Top Ten Nintendo Characters

The Top Ten

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

Okay so link is better than mario in several ways one is that unlike mario or any of the Nintendo characters link actually ages in the gaming franchise.

Well not exactly aging but there are different aged links with there own set of games. You can't honestly say you like seeing the same middle aged plumber for the last almost 30 years. Also who would you prefer playing as
A sort of elf soldier with a pure motive to go through various dungeons and forest etc. Or a plumber who for some reason not only saves a princess through the same platform but also who knows why go kart races plays several crazy sports and all this other crazy stuff with annoying characters. Speaking of characters of the legend of zelda are unlike mario fun to interact with-ish throughout the games. Mario birdo a I don't even know, characters that have racial stereotypes and stupid morons like waluigi wario etc.

Whoa whoa, slow down there. If you seen Yoshi's island, in theory, baby Mario IS the present day Mario.

Awesome. People say he's a rip-off of Mario, but in reality his dedication and real world survival is better than Mario could ever be.

Link is so cool! He is also the best looking videogame person so I see why he gets first. Legend of Zelda games are amazing and an absaloute treat to play.

Arrg! I had to go with Link! He deals with a lot more threatening enemies and handles a lot more deadly weapons than Mario. Link has a much better story, which actually changes from game to game! Link has an actual back story and his soul role in Hyrule is not to just save the Princess. Also we know Mario never gets anything from Peach, but we don't really know this about Link and Zelda.

I kind of hate myself for defending this, but I have to go with what is right. I'm not going to go for who founded Nintendo, but who refined Nintendo.

Mario Mario is the main character in the Mario Bros. Franchise, who was created by the creative director and video game designer at Nintendo of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario has appeared in almost every Mario Game, including spinoff series, as a playable character, with few exceptions including New Super ...read more.

Mario deserves it. Even if he's overrated, he is an Italian developed by Japanese who speaks English and looks like a Mexican. That's a lot of world heritage. He has been in games since 1981 and has had amazing titles like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario Land, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Sunshine. WOW. In addition to that he's a fighter, golfer, partyer, doctor, and construction worker. Also, Mario was Nintendo's first recognizable video game character and is the most famous, popular, and well known video game character of all time. Mario's main color is red, and that's color better than green. Link's game are harder and more unique, but Mario stops at nothing to save Peach. He traversed the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros., went through 15 worlds like volcanoes, the sky, deeserts, mountains, and even a snowy land to save her, and went across the entire galaxy and several different planets to save Peach and the galaxy. HE'S THE BEST! ...more

Yeah we know that Link has a more challenging gameplay with a deep storyline which changes but the gameplay is pretty much the same throughout (adventure, fighting)

At least Mario has a variety of games (NOT JUST SAVING THE PRINCESS) For example RPG in paper Mario, Racing in Mario Kart, Sports in Mario tennis, Golf, Baseball, Strikers, Sportsmix, Partying in Mario Party, Platforming in Galaxy and Sunshine

Link may be a great character, but he is overrated, plus Mario is an important character in Gaming History, without Mario, some characters won't exist like Sonic, so Mario deserves #1

While most people generally push Mario to the corner and write him off as a "vanilla protagonist" or a "Jack of all trades character", I believe Mario is actually quite special. Constantly demonstrating feats of Super human strength and acrobatic prowess, Mario is the ideal platforming character and quite the brawler on top of that. What he lacks in speed he makes up for in strength, being capable of picking up a ENTIRE CASTLE or swinging Bowser around by his tail.

Not to mention Mario's sheer level of determination and bravery is something to be admired, Mario has traveled all across the globe and beyond to save Princess Peach from the clutches of the evil king Bowser... on a near weekly bases. This man has guts too, he's brave to enter Bowser's Dark Matter Plant despite the high risk of being DISINTEGRATED BY DARK MATTER. (If Mario does fall into the dark matter, the death animation is the stuff of nightmares... yet he is still willing to enter the plant ...more

Kirby Kirby is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. His first game was created in 1992, and the pink puffball has made his way into the hearts of fans of all ages.

He may be just a little pink blob with feet and a face, but he's a force to be reckoned with. He EATS HIS ENEMIES. WHOLE. HE SUCKS THEM IN AND SWALLOWS THEM AND ABSORBS THEIR ABILITIES. You have to respect that.

*cute* 1 of my best characters in smash along with: marth, Ryu, incineroar and simom

By far, one of the cutest video game characters I've ever laid my eyes on. Not to mention how metal he is- to just swallow his enemies whole and turn them into projectiles.

Kirby vs. Mario. Here goes, Mario trys to jump on Kirby, but Kirby just moves out of the way, and again, again, again, again, and again. Kirby, then sucks up Mario and spits him off the cliff. The End.

Or Mario shoots a fireball at Kirby, he eats it then explodes. Jumping isn't Mario's only power.

Yoshi Yoshi, once romanized as Yossy, is a fictional anthropomorphic dinosaur who appears in video games published by Nintendo. He is most known for his appearances in the Yoshi and Mario franchises.

Yoshi is my personal favorite when it comes to Nintendo characters. Even though he is often overshadowed by Mario in many Mario games, he could clearly beat Mario in a fight? Think about it, have you ever seen Yoshi die in NSMBW, NSMBU, or for that matter, any game with Mario and Luigi as the main protagonists? Sure, he can fall, making him out of the level, or go into lava, or run off Mario's back when Mario would normally get hit by an enemy when Mario is riding him, but you never hear him falling to his death like you hear Mario, plus the fact that he can fly, and when he falls into lava, he doesn't seem like he is in pain at all, unlike if Mario even touches lava once. It seems like Yoshi is simply tired being Mario's insignificant helper only to get forgotten, and he just wants to go in the lava or fall to get away from Mario, while not even taking a single scratch. Also, did I mention that his boots are able to let him stand on spikes without getting hurt, and they seem to be ...more

He's been my favorite Mario character forever. My best Mario related character in all of the Super Smash Bros games as well. Ranked 6 in Brawl (Behind Olimar, Lucas, Ike, Lucario, and Diddy Kong), Ranked 1 in Melee, and Ranked 2 in the first one (Behind Link). I also use him in Mario Party and Mario Kart games.

Yoshi is my favorite Nintendo Character. While many characters come close, I have always enjoyed yoshi for his unique traits like eating almost anything. Link and Kirby are also some of my favorites, but I enjoy Yoshi the best.

I love yoshi he's the coolest little dino you will ever see

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

Out of the most popular Nintendo games, Metroid has the most backstory, action, and immersion. Samus practically saves the universe in her games and doesn't even get rewards for it despite being a bounty hunter. That's what I call bad ass!

Samus should go more higher because her games are at the level of Link and Mario and she have one of the greatest stories of all the Nintendo characters. Come on she at least have to be at top 3!

Samus is an absolute beast come on, she deserves much better than top twelve. At least up in the top five as one of the absolute most amazing characters ever, excellent background, helps bridge the sexist gap, and kicks ass come on.

Samus is one of the greatest characters Nintendo has ever made! The fact that she is all the way in 11th place is a crime! Please vote her higher!

Luigi Luigi is a 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 franchise, ...read more.

Luigi is awesome. Yeah mario is good, but Luigi can get the job done for certain. He gets sent on secret missions to collect stars and barely gets any credit. He deserves much more credit. I like his ice flower powers, I find he gets the job done no problem. Luigi for the win

I find Link, Mario and Yoshi a tiny bit overrated (no offense). Luigi deserves more credit than he is given. I don't mind the others but Luigi needs to win this. GO LUIGI

Luigi is sooo much better than all then all the smash brothers

did his job in the shadow

Donkey Kong Donkey 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.

Donkey kong is the best he has the best 2d games ever! But zelda has the best 3d he doesn't get enough games and my brother thinks he is a bad guy from mini land mayhem stupid mario and zelda games getting put out every year while starfox and donkey kong and kirby and thousands of others are left on the side lines

Donkey Kong is just awesome. His games are challenging and fun, so fun that I actually convinced a guy who didn't want Tropical Freeze, and now he does want it! He definitely deserves to be on the top 3 and deserves more games.

One Of The Original Characters Of Nintendo And So Low? Definitely top 3

I bet if Kirby ever tries to eat this ape, Donkey Kong would just punch that pink ball to death. He's my favorite. He was an original character. His dad was Mario's first enemy. He is the best.

Pikachu Pikachu 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.

AWESOME! Pikachu should be Nintendo's mascot. Go electro ball! Bam! You're dead. Pikuachu is awesome! Mario is too!

Pikachu is the mascot for Pokemon and makes an appearance in every single game! That's gotta mean something, right?

Laugh out loud, the best brawl character as well

I was going to vote Mario but Pikachu should be in top 5. He is cute and famous and the mascot for one of Nintendo's biggest franchises! He deserves more love! Please vote Pikachu!

Fox McCloud Fox McCLoud is an anthropomorphic fox who first appeared in Star Fox for the Super NES in 1993, the son of James McCloud who perished during a mission and the leader of the new Star Fox team along with Peppy Hare former member of the original Star Fox team, Falco Lombardi and Slippy Toad as they the ...read more.

Ever since I witnessed Fox in action on the N64 when I was little he has been my hero. It is very odd given that I love "castle related" games and (for the most part) hate "space" games. I have waited for a new Starfox game ever since Starfox Command for the DS. However, they do not seem forthcoming with another adventure any time soon, and should Nintendo disband this EPIC franchise I will never buy from Nintendo again.

Fox has kicked ass ever since the SNES. While they are making 5,000 Zelda games, people fail to realize that they should be making A KICK ASS starfox game

Mashiro Sakurai (did I spell his name right? ) Made Starfox, then more or less left Nintendo, leaving Fox at the mercy of Mr. Miyamoto, who seems to much prefer games of his own realization.

I'm glad he is on this list, starfox is an amazing series and is extremely underrated in my opinion

King Bowser Koopa Bowser is the main antagonist of the Mario Bros. Franchise. From kidnapping Princess Peach to simply destroying a fun game between Mario and Friends in the Mario Party spinoff series, this king of the Koopas has set up a certain hatred towards himself amongst the large cast of Mario Characters. He first ...read more.

He’s better than Mario and he should be saving peach from mario

Without Bowser, Mario would be nothing more than a 40 year old bachelor plumber.

Bowser is the most POWERFUL villain of all time...

I can name better by Nintendo such as a brain-eating amoeba (Metroid), a pterodactyl (Ripley), God of Underworld (Hades from Kid Icarus) and the root of evil itself: Giygas.

How is this example of a classic villain behind his Jacko son? Come on, Bowser was the one that messed Mario all these times. Come on, TheTopTens users! Vote for an excellent representation of a good villain!

The Contenders

Princess Zelda Princess Zelda is a fictional character in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video game series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto and introduced in its original entry in 1986.

It's because that she is more powerful than Link and the knights of hyrule united... And she is a goddess and possess a lot of onipotent powers, and she is not some stupid damsel in distress, right? Midna was pretty cool though. But I hate princess Zelda. Sorry.

OMG so much better than peach. At least she can do magic and help Link out, what can Peach do?

Zelda is really strong and you don't want to mess with her. Unlike peach, Zelda is tricky and has fire, arrows, mind powers, love spells, teleport, light powers, and can turn into her ego, Sheik, (a ninja that is sneaky). Don't tell me Peach is stronger than that. The only reason she won death battle was cheating by using that mega strike power that Mario also has that he could've defeated Sonic with.

Way better than peach she does not just get kidnapped. She can help link in most of his battles against ganon. Unlike peach who just goes help me Mario. She is powerful as we'll she was able to help link turn ganondorf to stone in wind waker and both link and Zelda were only like 11. She is awesome defiantly best video game princess of all time

Meta Knight Meta Knight is a fictional character from the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory. He is one of Kirby's rivals, but occasionally teams up with the pink puffball to defeat a common enemy. Meta Knight is known for his powerful slashing attacks and flight in the Super Smash ...read more.

Meta knight is the best. The best aspect about him is that you never know if he good or bad. In Kirby superstar ultra, Meta knight tries to rule dreamland with the halberd, and also in Meta Knightmare ultra, he saves dreamland! He flies the coolest ship ever, that can destroy Dyna Blade, Kirby's warp star, Star fox's ship, and any other ship that is thrown at it. In super smash bros brawl, he is a good guy also, and is so mysterious that you just have to love him. No one knows why he has the mask except to hide his face, and no one knows how he messed up his face. Meta knight is the most dark and mysterious villain/hero of all Nintendo, possibly ever, and flies the coolest ship in the universe. Bang.

Meta Knight is rich and a warrior like Birdo from Mario. Meta Knight and Birdo are the best Nintendo characters. If I had Meta Knight come to my house, (not a hobo in a meta knight costume), a real meta knight, I would give up anything but life and family and nutrients.

Meta knight, even by the fact of being one of the most misterious characters from any nintendo game, he's also one of the coolest ones too, being like a cooler and darker version of kirby, even by the fact from not being as powerful as kirby, losing many confronts with him, but meta knight is still a character who is always seeking for great challenges, and he also have he's own aircraft called halberd and he's own crew of mercenaries, he was never really bad, but he's still the most misterious and cool character from every kirby game.

Meta Knight is just plain EPIK! I mean, he's about the size of Kirby, but with a few extra features. For one, he has bat like wings that let him fly, and glide along the ground if your playing Super Smash Bros Brawl. He has a grayish, sorta silverish mask with a black shape out for his eyes, His eyes are two large, bright, yellow circles. He has a purple, flowing cape that's awesome because I mean, who doesn't look better with a cape?! He also has metallic, purple shoes. But to me, his BEST ever feature is his sword. Long, shining, metallic, golden yellow sword with jagged ends on each side. In Super Smash Bros Brawl, if you are fighting him, in just about 3 to 5 seconds, he can have delivered about 30 slashes and cuts with his sword. Meta Knight is just epik and unbelievable. >:3

Captain Falcon Douglas Jay Falcon, known commonly as Captain Falcon, is a playable character in the racing video game series F-Zero.

I am a huge fan of captain falcon he is so cool and my favrote character

I Am Huge Fan of Captain Falcon and I Love Him So Much. By the way:He is Such a Bad Ass Nintendo Character.

Only one thing to say about him: Falcon PUNCH!

Only Nintendo character that has his own meme, probably also the only character that you can compare to chuck Norris without being either roundhouse kicked or dissed off

Jigglypuff Jigglypuff, known in Japan as Purin, is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise.

Absolute legend, knocks out randos and absolutely vibe checks them

It doesn’t matter what your age is... everyone knows Jigglypuff and that shows what an icon she is

Ever since I got Juggled in SSBB, I stuck with her. Why do people hate her so much? She's cute, like Shy Guy, she's puffy, like Kirby, and PINK my favorite color. The only time I don't like her is in the anime, where she draws on everyone's face when they sleep.

No just no but I don't mind him but there are way better Nintendo characters than him

Pit Pit is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Kid Icarus series, first appearing in Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986 and later appearing in Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for the Game Boy in 1991.

He's cute. He's funny. AND HE IS NOT A CHICKEN! Also, he's an angel. Is there anything else to be?

He's like, Samus, Link, and Mario combined! And he's cute and friendly like Kirby too! It's hard not to love this guy, especially with him cracking jokes and being optimistic all the time! And I agree with the former comment, he would be the best character for Link to team up with. THAT, would be a game I would buy!

Pit is a strong character. He has vast collection of weapons to beat down powerful other characters. He should even team up with Link. With their power and courage together they can beat almost anyone!

Don't hate on Pit just because his game has 'bad controls! ' He has so much character, so much spirit; what's not to love? This angel needs more games, so more people can see just how amazing he is. Stay awesome Pit, and remember everyone; Floor ice cream gives you health!

Wario Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.

He is very funny and fart lots. he is my smash main and he beats people up

Top 10 Greatest Wario Games

Top 1: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. Over 10/10 stars.

Top 2: Super Smash Bros. Brawl. 10/10 stars.

Top 3: Wario Blast! Featuring Bomberman. 9.8/10 stars.

Top 4: Virtual Boy Wario Land. 9.7/10 stars.

Top 5: Wario World. 9.4/10 stars.

Top 6: Wario Land III. 9.3/10 stars.

Top 7: Wario Land II. 9.2/10 stars.

Top 8: Wario Land: Shake It! 9.1/10 stars.

Top 9: Game & Wario. 9.0/10 stars.

Top 10: WarioWare: Smooth Moves. 8.8/10.

He needs to be number 1 because he's underrated and underappreciated, characters like Link are undeveloped and incomplete to me because of the lack of voice acting but wario is awesome funny and has the best lines in a video game I like yoshi more but Wario needs respect and makes the other 3 plumbers look like a joke

He is the reason almost every game with him in it has "crude humor" in the rating!

Toad Toad, known in Japan as Kinopio, is a major character in the Mario Bros. franchise. He assists Princess Peach in the Mushroom Kingdom and will do whatever it takes to help her. He first appeared in the classic game, Super Mario Bros. after being kidnapped by Bowser and his minions. Since then he has ...read more.

Toad is cool character in mario I remember really liking toad when I was little

An adorable and cute mushroom citizen that who helps heroes. He is amazingly nice as you could see him. See so helpful, full of friends who awaits him to help them too. Not because his little his weak, no. He's strong and clearly loyal to his friends. I think this the one who could be the winner that is my opinion, thank you

Toad is the BEST character ever! He needs to be playable in more games! Nintendo is dropping the ball on this!

Toad is so adorable and Princess Peach treats him more mature than Toadette. Toad is also brave on SSBB for Wii. Peach uses him as attack and he's safe! There is a million duplicates of them and they try to help Mario, Peach, and Pauline. Toads are the 2nd best Nintendo characters under Kirby.

Lucas

How the eff is Lanky Kong above a 13 year old kid who has PTS? A kid who's family is dead? A kid who saw his twin suicide? Being the way he suicided? This list...

Once a poor kid who had witnessed tragedy first hand, this boy with amazing abilities easily becomes one of the most badass characters of his development company.

He had a terrible life and all you people should feel bad for him!

Lucas is an amazing child his game should be realized in America so people can enjoy it

Ness

I love this series, Also Ness saved the world and you give him 19th place

Ness is just the kind of guy I would feel safe around. Every victory makes him stronger and in the original games he has some deadly moves like paralysis. most of his moves in ssb are actually Paula's or Poo's so shouldn't they be added to this list too instead of these non-Nintendo character's?

earthbound is by far the best snes game. ness is the main charecter

He's just cute AND awesome! He's strong and adorable! The way he says "Okay." Kills me! I understand why anyone would feel safe around him! He's just SWEET!

Waluigi Waluigi is a lanky self-centered, brusque young lad as he is considered evil and the main rival of Luigi. Waluigi is shown causing local havoc in most games he appears in alongside his partner Wario. Waluigi is not instinctively evil or the antagonist (not counting DDR), as a matter of fact, he shows ...read more.

I like his chaotic evil capabilities and Nintendo will greatly profit from a waluigi game

Waluigi is cool that be cool if nintendo added him in smash in the next dlc

Waluigi is something most nintendo characters aren't: sexy. Waluigi is more than a mere character but a representation of nintendo's shift from family friendly games to more mature material. His character also experiences a deep emotional trauma from feeling like he isn't unique. Being a copy of a copy makes him feel worthless when in reality, it is what makes him stand out.

Waluigi has basically no history and isn't as well-known as Wario, Mario or any other bigger character in the Mario-franchise. Heck, shy-guy is more known.

But damn, I love him. He and wario are fantastic characters and should be in a lot more games.

Mewtwo Mewtwo is a fictional creature from Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon media franchise. It was created by Dr. Fuji in an attempt to clone Mew.

Mewtwo is tragic, heart-warming and loveable. He has every right to be the way he is... however sometimes, you need to let go of the past and focus on the present. The present's a gift; unwrap it, hold it, take your share Mewtwo. You da best!

What the duck? Mario the plumber is number 2? Yoshi is number 4? Princess peachi is number 18? What the shock is happening? Seriously why the rock Mewtwo is not in the top 10?

Not overrated like Pikachu

Just furry ganondorf

Princess Peach Princess Peach is a major character in the Mario Bros. Franchise. She is the lead female of the The Mario franchise. She is usually the character who needs saved in most Mario Games, but also has appeared as a playable character in the Main-Series Mario Games, including Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario ...read more.

Princess Peach is pretty awesome! I think that she makes Princess Zelda look boring! So what I'm saying is that Peach is awesome and Zelda is lame. So everyone who doesn't like Peach can go to hell!

Yay! I'm glad I saw her before that annoying Daisy or that boring Rosalina! ( I have nothing against these two characters, I just like Peach more.)

Peach is still annoying, but not as much as her baby

She sucks in my opinion

King Boo King Boo is the leader of all the Boos, and the main antagonist in both Luigi's Mansion and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.

King Boo Is So Cool and Scary and Cute. He Is The Best Character In The Whole Mario Series and Without Him There'll Be A No Game Of Mario. He Is The Boss Of The Lifetime and The Best Nintendo Character Of All Time

He's epic! Boos are my favorite nintendo thing!

King Boo could be voiced by will.I. am!

His laugh is actually a sped up Bowser laugh!

Bowser Jr. Bowser Jr., or sometimes simply Jr., is a video game character who appears in Nintendo's Mario franchise as the secondary antagonist. He is the youngest son of the series' primary antagonist, Bowser.

So cute and evil at the same time its not his fault he was told the wrong things

He should defiantly be higher

Why is he 76 he should be top 5

Dude, Bowser JR kicks butts! Your momma knows this too bro!

Mr. Game & Watch

Super badass and deserves to be higher. He dominates in Melee and Brawl and he's just funny.

You're absolutely right, the man needs his game. Main in Brawl and best in Brawl.

They should bring Mr. Game and Watch back for the Wii you or 3ds and give him his own adventure game that involves some of the old Game and Watch games! I'd totally buy that! He deserves a new game!

Mr. Game and Watch is a classic, he can kick butt in Super Smash Bros and is just a fun character. And to back it up, he is the master of the Superflat World! Top Ten for sure!

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