Editor's Note: After a night of restless sleep, I was visited by the three Spirits of America -- Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Bo Jackson. They asked why I had forgotten so many other great American video game heroes and demanded I expand the list. Never one to want to disappoint, I have revised this article to reflect the wishes of Bo and his pals.
America's birthday is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than by counting off a few of the most iconic All-American video game characters. What's that you say? You'd rather be kicking back a few colds ones with some friends while watching fireworks? Fine -- but you'll never know who's the best American video game hero.