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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
The Simpsons: Bart vs the Space Mutants The Simpsons: Bart vs the Space Mutants - Acclaim 1 - 1992 -
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
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 04 Dec 14 £3.49
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 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Aug 14 £3.49
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 19 Jul 12 500 points
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 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
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 23 Apr 15 £3.49
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 13 Mar 14 £3.49
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 05 Jun 14 £3.59/€3.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 18 Apr 13 £3.59/€3.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 08 Jan 15 £3.49
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 29 Aug 08 600 points
Mappy-Land Mappy-Land 6/10 Bandai Namco 1 Action 12 Feb 15 £3.49
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 Mar 07 500 points
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 08 Aug 13 £3.49
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 01 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
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
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 12 Jan 07 500 points
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 May 13 £3.49
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 04 Sep 14 £3.49
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 17 Jun 93 -
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 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
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 16 Apr 10 500 points
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 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 29 Mar 12 500 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 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 £4.49/€4.99
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 09 Oct 14 £4.49/€4.99
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 01 Aug 93 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 18 Dec 14 £3.49
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 02 Oct 14 £4.49/€4.99
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 18 Dec 14 £3.49
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll 5/10 Culture Brain 1 Action 05 Mar 15 £3.49
Flying Warriors Flying Warriors 6/10 Culture Brain 1 Action 28 May 15 £3.49
Kung-Fu Heroes Kung-Fu Heroes 6/10 Culture Brain 2 Action 05 Mar 15 £3.49
Little Ninja Brothers Little Ninja Brothers
aka Super Chinese 2 (Japan)
8/10 Culture Brain 1 Action 1991 -
Little Ninja Brothers Little Ninja Brothers
aka Super Chinese 2 (Japan)
8/10 Culture Brain 1 Action 28 May 15 £3.49
Lunar Pool Lunar Pool 5/10 D4 Enterprise 2 Sports 24 Aug 07 500 points
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 88 -
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 Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Aug 14 £3.49
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 16 Oct 14 £3.49
Adventures of Lolo 2 Adventures of Lolo 2 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 01 Feb 08 500 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
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6/10 HAMSTER 1 Import 21 Sep 07 600 points
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
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 15 Apr 11 500 points
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 26 Nov 10 500 points
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 12 Mar 10 600 points
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 08 Jan 15 £3.49
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
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 29 Aug 08 600 points
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 7/10 Konami 2 Sports 21 Dec 07 500 points
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 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
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 -
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 04 Sep 14 £3.49
Contra Contra
aka Probotector (Europe)
- Konami 2 Action 28 Dec 90 -
Double Dribble Double Dribble 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 16 Nov 07 500 points
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 02 Feb 07 500 points
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 01 Nov 12 £4.49/€4.99
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 26 Sep 13 £3.49
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 19 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 18 Sep 14 £3.49
Skate or Die! Skate or Die! 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 21 Dec 07 500 points
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Mar 07 600 points
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
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
Pac-Land Pac-Land 5/10 Namco 1 Action 12 Jun 14 £3.49
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 Feb 11 600 points
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
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
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 1992 -
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action 09 Jul 10 600 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 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
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action 25 Jul 91 -
Summer Carnival '92 RECCA Summer Carnival '92 RECCA 8/10 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
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
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 29 Dec 06 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 24 Oct 13 £3.49
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
Devil World Devil World 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 30 Oct 14 £3.49
Devil World Devil World 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Jul 87 -
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 22 Dec 06 500 points
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. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 20 Apr 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 1986 -
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 22 Jan 15 £3.49
Donkey Kong: Original Edition Donkey Kong: Original Edition 6/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 18 Sep 14 £4.49/€4.99
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 -
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt 8/10 Nintendo 2 Action 15 Aug 87 -
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt 8/10 Nintendo 2 Action 25 Dec 14 £3.49
EarthBound Beginnings EarthBound Beginnings
aka Mother (Japan)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 15 Jun 15 £5.99/€6.99
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 27 Apr 13 £3.49
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 16 Feb 07 500 points
GOLF GOLF 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 £3.49
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