The 15 Most Iconic 80's and 90's Video Game Characters

Gunaxin writes: "Before the most recent battle between X-Box, the Nintendo Wii, and the Playstation 3, we had their collective predecessors vying for first purchase on the store shelves. Sure, the Nintendo and its myriad re-boots was most often the system to beat, Sega and the original Playstation each had their own combatants in the ring, as well. But it certainly wasn't always the system that came out on top (though by proxy, it was that very system which played the winning games), it was the games themselves. Games, in turn, spawned icons and icons became the characters by which franchises were made, and, sometimes, destroyed."

Read Full Story >>
The story is too old to be commented.
cb8102937d ago

No one is more iconic than Mario. Maybe Pac Man?

gameseveryday2937d ago

agreed Mario is the most iconic.

Ziriux2937d ago

I'd say so, I have a Mario tattoo on my ankle. No i'm not a chick.

GWAVE2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

No Solid Snake? No Crash Bandicoot? No Laura Croft?

Joke article...

LeonSKennedy4Life2937d ago

Nice, Ziriux.

I'm getting Shadow of the Colossus, Kingdom Hearts, Devil May Cry, inFamous, and Indigo Prophecy tattoos.

+ Show (1) more replyLast reply 2937d ago
Runamuck862937d ago

U cant for get about zelda

Ziriux2937d ago

Zelda is great, but will people actually know who Zelda is when you ask the people of all generations, I don't think so.

LeonSKennedy4Life2937d ago

People know exactly who Zelda and Link are. Ask anyone. My parents know who they are and they never played video games as kids.

Ziriux2937d ago

I'm surprised snake isn't an icon by now. The game franchise has been around nearly 2 decades.

colonel1792937d ago

maybe he is the 16th icon on their list?

LeonSKennedy4Life2937d ago

Nobody has ANY idea who Bill and Lance are. Lols. Come on!

People know who Starfox is.

NeoSprtacus2937d ago

Note that these characters are from the 80s and 90s, so naturally some of the ones that we think are iconic now weren't so much 10 years ago, or weren't as big at the time.

I also don't like how the author groups together the people... like 'the street fighters' or the 'mortal kombat fighters.' Just pick Ryu or Chun-Li and Subzero or Scorpion, you can't say 15 and list 50 (100 counting FF).

Otherwise, I mostly agree that these guys are all pretty well known. Though I would say Crash/Spyro should be on there too.

Show all comments (13)