|Take two of these and call me in the morning Mr Pac|
#9 The Belmont Family - Talk about dedication! This family of vampire hunters have been forever thwarting the exploits of the head-honcho of blood suckers, Dracula himself. Generation after generation, the Belmont men and women have been battling the hoards of demons and undead of Transylvania. An NES classic initially, the Castlevania series is one of the most long-running and popular conceived platform capers. If I were to pick one Belmont, it would be Simon, the original man to face and defeat Drac's, and also to appear in the most titles. Van Helsing has nothing on these guys!
#8 Samus Aran - The first and only queen of girl power in gaming, way before the likes of Lara Croft, Samus was kicking alien behinds and saving the galaxy long before Miss Tomb Raider made an appearance. Donning her bionic armoured suit, she searched and blasted her way over millions of platforms, destroying the Space Pirates in their attempts to gain the powers of the metroids. Best still, the macho-type gamer guys that played the original never had no idea she was a women until the end! Right on Sister!
#7 Sonic the Hedgehog - A prominent figurehead during the 16-bit 'console wars' of the nineties, this sprightly blue mammal burst onto the scene to put Mario in his place. The plucky plumber however was not outdone, but Sonic became a great mascot on his own accord. He was fast, had attitude, and fought an insane inventor that made Bowser look like a child's teddy bear. More importantly, Sonic was personified as cool! He was just that during his 2D heydays, loving his insane dashing around and his insolence for the laws of gravity. Shame his later 3D adventures were a little bit rubbish.
#6 Dizzy -Bouncing his way across 13 games, this strange egg-man that wears boxing gloves proved to be a big hit with the 8-bit home computer users of the eighties. His legacy continues today with re-imaginations of his games on the iOS, as well as fans creating new games based around his original universe. Dizzy was a hero of usual proportions and disposition, but he still had the guile and courage to take on the fantasy beasts and powerful wizards of old. A true classic-underdog video game legend.
|Energy bolts came as standard with this belt|
#4 Solid Snake - The genetically created super-soldier with a heart of steel and gold, the only one not to be slightly insane; Snake fights against terrorism, genocide, corruption and greed, all with little or no reward. He smokes, he's gruff, miserable and pessimistic at the best of times, but he still finds it in himself to singularly beat extensive armies and a giant super-tanks repeatedly. Nails!
#3 Link - The Elf-type boy come good, his life is all about rescuing the Princess Zelda from the tyrrany of Ganon. He's magically blessed, has excellent sword skills and is pretty handy with a bow too. He has even altered the flow of time. Link has graced the Nintendo platforms with honour and distinction, and all this started when he was merely a teenager. Popular and revered by many gamers, and a hero to look up too.
#2 Mario - Many people would choose the former Jump-man as number one, and he does come very close. His endless nemesis Bowser has never got the better of him over 20 different titles, as Mario conquers the landscapes, caves, tunnels and castles frequently, bringing joy to many a gamer. Super powered by things like mushrooms, flowers, leaves and feathers, he is tenacious, adaptable, quick and basically a good old soul. He also pops up in situations that seem out of his comfort zone, like racing, tennis, golf and fighting games. He is and most recognised and loved video game character that there has even been, and the mascot for all that is great about games. Hail this Italian pipe-fixer!
|There was always trouble at this nightclub, |
so Cloud came tooled up
That's my legends list all done, and I think a list many will agree with. What would have been your inclusions? Who stands out as a legendary hero for you? I'm going to sit back and relax for the next top 10 and listen to the wonderful original soundtracks that have been accompanying great games for over 3 decades. M is for Music Marvels, so you can once again expect FF7 to feature.