What’s the deal with cats, anyway? They eat and sleep without a care in the world. They apparently controlled ancient Egypt, before eventually controlling the internet. They like to sit on boxes, even if they’re too ridiculously small for them, and they’re terrified of cucumbers for who-knows-what reason. Well, they’ve also graced us with their presence in gaming, so let’s take a look at the top 10 cats in video games. Why? Why not? I did write about the top 10 dogs in video games, didn’t I?

10. Katt Monroe (Star Fox Series)

Falco isn’t the only cocky Airwing pilot in the Star Fox series. Katt Monroe has the personality to give the bird a run for his money in the sass department. While not officially a member of the Star Fox team, Katt has enough experience under her belt to to lend a hand if the team is ever in danger. Besides her mysterious personalit, not much else is known about cat other than she apparently has always had a crush on the avian Smash Bros competitor. She’s only the only cat on this list who regularly flies around in space. That’s gotta count for something.

~Paul Cesar

9 – Toro & Kuro (Various)

Toro (the white cat), along with his sidekick Kuro (the black cat), has been somewhat of the PlayStation’s mascot in Japan. Also nicknamed the “Sony Cat”, Toro has appeared in every single PlayStation console since the game game Doko Demo Issyo on the PS1. While Toro is the one that was created by Sony Interactive Entertainment as the company’s mascot, you’d have a hard time seeing him anywhere without Kuro at his side. They were most recently seen as playable fighters in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale battling against other PlayStation icons such as Kratos and Nathan Drake, and exclusively on the PlayStation 3 version of Street Fighter x Tekken.

~Paul Cesar

8 – Blaze the Cat (Sonic Series)

This feline made her very first appearance onto the Sonic the Hedgehog series on the often forgotten Nintendo DS title, Sonic Rush. Blaze was introduced as a princess within a separate dimension to that of Sonic’s, and was gifted with abilities of pyrokinesis, to create and manipulate fire. She uses this power as the protector of the Sol Emeralds of her dimension. Her personality is somewhat antisocial and shy when first introduced. However, through meeting Sonic she begins to gain friendships.

~Melissa Buranen

7. Rover (Animal Crossing)

Booting up Animal Crossing is for the first time is like heading off to college; you have no idea what to expect or if you’ll even like it that much, but then a friendly stranger starts a conversation and you realize things might actually wind up being pretty awesome.

Rover is that friendly stranger in Animal Crossing. The fact he’s a blue cat in an argyle sweater makes him immediately likeable, but his personality isn’t bad either. If AC villages were college campuses, Rover would be the senior who leads freshmen orientation that everyone loves and wonders “How does he do it all?”

Most people know him from his appearance in Animal Crossing, released in September 2016 for GameCube, but he’s actually been around since Nintendo 64 days when he premiered in the exclusive Japanese game Dobutsu No Mori, which translates to “Animal Forest”.

~Jessica Wynn

6. Blinx (Blinx: The Time Sweeper)

Have you ever mixed something and not been sure whether you’ve created a monster or a masterpiece? That’s Blinx in a nutshell. This stocky feline is the star of his own eponymous game released on Xbox in 2002 and a 2004 sequel. In Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Blinx is on a Mario-esque mission to rescue a princess from an evil gang that’s taken her. Using his TS-1000 Vacuum Cleaner, he’s able to leap between five different time portals and manipulate time in myriad ways like slowing it down, speeding it up and even stopping it altogether.

Blinx’s technical job is a Time Sweeper, an individual responsible for locating Time Glitches and correcting them before they turn into Time Crystals, which can morph into actual monsters and destroy everything in their paths. An evil group of pigs called the Tom-Tom Gang have wreaked so much havoc that the Time Sweepers decide it’s best to just stop the progression of time altogether and put the world in a serious time-out.

His bright green eyes and orange and white fur make this tough tabby an adorable force to be reckoned with.

~Jessica Wynn

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