|Also known as||"Boku" (Early Japanese name; literally means "I" or "myself") |
Ken (Mother novel)
|Age||12 years old|
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 (ニンテン) is a character in Mother. He is a boy from the suburbs of Podunk, and is the older brother of Mimmie and Minnie. 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. 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 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 in northern Podunk at the beginning of his adventure. In the first events of Mother, Ninten must control the influences of a mischievous poltergeist on the ornaments within his house. Examples of such items under the control of the poltergeist include a lamp and a doll, both of which Ninten must battle. After that, he is sent to investigate the origin of these strange phenomena, which are also occuring in the rest of the world, that are later revealed to be caused by 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 where the two dance in a cottage on Mt. Itoi, where Ana confesses her feelings for Ninten. It is unclear whether their relationship continues after the game.
Ninten seems to be more stubborn than the other main characters, and may even have a bad temper. This can be proven by Ninten fighting the bigger and stronger Teddy in Ellay, and getting angry at hippies for trying to trick him into thinking his mother was calling him. Ninten is asthmatic, the only character in the series who is. When his asthma is out of control, he is not able to fight at all. He also has a very weak immune system, tending to fall sick very easily. 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.
Throughout Mother, Ninten can learn a variety of different PSI ablities. Among the Assist abilities are 4th-D Slip , DefenseDown, DefenseUp, Hypnosis, OffenseUp, PowerShield, 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 protagonist that doesn't know any offensive PSI. However, it is interesting to note that in the commercial for EarthBound Zero, Ninten and Ana are seen casting the offensive PSI PK Beam to destroy R7308xx. According to the commercial, Ninten is capable of casting PK Beam when Ana is casting it with him.
Ninten's name is derived from Nintendo, 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. Ninten himself was referred to as 'Boku', Japanese for "Me", to show the player was meant to name him. It is not known when or why Ninten was adopted as the official name, but he is now called as such in both America and Japan. It is interesting to note that in the Mother novel, he was called Ken.
- In the Mother 1 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 handkerchief. In his in-game sprites, he is modeled with a blue shirt (with a single thick stripe of an unspecified color 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 hankercheif 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 hankerchief whatsoever; thus, the hankercief is not exactly canon.
- It is rumored (though not proven) that just as it is speculated that Ana is Ness's unnamed mother, Ninten may also be Ness's unnamed father, explaining the similarities between the two. While Ness's unnamed father is never shown, it would explain Ness's black hair, as well as his classic baseball cap (in Ness's flashback, his parents gave him the hat when he was just a baby).
- Ninten has the most known relatives between Ness and Lucas. Ness having 3, Lucas having 4 and Ninten having 6 (7 if you consider Giygas his technically adoptive grandfather).
- Ninten is the only PSI user that never learns Offensive PSI.
- Ninten's name is derived from the company Nintendo.