You'll never forget your first, and for many, the Nintendo Entertainment System was their first encounter with console gaming. The first time taking the controller, leaning back and playing games in a way you just can't do with a Commodore 64. And so began the launch of countless series that have become household names. With this list, we take a look at the best characters from the original Nintendo!
From the original Super Mario Bros., with Mario and Luigi, to the beginning of the Metal Gear series and our life-long love of Solid Snake, the Nintendo has been the starting point for a number of famous characters that have gone on to major AAA titles, and even films (of... let's say varying quality) with a theatrical release! We even had the first female protagonist in a video ever with Samus taking charge of the original Metroid! There are so many different characters that got their start right here with the NES.So take a look at our list, rerank and vote for your favorites! Is King Hippo the best from Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!? Or is Simon Belmont the best vampire killer of all time? It's all up to you, so let us know what you think -- and don't forget to check out our many other console character lists to see what else you might want to rank!
1 109 43 Mario Super Mario Bros.
2 118 52 Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
3 98 41 Samus Aran Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Metroid Fusion
4 93 44 Mega Man Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10
5 81 38 Luigi Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.
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7 79 39 Kirby Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee
8 53 20 AshleyH added Yoshi Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi Touch & Go
9 71 40 Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
10 63 37 Simon Belmont Castlevania
11 37 18 rhystheepic added Little Mac Captain Rainbow, Punch-Out!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl
12 60 46 Princess Peach Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart
13 61 47 Princess Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
14 47 34 Kid Icarus Kid Icarus
15 36 24 AshleyH added Toad Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Kart
16 47 40 Solid Snake Metal Gear
17 48 42 Dog Duck Hunt
18 16 29 AshleyH added Mickey Mouse Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey
19 28 42 Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 64, Dr. Mario Online Rx, Dr. Mario
20 1 3 Tom Karlek added Donkey Kong Jr. Animal Crossing -
Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr.