Mascots are a crucial part of video gaming lore.

This is because, as their legacies begin to develop, and the years pile on, they begin to represent not only their respective companies, but also the gaming industry as a whole. Think: where would we be today if not for a certain plumber, one blue hedgehog, and our favorite yellow hero swallowing up Power Pellets and ghosts? Well, somewhere, but not in the place we are now, where video games are a billion—yes, that's billion with a "B"—dollar industry.

It's all thanks to guys like Mario, Sonic, and Pac-Man; no one can argue that. Some of the picks on this list are obvious, some perhaps less so, but at the end of the day, these are The 25 Greatest Video Game Mascots of All Time. Scroll through, and give them a look. Getting a little nostalgic thinking about all the good times you spent with Pikachu or Link? That's why they're here. 

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