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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
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
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
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 26 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
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 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 -
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
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
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
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 15 Apr 11 500 points
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 29 Aug 08 600 points
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8/10 Taito 2 Arcade 23 Nov 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
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 26 Nov 10 500 points
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
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 19 Dec 13 £4.49/€4.99
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
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
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Mar 12 £4.50/€5.00
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 30 Mar 07 500 points
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 15 Dec 87 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 21 Mar 13 £3.49
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
StarTropics StarTropics 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 11 Jan 08 500 points
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
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 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.: 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
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 -
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 29 May 14 £4.49/€4.99
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
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
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
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 7/10 Konami 2 Sports 21 Dec 07 500 points
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
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 16 Feb 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 27 Apr 13 £3.49
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 7/10 Square Enix 1 RPG 07 May 10 600 points
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
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
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
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
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 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 20 Jul 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 15 Jan 88 -
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
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 11 May 07 500 points
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 23 Aug 12 £3.60/€4.00
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 06 Feb 14 £3.49
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 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
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 15 Dec 06 500 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
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
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
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Feb 14 £3.49
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 24 Aug 07 500 points
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 £3.59/€3.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 20 Jun 13 £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
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
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
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
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 29 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Feb 14 £3.49
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 19 May 93 -
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 25 May 07 500 points
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 12 Jun 14 £3.59/€3.99
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6/10 HAMSTER 1 Import 21 Sep 07 600 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 15 Dec 06 500 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 24 Oct 13 £3.49
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow
6/10 Natsume 2 Action 09 Jul 10 600 points
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
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
Yoshi's Cookie Yoshi's Cookie 6/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 04 Apr 08 500 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
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
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
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
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
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