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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 9.21 Nintendo 1 Action 05 Nov 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 9.21 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 14 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 9.21 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 14 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 9.21 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 90 -
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 9.00 Tecmo 2 Sports Feb 1989 -
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 9.00 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Mar 07 500 points
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 9.00 Tecmo 2 Sports 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl 9.00 Tecmo 2 Sports 10 Sep 15 $4.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
8.98 Capcom 1 Action 15 Sep 08 500 points
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
8.98 Capcom 1 Action 07 Feb 13 $4.99
Mega Man 2 Mega Man 2
aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo
8.98 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 8.74 Nintendo 2 Action 17 Nov 85 -
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 8.74 Nintendo 2 Action 25 Dec 06 500 points
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 8.74 Nintendo 2 Action 16 Feb 12 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 8.74 Nintendo 2 Action 19 Sep 13 $4.99
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8.60 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 21 Apr 08 500 points
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8.60 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 14 Nov 13 $4.99
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8.60 Aksys Games 2 Fighting 01 Oct 15 $4.99
Street Gangs Street Gangs
aka River City Ransom
8.60 Aksys Games 2 Fighting Jan 1990 -
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
8.50 Capcom 1 Action 10 Nov 08 500 points
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
8.50 Capcom 1 Action 14 Mar 13 $4.99
Mega Man 3 Mega Man 3
aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!?
8.50 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Metal Gear Metal Gear 8.50 Ultra Games 1 - Jun 1988 -
Gradius Gradius 8.25 Konami 1 Shooter 18 Oct 12 $4.99
Gradius Gradius 8.25 Konami 1 Shooter 08 Jan 07 500 points
Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble 8.22 Taito 2 Arcade 31 Dec 07 500 points
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8.18 Capcom 1 Action 19 Apr 10 500 points
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8.18 Capcom 1 Action 25 Apr 13 $4.99
Mega Man 4 Mega Man 4
aka Rockman 4: Aratanaru Yabō!!
8.18 Capcom 1 Action 11 Jun 13 $4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 8.15 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 14 May 07 500 points
Pac-Man Pac-Man 8.15 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 29 Nov 12 $4.99
Pac-Man Pac-Man 8.15 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Arcade 02 May 13 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8.08 Capcom 1 Action 16 Jun 11 500 points
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8.08 Capcom 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8.08 Capcom 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
aka Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
8.06 Nintendo 1 Sports 08 Mar 12 $4.99
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
aka Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
8.06 Nintendo 1 Sports 16 Apr 07 500 points
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
aka Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
8.06 Nintendo 1 Sports 01 Oct 87 -
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
aka Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
8.06 Nintendo 1 Sports 20 Mar 13 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8.05 Nintendo 1 Adventure 19 Nov 06 500 points
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8.05 Nintendo 1 Adventure 05 Jul 12 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8.05 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Aug 13 $4.99
The Legend of Zelda The Legend of Zelda 8.05 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Aug 87 -
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8.00 Konami 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 8.00 Konami 2 Sports 24 Dec 07 500 points
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
8.00 Sunsoft 1 Action 14 Dec 09 500 points
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
8.00 Sunsoft 1 Action 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Blaster Master Blaster Master
aka Meta Fight (Japanese title)
8.00 Sunsoft 1 Action 16 Jul 15 $4.99
Contra Contra
aka Probotector (Europe)
8.00 Konami 2 Action 02 Feb 88 -
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
8.00 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8.00 Hudson 1 RPG 21 Feb 11 500 points
Galaga Galaga 8.00 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 Apr 07 500 points
Galaga Galaga 8.00 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Galaga Galaga 8.00 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 13 Mar 14 $4.99
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8.00 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kirby's Adventure Kirby's Adventure 8.00 Nintendo 1 Action 17 Apr 13 $4.99
Little Ninja Brothers Little Ninja Brothers
aka Super Chinese 2 (Japan)
8.00 Culture Brain 1 Action 1990 -
Lode Runner Lode Runner 8.00 Hudson 1 Puzzle 04 Dec 14 $4.99
Lode Runner Lode Runner 8.00 Hudson 1 Puzzle 11 Jun 07 500 points
Lode Runner Lode Runner 8.00 Hudson 1 Puzzle 01 Sep 87 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8.00 Capcom 1 Fighting 01 Jul 93 -
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8.00 Capcom 1 Fighting 27 Nov 14 $4.49
Mighty Final Fight Mighty Final Fight 8.00 Capcom 1 Fighting 27 Nov 14 $4.99
Monster Party Monster Party 8.00 Bandai 1 Platformer 01 Jun 89 -
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8.00 Tecmo 1 Action 15 Oct 07 500 points
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8.00 Tecmo 1 Action 22 Aug 13 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8.00 Tecmo 1 Action 18 Feb 16 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 8.00 Tecmo 1 Action May 1990 -
Pin Bot Pin Bot 8.00 Nintendo 4 Arcade Apr 1990 -
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
8.00 Konami 2 Action 27 Aug 07 500 points
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
8.00 Konami 2 Action 24 Jan 13 $4.99
Super C Super C
aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces
8.00 Konami 2 Action 13 Feb 14 $4.99
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure 29 Dec 08 500 points
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure Mar 1994 -
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 8.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure 26 May 16 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
7.89 Nintendo 1 Action 02 Jul 07 500 points
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
7.89 Nintendo 1 Action 16 May 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
aka Super Mario USA (JPN)
7.89 Nintendo 1 Action 11 Jul 13 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 7.86 Konami 1 Action 30 Apr 07 500 points
Castlevania Castlevania 7.86 Konami 1 Action 04 Apr 13 $4.99
Castlevania Castlevania 7.86 Konami 1 Action 19 Dec 13 $4.99
EarthBound Beginnings EarthBound Beginnings
aka Mother (Japan)
7.76 Nintendo 1 Action 14 Jun 15 $6.99
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 7.75 Capcom 1 Action 01 Oct 92 -
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 7.75 Capcom 1 Action 30 Oct 14 $4.99
Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness 7.75 Capcom 1 Action 30 Oct 14 $4.99
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7.73 Capcom 1 Action 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7.73 Capcom 1 Action 24 Jul 14 $3.49
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7.73 Capcom 1 Action 21 Aug 14 $4.99
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7.71 Konami 1 Action 02 Apr 07 600 points
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 7.67 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 01 Oct 90 -
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 7.67 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Mar 14 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7.67 Tecmo 1 Action 18 Feb 08 500 points
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7.67 Tecmo 1 Action 28 Nov 13 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7.67 Tecmo 1 Action 18 Feb 16 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 7.67 Tecmo 1 Action Aug 1991 -
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 7.60 Tecmo 1 Action 14 May 07 500 points
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 7.60 Tecmo 1 Action 13 Dec 12 $4.99
Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden 7.60 Tecmo 1 Action 06 Feb 14 $4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7.57 Capcom 1 Action 18 Aug 08 500 points
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7.57 Capcom 1 Action 27 Dec 12 $4.99
Mega Man Mega Man
aka Rockman
7.57 Capcom 1 Action 02 May 13 $4.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 7.53 Konami 1 Action 12 Jan 09 500 points
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 7.53 Konami 1 Action 01 Sep 90 -
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 7.53 Konami 1 Action 26 Jun 14 $4.99
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 7.53 Konami 1 Action 26 Jun 14 $4.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 7.50 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 09 Jun 08 600 points
Dig Dug Dig Dug 7.50 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 14 Feb 13 $3.99
Dig Dug Dig Dug 7.50 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 05 Feb 15 $4.99
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
7.50 Konami 2 Shooter 16 Feb 09 500 points
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
7.50 Konami 2 Shooter 23 Jan 14 $4.99
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
7.50 Konami 2 Shooter 21 Aug 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 7.50 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 May 08 500 points
Renegade Renegade 7.50 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 7.50 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt 7.41 Nintendo 2 Action 25 Dec 14 -
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt 7.41 Nintendo 2 Action 18 Oct 85 -
Summer Carnival '92 RECCA Summer Carnival '92 RECCA 7.33 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 05 Sep 13 $4.99
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
aka Super Mario Bros. 2 (JPN)
7.32 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)
7.32 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)
7.32 Nintendo 1 Import 13 Mar 14 $4.99
Metroid Metroid 7.27 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Mar 12 $4.99
Metroid Metroid 7.27 Nintendo 1 Adventure 13 Aug 07 500 points
Metroid Metroid 7.27 Nintendo 1 Adventure 01 Aug 87 -
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
7.25 Hudson 1 Platformer 06 Mar 14 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 7.23 Nintendo 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 7.23 Nintendo 1 Adventure 22 Nov 12 $4.99
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 7.23 Nintendo 1 Adventure 12 Sep 13 $4.99
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7.20 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 06 Aug 07 500 points
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7.20 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 15 May 14 $4.99
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7.20 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 20 Apr 89 -
Adventures of Lolo Adventures of Lolo 7.20 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 08 Jan 15 $4.99
Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 7.20 Square Enix 1 RPG 05 Oct 09 500 points
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7.13 Capcom 1 Action 10 Dec 07 500 points
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7.13 Capcom 1 Action 25 Oct 12 $4.99
Ghosts 'n Goblins Ghosts 'n Goblins 7.13 Capcom 1 Action 30 May 13 $4.99
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7.11 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 7.11 Nintendo 1 Action 25 Jul 13 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 7.08 Konami 1 Adventure 29 Oct 07 500 points
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 7.08 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 $4.99
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 7.08 Konami 1 Adventure 16 Jan 14 $4.99
Excitebike Excitebike 7.06 Nintendo 1 Racing 19 Mar 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7.06 Nintendo 1 Racing 26 Apr 13 $4.99
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 7.00 Majesco 1 Platformer 23 Nov 09 500 points
Adventure Island III Adventure Island III 7.00 Hudson 1 Platformer 18 Sep 92 -
Adventures of Lolo 2 Adventures of Lolo 2 7.00 HAL Laboratory 1 Puzzle 21 Jan 08 500 points
BurgerTime BurgerTime 7.00 G-mode 1 Action 06 Dec 12 500 points
Double Dribble Double Dribble 7.00 Konami 2 Sports 26 Nov 07 500 points
Dragon Warrior Dragon Warrior 7.00 Nintendo 1 RPG Aug 1989 -
Hogan's Alley Hogan's Alley 7.00 Nintendo 1 Shooter 18 Oct 85 -
Hogan's Alley Hogan's Alley 7.00 Nintendo 1 Shooter 07 Jan 16 $4.99