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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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 US Date » Price
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 17 Nov 85 -
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 11 Jun 86 -
Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling - Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Mar 87 -
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Aug 87 -
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Aug 87 -
Stinger Stinger - Konami 1 Shooter 01 Sep 87 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Oct 87 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 01 Sep 88 -
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 20 Apr 89 -
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Sweet Home Sweet Home - Capcom 1 Adventure 15 Dec 89 -
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 01 Sep 90 -
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 01 Oct 90 -
Nintendo World Cup Nintendo World Cup - Nintendo 4 Sports 01 Dec 90 -
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 01 Feb 92 -
Adventure Island III Adventure Island III - Hudson 1 Platformer 18 Sep 92 -
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 98 -
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 19 Nov 06 500 points
Soccer Soccer 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 19 Nov 06 500 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 19 Nov 06 500 points
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 04 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 11 Dec 06 500 points
Tennis Tennis 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 18 Dec 06 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 25 Dec 06 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Jan 07 500 points
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2/10 Nintendo 2 Fighting 01 Jan 07 500 points
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 08 Jan 07 500 points
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Jan 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
The Legend of Kage The Legend of Kage 2/10 Taito 1 Arcade 19 Feb 07 500 points
Elevator Action Elevator Action 6/10 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Mar 07 500 points
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 7/10 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Mar 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 19 Mar 07 500 points
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 02 Apr 07 600 points
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 Apr 07 500 points
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 16 Apr 07 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 30 Apr 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 07 May 07 500 points
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 14 May 07 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 14 May 07 500 points
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 11 Jun 07 500 points
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 18 Jun 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 02 Jul 07 500 points
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 09 Jul 07 500 points
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 09 Jul 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Jul 07 500 points
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 30 Jul 07 500 points
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 06 Aug 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Aug 07 500 points
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 27 Aug 07 500 points
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 03 Sep 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 1/10 Nintendo 2 Education 03 Sep 07 500 points
NES Play Action Football NES Play Action Football 3/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Sep 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
aka Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Import 01 Oct 07 600 points
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 15 Oct 07 500 points
Lunar Pool Lunar Pool 5/10 D4 Enterprise 2 Sports 22 Oct 07 500 points
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6/10 HAMSTER 1 Import 22 Oct 07 600 points
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 29 Oct 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 05 Nov 07 500 points
Volleyball Volleyball 2/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Nov 07 500 points
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 07 500 points
Double Dribble Double Dribble 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 26 Nov 07 500 points
Zanac Zanac 7/10 D4 Enterprise 1 Shooter 03 Dec 07 500 points
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 10 Dec 07 500 points
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 7/10 Konami 2 Sports 24 Dec 07 500 points
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8/10 Taito 2 Arcade 31 Dec 07 500 points
StarTropics StarTropics 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 07 Jan 08 500 points
Adventures of Lolo 2 Adventures of Lolo 2 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Jan 08 500 points
Operation Wolf Operation Wolf 1/10 Taito 1 Arcade 04 Feb 08 500 points
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7/10 Tecmo 1 Action 18 Feb 08 500 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 17 Mar 08 500 points
King's Knight King's Knight 3/10 Square Enix 1 Shooter 24 Mar 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
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Apr 08 500 points
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 28 Apr 08 500 points
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 May 08 500 points
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 19 May 08 500 points
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 26 May 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
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jul 08 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 18 Aug 08 500 points
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 01 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
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 22 Sep 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
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Dec 08 500 points
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 12 Jan 09 500 points
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 16 Feb 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
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 7/10 Square Enix 1 RPG 05 Oct 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
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 14 Dec 09 500 points
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 7/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 08 Feb 10 500 points
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril - RetroZone 1 Platformer 23 Feb 10 -
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 19 Apr 10 500 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow
6/10 Natsume 2 Action 14 Jun 10 500 points
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 23 Aug 10 600 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
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 21 Feb 11 500 points
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 Jun 11 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 16 Feb 12 $4.99
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Mar 12 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 08 Mar 12 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jun 12 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 7/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Jun 12 500 points
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
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 18 Oct 12 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Oct 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
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 29 Nov 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
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 13 Dec 12 $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
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 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
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 31 Jan 13 $4.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Feb 13 $4.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 14 Feb 13 $3.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 21 Feb 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 07 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
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 20 Mar 13 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 04 Apr 13 $4.99
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 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
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
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
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
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
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