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Who are the top 50 video game characters of all time?

Guinness says Mario is the No. 1 video game character of all time. His brother Luigi ... not even close.
Guinness says Mario is the No. 1 video game character of all time. His brother Luigi ... not even close.Nintendo

The folks over at the Guinness World Records department of official record keeping have announced their official list of the top 50 video game characters of all time. The question for you gamers is: Do you think they got it right?

The very top of the list perhaps isn't too surprising: Mario, Link, Master Chief, Solid Snake and Cloud Strife rank No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

The old-schooler in me thinks Pac-Man should have been somewhere in the Top 5 rather than No. 6 and that Donkey Kong should have been up higher than No. 33. I mean, let's give proper props to the ground breakers. Not to mention, Mario wouldn't be sitting pretty in that No. 1 spot if it wasn't for Donkey Kong. And guess who's missing all together? Poor overlooked Luigi.

But perhaps those are minor points.

According to a press release from the Guinness folks, the winners were voted on by more than 13,000 people on the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition web site. 

Not surprisingly, Nintendo had the most characters on the list with 11 in the top 50, followed by Sony and Capcom with six and five respectively. Meanwhile, 1996 was a good year for popular characters with five of the top 50 being introduced that year. The years 1987, 2001, and 2007 each brought us four top characters.

But what do you think? Who's missing? Who's placed too high? And who's down too low?

The complete list is as follows:

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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