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Sonic the Hedgehog

Voted UK's favourite games character in poll ahead of London Games Festival; Tingle placed second (just kidding).

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A bright blue, spiky-haired, lightening-fast hedgehog has beaten not-so-Super Mario, cyber-babe Lara Croft and giant ape Donkey Kong to the title of the nation’s favourite video-game character.

Over 500 UK gamers voted in the poll to mark the launch of London Games Festival, which is expected to attract over 100,000 computer games fans to the capital this week.

Ahead of his appearance at the Festival, Sonic the Hedgehog, the official mascot of computer giant SEGA, was crowned the most popular video-game character of all time collecting nearly a quarter of all votes (24 per cent). Super Mario and Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft came second and third gaining 21 per cent and 16 per cent of the vote respectively.

The UK’s top ten most popular video games characters are as follows:

1. Sonic the Hedgehog (24 per cent)

2. Super Mario (21 per cent)

3. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) (16 per cent)

4. Donkey Kong (11 per cent)

5. Pac Man (10 per cent)

6. Link (The Legend of Zelda) (5 per cent)

7. Max Payne (4 per cent)

8. Pikachu (Pokemon) (3 per cent)

9. Niko Belic (Grand Theft Auto series) (2 per cent)

10. Blanka (Street Fighter) (1 per cent)

Other (3 per cent)

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