Black Nintendo Characters

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When you think of Nintendo and it's assortment of mascots, you'd most likely envision fair skinned, blonde blued eye heroes, Italian plumbers and anthropomorphic creatures but rarely would you envision a black character, nope. Nevertheless times are somewhat changing and as we take a look back at Nintendo's history there's actually been more black characters in a number of Nintendo games then you can count on one hand.

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!!)


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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.

Mr. Sandman's latest appearance is in the Wii edition of Punch-Out!!, where he is the undisputed champ of the WVBA, and is rejuvenated back to his speedy and almighty self (first seen in the Arcade and NES Punch-Out!!). He is potentially inspired by the Philadelphia-born Joe Frazier. Mr. Sandman has also featured in a Topps trading card series. He is voiced by Riley Inge in the Wii title.

Grant Zakuro (Pokemon X & Y)

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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.

Grant re-emerged in Climbing the Walls! when Ash reached Cyllage Gym. Grant, unlike most Gym Leaders, permitted Ash to use his whole squad against him while he would only be using two Pokémon. After some difficult battles, Ash gained the victory and Grant gifted him the Cliff Badge, telling the Trainer he would like to fight him at the Battle Chateau in the future.

Coro (The Legend of Zelda)


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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.

 The teenage entrepreneur also has a pet bird called Trill who keeps watch over another store in the north of Faron Woods. Trill remarks on how his superior never demonstrates any appreciation for him looking after the shop daily, and guesses that Coro in all likelihood didn't get shown much love in his younger years. If Link steals from Trill's store, Coro gets angry at his pet for allowing it to happen.

Kate Alen (F-ZERO)


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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.

uninterested with her lavish diva lifestyle and lack of liveliness, she registered in the F-Zero school several years ago. After four years she entered her first Grand Prix race. Thanks to her sense of musical rhythm and her vigor, she is well prepared for the high velocity of the F-Zero 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.


22 comments:

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  2. Splatoon has black characters... black octopus...octopumpum...

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  4. I felt Mr Sandman was way better than Little Mac but the fights were obviously fixed in Punch Out!! Which is why Little Mac was able to beat him. In reality that sure as hell wouldn't be the case and that's fact.

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  5. What about Black Yoshi?

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  6. I would have loved to see Kate Alen in a new F-Zero title for the Wii U but Nintendo are playing games and heavily neglecting their second prized racing franchise which sucks to be honest.

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  7. I'd go as far to say that The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess had some of the most racially diverse characters in the entire series, especially when you take into account characters like Telma, Hena, Coro etc.

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  8. The black characters in Pokemon are so cool, Iris and Lenora are my favorite from Pokemon Black and White.

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  9. Just realized that the Mario series is the only one that doesn't have a single black character, not even in the spin-off titles like Mario golf or Mario Tennis. I think it would be cool if Nintendo created a black human character in the Mario games.

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  10. The Punch Out!! Series has the most black characters from Nintendo but i think that's due to it being a boxing game.

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  11. Hope there's more black gym leaders in future Pokemon games, no matter where the region is.

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  12. Forceatowulf26/07/2015, 11:55

    I wonder if Black Yoshi counts.. maybe not because he's not human.

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  13. There better be some black characters in the new legend of Zelda game, it only makes it fair since you can't customize Link or change his skintone.

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  14. Pokemon has the best black Nintendo characters, let's actually no competition.

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  15. Damn.. i can't believe Nintendo did away with the F-Zero series like that.

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  16. Genesis_Rhapsodos26/07/2015, 13:25

    Thank you, i wasn't aware that there were this many black Nintendo characters.

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  17. Please make more of these mini episodes featuring black characters in video game media, it's very interesting.

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  18. Nintendo needs to put more diversity in Mario games, they have a chance to implement racial diversity in their sport titles so i don't see why they don't just go for it. Games like Pokemon and Splatoon are definitely a step in the right direction regardless.

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  19. Wow Kate Alen is so pretty, it just shows that Nintendo and other video game companies can come up with characters that look black but they choose not to at times, Kate's character design is a rare case.

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  20. Telma was awesome, they should introduce more black Zelda characters. It's only the right thing to do.

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