The Best NES Characters

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Vote up your favorite characters from Nintendo Games

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!
Ranked by
  • Mario
    323 votes
    Super Mario Bros.
  • Link
    324 votes
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Luigi
    238 votes
    Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.
  • Yoshi
    202 votes
    Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi Touch & Go
  • Bowser
    228 votes
    Super Mario Bros., Mario Kart, Mario Party
  • Donkey Kong
    250 votes
    Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest