Hands up!

Nintendo's library of characters is the envy of the gaming world, with a history that stretches all the way back to the dawn of the industry. While many might assume that the company's first mascot is Mario, there have been several other individuals who can lay claim to being the Japanese firm's leading character. Donkey Kong is arguably Nintendo's first success in the gaming arena, and we've had Mr. Game & Watch, too.

However, the hero of Sheriff pre-dates both Mario and Kong, and - according to YouTuber Daniel "Slopes" Ibbertson - should be considered Nintendo's first real mascot. Sheriff starred in one of Nintendo's first arcade titles and would later be resurrected in the Super Smash Bros. series - that's some serious longevity.

You can see more about the history of this character by watching the excellent video below.