I went to my local city's public pool recently with my in-laws and am always surprised at the inexperience some people have with the water. With my in-laws living in a landlocked, rural town, there aren't a lot of opportunities to get in the water and feel comfortable in swimming. I taught my wife how to swim and saw my sister in-law learn to swim but other family members feel a sense of panic when going out deep.
Watching family swim and thinking about how comfortable I am in the water made me realize how much my swimming form is informed by Mario, particularly Mario 64. He performs such a smooth and even sweep with his arms for his breat stroke. Doing both that and an even flutterkick is something I did naturally after watching Banjo-Kazooie's breast stroke/flutter kick upgrade they get in Tooie.
Today I wanted to see if anyone had any notable swimming animations that stand out to them. A lot of great swimming animations are from Nintendo like Link's surface stroke or his Zora form mermaid stroke. There's also Lara Croft's old swimming animations or even the sprites of when you perform Surf in the newer Pokemon games. Just leave a comment below about your favorite swimming animations in games, and you'll see your comments this week!