In 1984 the arcade boxing game Punch Out!! by Nintendo introduced several memorable black boxers, designed by Shigeru Miyamoto. It was the first in a series of prosperous games that bought forth an arcade sequel called Super Punch-Out!!, a spin-off of the series titled Arm Wrestling, a extremely hot edition for the NES originally called Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, and Super Punch-Out!! for the SNES. The series introduced several black characters such as Mr Sandman, Disco Kid, Doc Louis, and Kid Quick.
Other games have followed suit with not only generic token characters but more then one per title, including games like Gamecube's F-Zero GX and most recently the 3DS Pokemon Black and White series.
Mr Sandman (Punch Out!!)
Standing at 6'5" and weighting in at 312 lbs, Mr Sandman is one of the most dominate forces in the Punch out!! Series. He has made numerous appearances in the series with his debut appearance in 1984 as the WVBA World Champion in the original Punch out!!. He then returned in 1987's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! from 1994, Mr. Sandman went down to the WVBA Major Circuit and became champ. His brawling style is very akin to that of Bald Bull and his trademark skillfulness , "Dreamland Express", dwells of three continuous thrown uppercuts.
In his first two appearances, Mr. Sandman's brawling skills are arguably the most refreshing in the game. His style features a immense arrangement of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, and his uncertainty can easily confound players. Sandman also has superior defense. Mr. Sandman was toned down in the SNES variant of Super Punch-Out!! to guarantee he was not too hard to beat.
Grant Zakuro (Pokemon X & Y)
Grant (Japanese: ザクロ Zakuro) is Cyllage's City Gym Leader, noted officially as the Cyllage Gym. His specialty is Rock-type Pokémon. He gifts the Cliff Badge to players who manage to defeat him. He out performs his peers in a number of sports, such as bicycle racing and rock climbing.
According to the television show Gym Freaks, he is sets trends and is a very fashionable young individual, with his hairdo of rolling stones seemingly being fashionable with young people. It also claims that he cuts down on his eating consumption to decrease his weight and seems to miss the chance to eat sugary treats because of this.
In the Anime Grant makes his first appearance in Breaking Titles at the Chateau!, where Ash and his allies met him at the Battle Chateau. He was promoted to the Grand Duke rank after his Onix gained victory against Viola's Surskit. At the end of the episode, Ash and his friends find out that Grant is the Cyllage City Gym Leader, making Ash even more stimulated about his forthcoming Gym battle with him. Grant cannot help himself scaling walls and often falls on the ground, which Viola has become used to. He also appears to be good friends with her.
Coro (The Legend of Zelda)
Coro is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. He resides in a little shack in the woods, as a sales merchant. He's the younger brother of Iza and the older brother of Hena, he's also one of the only residents who doesn't fear Wolf Link, stating that his old sibling is far scarier. In the fishing Hole owned by Hena, there is a wall hanging photo of him holding a Ordon Catfirsh.
Though he is the only member of Hena's family that doesn't excel at fishing. he was able to catch using a special type lure. Like his sister Iza, he has a massive afro, which gives accommodation to birds. He comes across as laid back and very mellow individual, which would give reason as to why animals seems to be so trusting of him. He is also an amateur cook, and ingestion of Coro's soup may in fact cause health problems.
Kate Alen (F-ZERO)
Kate is the legendary vocalist who was selected to sing at the introductory ceremonies of the past few F-ZERO Grand Prix races. Her fanbase are crazy about her compelling dancing moves and soulful vocals. entirely attracted by the intense velocity of the race, Kate chose to pursue F-ZERO racing rather than going along advancing her music career. Taking full benefit of her knowingness of rhythm and athleticism, she wants to run a boisterous race.
The hot singer Kate Alen has been performing since she was a little child. Her parents were both famed recording artists, so as a result she and her ten male siblings performed in the Alen Eleven with her being the youngest in the group. Despite her endowment she never was particularly wild about her calling , but became solo when she reached 21 because it was foreseen of her. One of her tracks, "A Little Love Never Hurt No One" is among her most best-selling songs and still receives airplay. She was first introduced to F-Zero when she was selected to sing the introductory ceremonies of several Grand Prix races.
Unfortunately Nintendo and many other video game companies still have a long way to go in terms of creating larger racial diversity in their games but this is a great start at nonetheless, so without further ado let's look back at several other Black Nintendo characters from 1984 to the present, including characters from the Pokemon, Zelda, Fire emblem and Punch Out!! Series.