Happy Easter! While it is a religious holiday, anyone can take time this weekend to enjoy time with friends and family, supping upon the freshest of Cadbury Cream Eggs and Peeps, using the sugar rush to power an afternoon filled with video games. Word of advice: The cake batter Peeps are glorious. However, you could also spend the day honoring the noble rabbit. After all, one of the stars of Easter is the Easter Bunny.
Which got me to thinking. What better way to celebrate the day, other than going to church or hitting up a local big box store to see if the candy is reduced yet, than to pay our respects to 10 awesome video game bunnies.
I’m sure many people haven’t played Lugaru (Windows, Mac, Linux), even though it has been part of Humble Bundles, but it really is an interesting game and Turner becomes the savior of the anthropomorphic rabbit race inhabiting Lugaru. Perhaps we’ll see him return in the sequel, Overgrowth.
9. Miyamoto Usagi
I bet you always thought Usagi Yojimbo was the name of the title character. Not quite. Miyamoto Usagi was the name of the samurai rabbit. He hasn’t enjoyed much video game success, but he was in Samurai Warrior: The Battles of Usagi Yojimbo and made a cameo appearance in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus.
8. Jazz Jackrabbit
Oh, Jazz Jackrabbit. I’m sure I’m not the only one who grew up playing this Cliff Bleszinski classic platformer on my school’s computer. Not only does it allow alien green rabbits to finally beat up those devious space tortoises, but I have a sneaking suspicious Jazz’s colorful green coat helped inspire people to investigate more unusual areas of the color pallette when creating cartoon rabbits.
7. Bucky O’Hare
True facts time: As much as I lived Jazz Jackrabbit, Bucky O’Hare was always my favorite green space rabbit. Copycat though he may be, I loved both the original Bucky O’Hare NES game when I was a kid, and enjoyed the arcade game even more when I discovered it at Galloping Ghost Arcade over a month ago. I think it was the team of characters who joined him, making him more popular by association, but still. I mean, how can you not love a rabbit who hangs out with a telepathic cat, four armed duck and adorable robot?
6. Robbie the Rabbit
You know, it’s probably best not to think too much about Robbie the Rabbit, from Silent Hill, on a day like today. Let’s move along.
5. Cream the Rabbit
Cream started out as a cute, mascot character for Sonic, but has gone on to become a valuable character in multiple games. Any rabbit character who can fly with her ears deserves kudos. besides, she’s absolutely adorable.
4. Bugs Bunny
Few anthropomorphic rabbits have enjoyed Bugs Bunny’s success. He’s gotten to star in many video games, some legendary like The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout and The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle, while others like Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time… hey, Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rampage was pretty awesome too!
3. Every Animal Crossing Rabbit
Know what series has some of the most precious rabbits? Animal Crossing. Those animal villagers are some of the cutest things you’ll ever see. Bunnie, Chrissy, Francine and Ruby are the best. Coco, on the other hand, with her disturbing Gyroid face, is less so. Zipper T. Bunny doesn’t count though, since he’s just Pave in a rabbit costume.
2. Peppy Hare
Peppy is a veteran pilot and valuable member of both the original and new Star Fox teams. He’s an important member of the team. Though heaven help him if I hear, “Do a barrel roll!” one more while I’m trying to do something else.
Of course, I shouldn’t complain. At least he’s not as annoying as Slippy. Besides, his advice must be good for him to have ended up as General Peppy by Star Fox Command.