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There are far more than ten characters in the history of video games. This top 10 list is composed of characters and mascots that have withstood the test of time. The top 5 on this list was easy to make but, the bottom five was very hard to arrange, indeed.
1. Mario (Nintendo): Mario is the mascot for Nintendo and has been in numerous games. Some of Mario's games were: Super Mario Brothers 1, 2, 3 and 4, Mario Kart, Dr. Mario, Punch Out and Donkey Kong. Mario has appeared in over 220 video games since his first appearance in Donkey Kong in 1981. Cartoons, movies, clothing and toys of Mario are on the market for sale. Mario has a presence that makes him a mainstream character. The biggest video game character icon of all time.
2. Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega): Sega needed a mascot to compete with Mario and they found one with Sonic. Some of the best video games featuring Sonic were: Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sonic CD, Sonic and Knuckles and Sonic Unleashed. His main enemy is Dr. Robotnik. As Sonic, your player can spin around loops and anywhere he wants to flip he flips. There is a Sonic cartoon and action figure toys on the market. I personally, bought the Sega Genesis because of, 16 bit graphics and it originally, came packed with Altered Beast but, Sonic and all the Sonic games, got me hooked.
3. Luigi (Nintendo): Mario had a younger brother and his name is, Luigi. He is a staple of the Nintendo company and has been in several top video games including: Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Brothers, Mario Kart, Mario Golf, Mario Party 9 and Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. He is similar to Mario as far as the Mario Brothers games. He shoots fireballs and does everything his older twin brother can do.
4. Link (Nintendo): Link is the main character of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda games. There are twenty seven total Zelda games, not to mention comic books, cartoons and clothing featuring Link. The game is a role playing action game, that allows you to shoot arrows and fight with your sword and also fight with your brain by us ing the map. In this puzzle game series, some of the best titles are: Zelda, and Zelda II, A Link To The Past, Oracle of Ages, Phantom Hourglass.
5. Scorpion (Genesis, Super Nintendo) Scorpion is famous in the Mortal Kombat video game series as a resurrected Ninja. He hurls a rope or chain at you and yells, get over here, before pulling you face to face with his brand of terror. He wears a yellow and black ninja out fit and has been featured in all the MK games. Some of the best games featuring this skilled ninja are: Mortal Kombat 1, 2, 3 and 4, Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
6. Lara Croft (Sega, Nintendo, Xbox and Playstation 1, 2 & 3) Croft is a British archaeologist that has to battle through treacherous and dangerous caves and tombs. She uses many weapons including guns during her missions. Some of the best games featuring Lara Croft are: Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Tomb Raider: Legend.
7. Pac-Man (Atari, Nintendo & Sega) This classic one or two player game features Pac-Man eating pellets and evading ghosts. When Pac-Man eats any of the 4 power pellets, he can eat the ghosts. Some of the best video games featuring Pac-Man are: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man World, Pac-Man World 2 and Pac-in-Time.
8. Pitfall Harry (Atari, Nintendo and Playstation) Pitfall Harry had to run, jump, duck, crawl and swing vines throughout a maze like jungle in order to win the game in quick time. The original Pitfall video game is the second best selling Atari game of all time. Some of Harry's best games are: Pitfall, Pitfall 2, Super Pitfall and The Mayan Adventure. This game and the game it is based upon, are classics in the video game universe.
9. Rachet (Nintendo 64, Playstation 2 & 3): As Rachet, your accompanied by a feisty helper named Clank, and you have abilities to upgrade your armor, clothing and health. Also, your player can purchase ammunition, guns and other weapons. Seven (7) different types of armor are featured in this game, and the gun blaster contraption has amazing power bursts.
10. Jak (Playstation 1 & 2): This video game series was made for the PS2, PS3 and the PS Vita. The game is story based, and the sounds and graphics were ahead of their time. Some of the top Jak games are: Jak 1,2 and 3, The Precursor Legacy and Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier.
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