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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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 US Date « Price
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 21 Feb 13 $4.99
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril - RetroZone 1 Platformer 23 Feb 10 -
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 98 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 01 Jul 93 -
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports Oct 1992 -
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 01 Oct 92 -
Adventure Island III Adventure Island III - Hudson 1 Platformer 18 Sep 92 -
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 01 Feb 92 -
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 Jun 1991 -
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action Jan 1991 -
Nintendo World Cup Nintendo World Cup - Nintendo 4 Sports 01 Dec 90 -
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 01 Oct 90 -
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 01 Sep 90 -
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 90 -
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 15 Jan 90 -
Sweet Home Sweet Home - Capcom 1 Adventure 15 Dec 89 -
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
Monster Party Monster Party - Bandai 1 Platformer 01 Jun 89 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 20 Apr 89 -
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 01 Sep 88 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Oct 87 -
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 01 Sep 87 -
Stinger Stinger - Konami 1 Shooter 01 Sep 87 -
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Aug 87 -
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Aug 87 -
Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling - Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Mar 87 -
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 11 Jun 86 -
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 17 Nov 85 -
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 18 Oct 85 -

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