It's dangerous to go alone, take this! These video game costumes are are just what you need on your quest for the perfect video game cosplay or Halloween costume. We have taken a selection of the 25 most iconic video game characters and compiled a handy list of costumes and accessories to help give you some great video game costume ideas! However, we will be avoiding sports video games and TV and movie-based video games as those characters easily fall into other categories. Do you have a favorite video game? Is your favorite video game character on this list? Is the cake really a lie? Check out this list and you can see how your classic video game costume ideas compare with ours!
Pikachu, I choose you! If you are surprised to see Pikachu at the top of this list, you shouldn't be. The Pokémon games were so popular that they spawned into several comics, TV shows, movies, a card game and other video game sequels along with tons of merch. In general, Pokémon has a lot of good video game cosplay potential along with being a great choice for Halloween! You will certainly stand out from the crowd as everyone's favorite electric yellow, ketchup-loving mouse! Check out our other Pokémon costumes if you are looking to create a group cosplay or if you're a gamer couple. (You may be seeing a few more of these Pokémon characters in this list!)
Link has always been a fan favorite in the gaming community, but he has reached new heights after Breath of the Wild breathed new life into the franchise. Not only did they change the basic gaming mechanics, but they did away with his iconic green outfit and we agree that he looks great in blue too! These are great video game costumes for guys that love the Legend of Zelda. (We'll leave the green vs. blue debate up to you!)
Mamma mia! We certainly have a lot of Mario costumes! Simple and iconic, Mario is recognizable whether you are nerding out at a convention or walking on the sidewalk during Halloween. Just like the Pokémon franchise, Mario is practically timeless and there are enough characters to make a video game group cosplay. You could even make a Mario-only group because there are Mario costumes for men, women, boys, girls and infants! Mario is also a great costume for guys with mustaches.
4. Ash Ketchum
It's really hard to have Pikachu on this list without Ash Ketchum. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, unless you're one of those people that prefers bananas to jelly. (We won't judge.) Ash's look has changed since Pokémon first made its debut in the 90s, but the red hat and accompanying yellow mouse are still unmistakable. Pair this with a Pikachu plush or figurine if you're not with a costumed Pikachu and you'll look ready to take on the elite four!
5. Princess Peach
We already talked about Mario but he wouldn't be anything without his leading lady, Princess Peach! These Princess Peach costumes are perfect for gamer couples, cosplay groups and even outfitting your entire family Mario-style! Peach may be a princess that wears pink, but she's no pushover on the track! (Her peach bomber move is no joke either, when she sends you flying.)
6. Master Chief
Master Chief is one of the newer characters on this list, but he has certainly earned his right to be in the top ten video game characters! His army green armor is unmistakable, and Master Chief's helmet with its reflective golden visor hides a face that gamers still speculate about. You will feel ready to take on an alien invasion dressed as this stand-out super soldier!
7. Lara Croft
Lara Croft is one of the most epic female video game characters in this list. She's athletic, she's an archaeologist, she's fluent in several languages and she knows how to put up a fight! Pair this costume with some lace-up boots and fake pistols, and you'll look ready to hunt down some treasure! You can even add a bow and arrow set if you want her equipment from the latest Tomb Raider movie.
Cute, green and utterly loyal, Yoshi is a dinosaur sidekick that won't disappoint! Yoshi is from the Mario series, so a Yoshi costume would be a great addition to any Mario costume group. You can easily DIY a Yoshi egg to pair with your costume by painting green spots on a white foam egg. (Just be careful about performing any egg throws!)
If you have always wished to be an elven princess, look no further! Zelda is the princess of the kingdom of Hyrule in the Legend of Zelda series. There are Zelda costumes for her popular dress look from the older series, but there is also the option to wear her new blue look from the Breath of the Wild! (Link and Zelda are so matchy-matchy!) Pair either of these looks with a Link costume and you can have the perfect gamer couple costume.
It's about time! Let's face it, you knew Luigi would be on this list! Luigi and Mario are brothers, so a Luigi costume is a perfect costume for brothers. (These also work well for mustache bros!) Luigi might be a little bit of an underdog in comparison with his stand-out brother, but no one can work a vacuum like Luigi! A Luigi costume would be great for Halloween, conventions and even doing household chores.
11. Sonic the Hedgehog
What happens when you take a small, spiny animal, make it blue and give it super speed? You get Sonic the Hedgehog! Love him or hate him, he is instantly recognizable. The game spawned several TV series and comics, and he has made a few short cameos in movies. (Sonic is also supposed to be getting a movie in 2019!) Get ahead of the competition and get a Sonic the Hedgehog costume for Halloween!
Bowser is the first video game antagonist on this list and is also part of the Mario franchise. While Bowser is mostly known for kidnapping Princess Peach, he also shows up in the Wreck-it Ralph movie in a group therapy session for villains called bad-anon. Maybe he's more of a party animal than we realize, because a Bowser costume could group with Mario or Wreck-it Ralph!
If any one character from Street Fighter was to make this list, it would be Chun-Li. Chun-Li is unmistakable with her double buns and legs of steel, but there is more to her than simply her looks! She was actually the first female character to appear in a fighting game, and she holds her own in a cast of muscular male characters! Certainly, that's nothing to sneeze at. Pair the Chun-Li costume with some pantyhose and tall white boots to complete the look.
14. Freddy Fazbear
Five Nights at Freddy's is a fairly new game, as it debuted only four years ago. The game went absolutely viral and people have been wanting to dress as the creepy animatronic animals ever since. Freddy Fazbear is the mascot of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, but players quickly find out that he's not the cute and cuddly mascot the restaurant wants him to be. Are you ready to scare some people?
Scorpion was one of the original characters in Mortal Kombat, and has been in the majority of the games ever since. Seriously, is there anything cooler than a resurrected ninja? Pair this costume with a few ninja weapons and you'll feel ready to do some hapkido. We also have a deluxe mask version of Scorpion's face for a costume upgrade.
Foxy is another of the animatronic atrocities that you encounter in the Five Nights at Freddy's game. Get a Foxy costume to accompany Freddy Fazbear and you'll be ready for any convention or Halloween party. Being a fox is great, but a scary pirate fox is simply icing on the cake!
Charizard is another video game creature from the Pokémon universe. It may look like a dragon, but unfortunately it isn't until you do a Charizard mega evolution. (It still breathes fire, so it's cool.) Wear a Charizard costume and you will be the envy of all generation one fans!
18. Minecraft Steve
Minecraft is another game that is still fairly new, but it shattered records everywhere and quickly became a viral sensation. Steve is a default skin for the player character and is easily recognizable due to the pixelated format. If you want to wear a Minecraft Steve costume but you don't want to be any regular old Steve, there is also a green zombie version too! Equip your costume with a pixelated sword and you'll be ready to take on any creepers!
19. Silent Hill Nurse
If you are a horror game fan, you are undoubtedly familiar with the famous Silent Hill nurses. A Silent Hill nurse costume is a great choice for Halloween because it's creepy whether you are familiar with the character or not! Take your costume to the next level by getting a creepy nurse mask, white heels and a fake knife.
Let's face it: every gamer wants to don a pointed white hood and look completely epic. An Ezio costume will set you in the right direction! The character is so popular that there are Ezio costumes for men, women and boys. You can wear an Ezio costume anywhere: Halloween, conventions and even your local Renaissance festival! (The character's history sets him in the Italian Renaissance, so no one can tell you you're not period correct!)
The creeper is the main antagonist in Minecraft. A creeper costume is a great costume for friends because you can pair it with any Steve or Alex. You can also get your cardio in for the day if you decide to chase your friends!
You may be familiar with Toad as another Mario character, especially if you are a Mario Kart fan. (Or perhaps you enjoy all the Toad memes!) Toad is an attendant to Princess Peach and is always portrayed as being shorter than her, so Toad would make a fun mother/son costume! There are still Toad costumes for men and women, so it would work as a couple costume too!
23. Donkey Kong
Monkey costumes and gorilla costumes are always popular, so why not wear a Donkey Kong costume? Early Donkey Kong games featured the ape as a barrel-throwing protagonist, but later he became a playable protagonist in his own series. (Just watch out for any crocodiles!) Grab your favorite banana prop and you'll feel like the king of Donkey Kong Country!
24. Mario Kart
This list has been filled to the brim with Mario costumes, so it wouldn't be fair to complete this without showing some love for Mario Kart. Grab your favorite Mario character costume and add a kart for the perfect Mario Kart cosplay! Whether you're running up and down the halls of a convention center or the sidewalk on Halloween, you will be instantly recognized and put smiles on everyone's faces!
25. Princess Daisy
Fierce, tomboyish princesses have been all the rage in recent years, but Princess Daisy has been a sporty, tomboy princess for quite some time. She is a solid pick in many of the Mario sports games, and it was recently announced that Princess Peach would be introduced as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Get a Princess Peach costume and wear it with pride!
Whether you're into the classic video games or the newer ones, there certainly are a lot to choose from for this year! The great thing about video game costumes is that they're not just for Halloween! Are you going to be dressed as a video game character at a convention this year? Do you have kids that love to play dress-up? Are you planning a video game themed party? The possibilities are endless! Browse through our selection of video game costumes and find something that makes you feel like the bob-omb at your next party!