Welcome to Bad Guys Anonymous, a weekly column that I came up with when tapped by the folks here at 1 More Castle.
In this space, we’ll examine one bad guy at a time from games in the retro era. However, these aren’t the bad guys that made headlines and cover art as epic bosses. No, these are the bad guys that come and go before you even spend five minutes exploring any given title.
Bad Guys Anonymous is all about the first baddie you encounter in any given game. That’s the rule for this column. I think we’ll find, over time, that there’s a significant amount of deliberation that goes into which enemy players meet first. Despite their exceptional simplicity, opening baddies are more interesting than you might think.
Which brings us to the easiest first choice any writer has ever come upon: the Goomba from Super Mario Bros. on the NES.