NES

NES

NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES, for short) is arguably one of the most popular consoles ever created. Released in Japan as the Famicom ('Family Computer'), Nintendo's 8-bit machine was re-styled for the West and went on to sell millions thanks to its stellar range of first class software.

First home to some of Nintendo's most respected franchises - including Super Mario, Metroid and Zelda - the NES was a triumph of gameplay over graphics. By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to effortlessly see off all challengers. As the '90s dawned the machine started to lose ground to the next generation of newer 16-bit consoles, but games like Super Mario Bros. 3 sold by the bucketloads and proved that the console still had something to offer in the face of technically superior rivals.

The 'toaster' design of the NES has since gone on to be one of the truly iconic images in the history of videogames and through the Virtual Console the legacy of this wonderful machine lives on.

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NES Games

Title Rating Publisher Players « Genre EU Date Price
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 May 13 £3.59/€3.99
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 29 Nov 13 £3.59/€3.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 22 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 19 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 10 Jan 14 £4.49/€4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 23 Aug 12 £3.60/€4.00
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
aka Action in New York (EU title)
8/10 Natsume 2 Action 04 Dec 14 £3.49
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action 04 Dec 14 £3.49
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 25 Jul 13 £4.49/€4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 02 May 13 £4.49/€4.99
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 05 Jun 14 £3.59/€3.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 01 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 25 Oct 13 £3.59/€3.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 02 May 13 £4.49/€4.99
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 10 Jan 13 £4.49/€4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 14 Feb 13 £4.49/€4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 £3.59/€3.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 17 Apr 14 £4.49/€4.99
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 17 Oct 13 £3.59/€3.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 08 May 14 £3.49
Devil World Devil World 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 20 Mar 14 £3.49
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 18 Apr 13 £3.59/€3.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 21 Nov 13 £4.49/€4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 12 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 23 Aug 12 £4.50/€5.00
Donkey Kong: Original Edition Donkey Kong: Original Edition 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 18 Sep 14 £4.49/€4.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 01 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 Oct 14 £4.39
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 03 Jan 13 £4.49/€4.99
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 01 Nov 12 £4.49/€4.99
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 12 Jun 14 £3.59/€3.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 18 Oct 12 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Feb 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 04 Apr 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Apr 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 May 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 £4.49/€4.99
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 25 Oct 12 £4.49/€4.99
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 09 Oct 14 £4.49/€4.99
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 26 Sep 13 £3.59/€3.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 15 Nov 12 £4.49/€4.99
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 29 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7/10 Tecmo 1 Action 23 Jan 14 £3.59/€3.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 28 Feb 13 £4.49/€4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 20 Feb 14 £4.49/€4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 22 Aug 13 £3.59/€3.99
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 18 Jul 13 £3.59/€3.99
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Summer Carnival '92 RECCA Summer Carnival '92 RECCA 8/10 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 07 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 26 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
aka Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Import 27 Dec 12 £4.49/€4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 12 Apr 12 £4.50/€5.00
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 29 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 £3.59/€3.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Sep 12 £4.50/€5.00

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