Why do Nintendo characters become so iconic?
It's incredibly sad that this is true. Saying that the Littlebigplanet series is "kiddie" and "immature" is terribly immature yourself.
(Leopold, just so you know, I'm not targeting you with this statement, I'm targeting people who say LBP is immature. I shouldn't have to include a disclaimer, but this is Gamefaqs, and almost anything will be misinterpreted.)
"I desire to go to Hell and not to Heaven. In the former I shall enjoy the company of popes, kings and princes..." - Niccolo Machiavelli
I remember watching the commentary on some episodes of Futurama, and the creators explained that when designing new characters they follow a rule that says a character's silhouette should be immediately recognizable. According to them, that makes a character more memorable. Obviously there are many reasons why Nintendo's characters are iconic, but maybe that's part of it? Nintendo games often star characters that could be seen in a cartoon, but many other franchises star regular people like you or me, albeit usually a bit more ripped :) Their silhouette wouldn't be recognizable. I dunno... I think that could be part of it.
Games I Dig: Metroid, Elder Scrolls, Zelda, Contra, Fallout, Baldur's Gate, Monster Hunter, Doom, Tales, Ys, Megaman, Final Fantasy, Borderlands, and Shmups.
So Samus is Wonder Woman and Lara Croft is Indy? I guess I can go with that. And Samus is quite attractive in her own right, though I guess you don't get to see that too often. I still maintain that Samus is the true top female video game protagonist though. Lara can star in 20 movies but that's not the same entertainment medium as games. And again, where was Lara after her peak PS1 popularity? And maybe they were released on PC also but for consoles she was pretty much a PS exclusive, right?
"Why a numeric keypad!? This is a video game controller, not a phone!!"
--Angry Video Game Nerd regarding the Intellivision controller