5 Top-Grossing Video Game Characters

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Not so long ago, the idea of a video game franchise selling five million units would have been unthinkable. With the explosion of gaming worldwide, now a single game in a popular franchise can expect to move well over 10 million units. As with Hollywood films, there are stars that can move more units than others. Here we'll take a look at the colorful characters that propelled these games to success.

Methods and Measurement
Unfortunately, Mario has never filed a tax return, although he has held jobs as a plumber, adventurer, race car driver and professional tennis player. This makes it a little difficult to measure the earnings of any one character. Instead, we'll go for the less-ideal method of using the total sales for video games featuring these high-powered stars.

Furthermore, we're going to make a big assumption about the relative worth of the video games sold. In order to factor out the fact that inflation has made the value of a single video game much higher than back in the '80s, we will assume that all video game units are equivalent, so the only important measure is how many units these characters have sold. Now that the technical talk is over, let's get to the rankings.
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