We all get to see the wealthiest actors, actresses, models or singers, but what out OUR favorite entertainers? How much are they worth? Based on lifetime franchise unit sales, here are your Top 10 Wealthiest Video Game Icons!!
Estimated worth: 8.4 Billion Gold Coins
Mario was created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. He is Nintendo’s mascot and the main protagonist of the series. Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though he originally only appeared in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, Mario now has appeared in a numerous genres of games.
Mario is depicted as a short and pudgy Italian plumber who lives in Mushroom Kingdom. He is constantly stopping Bowser’s numerous plans to kidnap Princess Peach (Mario’s love interest) and take over the Mushroom Kingdom. His other enemies and rivals include Donkey Kong and Wario.
Mario is one of the most famous characters in video game history, and his image is commonly associated with video games. Mario games, as a whole, are the best-selling video game series of all time. Outside platform games, he has appeared in video games of other genres, he has also inspired television shows, film, comics, and a line of licensed merchandise.
Estimated worth: 7.7 Billion Pokedollars
Pikachu is one of many fictional species of Pokémon creatures from the Pokémon, a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards, and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri. Pikachu (and all other Pokémon) fight other Pokémon in battles. Pikachu is among the most recognizable Pokémon, mainly because a Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon series. Pikachu is widely considered the most popular Pokémon and is regarded as the official mascot of the Pokémon franchise.
In Pokémon, Pikachu are often found in houses, forests, plains, and, occasionally, near mountains, islands, and electrical sources (such as power plants), on most continents throughout the fictional world. As an Electric-type Pokémon, Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.
Estimated worth: 2.3 Billion Rupees
Link is a fictional character and the main protagonist in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series of video games, created by Shigeru Miyamoto. The Legend of Zelda has sold over 47 million copies worldwide (as of 2007) and the series’ enduring popularity has led to many incarnations of the Zelda story and Link himself. Link was awarded with a star on the Walk of Game in 2005, alongside Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Link is a fictional character and the main protagonist in age varies in each game, varying from pre-teen ages to late teens. He will travel through Hyrule, defeating creatures, evil forces and the series’ primary antagonist, Ganon, whilst attempting to save Princess Zelda and her kingdom. To defeat Ganon, Link usually requires the mystic Master Sword and Light Arrows, or a similar legendary weapons, obtained after many trials and battles while gathering magical objects or using other items such as musical instruments and weaponry. Each Zelda storyline contains a different incarnation of Link, because whenever a new threat emerges in Hyrule, a new hero must arise.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Estimated worth: 2 Billion Gold Rings
Sonic the hedgehog is a video game character and the protagonist of the video game series released by Sega. The first game in the Sonic franchise was released on June 23, 1991, in order to provide Sega with a mascot to rival Nintendo’s flagship character Mario. Since then, Sonic has become one of the world’s best-known video game characters. Sonic is also an inductee into the Walk of Game, alongside Mario and Link.
Artist Naoto Oshima, designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and programmer Yuji Naka are credited with the creation of the character, a blue 15-year-old hedgehog, who has the ability to run faster than the speed of sound and the ability to curl into a ball, primarily to attack enemies.
Estimated worth: 1.9 Billion Bananas
Donkey Kong is an ape created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (anyone else seeing a pattern here? LOL). Donkey Kong first appeared in Nintendo’s popular video game of the same name. Since then he has appeared in more than 20 games in his own series, as well as in some of the games in the Mario series.
After Donkey Kong, Mario went on to become Nintendo’s primary mascot, while Donkey Kong and his son were relegated to supporting roles and cameos such as Super Mario Kart. The 1994 Game Boy version of Donkey Kong marked his re-emergence as a major character. He was redesigned, appearing with a red necktie, which sometimes bears his initials, “DK”
Estimated worth: 1.6 Billion Gems
Crash was designed by Charles Zembillas and Joe Pearson in the early 1990′s. This game series goes through the creation of the Crash Bandicoot at the hands of the series antagonist Doctor Neo Cortex and his henchman Doctor Nitrus Brio. The game’s story follows Crash’s effort to stop his creators’ plans for world domination, clean up any pollution they have caused, and save his girlfriend Tawana, a female bandicoot also created by Doctor Cortex and Nitrus Brio.
Estimated worth: 1.4 Billion Pounds
Lara Croft is the protagonist of the Tomb Raider video game series. Created by Toby Gard, the character has also appeared in comic books, novels, a series of animated short films, and has been played by Angelina Jolie in two feature films. In 2006, Lara was given a star on the Walk of Game.
Lara is generally presented as a beautiful, intelligent, athletic, and somewhat reckless English archaeologist-adventurer who frequently ventures into ancient and hazardous tombs and ruins. In addition to traps and puzzles, Lara encounters rivals, gangsters, dangerous animals, legendary creatures, and supernatural beings.
Estimated worth: 1.1 Billion Spacebucks
The Master Chief is one of the most visible symbols of the Halo series and the video game universe. Originally designed by Marcus Lehto, Rob McLees, and Shi Kai Wang, the character is a towering and faceless cybernetically enhanced super soldier; he is never seen without his green-colored armor or helmet.
Master Chief has been called an icon, a relative newcomer among more established franchise characters, such as Mario, Sonic, and Lara Croft. Even though he is a widely known figure, the Master Chief has received mixed reception. Reviewers have pointed to the Chief’s silent and faceless nature as a weakness to the character, while other publications have stated that this attribute allows players to better assume the role of the Master Chief.
Estimated cost: 1.1 Billion Removable Parts
Mega Man was is created by Akira Kitamura and designed by Keiji Inafune. He is the title character of what many refer to as the original Mega Man series developed by Capcom. He has become one of the company’s primary original characters and continues to be one of the video game industry’s most recognizable icons.
Mega Man’s role is to battle the mad scientist Dr. Wily and his ever-growing army of robots. Utilizing his special Mega Blaster arm cannon and his ability to copy a defeated robot’s special weapon, he uses their own special abilities against then. Mega Man must travel the world in order to bring Wily’s menace to an end. With the help of his creator Dr. Light, Mega Man’s eventual goal is to one day achieve everlasting peace.
Estimated worth: 1 Billion Cardboard Boxes
Solid Snake is the main protagonist of the Metal Gear series created by Hideo Kojima. Solid Snake is a combination spy, special operations agent and mercenary of FOXHOUND, a fictional black operations and espionage unit. He is repeatedly tasked with disarming and destroying the latest incarnation of Metal Gear, a bipedal nuclear weapon-armed mecha. Controlled by the player, Solid Snake must act alone (or with the help of allies he meets during missions), supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists.
So there you have it! They might not live in our world, but they know exactly how to make our kinda money! It will be interesting to see how it changes in the next few years. Will Mario always be #1?