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Fan Index Reveals: The MOST Popular Gaming Character of ALL TIME

George Miller



Fan Index Reveals: The MOST Popular Gaming Character of ALL TIME
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  • The most popular gaming character is Mario, receiving a whopping 451 points from the fan index
  • In second place is Sonic the Hedgehog with 394 points, receiving a staggering 59,700,700 Google searches in the last year
  • Legend of Zelda’s Link lands third place with 377 points, holding the largest number of Reddit mentions
    The least popular gaming character is Jack from BioShock with just 48 points!

We’ve spent a lot of time at home, getting to know our favourite video games more than ever before, falling even more in love with a whole range of gaming characters. However, there is plenty of debate about which characters are the nations’ favourite!

With this in mind, experts at wanted to discover the most popular gaming characters of all time from the best-selling video game franchises*. To thoroughly investigate, created a gaming fans’ index by analysing the following factors:

Sales of the franchise
Average worldwide searches over the past year
Number of hashtags on Instagram
Number of Reddit mentions
Gamers’ popularity score (survey)

The top 10 most popular characters can reveal that in first place, and crowned the most popular gaming character, is Mario with a massive 451 fan index points!

Mario ranked first for franchise sales with a staggering 653,000,000 worldwide copies of Mario games sold, bagging him an easy 100 points. The fun-loving character also ranked sixth for average worldwide searches with 4,606,547 (86 points) in the past year alone! Despite these results, Mario only ranked 10th for popularity, with 45% of gamers choosing him as their ultimate favourite.

Not far behind in second place is Sonic the Hedgehog with 394 points. The extraterrestrial hedgehog ranked second for worldwide searches (59,700,000), giving him 97 points! He was voted the favourite by only 21% of gamers surveyed, however bagged himself 91 points for his 94,300 Reddit mentions.

Link from The Legend of Zelda places third, accumulating 377 points! It is no surprise as the star of the Nintendo series to have ranked top for Reddit mentions (3,920,000) and popularity score (74%), receiving 100 points for both! Interestingly, he ranked lower down for search volumes, with 1,196,200 average searches over the past year.

At number four is Donkey Kong with 354 points, scoring high with 3,930,000 yearly average searches (83 points), 570,000 Instagram hashtags (77 points) and 26,400 Reddit mentions (80 points).

To complete the 10 most popular gaming characters, the results are as follows:
5. Master Chief (Halo) 323 points, Crash (Crash Bandicoot) 323 points, Sora (Kingdom Hearts) 323 points
6. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy) 314 points
7. Pac-Man (Pac-Man) 308 points
8. Kirby (Kirby) 306 points
9. Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher) 294 points

Closing the top 10 is Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, star of four of the Assassin’s Creed games, with 291 points!

Just making the bottom 10 is Joel Miller, ranking 25th out of a possible 34 places, from the Last of Us. This is not surprising as the franchise only scored 14 points for its 24 million sales. He also scored low on Reddit searches, receiving just 29 points for his 1,670 mentions.

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption and Simon Belmont from Castlevania were both among the least popular with 94 and 74 points, respectively.

Bioshock’s Jack rounds off the bottom 10 list with measly 48 points – a staggering 403 points less than first place contender Mario.

1. * analysed the list of best-selling video game franchises that have sold at least 20 million copies and pulled the most popular/recognised character from each to compile the list of 36 most popular gaming characters of all time.
2. The team then created an index looking at several factors, including sales of the franchise, search volumes using SemRush, the number of Instagram hashtags per character and the number of mentions on Reddit.
3. Finally, to complete the index surveyed 4,567 gamers worldwide to ask them to vote for their favourite from the list to give each character a popularity score.
4. Games where there is no playable main character were excluded from the list.
5. Stashbird normalised the data by using the PERCENTRANK.INC function in Excel. This function returns the rank of a value in a data set as a percentage of the data set between 0 and 1. These values were then multiplied by 100 to make the range between 0 and 100. The maximum score a character could receive was 500.This enabled the team to rank the 36 characters from most to least popular based on their total points. The data was collected on 29/02/2021 and is correct as of then.


Mplay signs important deal with Solid Gaming

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Mplay signs important deal with Solid Gaming
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The game studio Mplay Games has recently signed an agreement with Solid Gaming to distribute their games. Mplay is a fast growing game studio focusing on premium casino games for the Asian market and India in particular. The games are built with interactive functions to give the players a whole new game experience.

With popular Indian games like Ludo Express and Jhandi Munda, Mplay has delivered the only real money games of their kind in the market today. With the very popular Indian game Teen Patti Champion they have created a brilliant version that will be loved by the Indian gamers and for sure set Mplay apart from other Indian inspired game developers.

Aiming to reach a wider audience for their games, MPlay’s deal with Solid Gaming is the key to reaching first and foremost the large and important asian market.

Solid Gaming is welcoming the additional games for operators aiming for a greater presence in India.

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Week 15/2021 slot games releases

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Week 15/2021 slot games releases
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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Nolimit City conquers the Far East with Bushido Ways xNudge release. Back with another flash-hot release, the Malta based Software Provider and player favorite studio is announcing their fourth release. Still reeling from the success of their mega hit Fire in the Hole xBomb, exceeding all expectations set. The team announce Bushido Ways xNudge as their latest title addition to the ever growing portfolio. Bushido Ways xNudge offers a 5×3 reel set, with up to 12,288 expanding win ways. An xNudge symbol which can land on reel 3, adding a multiplier with every nudge, whilst also offering wilds & sliced wilds.

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Fantasma Games, the developer of slots beyond gambling, has debuted its latest game boasting a never-seen before mechanic, TitanwaysTM, which promises to elevate big win potential to the next level. Golden Castle Titanways™ is a 6×6 reel video slot that takes players to the haunted remains of a gilded castle where they must seek out hidden treasures. They are helped in their quest with three bonus features – Titanways™, Wild Haunt and Phantom Free Spins.

Fantasma launches Golden Castle with new innovative mechanic Titanways™



Evoplay has announced the launch of its latest enthralling slot title, Epic Legends. Fully optimised for mobile-gaming and developed using the latest in tech, Epic Legends is set in a futuristic Tokyo-inspired metropolis, with players challenged to uncover all four legendary creatures by finding one of the game’s intriguing symbols: Blue Legend, Violet Legend, Red Legend, or Green Legend. Offering a truly immersive journey forward in time, each of the game’s characters are themed in the Japanese video game style – with the aim to catch each of the four, totalling Blue Legend, Violet Legend, Red Legend, or Green Legend.

Evoplay gains new superpowers in Epic Legends


Stakelogic, one of the most in-demand game developers in the market, has debuted the latest title in its hugely popular classic slot series, Hot JokerTM. With 5×4 reels and 40 paylines, Hot JokerTM offers a modern twist on a traditional classic slot game with three bonus features to unlock as well as three different RTP versions (96%, 94% and 92%) available. In the base game, players will feel a sense of nostalgia as fruit and 7s symbols land on the reels. If three four or five of the Star scatter symbols drop, the Free Spins bonus will be triggered.

Introducing Hot Joker from Stakelogic


Lightning Box games is set to harness the power of Chinese mythology with its latest creation Lightning ShenLong. Players will be hoping the title character, named after the legendary dragon and bringer of storms, will make it rain in this enchanting 3×5 reel, 243 Way game. With ShenLong acting as a Wild, the reels are crammed with Sino-specific symbols and divulge their treasures to the accompaniment of a soundtrack from dynasties gone by. Riches await when the Lightning Bolt strikes to award jackpot prizes fit for an emperor and players can collect cash when the bolts fall in the active zone during Respins, providing a new take on the studio’s popular Lightning Respin mechanic.

Lightning Box’s Lightning ShenLong set to breathe fire with 32 Red exclusive


Kalamba Games has reimagined a popular classic title with a range of new features in Monkey God Buy Feature, the first game to launch exclusively on Kalamba’s own Bullseye RGS. A fresh take on the original, the game includes an all-new UI, the fan-favourite HyperBonus, the all-new K-Gamble feature and other key tweaks. Players can choose from four separate bet levels to enable a different number of Gold Symbols that have higher potential payouts and volatility. A proven driver of engagement, hitting three Koi Carp symbols triggers Bonus Spins, where even higher potential wins may be awarded.

Kalamba Games updates a deity in Monkey God Buy Feature


Slotmill’s latest slot ‘Lucky Lucifer’ is due to be released on 19th April. The slot marks a milestone for Slotmill as it is their first slot with a maximum win of 10,000 times bet and incorporating a Feature Buy function, allowing players to jump directly to the Bonus game. Lucky Lucifer is a 5-reel, 40 bet line video slot with a random wild feature in the base game and a bonus feature where multipliers are accumulated and multiplied with the bet. Three symbols with persistent multiplier enhancing features adds to the excitement and landing symbols on each of the five pentagram “hotspots” will reveal two extra symbol rows and Landing symbols on all 35 positions awards an extra 666x multiplier.

Slotmill’s First Feature Buy Slot Lucky Lucifer to be Released on the 19th of April


Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has unveiled its newest hit, Floating Dragon Hold and Spin. The Asian-themed, 3×5 slot is packed full of features and fun, with three separate triggerable modes for players to enjoy. The first is the Fish Money feature, which sees each Fish symbol have a cash value attached and can be collected if the Lady lands on the reels. If multiple Lady symbols land, then the value is multiplied by the number of them.

Pragmatic Play Launches New Hold and Spin Adventure: Floating Dragon


Spinmatic has announced the release of its new slot game Ed Jones & Book of Bastet. The premium casino games developer and provider presents a new addition to its video slots portfolio. Ed Jones & Book of Bastet is an enthralling Video Slot game with an Ancient Egyptian Gods theme that has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed pay lines. The features of the game are Free spin, Wild Scatter with a Pay-out, and Gamble. All were created for a captivating game experience.



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Spinmatic has announced the release of its new slot game Ed Jones & Book of Bastet. The premium casino games developer and provider presents a new addition to its video slots portfolio.

Ed Jones & Book of Bastet is an enthralling Video Slot game with an Ancient Egyptian Gods theme that has 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed pay lines. The features of the game are Free spin, Wild Scatter with a Pay-out, and Gamble. All were created for a captivating game experience.

Technical info

RTP: 96.60%

Volatility: High


Spinmatic is always innovating to provide stunning HTML5 casino games to the industry, with carefully developed storylines and high-quality visual and sound FX.

The company has grown enormously during the last years, having now a wide and diverse portfolio with more than 60 titles such as “Fall of the Beast”, “Poseidon”, or “Mayanera.”

Some of the company’s latest launches are “Haunted Chateau”, “World of Gods: Niflheim” and “3 amigos.”

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