Woot! Just about every Internet fiend I know loves two things.  Video games and tattoos!  Why not combine the two into a single article showcasing some of the most ridiculous video game tattoos out there.  A quick look around the web shows the most popular tattoos are based on characters in classic Nintendo games.  Mario, Link from Legend of Zelda, Metroid, the Princess.  These characters show up over and over and appear to have been so important to people during their formative gaming years they are willing to forever mark their bodies.  To honor this commitment to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) platform here are some of the best NES tattoos I could find.

Mario

8-bit Mario

Mario is the most recognizable and commonly recurring character in the Nintendo library. Starting with Donkey Kong then Mario Brothers on to Super Mario Brothers and many more after that, Mario has appeared in over 200 Nintendo games since his first mission trying to defeat a surly gorilla and save a hapless princess.  Mario is most famous for Super Mario Brothers, the key platform game for the NES.  As a long time NES fan myself, I felt the best Mario tattoo would be a classic 8-bit version of him and sure enough somebody got that tattooed on the back of their leg.

Legend of Zelda

8-bit Link

Nearly as famous as Mario is Link from Legend of Zelda.  Considered by many to be one of the greatest games of all time, the original Legend of Zelda was a long drawn adventure that took hours and hours of game play to finally beat.  Assuming the role of Link for so long clearly had an impact on the guy below because he went out and had an enormous Link tattooed on his arm.  Presented here in full 8-bit glory.

 

Metroid

Metroid

Nearly as popular as Mario, Metroid was a staple of the Nintendo library.  In fact, the game play of Metroid was heavily influenced by both the Mario franchise and Legend of Zelda and was one of the first games to ever feature a female as the lead character.  By tattooing Samus Aran on his body surely this guy is proponent of women’s equality and empowerment.

Montage

Montage

Here’s somebody who likes the Nintendo library so much he couldn’t commit to a single game character.  Instead he went for montage showcasing characters across multiple games and time periods.  He even had the original NES controller inked.