes Dirge of Cerberus? Or do you have a soft spot for the Rabbids? Let us know in the comments!