Around the turn of the millennium, cutesy, cartoony platforming games were all the rage. Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot dominated the PlayStation generation, and both adults and children loved them. Then something changed. Games like Jak and Daxter, which had helped bridge the console generation gap for light-hearted platformers, began to take on a grittier edge when they started including guns and darker stories. With this shift from charming, innocent platforming to harder edged shooters, it seemed that a good ‘ol 3D platform game could only be found within the Mushroom Kingdom.