Surprisingly for some but Mario is only number 5 on our list. He’s still a hero of ours and we love him but 99 per cent of lists will probably have him as number one so at HBH we thought we would mix things up a little. Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of Mario and the little Italian plumber is the face of Nintendo.
Did you know that Mario has appeared in about two hundred titles over the years? And most of the stories focus on Mario and his buddies in search of the beautiful Princess Peach who has more often than not been taken kidnap by some baddie such as Bowser.
Not only is Mario cute but he is also a money maker. Apart from the platform games he has appeared in titles such as Mario Kart, Tennis and Golf. There are also licenced TV shows, comic books and movies that all have Mario has the lead.
Ok so strictly speaking Paperboy is a game that features a paperboy but gets to be number 4 on the HBH top 5 of retro gaming charts because he is so cool. For those who don’t know, the game was created in 1984 and was available on many different platforms.
The object of the game was to deliver papers to houses and to also trash houses of non-customers. The dude on the bike had real attitude and the way he “flicked” the newspapers gave him an almost cult like status among gamers.
Paperboy was easily ported across many consoles and PCs including the BBC Micro, Amstrad, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, NES, Sega Master System and Commodore 64.
3. Sonic the Hedgehog
No surprises here that Sonic gets on the chart. There are conflicting stories but it is generally agreed that this cool guy was created by Naka, Ohshima and Yasuhara back in the early 1990s. Sega needed someone to compete with Mario at Nintendo and Sonic was the perfect rival.
Loved by young and old alike Sonic featured in many games over the years, 80 million games sales since 1991 including top titles like Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Generations, Boom and Shuffle. Other notable characters of the sonic gaming series are Knuckles, his trusty sidekick, Tails and Dr. Robotknik.
A golden oldie but still one of the best. Pac-Mac (not Pacman) is a game originally made by Namco in 1980 and the designer was Japanese legend Toru Iwatani which you might have seen on the recent movie “Pixels” starring Adam Sandler and Peter Dinklage (from Game of Thrones).
The game itself is based on you controlling the hungry Pac-Man in a series of mazes where our little friend has to chew up all the dots in order to progress to the next and more difficult challenge. This is not made easy due to the annoying ghosts who, if catch up with Pac-Man eat him up.
Our little hero from The Legend of Zelda series is number one because he relates to both the young and old. Shigeru Miyamoto was the creator of Link in 1986 and has been several different forms over the years including young boy, teenage kid and fully grown man.
His weapons of choice are usually the Master Sword or his famous bow and gamers for nearly 30 years have been using Link to solve a variety of puzzles and kill the nastiest of monsters without saying hardly a word. Link gets our number one vote but it was very close between him and Pac-Man. Who would you have in your top 5 gaming characters?