5 video game animals that are probably significantly smarter than you

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video game animals smarter than you nintendo animal crossing tom nook

Being a human is a pretty sweet deal. You’re top of the food chain, you rarely have to worry about fleas, and you can use your opposable thumbs to open tinned food and click along to catchy jazz tunes.

But before you get too big for your boots, it’s worth remembering that the animal kingdom is home to some pretty smart cookies too, from seeing-eye dogs to those horses that perform basic addition and stomp out the answers with their hoofs. And video game animals are no exception.

So hop down from that high horse for a moment (because that horse needs to concentrate on its sums) and consider these video game animals that are almost certainly smarter than you.

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Being a human is a pretty sweet deal. You’re top of the food chain, you rarely have to worry about fleas, and you can use your opposable thumbs to open tinned food and click along to catchy jazz tunes.

But before you get too big for your boots, it’s worth remembering that the animal kingdom is home to some pretty smart cookies too, from seeing-eye dogs to those horses that perform basic addition and stomp out the answers with their hoofs. And video game animals are no exception.

So hop down from that high horse for a moment (because that horse needs to concentrate on its sums) and consider these video game animals that are almost certainly smarter than you.

General Pepper

See him in: Star Fox series

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Military life is hard, and it takes grit, determination, and strategic genius to rise to the highest ranks. That makes it all the more impressive that Pepper (who, we hardly need to remind you, is literally a dog) attained the rank of general and assumed command of all of Corneria’s military forces in the Lylat system.

Bentley

See him in: Sly Cooper series

Recently, I (a human) locked myself out of my house and had to wait in the rain for 90 minutes before a locksmith turned up to open my door and take all my money. Bentley the turtle, meanwhile, is skilled in maths, hacking, and demolitions, as well as serving as the mastermind of most of the Cooper Gang’s grandest heists. Who, I ask you, is smarter?

Amaterasu

See her in: Ōkami

Most dogs are pretty smart. With practice and training, you can teach them to fetch your slippers, shake your hand, or make guacamole. But Amaterasu is an actual sun goddess who can make the sun shine, rejuvenate trees and meadows, and also punch the snot out of all manner of demons and imps. That’s pretty brainy if you ask us.

Tom Nook

See him in: Animal Crossing

Of all the species on planet Earth, it is only the mighty human that has invented the calculator. And yet, in the Animal Crossing games your human character is routinely swindled by this fiscally mischievous raccoon. And to think, Nook pulls off this accounting grift without so much as a colour-coded spreadsheet to aid him.

Miles ‘Tails’ Prower

See him in: Sonic series

Imagine a fox and you’ll probably picture a urban pest that rips open your binbags once a week and carries all your Müller Corner pots off into the cold, dark night. Tails, meanwhile, is a keen mechanic who’s created robots, mechs, and even fully-functioning aircraft. Bet he still goes nuts for a Müller, though.

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