From sports to comics, every kind of fun has its heroes. Here are some top video game heroes and their latest games.
MARIO: The mustachioed plumber is always saving Princess Peach. He has been in more than 200 games, including last year’s terrific Mario Kart Wii.
CRASH BANDICOOT: The wacky marsupial continues his fight against Dr. Neo Cortex, most recently in Crash: Mind Over Mutant (Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older).
SONIC: The speedy adventurer is featured in more than 100 games, 36 for mobile phones alone. He currently stars in Sonic and the Black Knight (Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older).
LINK: The Legend of Zelda hero proves his bravery with his Master Sword in every game, most recently Phantom Hourglass.
POKEMON: With about 500 Pokemon, it’s hard to pick just one hero. Maybe that’s why the series, with the new Pokemon Platinum, has sold more than 175 million games.
SPONGEBOB: The buck-toothed sea sponge appears in dozens of video games (even Monopoly), including 2008’s standout Drawn to Life.
SPYRO: The perky purple dragon joined forces with former enemy Cynder in last year’s Dawn of the Dragon (Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older). Keep an eye out for the Spyro movie in 3D.