Game Characters Hitting the Big 3-0

These characters are celebrating their 30+ years of gaming stardom! Hooray!

TL;DR: These characters are celebrating their 30+ years of gaming stardom! Hooray!

It’s a milestone year for video game characters who made their debut in 1990 which is a long time in video game years! Join us as we take a look at these pixel/spirited stars who are welcoming in their 30 + years of gaming stardom in 2021!

Christopher Blair

Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debuted: Wing Commander

Christopher “Maverick” Blair is a fictional character in the science fiction franchise Wing Commander, first appearing in the video game Wing Commander in 1990, although he was only given a canonical name years later. He is a protagonist player character throughout much of the Wing Commander game series and also appears in several Wing Commander novels, notably the novelizations of Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger and Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, and in the film Wing Commander.

Captain Falcon

Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debut: F-Zero

The Captain set the racing world on fire in the video game series F-Zero. He first appeared in the series’ first installment and is the de facto mascot of the F-Zero series. Within the series, he is a mysterious racer who is among the best on the circuit, as well as a renowned bounty hunter. Falcon also represents the F-Zero series in each entry of the Super Smash Bros. series.

In the GP Legend continuity, writers portrayed Falcon differently from previous games; here, “Captain Falcon” is a title passed down and held by the best racer in the world. The incumbent Captain Falcon throughout the series is known by the alias Bart Lemming and owns and operates a small bar in Mute City. While under his Captain Falcon disguise, Lemming aids fellow protagonist Rick Wheeler.

Elain Marley

Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debut: Monkey Island

Elain Marley stepped into stardom in the Monkey Island series of graphic adventure video games. Created by Ron Gilbert for LucasArts, the character first appears in The Secret of Monkey Island and is one of the core characters in the franchise. Originally conceived as a ruthless island governor, the character evolved during development into the protagonist’s love interest. While the first two games in the series did not feature voice acting, Elaine was voiced by Alexandra Boyd in The Curse of Monkey Island and by Charity James in Escape from Monkey Island; Boyd would reprise the role for later entries in the franchise.


Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debut: Fire Emblem

Marth made his mark from the Fire Emblem series, developed by Intelligent Systems and owned by Nintendo. He is the protagonist and Lord class character in the first[4] and the third games in the series, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light,[1] and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem,[5] as well as their respective remakes, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.

Proto Man

Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debuted: Mega Man

Proto Man made his gaming debut in Capcom’s Mega Man video game series. Proto Man first appeared in the 1990 video game Mega Man 3 and was known as Break Man (though Proto Man’s in-game appearance differs slightly from Break Man’s). At the end of Mega Man 3, Dr. Light reveals that Break Man’s actual name is Proto Man and that he is Mega Man’s older brother.


Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debuted: Final Fantasy

Moogles are a fictional species of diminutive, sentient creatures and a recurring element of the Final Fantasy video game franchise, starting with their initial appearance in Final Fantasy III. They also appear in the Mana and Kingdom Hearts series.[1] Moogles serve a variety of purposes in the various games in which they appear. They sometimes provide opportunities to record game progress or access shops; occasionally they assist in battle or may even become a playable character.


Year Debuted: 1990
Game Debuted: Super Mario World

The best known and most popular character on this list, Yoshi is a fictional dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. Yoshi debuted in Super Mario World (1990) on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System as Mario and Luigi’s sidekick. Yoshi later starred in platform and puzzle games, including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi’s Story, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Yoshi also appears in many of the Mario spin-off games, including Mario Party and Mario Kart, various Mario sports games, and Nintendo’s crossover fighting game series Super Smash Bros. Yoshi belongs to the species of the same name, which is characterized by their variety of colors.

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