Guinness World Records names Mario 'best videogame character'. World implodes in shock

The Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer's Edition is on sale now. Did I mention I'm in it? Well, I am. And so are a lot of interesting records like 'Biggest collection of Mario memorabilia', 'Highest score for a single track on Guitar Hero III (female)' and 'Most F-words in a videogame', the latter of which has just been claimed by Scarface: The World is Yours from Mafia II. But it also has a poll result for 'best' game character. And Sonic fans are not gonna like it...

Turns out Mario is 'best', closely followed by Link, then Master Chief. Is it possible that Nintendo fans read the Guinness World Records more than Sony fans? Mario also reportedly got 'more than 10% of the vote', which means it was by no means a landslide victory. Will he still win next year? Will anybody care except his mum? Damn fine questions that we'll no doubt be typing into this very internet in 365 days' time.  

Here's the top 10:

        1: Mario 
        2: Link
        3: Master Chief 
        4: Solid Snake 
        5: Cloud Strife 
        6: Pac-Man 
        7: Lara Croft 
        8: Gordon Freeman 
        9: Kratos 
        10: Sonic the Hedgehog

To celebrate, Mario's gone and been 'collected' by this fella - Mitsugu Kikai of Tokyo, Japan, who has an incredible 5,400 individual Mario items. I'm 100% certain he doesn't wear that outfit and fake moustache all day every day. Well, 99.9% certain.

Above: That is a LOT of Marios. That yoshi in the front looks like he's had one too many power mushrooms...

You can see more of Mitsugu in this video, sitting in exactly the same pose, along with other record breakers from this year.

Did I mention I'm in the book? I don't think I did. I am, though. On page 111. And allegedly somewhere else, but I couldn't find it. So... buy a copy and then be sure to let me know where I am in it. Thanks.

Above: Has it really been that long already? I'd better start training for a new one. Laurels, resting and all that

I've already shown you how to beat it, of course. And it's not the fastest time for that level on Mega Drive, which stands at 20 seconds, so it's not something I like to brag about. No, seriously! Ah, believe what you want. But my Sega Rally record... I am most certainly proud of that. So proud, I've re-encoded the video for you in better resolution than our old video player. No, really, no need to thank me.

And now I promise never to mention it on the site again*

The Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer's Edition is available now for £14.99 RRP. I highly recommend having a look through, finding a record you think you can beat and then beating it. It's great fun.

21 Jan, 2011

*This week


  • Crimmy - January 24, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Justin was in last year's too. When I saw it made the book, I smiled for he is awesome and it justified buying it.
  • Darkhawk - January 23, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    Why are some of those names bolded?
  • EroticInvisibleMan - January 23, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Awesome! Now that opinions are allowed in the Record Book, I'm declaring myself Best Human Being.
  • Felixthecat - January 22, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Well yes, Mario will always be the greatest video game character/franchise ever. This is a known fact by everyone as proven by scientists.
  • philipshaw - January 22, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Justin won't let it go lol
  • shawksta - January 22, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    John Marston shouldve been on the list, but not enough to beat mario though. I doubt Mario's the best to others by "Popular" only, i mean if you think about, Mario's the only Video game character to star in almost EVERY Game genre, and not to mention, is for EVERYONE
  • shawksta - January 22, 2011 6:43 a.m.

    Congrats on your mention Justin! Its no suprise, Mario has allot of support to be the best Character, "World implodes in shock"? I think the universe will Break if Mario ISNT the best character.
  • FNG - January 22, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    This is merely a character popularity contest. It would be hard to argue that Mario is a "better" character than John Marston.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 21, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    I agree with the list, only John Marston should have been in the top 5.
  • Jasman - January 21, 2011 11:10 p.m.

    Hmmm....was this story just a crafty excuse for Justin to mention his World record? :P Just kidding, congrats on the accomplishment; you've now secured immortality (of sorts). By the way that power slide at 00:50 was totally badass.
  • ichigoame - January 21, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    maybe they base the best character on how successful the games are over a period of time,but i do like mario and am a child of the gameboy lol
  • elilupe - January 21, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Those are more like famous characters, not the "best".
  • FriendlyFire - January 21, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    What!? How come Big the Cat isn't way up there? This is SOOO BIASED!!1!1!
  • mockraven - January 21, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    Awesome article! Sounds like I'll have to take a peek at the book. :)
  • suicidali - January 21, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    To be fair, Sonic hasn't been in a decent game for quite some time... Though Gordon Freeman hasn't been around for 5 years or so...
  • WillisTron - January 21, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Also, Justin Towell, congrats on your world record - however, I take that as a challenge, and will immediately commence on beating that record and sending you the recorded footage ;)
  • pollenski - January 21, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    I really wish I still had my Saturn to check my times because that's the exact same lines I took through that Sega Rally course! It looks so easy in the vid but I know how tricky it was to keep the Stratos from spinning out on that long final right hander!! GJ
  • WillisTron - January 21, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Lara Croft > Gordon Freeman? No.
  • keltar93 - January 21, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Just a popularity contest boys, no need for anyone to get worried that the masses praise the uninteresting like Cloud and Croft, or long since shamed icons like Sonic and Pac-Man
  • RushLight - January 21, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Yay, Link only lost out to Mario. Still kinda wish he won though... Link is awesome-sauce.

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