Today, Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking, announce the Top 50 Video Game Villains of All Time as voted for by over 5,000 of their readers. The list, which is revealed in its entirety in the new Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer’s Edition book, sees the iconic Bowser from Nintendo’s long-running Mario franchise crowned king, with Portal’s GLaDOS beaten into runner up spot.
Bowser, from one of the most iconic and best-selling video game franchises of all time, Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1985) landed top spot with over 20% of the vote. Mario’s arch enemy is nothing if not persistent: few enemies would attempt to kidnap the same princess twice, let alone eight times during the past 28 years! It seems his malevolent persistence has paid off with the ‘King of Koopas’ becoming the king of the videogame villains.
Legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed in the latest edition of Game Informer magazine that those loveable Koopalings aren’t actually related to Bowser at all. Miyamoto confirmed that Bowser’s only child is Bowser Jr, but he confessed he has absolutely no idea who the mother is.
“Our current story is that the seven Koopalings are not Bowser’s children. Bower’s only child is Bowser Jr. and we don’t know who the the mother is.”
Disney has released the second trailer for its upcoming movie that’s all about video game characters, Wreck-It Ralph. Toward the beginning of the trailer, you’ll notice that a Pac-Man arcade is next to the Wreck-It Ralph arcade. Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog makes an appearance at the Game Central Station. Nintendo villain Bowser is also in the trailer and is seen holding the hand of Russian Street Fighter Zangief while reciting the “Bad Guy Affirmation.” Wreck-It Ralph will hit theaters November 2nd.
Wreck It Ralph director Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer admitted that they came across a few minor problems when collaborating with Nintendo, Sega and Capcom for the forthcoming Disney film. Moore says that Nintendo originally said that their version of Bowser was far too small, so they asked the production team to rectify this.
“We did have kind of a check-in process, where we would show them the footage and say, ‘What do you think? Is it good?’ At one point, [Nintendo] said, ‘Bowser’s much bigger than that. He’s way bigger than Zangief.’ We were like, ‘Okay, we’ll make him bigger. How’s that?’ They’d say, ‘Yes, that’s good — but he wouldn’t drink his coffee like that. He wouldn’t make that mouth.’ [Laughs] Of course, then people from Sega said, ‘Well, Doctor Robotnik is bigger.’ [Laughs] They wanted their characters bigger and bigger. We were going to end up with these giants in a room, with Ralph as this little guy…”
Disney’s upcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph, is about an old-school video game villain who is tired of being the “bad guy.” The main character, Ralph, tries to reverse his role and become a “good guy.” He tries out many heroic roles in other, modern-type video games to see if he can fit in as being someone other than the hated villain. Watch the trailer above and you’ll see appearances of familiar video game villains mingling with Ralph – including Mario’s arch-nemesis, Bowser. The movie is headed to theaters in November.
Scans which have surfaced from the latest Disney animated movie Wreck-It Ralph show that Bowser, Dr. Eggman and Zangief will make a special appearance in the film. The film is apparently about a video game villain who unleashes a powerful enemy from a first-person shooter. Who else would you like to see animated and featured in the film?