A recent survey which was carried out by shopping website vouchercodes.co.uk revealed that Mario is Britain’s best loved video games character of all time according to UK gamers.
3,000 people took part in the survey and Mario just pipped Sonic to the top spot with 22% of the votes to Sonic’s 21%. The results were released just before the BAFTA Video Games Awards 2010 last Friday and I wasn’t surprised by the results as Mario and Sonic were the poster boys for Nintendo and Sega respectively and still are to this day.
I still remember the days of playing Mario Bros. on the NES and going round to mates houses to play on Sonic and they were great, classic games, so it really comes as no surprise that these two cult characters grabbed to top two spots.
Only 2 of the top 10 are characters from the last 15 years or so with Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series and Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. All the rest are from old skool games which the majority of gamers, I would have thought, grew up with and part of the reason why they came to love games in the first place. But I am surprised to see Chun Li in there!! Surely that’s just the basement geeks thinking she’s hot and they think she should be in there? I would have chosen Alex Kidd over Chun Li, or Ken or Ryu?? Check out the table below for the Top Ten table:
- Mario (Super Mario)
- Sonic (Sonic The Hedgehog)
- Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
- Pac-Man ( )
- Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)
- Luigi (Super Mario)
- Link (Zelda)
- Chun Li (Street Fighter)
- Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
- Kirby (Kirby’s Dreamland)
I’m not surprised that characters like Master Chief, Nathan Drake and Gordon Freeman to name a view haven’t made in into the list as they’re still fairly new to the gaming world in retrospect but I can see more main characters of this generation working their way into the top ten in the not so distant future. Why? Because the kids of today will grow up with the newer characters and associate them with being cult classics and why they got hooked with games.
My own personal top ten would look a bit different and I’m sure not everyone will agree with the table above. But I’d get rid of Kirby, Chun Li and Luigi and replace them with Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank (I know they’re two characters each, but my list…my rules) and Nathan Drake as well as shuffle the table up a bit.
So do you agree with this top ten games characters of all time? Why not let us know your top ten below in the comments and we can do our own Zath Top Ten Video Games Characters?