Goodness Gracious: Fire in Games

The other night, I was driving to a friend’s house when I saw the unthinkable. A wildfire in the area had grown large enough where I could easily see its glow on the horizon. Dark clouds of smoke rose above it. I’ve always thought that the “bad things” are far away from me, but there it was right in front of me. Of course, I’m safe, and I’m thankful that it rained today to doubly ensure my safeness. However, these wildfires are nothing to be trifled with, and many people are being forced to evacuate because of them. Hopefully, I’ll continue to remain safe, but I’m definitely staying on guard. What do I do when I’m faced with a situation that makes me uncomfortable? I make light of it! Here are eleven instances of fire found in video games.

The fire bar from
Super Mario Bros. (NES 1985)

Mario fire bars in Bowser's castle

The burning village of
Breath of Fire (SNES 1993)

Breath of Fire engulfed village

Escape from the Cave of Wonders in
Aladdin (SNES 1993)

flying carpet volcano fire in Aladdin

Battle with Heat Man in
Mega Man 2 (NES 1988)

heat man stage in mega man 2

Fiery first stage of
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
(PC Engine CD 1993)

First stage of castlevania rondo of blood fire

Revisiting Lucca’s House in
Chrono Cross (PS1 1999)

Lucca's house on fire in Chrono Cross

Taking time to pose in
Contra III: The Alien Wars
(SNES 1992)

contra 3 alien wars fire balls

Flying through fire in
Gradius 3 (SNES 1995)

Gradius 3 fire stage

The Fire Temple of
The Legend of Zelda:
Ocarina of Time
(N64 1998)

Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time Fire Temple

Corona Mountain in
Super Mario Sunshine
(Gamecube 2002)

Super Mario Sunshine corona mountain fire

Rescuing Strago and Relm
from a burning building in
Final Fantasy 6 (SNES 1994)

Final Fantasy 6 Shadow fire

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What are some other games that have great instances of fire? Let me know in the comments! Check back for my next official Top Ten list on November 1st!

Published by erichagmann

Arranger / Pianist / Vocalist / Educator / Gamer

2 thoughts on “Goodness Gracious: Fire in Games

  1. These are great! I definitely want to add the bonfire level of Katamari Damacy. It’s the goal of the level to make the biggest and best bonfire possible, and the whole level is really fun to play!

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