Top Ten Most Iconic Nintendo Characters

This is not based on how good I think the franchise is;it's based on how much attention they get, and how recognizable they are.

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1MarioMario is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise, created by Nintendo's Japanese video game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto. He serves as the eponymous protagonist of the series and is the mascot of Nintendo. The Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a gamer who hasn't heard the name "Mario". Mario not only practically saved the gaming industry;he's also stayed awesome through the years. - Garythesnail

When I saw this list, I knew he was gonna be number 1. He's my favorite video game character of all time! - nintendofan126

2LinkLink refers to several different incarnations of the same protagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.

One of Nintendo's best-selling (and best quality) franchises, the Zelda franchise is very familiar to gamers, with Link being the main protagonist. - Garythesnail

3PikachuPikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

Thanks to the Pokemon cartoon series, trading cards, and games, Pikachu is the adorable (yet powerful) Pokemon that anyone can recognize. - Garythesnail

4Donkey KongDonkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of platforms while dodging and jumping over obstacles.

If you did not know it in the arcade that was not Donkey Kong that was Cranky Kong

This is an arcade classic that put both the angry ape AND Mario on the map. It also made DK quite popular. - Garythesnail

5KirbyKirby is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.

My personal favorite Nintendo character. Who doesn't love Kirby? He's cute and friendly, but don't be fooled-he's a tough-as-nails character who stars in a franchise of stellar platformers and spinoffs. - Garythesnail

Kirby was my first step into Nintendo. - iheartcheese111

6Master Hand

The final boss of "Classic Mode" in Super Smash Bros. Master Hand is pretty much the only exclusive character to Smash Bros, so he's quite popular. - Garythesnail

7Samus AranSamus Aran is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.

Samus is quite the fighter. She has a wide variety of weapons to take down the Metroids. - Garythesnail

8YoshiYoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo.

Yoshi is Mario's loyal steed, always willing to help. - Garythesnail

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10LuigiLuigi is a fictional character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger but taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario more.

Mario's younger yet taller brother who can jump just a bit higher. - Garythesnail

The Contenders

11Meta KnightMeta Knight is a fictional character from the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.
12PapyrusProbably the second most popular character from the already insanely popular 2015 indie RPG known as Undertale, Papyrus the skeleton is Sans' taller and skinnier younger brother (much like how Luigi is to Mario in the Super Mario Bros series, except that Papyrus is physically stronger than Sans) who more.

Stop putting non-nintendo stuff here

13BowserBowser or King Koopa is a video game character and the primary antagonist of Nintendo's Mario franchise.

He was around longer than Meta Knight. Has Meta Knight had a show with his kids, nemesis, and a place to dominate. Sure, Meta Knight is the strongest Smash Bros. Character but Bowser is an animal that can't speak clear English like him. Bowser has fun with his enemies where meta knight shows up out of nowhere. Does Ganondorf or Bowser do that to their enemies? No, that's kinda against enemy conduct unless they have no choice but to work together.

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17Sans the SkeletonSans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult more.V1 Comment
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3. Pikachu
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