With searing summertime heat upon us and little in the way of Kansas sports betting contests to look forward to, residents are likely to turn to their favorite video game console to provide some much needed entertainment over the coming months.
In Kansas, it seems like residents have a shared love of the brick-based game Minecraft, as well as Japanese stalwart Pokémon and a host of other American role playing games.
BetKansas.com utilized Google Trends to determine the most searched video game franchises by each state, using Statista’s data on the Top 10 most sold video game franchises in 2022. After completing the trends over the past 12 months (from June 27, 2022, to June 27, 2023), we were able to determine the top 5 video game franchises in Kansas.
Kansas’ Favorite Video Games
Minecraft No. 1 Among Kansas Residents
Minecraft took the No. 1 spot among Kansas residents when it came to the state’s favorite video game to play, scoring a search interest number of 57 to beat out runner-up Pokémon (42).
The Japanese cartoon game finished as the runner-up among Kansans, beating out LEGO (29), Grand Theft Auto (22) and Call of Duty (16) statewide.
Five other games finished just outside the top five, including Tetris, Super Mario, The Sims, FIFA and Final Fantasy — illustrating the state’s wide range of video gaming interests. The state’s video game interest isn’t a surprise to those who follow Kansas betting apps.
But none of those titles could hold the type of sway Minecraft has on Sunflower State locals, with the Mojang Studios creation beating out a loaded field of contenders.
Super Mario has the longest shelf life of any Kansas video gaming favorite, with the first version of the Nintendo-made game hitting stores in 1985.
Minecraft, on the other hand, dates back to 2011, while LEGO has released dozens of computer and video games since the company’s debut (Lego Fun to Build) on the Sega Pico console in 1995.
Grand Theft Auto has been around since Rockstar Games introduced the first version in 1997, with six spinoff games released between 1999 and 2013, and another in development.