I'm glad you mentioned this. Majority of Japanese games made have a female in it.
Ms. Pac Man
Donkey Kong Jr. - Princess
Super Mario/Mario Kart - Princess
Street Fighter - Chung Li
Samuraii Showdown - Cham Cham + Charlotte
Capcom vs Marvel - Psylocke, Phoenix, Rogue, She-Hulk, Storm
metroid - samus nuff said