Every State’s Most Wanted Classic Video Game Characters
April 8 marks the release date of the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It’s hard to believe that this hedgehog was created nearly 30 years ago, especially since he’s the most popular classic video game character in all time in the country.
For years, video games have taken people out of reality and into a virtual world that is hard to escape. From the early days of the Atari to the most recent versions of the Xbox and Playstation, video games have been present in living rooms around the world for decades and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Handhelds like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck let you play high-quality video games on the go. The Xbox/Playstation wars are in full swing. Consoles like Oculus and Valve Index continue to revolutionize VR gaming as we know it. Whether playing locally or online with a fast internet connection, people never tire of video games.
As amazing as virtual environments are, it’s the classic video game characters that keep gamers coming back for more. You can’t have a castle without Bowser and Mario rescuing Princess Peaches. There’s no Emerald City without Sonic the Hedgehog and his sidekick Tails speeding through the fields. The GetWindstream team wanted to know which classic video game characters people searched for the most in the United States.
They mapped out your favorite classic video game characters by state by looking at characters from the 10 best-selling home video games of the 1980s and 1990s. After that, they used Google Trends to determine search volume for the past year. for each character by state. Check out your state’s favorite below.
Some of the more interesting findings included:
- Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle were the most searched characters in a total of 11 states, which is no surprise since Pokemon is the highest-grossing video game franchise of all time (over $90 billion).
- Despite an estimated $44 million in game sales, Pac-Man was only the most searched classic video game character in two states (Washington and Virginia).
- Characters from the Super Mario universe were also most searched in 11 states. But surprisingly, the classic video game namesake, Mario, didn’t lead the charge. Instead, her nemesis, Bowser, stole the hearts – to go along with the princess – from most states among the characters.
- A few characters have been most wanted in a single state, so let’s highlight them for more! the Final Fantasy the protagonist, Cloud Strife, was most wanted in Nevada. Louisiana was looking for street fighter legend Ken Masters, while three states (California, Hawaii, New Jersey) sought rival Ryu the most. Princess Zelda, from the open world classic Zelda games, was most wanted only in Utah, while Link, the sword and shield hero of the series, was only most wanted in Alaska.
What’s your favorite classic video game? Are you excited for Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and catch Sonic the Hedgehog 2 starring Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Natasha Rothwell in theaters April 8.
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