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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 22 Feb 08 500 points
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 03 Jul 14 £3.49
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 09 Apr 10 500 points
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 23 Mar 07 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 14 Feb 13 £4.49/€4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 20 Mar 14 £3.49
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 31 Oct 08 500 points
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 17 Apr 14 £4.49/€4.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 10 Dec 92 -
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 31 Oct 08 500 points
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 03 Jan 13 £4.49/€4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 May 13 £3.49
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 23 Feb 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 11 Jul 13 £3.49
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 Feb 07 500 points
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 18 Apr 13 £3.49
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 22 Jun 07 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 18 Oct 12 £4.49/€4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 02 May 13 £3.49
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 14 Dec 07 500 points
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 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 £3.49
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 14 Nov 08 500 points
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 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 £3.49
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 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 £3.49
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 Apr 10 500 points
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 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 24 Jul 14 £3.49
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 29 Mar 12 500 points
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
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 21 Sep 07 600 points
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 15 Nov 12 £4.49/€4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 27 Mar 14 £3.49
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-Land Pac-Land 5/10 Namco 1 Action 12 Jun 14 £3.49
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 88 -
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
aka Action in New York
8/10 Natsume 2 Action 04 Feb 11 600 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow
6/10 Natsume 2 Action 09 Jul 10 600 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 05 Sep 08 600 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 06 Jun 13 £3.49
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 18 Jul 13 £3.59/€3.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 12 Oct 07 500 points
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 C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 19 Jun 14 £3.49
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 15 May 87 -
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 05 Jan 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 01 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 12 Sep 13 £3.49
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 25 May 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 May 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. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 09 Nov 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 26 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Mar 07 600 points
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 29 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 19 Oct 07 500 points
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 £3.59/€3.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 01 May 14 £3.49
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 11 Jul 13 £3.49
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 20 Jul 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Jan 88 -
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 19 Mar 10 600 points
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 26 Sep 13 £3.59/€3.99
StarTropics StarTropics 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 11 Jan 08 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 08 Dec 06 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 12 Apr 12 £4.50/€5.00
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Aug 13 £3.49
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Nov 87 -
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 02 Jul 10 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 09 Feb 07 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Sep 12 £4.50/€5.00
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 26 Sep 13 £3.49
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 10 Jul 09 600 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 08 Jun 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 Jan 13 £3.49
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 May 13 £3.59/€3.99
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8/10 Taito 2 Arcade 23 Nov 07 500 points
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 25 Jul 08 500 points
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 06 Mar 09 500 points
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 17 Oct 13 £3.49
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 31 Oct 08 500 points
Devil World Devil World 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 20 Mar 14 £3.49
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 08 Dec 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Jul 13 £3.49
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 09 Jan 09 500 points
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 24 Oct 13 £3.49
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 Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Apr 13 £3.49
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 22 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 27 Apr 13 £3.49
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Mar 07 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 08 Dec 06 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 20 Jun 13 £3.49
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 10 Jan 14 £4.49/€4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 25 Oct 12 £4.49/€4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 27 Apr 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 27 Mar 14 £3.49
Operation Wolf Operation Wolf 1/10 Taito 1 Arcade 14 Mar 08 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 13 Apr 07 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 28 Feb 13 £4.49/€4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 02 May 13 £3.49
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 Sep 86 -
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 1/10 Nintendo 2 Education 20 Apr 07 500 points
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 25 Apr 08 500 points
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 13 Mar 14 £3.49
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 7/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 19 Jul 12 500 points
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 7/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 22 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 20 Feb 14 £4.49/€4.99
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 06 Mar 14 £3.49
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 22 Feb 08 500 points
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 25 Jul 13 £4.49/€4.99
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2/10 Nintendo 2 Fighting 15 Dec 06 500 points
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2/10 Nintendo 2 Fighting 17 Oct 13 £3.49
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 29 Aug 08 600 points
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 29 Aug 08 600 points
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 18 Apr 13 £3.59/€3.99
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6/10 HAMSTER 1 Import 21 Sep 07 600 points
Smash Table Tennis Smash Table Tennis
aka Smash Ping Pong (JPN title)
1/10 Nintendo 2 Import 17 Jul 09 600 points
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
aka Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Import 14 Sep 07 600 points
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
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
aka Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Import 23 Jan 14 £3.49
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 6/10 Majesco 1 Platformer 18 Dec 09 500 points
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 15 Apr 11 500 points
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 19 May 93 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 08 Jun 07 500 points
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Feb 91 -
Adventures of Lolo 2 Adventures of Lolo 2 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 01 Feb 08 500 points
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 13 Feb 14 £4.49/€4.99
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Jun 91 -
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 12 Mar 10 600 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 £3.49
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 22 Aug 13 £3.59/€3.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 15 Dec 06 500 points
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 08 Dec 06 500 points
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 25 Oct 13 £3.59/€3.99
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