Best Monkeys in Video Games

Monkeys have been around in video games since the days of the Atari 2600 and are still a staple of many titles today, whether they’re enemies, allies, or the main character and maybe even the mascot. a game or series.

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Over the past four decades of video game history, these simian characters have appeared in so many games that it can be hard to decide which of them are the best. However, with all the many titles released over the past thirty years or so, we’ve been introduced to some of the most notable simians around.

Powerwild – Kingdom Hearts

Powerwild is a monkey-like Heartless from the Kingdom Hearts series and is similar to the enemies Bouncywild and Sniperwild, all of which have a more simian appearance than the enemies Tricky Monkey and Cymbal Monkey from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

The Powerwild uses fast melee attacks that can be difficult to avoid, rather than the long-range attacks used by its counterparts. The Powerwild also has the most appearances compared to its counterparts, appearing in a total of five games in the series. For some reason Powerwild’s color was changed for Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, but was changed to be closer to his original color in Kingdom Hearts X.

Key Dee/Wonkey – Kirby Returns to Dreamland

Key Dees, also known as Wonkeys, is a variant of Waddle Dee that first appeared in Kirby’s Return To Dreamland in 2011 and has appeared in several other Kirby games since. As their name suggests, Key Dees are usually seen carrying keys or other useful items that Kirby needs to unlock various things or for other purposes.

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Key Dees doesn’t attack Kirby like their spear-wielding counterparts, but runs away once they spot him, meaning he has to hunt them. Although they look like monkeys, Key Dees do not appear in Kirby And The Forgotten Land alongside the Beast Pack, possibly due to their relationship with the kidnapped Waddle Dees.

Silvapithecus – Dragon Quest 2

Platypunk may be a more recognizable ape-like monster from the Dragon Quest series, but Silvapithecus is more ape-like, considering he’s not half platypus.

First appearing in Dragon Quest 2 and at one time known as the Silver Batboon or AG Devil, Silvapithecus is a member of the Demon Family who seems to feel right at home as a servant of the Wicked Witch of the Earth. West. Slivapithecus also has two stronger reverse-paddle versions: the purple Pazuzu, named after the eponymous Mesopotamian demon added to popular culture’s lexicon by the Exorcist film series, and the pink Batmandrill.

Andross – Star Fox

Andross is a recurring villain from the Star Fox series who made his first appearance in the original 1993 Super Nintendo title. Andross, also known as Emperor Andross and formerly known as Doctor Andross, is a scientist madman banished from Corneria for his dangerous experiments but returned years later with an army to help him conquer the Lylat system.

Andross has appeared in every Star Fox game to date and generally has a similar origin story, as most Star Fox games retell the events of the original, with the exception of Star Fox 2 and Star Fox Adventures.

Diddy Kong – Donkey Kong

Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong’s nephew, first appeared in the 1994 Super Nintendo title Donkey Kong Country and got the starring role in the 1995 sequel Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest, where he had to save both his uncle and his treasure of bananas.

The Donkey Kong series is far from Diddy Kong’s only claim to fame as he also received his own beloved Nintendo 64 racing game, Diddy Kong Racing, in 1997, as well as its Nintendo DS remake in 2007, and even became a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series. His monkey uncle may be more famous, but Diddy Kong now has almost the same level of fame.

Specter – Ape Escape

Specter is the main antagonist of the Ape Escape series and has appeared in all three main games as well as several of the spin-off titles. Originally just a white-furred ape, Specter found a prototype of the Peak Point helmet, which greatly increased his intelligence, but also increased the evil in his heart.

At first, Specter just wanted his fellow primates to be free and submissive to them, but after that plan failed, he later attempts to bring about the genocide of the entire human race and loses any semblance of sanity he had. in the old days.

Aiai – Super Monkey Ball

Aiai is a playable character and the mascot of Sega’s Super Monkey Ball series. First appearing in Super Monkey Ball for the arcades in 2001, Aiai has become one of Sega’s most recognizable mascots, aside from the blue blur itself, of course.

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Although Aiai is usually seen inside a ball that serves as his usual mode of transportation, he is not always trapped inside. He has made appearances in Sega titles such as Sonic Riders and Sega Superstars Tennis, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Yakuza 5 and more. Aiai’s most recent appearance was in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania in 2021.

Mankey – Pokemon

Mankey debuted alongside the other 150 original Pokémon introduced in the Pokémon Red and Blue versions. Known as the Pig Monkey Pokémon, Mankey is a Fighting-type Pokémon that is very fast and angers with little provocation. Dealing with a single angry Mankey is scary enough on its own, but Mankey lives in colonies, and if one gets angry, the rest of the colony gets angry too.

Mankey is also well known to longtime Pokemon fans as the first Fighting-type Pokemon that Ash Ketchum caught in the anime after stealing his hat and evolving into Primeape.

Ukiki – Yoshi’s Island

Ukikis, also known as Grinders or simply Monkeys, are enemies of the Mario franchise that first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Due to being monkeys, Ukikis are most commonly seen climbing trees or running through the jungle. While the ones seen running around are relatively harmless, the tree-climbing Ukikis can drop harmful objects on top of Yoshi or spit seeds at him.

Besides later games in the Yoshi series, Ukikis have also appeared in Super Mario 64, the Mario Party series, and a number of Mario Sports video games. Some may consider other video game monkeys to be better, but Ukikis earn the place by continuing to appear in the best-selling video game franchise of all time.

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