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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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.

Read our Nintendo Entertainment System hardware focus

NES Games

Title Rating Publisher Players Genre EU Date « Price
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 20 Jul 07 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 22 Jun 07 500 points
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 08 Jun 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 08 Jun 07 500 points
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 25 May 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario Bros. USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 25 May 07 500 points
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 16 May 07 500 points
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 11 May 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 27 Apr 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 1/10 Nintendo 2 Education 20 Apr 07 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 13 Apr 07 500 points
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 30 Mar 07 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 23 Mar 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Mar 07 500 points
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Mar 07 600 points
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 Mar 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 23 Feb 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 16 Feb 07 500 points
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 Feb 07 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 09 Feb 07 500 points
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 02 Feb 07 500 points
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 12 Jan 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 05 Jan 07 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 29 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 29 Dec 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 22 Dec 06 500 points
Soccer Soccer 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 22 Dec 06 500 points
Tennis Tennis 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 22 Dec 06 500 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 15 Dec 06 500 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 15 Dec 06 500 points
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2/10 Nintendo 2 Fighting 15 Dec 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 08 Dec 06 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 08 Dec 06 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 08 Dec 06 500 points
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 08 Dec 06 500 points
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 19 May 93 -
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 10 Dec 92 -
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Jun 91 -
Nintendo World Cup Nintendo World Cup - Nintendo 4 Sports 27 Jun 91 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Feb 91 -
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 -
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Jan 88 -
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 88 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 15 Dec 87 -
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Nov 87 -
Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling - Nintendo 2 Sports 15 Sep 87 -
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 15 May 87 -
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 Sep 86 -
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