Power-ups can reverse the trend of any match or change the game forever. Once you have them, you never want to do without them again. Sometimes, they lose their effect after a certain time. Sometimes, they come in the form of an item that you can use again and again on your journey.
Super Mario: Mushroom
The chubby plumber has already been around for more than 30 years. But originally, Mario wasn't called Mario at all, but Jump Man. He jumped up ramps in the arcade classic Donkey Kong to rescue kidnapped Pauline from the hands of the gorilla. Over the years, the Mario games became more and more extensive and complicated. Since then, the series has become particularly well known for its power-ups. With a fire flower, Mario can throw fire. With a cape, he can fly. With a star, he becomes invulnerable and can run carefree through the mushroom kingdom. Mario can even transform himself into a bee with the right power-up. With the interminable list, the classic power-up still belongs in 1st place: the mushroom. This mushroom makes Mario bigger and gives him more life. Without this mushroom, Super Mario wouldn't exist at all. Mario is only the small form of the plumber. He only turns into Super Mario with the mushroom. One of the best-known figures in video game history.
Pokémon Ultra Moon and Ultra Sun for the 3DS only came out last year. That's now the seventh generation of Pokémon games, which started in Japan in 1998 with Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green on the Game Boy. So there are nearly 20 years in between them. Many things have stayed the same. You still need to collect all of the Pokémon, train them and become the best trainer in the world. But one thing has changed, which older fans are particularly pleased about. Red and Blue are still good games. But one thing is extremely annoying. YOU. MOVE. SO. SLOWLY! Only after several hours do you receive a bicycle in the game. And it changes everything! You are suddenly moving much faster and the journey between two cities no longer takes ages. Fortunately, the characters in Pokémon games are now generally faster.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Master Swords
The Legend of Zelda is also already a very old series and is also well-known for the many items. The hero, Link, must free Princess Zelda from the clutches of Ganon. During the course of his adventure, he receives new items and power-ups. These are usually things, such as the boomerang, a hook shot, bow & arrow and other useful items. But in 2017, Breath of the Wild came out, together with the Nintendo Switch. In this game, the classic new items are no longer available and weapons break after a while. All weapons break? Yes, apart from one: the Master Sword. This is hidden deep in Hyrule and the powerful sword can only be pulled out of the stone by someone who has passed a test. The sword is particularly strong against the mechanical guardians of the game with their many legs. But it's not perfect. After a while, it needs to rest for a while. But at least it doesn't break.
Super Smash Bros: Hammer
If there were a world record for the most items in a game series, Super Smash Bros. would presumably be one of the front-runners. The party skirmishes between the popular characters from various games is not stingy with items and power-ups. There is the Pokéball, which randomly calls a Pokémon for help. Laser swords, balls, boxes, bottles, shields and much much more. There is even a dog from the DS game, Nintendogs, which spontaneously blocks the view of the battle. Nevertheless, the hammer is the best power-up. Whenever a player gets hold of the hammer, the opponents run away in panic. Anyone who is hit by the wild hammer flies up in the air and most likely also out of the arena. This means a deduction of points. But the hammer is not entirely without risk. It may be super strong, but you cannot jump or run at the same time.
Mario Kart: Blue Tank
The best and worst power-up of all times: The blue tank from Mario Kart. The green and red tank are already annoying enough. But one or two controllers are likely to have already scrapped blue tanks out of anger. The blue tank flies unscathed past the middle field and aims precisely at the current leader of the race. It can change the result of the race in the last round, in the last curve, at the last moment. The Schadenfreude of the players in second and third place is particularly fantastic. They can calmly watch the spectacle with a safety margin and speed away. For a long time, absolutely nothing could be done about the blue tank. But in Mario Kart 8 for Wii U and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch, there is the super horn item, with which the blue danger can be neutralised.