Donielle Flynn

Nintendo Releases New "Switch" Game Console - NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 3: A person dressed as the Nintendo character Mario waves at a pop-up Nintendo venue in Madison Square Park, March 3, 2017 in New York City. The Nintendo Switch console goes on sale today and retails for 300 dollars. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Are you a gamer? Who would you name as the “Most Popular video game characters?” I have a LONG history with video games. Our first console was the Odessy. It came out just before Atari (which is why my parents wouldn’t buy me an Atari, dammit). The Odessy sucked next to Atari, but when we first got it, my sister, Mary, and I were SUPER EXCITED to play bowling and basketball in all its 8 BIT glory. I played Tapper on the Commodore 64. Loading games took FOREVER. The games loaded into the computer off of CASSETTE TAPES, I kid you not children. Then came floppy discs, so it all only took NEXT TO FOREVER for games to load.

This photograph taken on August 4, 2022 shows the Sony home video...

This photograph taken on August 4, 2022 shows the Sony home video game console PlayStation 1 belonging to the Charles Cros collection exposed at the Francois-Mitterrand National Library of France in... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

My first true love of video gaming platforms was the Playstation. South Park Rally got me through some winter months and early motherhood when my daughter was a baby and still sleeping a lot. When the PS2 came out, I knew we NEEDED it. My daughter, Mackenzie, and I played Scooby Doo Night of 100 Frights. It’s still one of my all-time favorite games. We liked the storyline games… I still do, but since the introduction of multiplayer online games, the storyline games don’t seem to be as popular.  I asked people on social media to “Name a famous video game character.”  Here are the top 5 responses.

Top 5 Most Popular Video Game Characters

  • #5 Link - The Legend of Zelda

    “Journey to the kingdom of Hyrule and discover the timeless battles between good and evil and the secrets of the all-powerful Triforce.” There are (naturally) a TON of different Zelda adventures.  I found it interesting that while the game is “The Legend of Zelda” more people actually answered “Link.”  Link is the silent hero. He is reborn throughout history always with the aim of defeating Ganon and his minions. Zelda’s role changes from game to game.

    A figurine of the Nintendo Co. video-game series The Legend of Zelda...

    A figurine of the Nintendo Co. video-game series The Legend of Zelda character Link is displayed inside the Nintendo TOKYO store during a media tour in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

  • #4 Donkey Kong

    The OG VILLIAN. There would be no Mario without Donkey Kong. The first Donkey Kong was released in 1981. Fun fact: the princess that Donkey Kong captures isn’t Princess Peach. It’s actually Pauline.

    Steve Sanders, 'The Orignal King of Kong,' plays Donkey Kong at the...

    Steve Sanders, 'The Orignal King of Kong,' plays Donkey Kong at the launch party for the International Video Game Hall of Fame and Museum on August 13, 2009 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Ottumwa was officially... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

  • #3 Sonic the Hedgehog

    A blue hedgehog that zips around collecting gold rings.   Even Fall Guys got in on Sonic action with a play mode called “Gotta Go Fast” where players earned Sonic gear for their Fall Guy. But, don’t get me started on the original movie Sonic. That hedgehog was a disgrace.

    Sonic the hedgehog poses for photo during the red carpet of the film...

    Sonic the hedgehog poses for photo during the red carpet of the film Sonic 2, at Oasis Coyoacan on April 3, 2022 in Mexico City, Mexico. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

  • #2 Pac-Man

    Eat all the dots and avoid four ghosts… unless you eat a piece of fruit first. Pac-Man was released in 1980.  Asteroids and Galaxian were released first, but Pac-Man was the first game that had a true cultural impact.

    Visitor Alina Ullrich plays a vintage Pac-Man video game at the...

    Visitor Alina Ullrich plays a vintage Pac-Man video game at the Making Games conference during International Games Week on April 26, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The event is intended to showcase... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

  • #1 Mario

    He is the man. Mario’s history is crazy.  Peaceful mushroom people are invaded by black magic turtles who turn them to stone.  Only Princess Toadstool (Peach) can undo the spell but she’s being held by Bowser, King of the Koopa.  Mario finds out and goes on a quest to save Princess Toadstool and return the mushroom people to normal.  Shrooms are clearly an integral part of this story development.  Having said that, my family 100% LOVES the Mario Games, especially the Mario Party games.  Mario has been a huge cultural influence as well.

    Felipe Flores and Tyler Fernandez dress as Luigi and Mario at...

    Felipe Flores and Tyler Fernandez dress as Luigi and Mario at Comic-Con International 2016 - Day 1 on July 21, 2016 in San Diego, California. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

    EXTRA LIFE: A Couple more worth mentioning –

  • Master Chief - Halo

    Fans of Halo 100% know about this guy.  Master Chief is the main character raised to be a soldier and kick some a$$.  Clearly, Master Chief has some serious fans.

    Halo cosplayers Austin Verberg as Master Chief and Shane Holly as...

    Halo cosplayers Austin Verberg as Master Chief and Shane Holly as Spartan attend Opening Ceremonies for the San Diego Causeplayer Community Shrine at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2021 in... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

     

     

  • Q*Bert

    Q*Bert is actually the third most successful video game icon (behind Pac-Man and Donkey Kong… sorry, Mario!)  Q*Bert, you had ONE JOB… turn the pyramid blocks the same color.  Q*Bert was also a fantastic part of the movie, Wreck-It Ralph.  You’re never too old for Q*Bert.

    Billy Mitchell in background looks at Doris' Q*bert high-score...

    Billy Mitchell in background looks at Doris' Q*bert high-score listing in Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records while Doris Self practices Q*bert. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images

  • My All-time Favorite Games

    South Park Rally – Playstation

    Scooby-Doo Night of 100 Frights – Playstation 2

    Sly Cooper series – Playstation 2

    Ribit King – Playstation 2

    Mario Party – Wii

    Rayman Raving Rabbids – Wii

    Splatoon – Wii-U

    Splatoon 2 – Switch (Grizzco is my jam)

    I can’t wait for Splatoon 3!  I love this game series, obviously.

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