Worst Video Game Spin-Off Games

Sometimes a spin-off game for a good character or franchise doesn't pull off at all. Here's a look at some of the biggest gaming spin-off failures to date.

The Top Ten

Mario is Missing! - Super Mario Bros. Mario is Missing! - Super Mario Bros. Product Image

The first game where you play as Luigi. Unfortunately... it's a mundane educational game that lacks any fun or interesting value. It's mundane, tedious, and downright unnecessary. When you're playing a Mario game... education isn't something you'd expect nor want in it. Which takes away the fun aspects of the series for a game that isn't even worth a dollar.

Mortal Kombat: Special Forces - Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat: Special Forces - Mortal Kombat Product Image

Once again... this game sounds good but doesn't feel good. One of the most annoying, repetitive, dull, and boring Mortal Kombat games to date. It doesn't have a lot of soul or effort put into it. Jax also sounds pretty terrible, I'm convinced that the voice actor for Jax just didn't give a damn about trying. Which honestly doesn't surprise me at all.

Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero - Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero - Mortal Kombat Product Image

A spin-off game dedicated to one of the most popular characters in Mortal Kombat. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for starters the controls are asinine and feel dysfunctional. That, and the terrible fighting mechanics, thrown in with narrow platforms that require utter precision to land, and bad looking cutscenes make for an insufferable game. It's a shame cause Sub Zero is a good character but this game... just doesn't deliver at all.

Bomberman Act Zero - Bomberman
Metal Gear Survive - Metal Gear
The Umbrella Chronicles - Resident Evil The Umbrella Chronicles - Resident Evil Product Image

It has a good concept, but again it butchers the concept very easily. It feels too generic and mundane for a Resident Evil game. It lacks what made the series good, to begin with. Often coming off as forgettable and tedious to sit through. Definitely a game worth skipping if you ask me.

Tony Hawk: Ride - Tony Hawk Pro Skater
Resident Evil Survivor - Resident Evil
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - Sonic the Hedgehog Product Image

For a game dedicated to Robotnik/Eggman, you think you would be building robots, or making traps for Sonic, something along those lines. But instead... we have a Dr. Mario clone that feels pretty heinous. It looks bad... and in general, isn't very worthwhile. It's so average... that it just plain hurts.

Shadow The Hedgehog - Sonic the Hedgehog Shadow The Hedgehog - Sonic the Hedgehog Product Image

A spin-off centering on Shadow sounds good in paper. But the execution was pulled off poorly. The game feels sluggish, almost nonresponsive at times. To top that off the levels also feel very poorly made. The soundtrack is decent enough but the actual gameplay is beyond average. The different routes you can take seem promising but are more complicated than necessary. It doesn't help that the controls feel delayed and clunky. It was an experiment that didn't quite succeed in the slightest.

The Contenders

Hey You Pikachu  - Pokemon Hey You Pikachu  - Pokemon Product Image

One of the most annoying games in existence. A game that involves a microphone that allows you to talk to Pikachu. It was something different... but nothing anything I'd call good or decent. Half of the time Pikachu ignores you making the mic seem pointless to use. On top of that it just bland and undercooked. As a game... it's really not enjoyable half the time.

Pokemon Channel - Pokemon Pokemon Channel - Pokemon Product Image

A boring TV simulator game. You'd have more fun watching actual TV than playing this. Not the worst spin-off on this list but one worth noting. Also Hey You Pikachu... is arguably so much worse. Still not a good game though...

Mario Teaches Typing - Super Mario Bros Mario Teaches Typing - Super Mario Bros Product Image

Who thought this was a good idea? Mario and educational games don't mix together well. I get that it's supposed to teach kids typing but as a whole, it just feels mediocre. Not the worst one on the list so far but definitely not a good one either.

Soulcalibur Legends - Soul Calibur
New Super Luigi U - Super Mario Bros New Super Luigi U - Super Mario Bros Product Image

Not as bad as the other spin-offs on this list but it is pretty lazy. Just a re-colored version of Super Mario Bros U except with Luigi on the cover. It was made for the "year of Luigi" which arguably didn't make him come off as memorable. The Luigi Mansion games' are a lot more memorable and better than this half-assed re-skin of a game.

In its defense though I’ll say this it at least has unique level design. I hate the whole copy and paste from The New Super Mario Bros U counterpart but this game has way harder levels designed to fit Luigi’s play-style honestly I prefer this to the New Super Mario Bros U counterpart but that’s just me

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