Total Nerd The Best NES Characters  

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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!

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Mario is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Characters
Mario Super Mario Bros.

2
113 50
Link is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Characters
Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

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97 37
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Characters
Samus Aran Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Metroid Fusion

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88 41
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Characters
Mega Man Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10

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76 37
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Characters
Kirby Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee

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76 36
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Characters
Luigi Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.

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50 17
Yoshi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Yoshi Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi Touch & Go

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66 33
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Characters

9
70 39
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Characters
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

10
62 35
Simon Belmont is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Characters
Simon Belmont Castlevania

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35 16
Little Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Characters
rhystheepic added Little Mac Captain Rainbow, Punch-Out!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

12
57 45
Princess Peach is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Characters
Princess Peach Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart

13
58 46
Princess Zelda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Characters
Princess Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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44 33
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Characters
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus

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33 23
Toad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Toad Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Kart

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44 38
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Characters
Solid Snake Metal Gear

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46 42
Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Characters
Dog Duck Hunt

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Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Donkey Kong Jr. Animal Crossing - Donkey Kong Jr.

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14 29
Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Mickey Mouse Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey

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26 42
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Characters
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 64, Dr. Mario Online Rx, Dr. Mario

21
19 37
Bub and Bob is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Characters
Bub and Bob

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0 3
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Popeye Popeye: Beach Volleyball - Popeye No Eigo

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18 39
Glass Joe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Characters
Glass Joe Punch-Out!!

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16 43
King Hippo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Characters
King Hippo Punch-Out!!

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10 37
Garland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Garland Final Fantasy I

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8 33
Rad Spencer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Characters
Rad Spencer Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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7 34
Great Tiger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Characters
Great Tiger Super Punch-Out!!

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8 40
Leon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Leon Final Fantasy II

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7 40
Firion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Firion Final Fantasy II

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6 39
Emperor Mateus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Emperor Mateus Final Fantasy II