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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
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
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 12 Dec 13 £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 -
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Mar 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 27 Apr 13 £3.49
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 12 Mar 10 600 points
Lunar Pool Lunar Pool 5/10 D4 Enterprise 2 Sports 24 Aug 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
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 -
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 £4.49/€4.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 16 May 07 500 points
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 02 May 13 £4.49/€4.99
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 29 Dec 06 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 24 Oct 13 £3.49
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
Double Dribble Double Dribble 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 16 Nov 07 500 points
GOLF GOLF 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 £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
Skate or Die! Skate or Die! 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 21 Dec 07 500 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
Tennis Tennis 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 £3.49
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
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 -
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
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 16 Mar 07 600 points
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
Volleyball Volleyball 2/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Aug 07 500 points
Volleyball Volleyball 2/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 08 May 14 £3.49
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Operation Wolf Operation Wolf 1/10 Taito 1 Arcade 14 Mar 08 500 points
Smash Table Tennis Smash Table Tennis
aka Smash Ping Pong (JPN title)
1/10 Nintendo 2 Import 17 Jul 09 600 points
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Nintendo World Cup Nintendo World Cup - Nintendo 4 Sports 27 Jun 91 -
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 Sep 86 -
Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling - Nintendo 2 Sports 15 Sep 87 -
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