Everyone has a favourite video game, but have you ever wondered which protagonist is the most popular? A new study reveals that Pikachu is the best-received character in the world, beating out fan favourites like Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and Captain Price.
Global Gaming: Fan Favourites analyses the search engine queries made for characters featured in popular game franchises – including The Sims, Super Mario and Call of Duty – to reveal who is the most popular character of all time.
The study also shows that Pokémon protagonists are far more popular than those from any other franchise, with 65% more search queries reported for Pokémon characters than those in Sonic the Hedgehog, and 33% more than those in Super Mario.
There were some notable variations found between countries for each character – while Canada and the UK favour Sonic, Pikachu comes out on top in Germany and Italy – who turn their back on the Italian plumber. Furthermore, Greece loves Luigi and Japan prefers Yoshi.
According to the study, the most popular video game characters in each franchise are:
- Pokémon, Pikachu
- Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic
- Super Mario, Mario
- Call of Duty, Captain Price
- Grand Theft Auto, Trevor Philips
- The Sims, Bella Goth
- Need for Speed, Ana Rivera
- Final Fantasy, Noctis Lucis Caelum
The report also found that Bella Goth – wife to the premade Sims’ staple Mortimer Goth – is more popular amongst gamers than her husband, while Need for Speed’s Ana Rivera is the fan favourite of the franchise – beating out brother Lucas Rivera and Officer Danny Shaw.
That makes The Sims the most female-forward franchise featured, as the average female character was found to be a staggering 573% more popular than males. In comparison, the average male character in Mario is 257% more popular than Princess Peach.
The research also settles the debate as to whether Sonic or Mario – who often go head-to-head in console games – reigns supreme, as the hedgehog is almost a third (28%) more popular with gamers than the plumber.
To find out how your favourite video game character fares around the world, please visit the Global Gaming: Fan Favourites study here: https://a2zcasinos.org/worlds-favourite-video-game-character-revealed
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