Over the years, our favorite video game characters have undergone some major makeovers. Some have improved with time, while others received horrifying and heartbreaking cosmetic tweaks. Here are some of the most iconic characters and how they have changed over the years.
1. Super Mario
Mario has stayed relatively the same since his Donkey Kong arcade debut in 1981. Starting with Super Mario Bros. 2, his overalls became blue. Mario’s hat and mustache are the definition of iconic.
2. Sonic The Hedgehog
For the most part, Sonic’s design has not changed substantially since his introduction in 1991. However, his head keeps getting bigger and legs longer. Modern Sonic has legs for days — just like a Victoria’s Secret Angel!
3. Lara Croft
Having been around for 21 years, LaraCroft has finally come of age! And her look has mostly stayed the same since her debut in the original Tomb Raider. She was probably best known for her oversized breasts and khaki short-shorts. Her latest incarnation sports a more realistic-looking body and is clearly the best of all her designs.
What is this? How could someone look at this redesign and say, “Seems legit.” This is Bomberman’s look in 2006’s Bomberman: Act Zero, a silly attempt at a reboot for the Xbox 360. I guess this was Hudson Soft and Konami’s attempt to modernize the Bomberman series. They gotta try to appeal to the teenage edgelords, after all!
Ugh! Devil May Cry was in no need of a reboot. Dante’s original design was topnotch and instantly recognizable. Did Capcom really have to make him look like an emo version of one of the Jonas Brothers?
6. Knuckles The Echidna
Clearly Knuckles has been hitting the weight room, yet he completely forgot about leg day. Test this echidna for steroids. stat.
Let me know in the comments about your favorite video game character and how they’ve changed.