Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, it seemed only fair to take a look at some of the most popular romances existing in some of the most successful games. Even some of the earliest video games from the 80s had their own elements of romance! Whether you are saving a kingdom, shifting time, or on a quest for a princess, the romance of the main players often has a large role in keeping us focused on completing the next level to meet our eventual goal. Here’s a look at the top ten video game couples that have kept players on the edge of their seats for years.
Super Mario and Princess Peach
The story of Mario and the Princess is probably one of the most well-known romances out of any of the video games created in the past few decades. Players of the original Super Mario Brothers game on the NES will remember the seemingly endless amount of levels in which Mario would defeat Bowser-decoys at the castle found at the end of every level, only to be informed by Toad, “Thank you, Mario! But our princess is in another castle!” Despite all of this and the numerous times that Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser, Mario is always able to save the day and the Princess by the end of the game. Over 20 years later after the original introduction of this Nintendo couple, Mario and Peach are still going strong.
Link and Zelda
Here is another classic video game couple that can’t be ignored. Link and Princess Zelda have seemed to have an ongoing inevitable romance since the release of the first game a few decades ago. Zelda has appeared in almost all of the games in the Legend Of Zelda series, with the exception of one in which she is only referenced. At times she has risked her life, disguised herself, and telepathically communicated with Link in order to help him with saving Hyrule or completing his missions. Like Mario and Princess Peach, players have really only seen Link and Princess Zelda exchange kisses, though it is otherwise implied that there is a strong love interest between the two of them. By the timing of Skyward Sword, it’s even more obvious that they are a couple, with Zelda behaving shyly when she is alone with him and asking if they can go flying together as if on a date. At the end of the game, a ritual almost allows a demon to take Zelda’s soul or life force, but Link ultimately defeats the demon and saves her. Later on, the two fly away to live together on an area known as the Surface.