Tumblr’s year-end gaming lists reveal a Minecraft boom, Wooloo love, and the power of dating sims

The end of the year means it’s time to buzz about what’s been buzzed about for the past 12 months.

Tumblr has unveiled its most popular gaming topics, with lists of the most talked about traditional and mobile games of the year, as well as lists revealing favorite characters and Pokémon.

Tumblr tracks topics through sheer volume, which means a very popular game on this list might also be one that incites a lot of online discourse, both good and bad. Overwatch, for instance, is the site’s most popular traditional game, though a dive into the tag reveals not only fan art and videos, but also more critical posts regarding Blizzard’s politics.

Overwatch was Tumblr’s top game last year, and continues to hold that spot, but a new challenger emerged for second place. Rising 27 places in ranking since last year? Minecraft.

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“People just really love that it’s a well-written narrative and you can choose whether he’s going to be good or bad,” Brennan said. “You just become so immersed at him that I think that really translates to why people, made him the number one character.”

Here are Tumblr’s favorite characters of 2019:

  1. Arthur Morgan (Red Dead Redemption)
  2. Kirby (Kirby)
  3. Sans (Undertale)
  4. Julian Devorak (The Arcana)
  5. Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
  6. Count Lucio (The Arcana)
  7. Byleth (Fire Emblem)
  8. Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
  9. Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd (Fire Emblem)
  10. Vergil (Devil May Cry 5)
  11. Muriel (The Arcana)
  12. Leon S. Kennedy (Resident Evil 4)
  13. Asra (The Arcana)
  14. Sigma (Overwatch)
  15. John Marston (Red Dead Redemption 2)
  16. Papyrus (Undertale)
  17. Kairi (Kingdom Hearts)
  18. Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic)
  19. Frisk (Undertale)
  20. Edelgard (Fire Emblem)
  21. Claude (Fire Emblem)
  22. Ganandorf (The Legend of Zelda)
  23. Jevil (Deltarune)
  24. Roxas (Kingdom Hearts)
  25. Komaeda Nagito (Danganronpa)
  26. Lucio (Overwatch)
  27. Akechi Goro (Persona 5)
  28. Nadia (The Arcana)
  29. Dutch van der Linde (Red Dead Redemption 2)
  30. Mercy (Overwatch)
  31. Connor (Detroit: Become Human)
  32. Kassandra (Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
  33. Gavin Reed (Detroit: Become Human)
  34. Sal Fisher (Sally Face)
  35. Xion (Kingdom Hearts)
  36. Ralsei (Deltarune)
  37. Kokichi Ouma (Danganronpa)
  38. Luigi (Mario games)
  39. Dante (Devil May Cry 5)
  40. RK900 (Detroit: Become Human)
  41. Amamiya Ren (Persona 5)
  42. Soldier 76 (Overwatch)
  43. Hanzo Shimada (Overwatch)
  44. Junkrat (Overwatch)
  45. Ventus (Kingdom Hearts)
  46. Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda)
  47. Guzma (Pokemon)
  48. Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
  49. Jesse McCree (Overwatch)
  50. Chara (Undertale)

The other new category added this year is Pokémon, which Brennan says was added specifically because of the sheer love for Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Wooloo.

“As we saw Tumblr’s response to these new Pokémon and the immediate “Wooloo is our baby” vibe, I was like we need to look at this list,” she laughed.

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While the list is full of the new Galar region Pokémon, Pikachu and Bulbasaur manage to beat out some of the new favorites. Nahl says that the affinity for these two likely coincides with this year’s Detective Pikachu.

“A lot of people were obsessed with the CGI animation that they did for the Bulbasaur,” she explained.

Tumblr’s most buzzed about Pokémon are as follows:

  1. Pikachu
  2. Wooloo
  3. Sobble
  4. Bulbasaur
  5. Scorbunny
  6. Grookey
  7. Eevee
  8. Squirtle
  9. Mewtwo
  10. Charmander
  11. Meowth
  12. Charizard
  13. Vaporeon
  14. Gengar
  15. Yamper
  16. Umbreon
  17. Sylveon
  18. Incineroar
  19. Espeon
  20. Flareon
  21. Mew
  22. Corviknight
  23. Psyduck
  24. Jigglypugg
  25. Snorlax
  26. Lucario
  27. Jolteon
  28. Vulpix
  29. Rowlet
  30. Leafeon

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