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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
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
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
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 14 Dec 09 500 points
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
9/10 Sunsoft 1 Action 24 Jul 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 -
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
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 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
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 9/10 Nintendo 2 Action 17 Nov 85 -
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
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 06 Mar 14 $4.99
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8/10 Taito 2 Arcade 31 Dec 07 500 points
BurgerTime BurgerTime 8/10 G-mode 1 Action 06 Dec 12 500 points
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 Castlevania 8/10 Konami 1 Action 19 Dec 13 $4.99
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 21 Feb 11 500 points
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
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 16 Feb 09 500 points
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 23 Jan 14 $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 Jun 11 500 points
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 16 May 13 $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
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 08 Mar 12 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 16 Apr 07 500 points
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Oct 87 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 8/10 Nintendo 1 Sports 20 Mar 13 $4.99
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
StarTropics StarTropics 8/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 07 Jan 08 500 points
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
Summer Carnival '92 RECCA Summer Carnival '92 RECCA 8/10 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 05 Sep 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario Bros. USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 02 Jul 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario Bros. USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario Bros. USA (JPN)
8/10 Nintendo 1 Action 11 Jul 13 $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 01 Oct 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 $4.99
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
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
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 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 06 Aug 07 500 points
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 15 May 14 $4.99
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 20 Apr 89 -
Adventures of Lolo 2 Adventures of Lolo 2 7/10 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Jan 08 500 points
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 7/10 Konami 2 Sports 24 Dec 07 500 points
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 7/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Jun 12 500 points
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Double Dragon II: The Revenge 7/10 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 19 Mar 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 7/10 Square Enix 1 RPG 05 Oct 09 500 points
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 Apr 07 500 points
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Galaga Galaga 7/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 13 Mar 14 $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
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7/10 Capcom 1 Action 30 May 13 $4.99
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 18 Oct 12 $4.99
Gradius Gradius 7/10 Konami 1 Shooter 08 Jan 07 500 points
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
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 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
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Mar 12 $4.99
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Aug 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7/10 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Aug 87 -
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 05 Jul 12 $4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 18 Jun 07 500 points
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 7/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 06 Mar 14 $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-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
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 7/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 08 Feb 10 500 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 $4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7/10 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Sep 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
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 7/10 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Mar 07 500 points
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 7/10 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 7/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
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
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 07 500 points
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 07 Mar 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 7/10 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Zanac Zanac 7/10 D4 Enterprise 1 Shooter 03 Dec 07 500 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
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 6/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 07 Apr 08 500 points
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 6/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 6/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
Dig Dug Dig Dug 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Import 14 Feb 13 $3.99
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
Elevator Action Elevator Action 6/10 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Mar 07 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 11 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Feb 14 $4.99
M.C. Kids M.C. Kids
aka McDonaldland (European title)
6/10 Virgin Interactive 2 Platformer 01 Feb 92 -
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 09 Jul 07 500 points
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 10 Apr 14 $4.99
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 01 May 14 $4.99
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6/10 HAMSTER 1 Import 22 Oct 07 600 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 19 Nov 06 500 points
Pinball Pinball 6/10 Nintendo 1 Simulation 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow
6/10 Natsume 2 Action 14 Jun 10 500 points
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 22 Sep 08 500 points
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
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Jan 07 500 points
Xevious Xevious 6/10 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 May 13 $4.99
Yoshi's Cookie Yoshi's Cookie 6/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Apr 08 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Jul 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 5/10 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 Jan 13 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 5/10 Konami 1 Adventure 29 Oct 07 500 points
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