A satisfying boss battle can make for a game’s most memorable moments. Throughout its history, Nintendo has its fair share of iconic boss showdowns that test players to overcome a monolith with their wits, reflexes, or pure skills. Across Nintendo’s entire history, what is your favorite boss fight from one of its games?
I personally love the duel with King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. I initially played the classic SNES trilogy when I really got into platformers for the first time, and Donkey Kong Country 2 was a runaway favorite of mine. While the early series tended to drop the ball on most of its overly simplistic boss encounters, the showdown with King K. Rool was just long enough and just tough enough to really test my skills in a way that made for an incredibly rewarding victory (after my fair share of deaths, of course). It was the perfect way to cap off my initial run through the game.
What is your favorite boss fight in a Nintendo game? Why did you enjoy the fight so much? Was it a particularly challenging battle, a puzzling encounter, or just a strong moment in a tight narrative? Whatever your pick may be, let us know in the comments below.