I spent days trying to think of another video game list I could do, that’s related to summertime. I’ve already talked about my favorite beach levels, and everyone does water levels, so instead I decided to count down my favorite sharks in video games.
Sharks are evil mindless killing machines, and I love them. So I’m counting down my favorite sharks in retro video games. Also before you ask, the shark from Okami isn’t here because I still didn’t finish that game.
Without further ado, y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll write this list for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, let’s just begin.
Whenever I get a chance to talk about Ristar, I’m going to take it. Unfortunately, Ohsat from Ristar just barely makes this list.
Ohsat is a purple and blue hammerhead shark who spends time tormenting the citizens of Planet Undertow by constantly lowering and raising the water level.
Ohsat is the boss of Planet Undertow and is the second boss in Ristar. Despite being the second boss, he’s one I had the most trouble with. He constantly charges Ristar, drops rocks, and has barracuda and jellyfish attack.
The toughest part about your fight against Ohsat is that every time you hit him, the water level drops and you have less room to maneuver and evade.
9.) Open Ocean Sharks
Totally stole the above image from Aggro Sky’s Super Giant Awesome Blog on Ecco the Dolphin.
Sharks are a dangerous enemy in all the Ecco the Dolphin games, but one of my most stressful moments was the Open Ocean in the original game.
The Open Ocean is a shark infested stretch of ocean. There are literally dozens of aggressive sharks swimming with and toward Ecco. If they see you, they will attack.
When I was young, I didn’t know about the dash along the ocean floor trick to this level. So instead I spent hours trying to carefully maneuver through the sharks while attacking and avoiding.
8.) Gran Bruce
Gran Bruce is the “Chief Staff” of Jadow Central Intelligence, which is ironic because he’s an idiot. He’s also one of the main bosses in Viewtiful Joe.
Gran Bruce is just a weird villain in general. He’s a shark who has to wear a flippers, goggles, and a snorkle in order to survive. In addition, he’s the “Chief Staff” of Jadow Central Intelligence but often gives out vital information about the group’ vital plans and information. He’s a walking land shark contradiction.
Despite his ignorance he’s one of the toughest bosses in the game. So good luck!
7.) Metal Shark Player
Despite popular belief, I don’t have the Mega Man Battle Network series, nevertheless Sharkman.exe will not be making an appearance on this list.
Instead, the Dr. Frankenstein of reploids, Metal Shark Player, is making his debut on this list. Despite the stupid name, Metal Shark Player is a terrifying reploid.
Metal Shark Player specializes in DNA. More specifically he can study the DNA of reploids and retired Mavericks and revive them. He does so in the fight against him aswell. He can revive the dead Sting Chameleon, Magna Centipede, or Blast Hornet and use them to attack Zero or X.
I was going to include Garchomp on this list, because he is a flying supersonic landshark dragon… and that’s all I’d need to say, but unfortunately Garchomp didn’t make his appearance until the Nintendo DS Pokemon games, and those are not retro… not yet.
So instead, I get to talk about one of my favorite Pokemon from the Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald games. Sharpedo which is a combination of shark and torpedo, is a duel water/dark type and a badass.
It’s a small shark-like Pokemon with stunning red eyes and is capable of swimming up to 75mph. It’s known for biting and bullying other water Pokemon. A single Sharpedo can bit through an oil tanker with ease.
Yeah, it’s amazing.
5.) Land Shark Gun
Not as amazing as a Land Shark Gun though.
I’m not even sure if this entry counts, because the shark in question is a weapon and not actually a character in a game.
The Land Shark Gun was popularized in Saint’s Row but made its debut the Lucasarts game, Armed and Dangerous. This 3rd person comedy/action shooter is often overlooked. Maybe because it was only released on the Xbox and Windows PC.
Besides the humor, this game’s claim to fame was its wacky weaponry. One such weapon is the Land Shark Gun. This gun fires a small shark into the ground. The shark grows as it swims through the land as it finally reaches the enemy and erupts from the ground and devours the enemy.
A gun that shoots a land shark, must be on the list.
4.) Jonathan Jones
What is better than a shark? A shark pirate obviously!
Johnathan Johnny Jones is the pirate leader of the Bandanna Reds and the Bandanna Blues in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. When the game begins a Star Piece crashes into the ocean and Johnny and his pirate crew retrieve it.
When Mario and his gang shows up later to retrieve the Star Piece, they must defeat Jonathan Jones and his entire crew to get it. The pirates are men of honor. If Mario’s group defeats Johnny’s gang, but first defeats all of the Bandannas then Mario and Johnny fight in a very tough 1 on 1 duel.
As I mentioned before, Johnny is honorable. Upon defeat he gives Mario the Star Piece. He then aids Mario later on, by stopping Yaridovich who is trying to escape with the Star Piece.
I’ve mentioned Snacker in my top 10 beach level list, but I don’t think you all realize just how scary this shark is.
Snacker is an enemy in Treasure Trove Cove. He appears out of seemingly nowhere when you land in the water, and disappears. The worst thing is that you have to go in the water to 100% the level. Besides being threatening, Snacker is faster than Banjo and has a terrifying and familiar theme song.
Most of the other sharks on this list are avoidable or able to be defeated, but Snacker is unstoppable. He can be attacked with eggs, but it’s difficult and not permanent. He will be back.
Snacker smells tasty dinner, stay just there!
What’s scarier than a shark? A zombie shark of course!
Neptune is the name of a bio-engineered shark in the original Resident Evil that was subjected to the t-virus. It was made in an attempt to make sharks stronger and able to survive out of water. Eventually all BIO sharks were released by a scientist who became mad.
Neptune is a scary experience. You’re traversing the flooded areas when suddenly a FMV cuts to the point of view of the shark attacking you. The only way to defeat Neptune is by draining the area of water. Then attacking the helpless creature.
Just be careful about getting too close to Neptune in the Gamecube remake.
Resident Evil is a scary game, adding in a zombie-shark in the helplessness of water, just makes it worse.
While all the sharks on this list are evil or threatening, the greatest video game shark is also the greatest movie shark… it’s Jaws.
I’m not talking about that sissy Jaws in the NES game, but instead the badass shark in Jaws Unleashed.
In this game you play as Jaws, and it’s just as great as you can imagine. You eat various sea creatures, and the occasional human. In addition, you cause massive property damage by destroying boats, cages, and everything else.
The game itself is stupid, but it is so much fun finally taking control of Jaws and eating everything. Jaws is powerful, and feared by all around him. If you ever wanted to play as a unstoppable eating machine, then Jaws Unleashed is your game.
Plus, you can do this.