Why do Nintendo characters become so iconic?

#11Mascara_SnakePosted 1/14/2013 12:03:08 AM
From: Fr33z | #010
Shadowman621 posted...
You guys got on him about Kid Icarus, yet no one noticed "Star Fox"?


Star Fox, Fox, Fox McCloud, he goes by all three. Heck he gets called Star Fox by Wolf in the N64 game.

Yep. "I can't let you do that, Star Fox!" This line is stuck in my head.
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#12Brocken_JrPosted 1/14/2013 12:17:14 AM
cause nintendo games dont need swearing or graphics to make the games fun and funny
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#13derratePosted 1/14/2013 12:21:51 AM
The answer is pretty obvious. Nintendo only has like 5 IPs that they just rehash since forever.
#14MetalLokiPosted 1/14/2013 12:27:20 AM
derrate posted...
The answer is pretty obvious. Nintendo only has like 5 IPs that they just rehash since forever.


Woooooo I can't believe the SSB games are just 5 IP put together, it feels like 7 IP.
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#15SSJ2__GohanPosted 1/14/2013 12:31:12 AM
It's because they're unique. When I Google'd the characters you name that are not iconic, I see generic-looking human beings: I see absolutely nothing memorable about them, unlike Mario for example. Being memorable to a broader audience than just the ones playing the games, is the most important requirement to have a shot at becoming iconic.

That's the one and only difference. After all, take a look at some unique characters of Sony, like Crash Bandicoot. He's definitely as famous as Fox, for example.

Of course, Mario will always remain the most famous, but that's because it's Nintendo's mascot (Sony and Microsoft have no mascots), and because Mario has by far (so much that saying "by far" is an extreme underestimation) the most games out of any character.
#16TerotrousPosted 1/14/2013 12:32:30 AM(edited)
I would argue that Fox and Samus are not really household names, and Olimar and Pit certainly aren't.


Really, the household name characters are:


Mario
Luigi
Donkey Kong
Pikachu


The other two huge names are Sonic and Pac-Man. No one else is really in the same league (and yes this includes Link. It doesn't help that many non-gamers think his name is Zelda).
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#17Fr33z(Topic Creator)Posted 1/14/2013 12:37:06 AM
Terotrous posted...
I would argue that Fox and Samus are not really household names, and Olimar and Pit certainly aren't.


Really, the household name characters are:


Mario
Luigi
Donkey Kong
Pikachu


The other two huge names are Sonic and Pac-Man. No one else is really in the same league (and yes this includes Link. It doesn't help that many non-gamers think his name is Zelda).


I should have changed the title of the topic but i tried to correct it in the comments, while yes there are only a few true "household" names I meant to say that Nintendo characters seem to be more easily recognized.
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#18lambchipsPosted 1/14/2013 12:40:43 AM
they are charismatic
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#19DemonDog666Posted 1/14/2013 12:43:46 AM
Because Nintendo constantly uses them. That's really all it is, they are in nearly every gen so they become iconic by default where most other game series have a trilogy and move on.
#20lambchipsPosted 1/14/2013 12:55:33 AM
DemonDog666 posted...
Because Nintendo constantly uses them. That's really all it is, they are in nearly every gen so they become iconic by default where most other game series have a trilogy and move on.


people still associate crash and spyro to sony and they havent had a good game in 2 gens
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