Nintendo Characters Ranked

Nintendo has been home to some of the most beloved and iconic video game characters of all time. From Mario and Luigi to Link and Zelda, Nintendo characters are loved by gamers around the world. But which ones are the best?

Most Popular Nintendo Characters

Here are the most popular Nintendo characters, according to a fan poll conducted by IGN in 2014:

Mario

Mario is the main character of the Mario series and one of the most popular video game characters of all time. He has appeared in over 200 games since his debut in 1985 and is one of the most recognizable characters in the world.

Link

Link is the main character of The Legend of Zelda series and one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters. He has appeared in over 30 games since his debut in 1986 and is known for his courageous and heroic deeds.

Pikachu

Pikachu is a small, rodent-like Pokémon that is beloved by fans all over the world. It first appeared in the Pokémon Red and Blue games in 1996 and has since appeared in numerous other Pokémon games, spin-offs, and animated series.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is a large ape that first appeared in the eponymous arcade game in 1981. He has since appeared in numerous other games, most notably as the star of the Donkey Kong Country series.

Samus Aran

Samus Aran is the main character of the Metroid series and one of Nintendo’s most celebrated female protagonists. She made her debut in the original Metroid game in 1986 and has since appeared in several sequels and spin-offs.

Kirby

Kirby is a small, pink creature that first appeared in the eponymous 1992 platforming game. He has since appeared in over 20 games, most notably Kirby’s Adventure and Kirby’s Dream Land series.

Yoshi

Yoshi is a green, dinosaur-like creature that first appeared in Super Mario World in 1990. He has since appeared in numerous other Mario games and spin-offs, becoming one of the franchise’s most popular characters.

Fox McCloud

Fox McCloud is the main character of the Star Fox series and one of Nintendo’s most iconic space pilots. He made his debut in the original Star Fox game in 1993 and has since appeared in several sequels and spin-offs.

Princess Zelda

Princess Zelda is the titular princess of The Legend of Zelda series and one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters. She made her debut in the original The Legend of Zelda game in 1986 and has since appeared in numerous sequels and spin-offs.

Master Chief

Master Chief is the protagonist of the Halo series and one of Xbox’s most iconic characters. He made his debut in the original Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001 and has since appeared in several sequels and spin-offs.

These are just a few of the best-known and most popular Nintendo characters. There are many more that could be included on this list, but these are some of the most iconic and beloved characters in the company’s history.