Turtles are so awesome that they have their own special day.
That day is today: World Turtle Day. It’s not just about having fun and admiring these wonderful shelled creatures: it’s about promoting protection of turtles and their disappearing habitats around the world. You can read more about World Turtle Day here.
But we’re a video games website. What do turtles have to do with us? Well, turtles are in video games, of course. Not many of them. But enough. Here are our favourite video game turtles. Happy World Turtle Day!
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kowabunga! These green dudes need no introduction, of course. They’ve featured in many video games over the years, both good and bad. The less we way about Mutants in Manhattan the better, really. But there’s one game on the horizon that we can’t wait for: Shredder’s Revenge. Hopefully it’ll restore these guys to the height of their video game careers.
2. Bowser from the Super Mario series
It’s sort-of hard to think of Bowser as a turtle. He’s Bowser. Turtles are cute; Bowser’s all big, evil and fiery. But think about it: he’s got a shell on his back. What else could he be, really? We’re not sure he’d appreciate being called a turtle, but we still think he deserves a place on this list of best turtles in video games. Bowser, we salute you. Enjoy this day, brother.
3. Squirtle from the Pokémon series
There are several turtle-like Pokémon out there. But Squirtle has to be our favourite. Just look at him. He’s adorable. And he’s also unmistakably a turtle. The cutest video game turtle there ever was.
4. Aurora from Roguebook
This one’s a bit obscure, but Roguebook‘s Aurora is undoubtedly deserving of a place on this list of best video game turtles. She’s the one on the left in the image, if you couldn’t tell. And she has some serious powers hidden in her shell. You’ll only appreciate the wonder of this turtle if you’ve played Roguebook. (And if you haven’t played Roguebook, get to it.)
5. Bentley from the Sly Cooper series
Only in video games would a raccoon have a turtle as a sidekick. But anyone that’s played the Sly Cooper series will know that Bentley is far more than a sidekick. Without him, Sly Cooper would be nothing; he’s the brains of the operation. This nerdish turtle puts Sly’s plans together, keeping everything running smoothly. He’s a supergeek, and that’s why we love him.