The video game itself doesn't have to be obscure or underrated, just the characters. We all have those characters who we absolutely adore and love, but nobody else seems to notice them.
So... yeah, let's chat about them.
Also, DO NOT spoil. You will go extinct. I'd say one of mine would be Yarne from Fire Emblem Awakening (shown in the image above.) Yeah, he probably isn't as noticeable as other characters like Inigo or Henry, but he is an absolute joy to watch. Yarne's basically the cowardly lion type; the big, strong guy who could probably take out everyone in existence if he wasn't so timid, but once you get control over him in battle he can be a beast! (Pun intended. He can turn into a giant killer rabbit.) Since he's the last of his race, he's developed this fear of "going extinct" and will often duck out of battles whenever it comes up in his Support conversations, and also gives him the tendency to yell things like "Don't mess with a bunny!" Me and my sister have this inside joke where we like to fling our arms out and yell "EXTINCTION!" Yeah, we get that from Yarne. Also, he looks really cool.
I think what really made me love Yarne was his conversation with Inigo in the unlockable level Hot-Spring Scramble, in which Yarne begs Inigo to protect him from the hot spring around them, as bunnies apparently don't like hot water. Cue the two of them "sacrificing" themselves for each other by dramatically diving to push the other one out of the way of the warm water, falling in in the process, while the other one cries out the others name in grief ("It would have been me who had fallen in... I'll never forget you, brave friend!") Yeah, they are quite wet by the end. I really wish the developers had put some more of their conversations in, because they're just a crack up together!
Seriously, there are hundreds of obscure characters that I could rant about.
Pokemon White, Pokemon Sword, Hades, TLoZ: The Winder Waker, Mario Party 8
While we're on the topic of Fire Emblem characters, I have to shout out my good friend, Mordecai. The dude is an absolute tank and hugely underrated! Suppose it makes sense, since he evidently comes from one of the most underrated Nintendo titles, as it is. Talking about Path of Radiance, of course.
Such a good question, gr8gabs!
Wild World, Pokemon Diamond
I feel like Bomberman was always a little underrated and over looked and it certainly is now that the series has been put on the backburner. Also Bomberman R didn't bring it back to the SNES/N64/Saturn/TG16 glory days.
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Bomberman was the first game I got when the switch launched. I had a lot of fun with it and, yeah, I agree, Bomberman is a great character!
As for my personal favorite obscure character, I love Raphael/Phantom R and Charlie from Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure. Such a great game with some fun characters...and a story that ended on a cliffhanger that'll never get resolved because the game didnt sell very well.