Halloween is more than a chance to dust off a cosplay hanging in the closet. This time of year is an opportunity to bring a favorite video game character you care about into the real world. But, which characters make a perfect crowd-pleasing costume?
As with many outfits, the devil is often in the details. After all, a few crucial touches can separate your intention to dress as Ryu from that of being a generic martial artist. After reading this article today, you will be well on your way to having what you need to be the life of the party.
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Dressing up as Mario and Luigi is an age-old tradition that dates back to 1985. The costumes are simple to put together and you can be the life of the party with a friend or significant other.
As a bonus, Mario and Luigi are so well known that no explanation is needed on your costume. If you dress up as one of these characters with someone else, players and non-players alike will have a smile on their faces.
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One of gaming’s most famous assassins doesn’t require much work to emulate either. Unless, of course, you decide to opt for one of the many costumes he has worn on his missions to blend in with the crowd.
While the bald among us only need a suit and tie, others may need to get to grips with a bald cap. For safety, consider leaving the fake gun at home or buying one that is obviously fake.
Link is arguably second only to Mario in popularity and recognition in the Nintendo character world. Plus, there are relatively simple costume possibilities for kids and adults – some of which can also be inspired by one of his best transformations.
There are plenty of premade outfits available online, but it can also be fun to get creative with your version. Whether you’re going with a young Link or an adult, there are ways to delight everyone at a party with this pick.
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Nathan Drake may be a combination of Indiana Jones and James Bond, but he also has an iconic style. While a Nathan Drake costume isn’t hard to put together, having a few specific pieces will help the uninitiated recognize your attire.
You’ll need a shoulder strap, a double gun holster, and a blue sash to grab the attention of fellow Uncharted fans. And don’t forget to pick up a Henly shirt and a ring with a necklace to add an extra authentic touch.
Dressing up as Ryu for Halloween has been another popular option since the late 1980s. And since then, many fun varieties of the character have popped up to choose from for an outfit.
Whichever era of Street Fighter you choose, the iconic red gloves and headband can be an instant hit. If you can put together a prop to throw Hadoukens, you could be the nostalgic hit of the party (or the unknown and enigmatic winner of a Street Fighter V tournament).
5 Princess Peach
A Princess Peach costume can come in many varieties, but it’s always easy to recognize. A pink dress and a crown are the only requirements to start.
There are also fun accessories to choose from that will add to the Halloween fun. For example, you could arrive with his umbrella from Super Smash Brothers or a blue case from Mario Kart.
4 Lara Croft
Like other long-running video game characters, there are several versions of Lara Croft to emulate. You can opt for the blocky version from 1996 or the more modern versions of the titular Tomb Raider.
It doesn’t take much work to create your Lara Croft costume and let everyone know who you are for Halloween. Just grab some cargo shorts, a tank top, and a few other accessories to own the night (especially since the upcoming Tomb Raider movie isn’t coming anytime soon).
Arguably the most crucial part of assembling a Yuna costume is her skirt and staff. If you nail these two aspects of his character, you’ll have a lot to talk about with Final Fantasy 10 fans this Halloween.
On the other hand, you can always opt for the Final Fantasy X-2 version of Yuna. If you’re not buying a version of her fancy skirt from this game, you might want to find someone to help you create the set.
Of the silent protagonists in video game history, Chell is one of the most beloved and recognizable. If a Portal 2 fan is at your Halloween gathering, they’ll definitely recognize everyone’s favorite Aperture Science test subject.
Of the most popular video game character options, appearing as Chell can be one of the easiest to pull off. And if you bring a portal gun, you’ll have a handy way to escape boring or uncomfortable conversations.
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Commander Shepard is a beloved video game character that everyone can have fun with on Halloween. However, if you’re not buying a costume online, you may need to do some significant customization work.
A Commander Shepard outfit usually comes in two flavors. You can choose to go with a crew member outfit or the classic N7 armor look. Just like in Mass Effect, the choice you make can change the course of the rest of the night.
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