Guinness World Records has announced the top 50 video games of all time. Over 13,000 readers of the Guinness World Records Gamers' Edition voted for their favourite character and the end result is a “who’s who” of the top heroes and villains from more than 30 years of video game history, says the organisation.
Unsurprisingly it was Nintendo’s Mario who was crowned the people’s favourite videogame character. The little plumber, who made his debut as "Jumpman" in the 1981 arcade smash Donkey Kong, received over 10 percent of the vote.
Another Nintendo stalwart, Link, from The Legend of Zelda (1986) finished runner up, followed by the mysterious super soldier Master Chief from the Halo videogame series (Microsoft, 2001).
Link, from The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Mario’s younger brother, Luigi, failed to make the top 50. Mortal Kombat’s spear-tossing legend Scorpion, Bio-Shock’s terrifying Big Daddies, and the loveable Lemmings also didn't make the cut.
Sonic the Hedgehog still managed to make the top 10, along with other video game icons including PAC-Man, Final Fantasy VII's Cloud Strife and Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.
The most popular publisher is Nintendo with 11 characters in the top 50. In second place is Sony with five characters, and third comes Capcom. The best year for great characters was 1996, with five characters in the list making their first gaming appearance in that year, including Lara Croft and Pikachu.