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Sprites Ninten(Japanese) Ninten Failed Teleport (Mother) Ninten 2 Ninten 4
Also known as "Boku" (early Japanese name; literally means "I" or "myself")
Ken (EarthBound Beginnings novel)
Age 12 years old
Origin Podunk
Relatives Carol
Ninten's Father
Giegue (adoptive relative)
Appears in EarthBound Beginnings
Mother 1 + 2

"Well, now that the Earth's crisis is finally over, I think I'll just lay down for a moment and Zzzzzzzzz"
— Ninten

Ninten (にんてん) is a character in EarthBound Beginnings. He is a boy from the suburbs of Podunk, and is the older brother of Minnie and Mimmie. He usually uses common-place items such as baseball bats as his primary weapon, along with boomerangs and slingshots. Ninten is the only character in the Mother series to suffer from asthma during battle. This is similar to Ness's homesick status effect in that it is unique to their characters only. Unlike his counterparts Ness and Lucas, Ninten has yet to appear as a character in the Super Smash Bros. series. 


Ninten lives in a small house north of Podunk with his mother and father (although the latter is rarely at home, and does not appear in the house in-game), and his two twin sisters. Ninten's adventure begins when a phenomenon causes houshold objects to attack in his home. After the event is ended by the slaying of a possessed doll, Ninten begins to investigate the origin of these strange phenomena, which are also occuring in the rest of the world. The cause is later revealed to be the evil influence of Giygas.

Like most protagonists of early Nintendo games, Ninten is generally a silent character, having no speaking roles beyond "yes" or "no" responses, with the exception of a speech he gives at the end of the game. In-battle, he can deal damage using his primary weapon, usually a bat, and learn to use various PSI abilities. As the game progresses, Ninten and Ana develop feelings for each other, which culminates in a scene in which the two dance in a cottage on Mt. Itoi. In the English prototype and Mother 1 + 2, it is implied that the two maintain a relationship after the events of the game as the final cutscenes show Ana recieving a letter from Ninten.

Ninten is asthmatic and is the only character in the series who is. When his asthma is out of control, he is not able to fight, making his condition similar to Ness's homesickness. Ninten's exclusive ability is 4th-D Slip, which lets himself and his party escape almost any battle. Ninten's favorite food is Prime Ribs, and his favorite animal is the penguin.

PSI Abilities

Throughout Mother, Ninten can learn a variety of different PSI ablities. Among the Assist abilities are 4th-D Slip , DefenseDown, DefenseUp, Hypnosis, OffenseUpPowerShield, PSI Shield and QuickUp. Among the Other abilities are Telepathy and Teleport. Finally, among the Recover abilities are Healing and LifeUp. Ninten is the only Mother series protagonist that doesn't know any offensive PSI. However, it is interesting to note that in the commercial for EarthBound Beginnings, Ninten and Ana are seen casting the offensive PSI, PK Beam to destroy a robot resembling R•7038XX. The idea of Ninten learning PK Beam must have been scrapped due to balancing issues.


Ninten's name is derived from the name Nintendo (only without the "do"), the company that published and developed the Mother series. The name 'Ninten' was used by Nintendo as a placeholder name in guides and suchlike for many games in the 1990's. Among the other generic titles the characters received in the instruction manual, Ninten himself was referred to as 'Boku', Japanese for "Me", to show the player was meant to name him. Screenshots and player's guides used "Ninten" as the main character's name, and it has since been adopted as his official name. In the Japanese Mother novel adaptation, however, he was called Ken.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Ninten SSBB Sticker

Ninten appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a sticker. Attaching this sticker to the bottom of Ness or Lucas's trophies in The Subspace Emissary increases their PK attack by 24.

Ninten may have also been considered breifly for Brawl, but he never made it past the planning stages.


  • In the Japanese commercial, Ninten is shown to wear a tri-colored shirt of equally sized red, yellow, and blue stripes tucked into his pants, a red hat with a blue rim facing the left, navy blue pants fastened with a belt, black shoes, black socks, and a red bandana.
    • In his in-game sprites, he is modeled with a blue shirt (with a single thick stripe of a low saturated yellow due to the Nintendo Entertainment System's color limitations in the unreleased localization), a red hat with a black (possibly would have been a different color if the Nintendo Entertainment System did not have color limitations) brim also facing the left, dark blue pants with no visible belt at all, blue shoes, no visible socks, and the apparent lack of a bandana at all.
    • His clay model depicts him wearing a bi-colored shirt of unequally sized blue and yellow stripes (i.e., blue stripes are thicker than the yellow stripes) tucked into his pants only on the left side, a red hat with a blue rim facing the left, navy blue shorts with no belt, blue shoes, red socks, and, again, no bandana whatsoever; thus, the bandana is not exactly canon.
  • Ninten has the most known relatives between Ness and Lucas. Ness having three, Lucas having four and Ninten having six.
  • Oddly enough in the Earthbound Beginnings trailer for Wii U, he is shown to have had his favourite food as Steak which is actually Ness's favourite food.

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