Over its five-decade history — and multiple generations of gaming systems — Nintendo has been home to some of the most notable bad guys in video-game history. Some are original creations who only torment the heroes on Nintendo-owned titles. Some are third-party nemeses who have also appeared on other systems. And some are video-game adaptions of bad guys from other existing IPs. What they all have in common is that they are all so good at being so bad. And now the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to determine the best Best Nintendo Villain of all time.

Join Host Eric Rezsnyak, Patreon sponsor Dr. Chad Rezsnyak, and special guests Harry Loizides as they discuss 16 of the most iconic bad guys from Nintendo’s history.

Did your favorite not make the bracket? Become a Patreon supporter of the podcast and see if we discussed it in our warm-up devoted to our favorite bad guys that just missed out on the competition.


Best “Final Fantasy” Game

Best Gen 1 Pokemon

Best Marvel Villain

Best “Animal Crossing” Character

And make sure to check out Eric Rezsnyak’s Top 10 List of the Best Nintendo Accessories.

Round 1 Match-Ups:

Match-Up 1: Bowser (“Super Mario” Franchise) (1) vs. Master Hand (“Smash Bros.” Franchise) (4)

Match-Up 2: Mewtwo (“Pokemon” Franchise) (3) vs. Ridley (“Metroid” Franchise) (2)

Match-Up 3: Wario (“Wario” Franchise) (1) vs. King Boo (“Luigi’s Mansion” Franchise) (4)

Match-Up 4: Goro (“Mortal Kombat” Franchise) (3) vs. Donkey Kong (“Donkey Kong“) (2)

Match-Up 5: Ganondorf (“Legend of Zelda” Series) (1) vs. M. Bison (“Street Fighter” Series) (4)

Match-Up 6: Dracula (“Castlevania” Series) (3) vs. King Dedede (“Kirby” Franchise) (2)

Match-Up 7: Kefka (“Final Fantasy 6“) (1) vs. King K. Rool (“Donkey Kong Country“) (4)

Match-Up 8: Wart (“Super Mario Bros. 2“) (3) vs. Dr. Wily (“Mega Man” Series) (2)

Top 10 Lists

Want to play along at home?

Download the listener bracket and see if your picks match up with ours!

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Patreon Sponsor: Dr. Chad Rezsnyak

Special Guests: Dr. Ryan Androsiglio, Harry Loizides

Producer: Bob Erlenback

Editor: Eric Rezsnyak

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