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Guinness World Records Top 50 Video Game Characters



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 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.

Guinness World Records has released an Application on its Facebook page which allows users to find out what videogame character their most identify with. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/GuinnessWorldRecords.

Master Chief from Halo Master Chief from Halo

Here's the top 50:

1. Mario (Donkey Kong, Nintendo, 1981)
2. Link (The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo, 1986)
3. Master Chief (Halo: Combat Evolved, Microsoft, 2001)
4. Solid Snake (Metal Gear, Konami, 1987)
5. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII, Square, 1997)
6. PAC-Man (PAC-Man, Namco, 1980)
7. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider, Eidos 1996)
8. Gordon Freeman (Half-Life, Valve, 1998)
9. Kratos (God of War, Sony, 2005)
10. Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega, 1990)
11. Crash (Crash Bandicoot, Sony, 1996)
12. “Soap” MacTavish (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007)
13. Nico Bellic (Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar, 2008)
14. Samus Aran (Metroid, Nintendo 1986)
15. Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank, Sony, 2002)
16. Nathan Drake (Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Sony, 2007)
17. Captain Price (Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision, 2007)
18. Kirby (Kirby’s Dream Land, Nintendo, 1992)
19. Marcus Fenix (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006)
20. Pikachu (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo 1996)
21. Yoshi (Super Mario World, Nintendo, 1990)
22. “CJ” Johnson (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar, 2004)
23. Mega Man (Mega Man, Capcom, 1987)
24. Sam Fisher (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Ubisoft, 2002)
25. Shadow (Sonic Adventure 2, Sega, 2001)
26. Jak (Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Sony, 2001)
27. Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem, Apogee, 1991)
28. Dante (Devil May Cry, Bandai, 2003)
29. Naruto (Naruto: Konoha Ninpoch, Bandai, 2003)
30. Altair (Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft, 2007)
31. Zelda (The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo, 1986)
32. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII, Square, 1997)
33. Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong, Nintendo, 1981)
34. The Prince (Prince of Persia, Broderbund, 1989)
35. Ezio (Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft, 2009)
36. Leon S (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996)
37. Ash Ketchum (Pokemon Red/Green, Nintendo, 1996)
38. Guybrush Threepwood (The Secret of Monkey Island, LucasArts, 1990)
39. Spyro (Spyro the Dragon, Universal, 1998)
40. “Ghost” Riley (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Activision, 2009)
41. Goku (Dragon Daihikyoe, Epoch, 1987)
42. Max Payne (Max Payne, Rockstar, 2001)
43. Jill Valentine (Biohazard/ Resident Evil, Capcom, 1996)
44. Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985)
45. Larry Laffer (Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Sierra, 1987)
46. Augustus Cole (Gears of War, Microsoft, 2006)
47. Bowser (Super Mario Bros., Nintendo, 1985)
48. Eddie Riggs (Brutal Legend, EA, 2009)
49. Ryu (Street Fighter, Capcom, 1987)
50. Sackboy (LIttleBigPlanet, Sony, 2008)

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