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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134 55
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
123 49
Mario is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario Bros.

3
110 46
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
103 48
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
94 42
Luigi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros.

6
81 37
Bowser is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Characters

7
91 43
Kirby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee

8
65 25
Yoshi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi Touch & Go

9
81 42
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
73 39
Simon Belmont is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Characters
Simon Belmont Castlevania

11
48 20
Little Mac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Characters
rhystheepic added Captain Rainbow, Punch-Out!!, Super Smash Bros. Brawl

12
69 49
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
68 51
Princess Peach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Characters
Super Mario World, Super Mario Strikers, Super Mario Kart

14
45 27
Toad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Kart

15
54 36
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Characters
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus

16
53 44
Solid Snake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Characters
Metal Gear

17
54 48
Dog is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Characters
Duck Hunt

18
10 8
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Popeye: Beach Volleyball

Popeye No Eigo

19
6 3
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
36 46
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Characters
Dr. Mario 64, Dr. Mario Online Rx, Dr. Mario

21
6 9
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Characters
Tom Karlek added Donkey Kong Jr. Animal Crossing

Donkey Kong Jr.

22
24 46
Glass Joe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Characters
Punch-Out!!

23
23 43
Bub and Bob is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Characters
Bub and Bob

24
18 40
Mickey Mouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Characters
AshleyH added Kingdom Hearts, Epic Mickey

25
21 48
King Hippo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Characters
Punch-Out!!