Best of 2012! Nintendo Mythology: Mystic Creatures

Kyle explores the creatures from Japanese mythology that have cropped up in Nintendo games over the years.

By Kyle England. Posted 12/28/2012 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis
This story was selected as one of our best from 2012. It was originally published on 6th July, 2012 during Issue 109: The Longest Summer.

You may have read about mythology on Nintendojo before, and that’s because we love exploring the interesting mythological origins of our favorite video games. We really do.

But we’ve barely even scratched the surface when it comes to the bits of mythology tucked away in Nintendo games. Storytellers from all around the world pull from their countries’ respective folklore, and Nintendo is no different. Many Nintendo games are filled with some influence, however slight, from Japanese mythology— we just never paid close enough attention to notice. A huge part of the folklore from the Land of the Rising Sun involves legendary creatures, both sinister and kind, so why don’t we start from there? Crack open those ancient scrolls, because it’s time to look at a few beasts from Japanese legends that are represented throughout the Nintendo canon.

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