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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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

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NES Games

Title Rating Publisher Players Genre US Date « Price
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 21 Aug 14 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 14 Aug 14 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 24 Jul 14 $3.49
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 26 Jun 14 $4.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 26 Jun 14 $4.99
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Jun 14 $4.99
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Jun 14 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Pac-Land Pac-Land 5/10 Namco 1 Action 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Soccer Soccer 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Jun 14 $3.49
Soccer Soccer 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 15 May 14 $4.99
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 01 May 14 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 14 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 14 $4.99
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 10 Apr 14 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 27 Mar 14 $4.99
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Mar 14 $4.99
Volleyball Volleyball 2/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Mar 14 $4.99
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 13 Mar 14 $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 13 Mar 14 $4.99
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 06 Mar 14 $4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 06 Mar 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Feb 14 $4.99
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 20 Feb 14 $4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 13 Feb 14 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 06 Feb 14 $4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 30 Jan 14 $4.99
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 23 Jan 14 $4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 23 Jan 14 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 19 Dec 13 $4.99
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Dec 13 $3.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 12 Dec 13 $4.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 12 Dec 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 05 Dec 13 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7/10 Tecmo 1 Action 28 Nov 13 $4.99
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 21 Nov 13 $4.99
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 14 Nov 13 $4.99
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Nov 13 $4.99
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Nov 13 $4.99
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 31 Oct 13 $4.99
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 17 Oct 13 $4.99
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2/10 Nintendo 2 Fighting 17 Oct 13 $4.99
GOLF GOLF 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 $4.99
Tennis Tennis 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Sep 13 $4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Sep 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 19 Sep 13 $4.99
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 7/10 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Summer Carnival '92 RECCA Summer Carnival '92 RECCA 8/10 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 05 Sep 13 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Aug 13 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 22 Aug 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 25 Jul 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Jul 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 11 Jul 13 $4.99
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 27 Jun 13 $4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 12 Jun 13 $0.30
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 06 Jun 13 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 May 13 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 $4.99
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 May 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 May 13 $4.49
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 02 May 13 $4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 02 May 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Apr 13 $4.99
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 13 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 04 Apr 13 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 20 Mar 13 $4.99
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 14 Mar 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 07 Mar 13 $4.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 21 Feb 13 $4.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 14 Feb 13 $3.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Feb 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 31 Jan 13 $4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 24 Jan 13 $4.99
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 Jan 13 $4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 27 Dec 12 $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 27 Dec 12 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 13 Dec 12 $4.99
BurgerTime BurgerTime 8/10 G-mode 1 Action 06 Dec 12 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 06 Dec 12 $4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 29 Nov 12 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Nov 12 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Oct 12 $4.99
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 18 Oct 12 $4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 05 Jul 12 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 05 Jul 12 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Jun 12 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jun 12 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 08 Mar 12 $4.99
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Mar 12 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 16 Feb 12 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 Jun 11 500 points
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 21 Feb 11 500 points
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 07 Feb 11 500 points
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 23 Aug 10 600 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow
6/10 Natsume 2 Action 14 Jun 10 500 points
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 19 Apr 10 500 points
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril - RetroZone 1 Platformer 23 Feb 10 -
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 7/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 08 Feb 10 500 points
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 14 Dec 09 500 points
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 6/10 Majesco 1 Platformer 23 Nov 09 500 points
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 7/10 Square Enix 1 RPG 05 Oct 09 500 points
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 14 Sep 09 500 points
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 16 Feb 09 500 points
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 12 Jan 09 500 points
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Dec 08 500 points
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 10 Nov 08 500 points
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 22 Sep 08 500 points
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 15 Sep 08 500 points
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 01 Sep 08 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 18 Aug 08 500 points
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jul 08 500 points
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 26 May 08 500 points
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 19 May 08 500 points
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 May 08 500 points
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 28 Apr 08 500 points
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Apr 08 500 points
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 07 Apr 08 500 points
Yoshi's Cookie Yoshi's Cookie 6/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Apr 08 500 points
King's Knight King's Knight 3/10 Square Enix 1 Shooter 24 Mar 08 500 points
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