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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126 54
Link is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Characters
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

2
115 47
Mario is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario Bros.

3
105 43
Samus Aran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Characters
Metroid: Other M, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Metroid Fusion

4
99 45
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Characters
Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Mega Man 10

5
85 40
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee

6
60 21
Yoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi Touch & Go

7
86 41
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.

8
75 36
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Characters

9
75 41
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Characters
Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Strikers, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

10
44 18
Little Mac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Characters
rhystheepic added Captain Rainbow, Punch-Out!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

11
68 39
Simon Belmont is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Characters
Simon Belmont Castlevania

12
64 48
Princess Zelda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Characters
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

13
63 49
Princess Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart

14
51 35
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Characters
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus

15
41 25
Toad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Kart

16
51 41
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Characters
Metal Gear

17
50 45
Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Characters
Duck Hunt

18
33 43
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Characters
Dr. Mario 64, Dr. Mario Online Rx, Dr. Mario

19
2 0
Ness is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Characters
STU-JaydenLee added EarthBound, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros.

20
6 6
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Popeye: Beach Volleyball -

Popeye No Eigo

21
18 34
Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey

22
3 6
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Donkey Kong Jr. Animal Crossing -

Donkey Kong Jr.

23
21 42
Glass Joe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Characters
Punch-Out!!

24
20 40
Bub and Bob is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Characters
Bub and Bob

25
19 46
King Hippo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Characters
Punch-Out!!

26
9 36
Rad Spencer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Characters
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

27
10 40
Garland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Garland Final Fantasy I

28
9 44
Leon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Leon Final Fantasy II

29
7 37
Great Tiger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Punch-Out!!

30
8 42
Emperor Mateus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Final Fantasy II

31
7 43
Firion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Characters
AlexanderRay added Firion Final Fantasy II