If you are hosting or attending a 90s themed party, you might have spent a significant amount of time trying to brainstorm ideas for your 90s costume. Well, if you like video games, then we have an easy solution for you! With the popularity of video games during the 90s, you should have no problem finding 90s characters to dress up as for your next themed party.
If you have a favourite video game, then why not check out our ideas for the best iconic video game characters and costume ideas of the 90s and use them as inspiration for your costume or themed party?
1. Lara Croft – Tomb Raider
This action packed adventure video game was first released in 1996 and features a fictional character – Lara Croft. This is one of the best video game dress up ideas of the 90s, presenting Lara Croft as an athletic, intelligent and attractive archaeologist who can fight or talk her way out of any situation.
With a strong fan following, Lara Croft was one of the first video game characters to make the successful transition from video games to the big screen. To carry off this character and re-create one of the most popular video game costumes ever, you need a pair of shortie shorts and a singlet in urban/green colours, black knee high boots, fake pistols and an ammunition belt.
2. Mario Bros.
First created in the early 1980s, Mario debuted as ‘Jumpman’ in the Donkey Kong video game, but was later renamed as ‘Mario’. He is a short, plump Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom with a pet ape called Donkey Kong and spends most of his time rescuing Princess Peach from the villain Bowser.
He has a younger brother called Luigi, so if you have a friend, both of you could create these video game costumes: one of you in the Mario costume and the other as Luigi. If you want some epic and fun video game dress up ideas for your 90 themed party, then a Mario costume and Luigi costume, tick all the right boxes!
3. The Legend of Zelda
This action-adventure video game was first launched in the late 80s and became very popular during the 90s. It is often called one of the greatest video games of all time and Zelda is one of the most iconic video game characters! The story surrounds Princess Zelda, from the Kingdom of Hyrule, who is also an associate of another of this game’s main characters, Link.
Zelda’s role changes from one game to another, sometimes a damsel in distress, sometimes with magical powers and sometimes a heroine. She even takes on different identities in different games. Zelda is often seen wearing flamboyant royal dresses and jewels, befitting her royal status, so if a Zelda costume suits your mood, simply team a white and lilac evening dress with a tiara and a fake sword, and you are good to go! Shop here for Zelda costume ideas.
4. Chun-Li – Street Fighter
Fancy a Street Fighter costume? If you want one of the best known 90s characters to dress up as for your themed party, then Chun-Li has to make the list! With her legs of steel, Chun-Li is the first female character to appear in any fighting video game, which is an awesome claim to fame. She made her first appearance in the early 90s and quickly became a legend in her own right as a female Chinese martial arts expert. All you need to re-create Chun-Li’s Street Fighter costume is a pair of blue shorts with a matching blue and yellow t-shirt, pantyhose and knee-high white boots.