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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 03 Sep 07 500 points
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 01 Sep 88 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 7/10 Hudson 1 Action 11 Sep 14 $4.99
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 14 Dec 09 500 points
BurgerTime BurgerTime 8/10 G-mode 1 Action 06 Dec 12 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 19 Dec 13 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 30 Apr 07 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 04 Apr 13 $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
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 12 Jan 09 500 points
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 9/10 Konami 1 Action 01 Sep 90 -
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 01 Oct 92 -
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 Oct 14 $4.99
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 8/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 Oct 14 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 May 13 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 10 Dec 07 500 points
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Oct 12 $4.99
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7/10 Nintendo 1 Action 25 Jul 13 $4.99
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 13 $4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 18 Aug 08 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 27 Dec 12 $4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 02 May 13 $4.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 15 Sep 08 500 points
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
10/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Feb 13 $4.99
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 10 Nov 08 500 points
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
9/10 Capcom 1 Action 14 Mar 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 19 Apr 10 500 points
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 25 Apr 13 $4.99
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 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
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 Jun 11 500 points
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 20 Jun 13 $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
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 21 Aug 14 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 14 May 07 500 points
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 13 Dec 12 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 8/10 Tecmo 1 Action 06 Feb 14 $4.99
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
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
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
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
Pac-Land Pac-Land 5/10 Namco 1 Action 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Rampage Rampage 5/10 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 98 -
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 07 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 (EU title)
8/10 Natsume 2 Action Jun 1991 -
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action 14 Jun 10 500 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7/10 Natsume 2 Action Jan 1991 -
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 17 Mar 08 500 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 06 Jun 13 $4.99
Spelunker Spelunker 3/10 Tozai Games 1 Action 27 Jun 13 $4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 27 Aug 07 500 points
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 24 Jan 13 $4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
7/10 Konami 2 Action 13 Feb 14 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 25 Dec 06 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 16 Feb 12 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 19 Sep 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 17 Nov 85 -
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 02 Jul 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 11 Jul 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 10/10 Nintendo 1 Action 05 Nov 07 500 points
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/10 Konami 1 Action 02 Apr 07 600 points
The Mysterious Murasame Castle The Mysterious Murasame Castle 8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 29 Oct 07 500 points
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
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Aug 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Aug 87 -
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Mar 12 $4.99
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 31 Oct 13 $4.99
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 7/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 08 Feb 10 500 points
StarTropics StarTropics 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 07 Jan 08 500 points
Sweet Home Sweet Home - Capcom 1 Adventure 15 Dec 89 -
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 19 Nov 06 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 05 Jul 12 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Aug 13 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Aug 87 -
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 23 Aug 10 600 points
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
8/10 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Nov 12 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Dec 08 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 Jan 13 $4.99
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Jul 07 500 points
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8/10 Taito 2 Arcade 31 Dec 07 500 points
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 26 May 08 500 points
City Connection City Connection 3/10 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 21 Nov 13 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 01 Sep 08 500 points
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 17 Oct 13 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 27 Mar 14 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Jul 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jul 08 500 points
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Sep 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 05 Dec 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 04 Dec 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jun 12 $4.99
Elevator Action Elevator Action 6/10 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Mar 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 12 Feb 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 31 Jan 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
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 30 Jan 14 $4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 07 May 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 06 Dec 12 $4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5/10 Tecmo 1 Arcade 23 Jan 14 $4.99
Operation Wolf Operation Wolf 1/10 Taito 1 Arcade 04 Feb 08 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 14 May 07 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 29 Nov 12 $4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 02 May 13 $4.99
Popeye Popeye - Nintendo 2 Arcade 11 Jun 86 -
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 19 May 08 500 points
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5/10 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 20 Feb 14 $4.99
The Legend of Kage The Legend of Kage 2/10 Taito 1 Arcade 19 Feb 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 03 Sep 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 28 Aug 14 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3/10 Nintendo 2 Education 18 Oct 85 -
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 28 Apr 08 500 points
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
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Jun 12 500 points
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 14 Aug 14 $4.99
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 15 Jan 90 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 01 Jul 93 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 27 Nov 14 $4.49
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8/10 Capcom 1 Fighting 27 Nov 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 3/10 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 May 08 500 points
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
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Apr 08 500 points
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 14 Nov 13 $4.99
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