In 1991, Mario Lemieux was given his own video game: Mario Lemieux Hockey. It was published by Sega and featured exclusively on the Sega Genesis. featured his likeness, but no NHL or NHLPA license. The lack of NHLPA license means that he was the only real-life named player in the game.
Lemieux has also been featured in any of the NHLPA-licensed games developed during his playing career and he was featured on the cover of EA's NHL 2002.
Most recently Lemiuex appeared as one of the nine NHL Legends in NHL 12. He was immediately playable as a member of the "Legends" team and could be unlocked for use in other modes via the Be a Pro Mode.
Drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Mario Lemieux revitalized what could be argued to be a dying franchise in Western Pennsylvania. He led the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cup victories in 1991 and 1992, as well as getting a third Stanley Cup to his credit by being owner of the 2009 Stanley Cup-winning team. He has won some of the most prestigious NHL awards for individual player achievements multiple times over and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with the mandatory three-year waiting period waived, as was the case with less than ten other players of the history of the game. He also holds many records for both the NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins.
He spent his entire professional playing career as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He retired once in 1997 and again in 2006. He had returned to the NHL in the year 2000, after he had purchased the team in 1998 to save it from and possible relocation. He was also instrumental in keeping the team in Pittsburgh once more following the 2004-2005 lockout when Mellon Arena, the team's home facility, was in danger of not being able to host the team any longer. It is this commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, as well as his extraordinary talent, that has made him a nearly-unanimous fan favorite in Western Pennsylvania.