Top Ten Female Characters in Nintendo Games!

Posted on February 27, 2012 - 10:18pm by minijen15

TLDR;

While Nintendo has given us some great male protagonists, where would they be without a cast of even greater girls/ women to stand beside them? This list recounts the best of the best among Nintendo's rather large arsenal of female characters based on how awesome they are.

 Let's face it. Nintendo is a pretty sexist company. After all, they were the first game developers to have a damsel in distress which has led to the infamous women-peril situation us gamers have become so accustomed to. Yet even though Nintendo doesn't always treat their ladies with the proper respect, they still have some great ones. Hence the purpose of this list: to recount the top ten female characters in Nintendo's cornucopia of franchises.

The criteria for this list is simple:
1. Entries can only be from NINTENDO franchises (which means no Lara Croft or Alex Vance)
2. The entries on this list are only from franchises I've played: Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, and other more miniscule Nintendo franchises.
3. I'm by no means claiming my opinion to be the last word. If your favorite Nintendo lady isn't on this list, then leave a polite comment or make you own list or just SHUT UP!

And with that out of the way, let's get started

10-Nana (Ice Climbers)

 

Scaling mountains, one eggplant at a time.

Starting the list with a rather obscure character, Nana (of 1985's NES Ice Climbers fame) was probably one of the first playable characters in gaming (aside from Ms. Pac Man), coming before even Peach or Samus. As impressive as that is, the reason why Nana is only at number 10 is because she has to put up with her sexist climbing buddy, Popo. Popo is a total doucebag. In the original Ice Climbers, player one would play as Popo, while Nana was controlled by the game's computer or player 2 and I can image how many angry younger brothers were complaining "No fair! I have to play as the girl!" No respect. But it only gets worse. Nana and Popo appear in Super Smash Bros Melee and Brawl and in both of those titles, (unless the player changes it) you automatically control Popo if you play as the Ice Climbers with Nana following his every move. And if Nana dies, then Popo is just fine and can keep on going. Yeah. Nintendo, you’re so sexist.

9-Midna (Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)

Wow Link. You are such a player.

Note: I have never actually played Twilight Princess. But I have watched enough videos on YouTube to know what its about and to know that Midna is a pretty cool character. That and the fact that if I didn't put her on this list I'd have a whole bunch of angry blog readers down my throat. But really, I like Midna. She seems to be a whoole lot better than Navi (heck, a root canal would be better than Navi). Midna is super cute (or at least I think so) even without the Fused Shadow on her head and her sense of humor is awesome. The friendship/romance between her and Link's is much less serious than that of Link and Saria's but who really cares? Love connections, especially in the Zelda series are just plain confusing.

8-Saria (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

Little did they know how cruel both of their fates would be...

In the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link is quite the little heartbreaker. Throughout the duration of the game, he has four girls with major crushes on him: Zelda, Malon, Ruto, and Saria. From the minute I met Saria in Ocarina of Time I thought she was so great. At the time I had just thought she was some unimportant NPC, but from Link and Saria's bittersweet farewell on the bridge where she gives him the Fairy Ocarina to their final sad meeting seven years in the future, I knew that Saria was one of the best characters in the entire game. And she's also super helpful! Aside from the huge fact that she is the Forest Sage and that she gives you the Forest Medallion, her Ocarina song, appropriately titled "Saria's Song" is not only catchy, but it allows Saria to give you hints from anywhere. And I'd much rather take hints from Saria then from little Miss "HEY LISTEN!!"

7-Dixie Kong (Donkey Kong Series)

Nothing says "90's swag" like a monkey with kneepads.

Dixie Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country 2, but that isn't her claim to fame. The real reason why she's on this list is that she had her own game (Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!) before even Peach got her own game. Not to mention that its a great game. Dixie Kong has since been regulated to spin off games in both the Donkey Kong and Mario series, but we can all remember this ape chick for her ability to use her hair as a weapon. Can you do that? Didn't think so.

6-Princess Daisy (Mario Series)

"Hi I'm Daisy!" Yeah Daisy. We get it. You've been saying that since 2003.

Daisy is everything Peach is not. She's a total tomboy, far from a damsel in distress, and pretty good at sports. Daisy must not be popular among the other guys in the Mario series because of her independent nature because the only guy that's interested in her is that pansy Luigi. I guess her needs someone to make up for his pathetic ways (I'm not hating on him, I just think he should man up!) Since her first appearance in Super Mario Land, Daisy has only ever appeared in Mario spinoffs, which I think is ridiculous. After all, she was made by Gunpei Yokoi, the genius behind Metroid and the GameBoy and I think Miyamoto should give his deceased mentor a little more respect by putting Daisy in more games and giving her a more in depth personality. LISTEN TO MY WORDS NINTENDO!!!!

5-Goombella (Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door)

Girl's got brains. And a nasty headbonk.

In the vast field of female characters in Mario RPGs, there are some great ones such as Lady Bow and Vivian, Goombella is by far my favorite. She is your go to girl for tattles in Thousand Year Door and while her attacks may not be that strong, you can still count on her for some great humor. Whether she's referencing her obvious crush on Mario or breaking the fourth wall, Goombella kept me laughing throughout the entire game. Just goes to show you that us girls can be cute, smart and funny all at the same time. As if you didn't already know that.

4-Princess Peach (Mario Series)

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Not even holding hands... Mario, you'll never make it to second base like that.

Oh Peach. What can I say about Peach? Well, she's been the plot device for some of the greatest games ever made. I guess that's something. But seriously, Peach has been my favorite character to play as in Mario spinoffs ever since I played Mario 2 on the GBA (yeah I'm young). Another reason why I think Nintendo is sexist is because when Peach finally does get her chance in the spotlight (Super Princess Peach), she saves the day using superfical emotions. We'd all be screwed if someone like Samus tried to do that. Mario must really love Peach, otherwise he wouldn't go through so much crap to save her when all she gives him in return is "cake". What sexual innuendo Nintendo is making with this "cake" we may never know.

3-Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2)

Mario's jaw, and his balls, must be dropping.

Rosalina is so awesome. Do I really need to say anything else? She's the adoptive mother of millions of star babies, she controls a giant space station with only a wand, and she drives a pretty mean kart. She is by far one of the most in-depth characters in the Mario series, actually having a back story and it's interesting to boot, yet at the same time she is ambiguous and mysterious. If you don't believe me on how awesome she is, just know that in Super Mario Galaxy she steered her crazy awesome star ship into Bowser's fleet of airships and destroyed them all. Now if that's the definition of awesome, I don't know what is.

2-Princess Zelda/Shiek/Tetra

Three in one: the Triforce of aweome

By now we all know that Zelda=Shiek, Zelda=Tetra. So that means that aside from being the princess of Hyrule who yields the triforce of wisdom, Zelda is also a harp-playing, gender-ambiguous ninja and a sea faring pirate captain. But as cool as her alter egos are, Zelda herself is pretty neat too. I love seeing how the relationship between her and Link changes throughout each game, from their "childhood friends" thing in Minish Cap, to their obvious romantic parring in Skyward Sword. Aside from that Zelda also teaches Link "Zelda's Lullaby" in Ocarina of Time, helps him take down Ganondorf in several games including Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, and did I mention she's also a pirate/ninja. And who doesn't love pirates and ninjas. No wonder the Legend of Zelda series is named after her.

Before we get to number one, let's see who are (in my opinion) the top three WORST female characters in the Nintendo-verse and have a brief recount. Here are the three worst female Nintendo characters who are insulting to women everywhere:

3. Birdo (Mario series)- crossing dressing reptile-thing with a bow. I don't really know what she/he/it is, all I know is Birdo is super annoying to play against in Mario Party games.

2. Tippi (Super Paper Mario)-Tippi is like the Mario version of Navi. She starts the game off as robotic almost, but by the end she's moody and hysterical (what Nintendo thinks women act like) all because of some tragic love situation she had with the game's main villian before she lost her memory. I don't know, Super Paper Mario's story is way too complicated and dark to really take it seriously. Which is why Tippi gets on my nerves so much.

1. Navi (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)-Why do partners always have to be so annoying? Anyway, anyone who knows anything about anything at all knows that Navi is extremely annoying. Aside from her non stop rants of HEY , LISTEN, LOOK OUT, and LOOK!, she pretty much is the only thing bad about Ocarina of Time (aside from the water temple).

And now, a quick recap:
10. P2 Nana
9. Saria
8. "Link... I... See you later...." Midna
7. Dixie 90's swagger Kong
6. Hi! I'm Daisy!
5. Goombella, the genuis Goomba
4. "Your princess is in another castle" Peach
3. Epic star baby momma Rosalina
2. Princess Zelda/ Ninja Shiek/ Captain Tetra

AND NOW, THE MOMENT WE"VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:

1-Samus Aran (Metroid Series)

Don't you DARE underestimate her, or make her into a wuss, or she will KILL YOU.

Don't act like you didn't see this one coming. Samus is the very DEFINITION of strong female characters in video games. She has a suit that has more firepower in it than an atom bomb, has killed millions of Space Pirates and has been the sole enactor of the genocide of an entire species of life-draining space jellyfish. Samus completes all of her missions with little to no help, and is the sole protagonist of her own series. And she looks good doing all of that too. Samus takes the cake (not the Peach kind of cake though) for the best female character in Nintendo's franchises, the best female character in video gaming and for me, the best video game character EVER.

So there ya go! Like I said, if your opinion is different from mine, then leave a comment below or make you own list! Until next time, see ya!

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