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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom 7.00 Hudson 1 Adventure 08 Feb 10 500 points
Pro Wrestling Pro Wrestling 7.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Mar 87 -
Rad Racer Rad Racer 7.00 Square - - 01 Oct 87 -
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7.00 Natsume 2 Action 14 Jun 10 500 points
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7.00 Natsume 2 Action Jan 1991 -
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7.00 Natsume 2 Action 29 Jan 15 $4.99
Shadow of the Ninja Shadow of the Ninja
aka Blue Shadow (EU title)
7.00 Natsume 2 Action 29 Jan 15 $4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7.00 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7.00 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 09 May 13 $4.99
Solomon's Key Solomon's Key 7.00 Tecmo 1 Puzzle 19 Sep 13 $4.99
StarTropics StarTropics 7.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure 07 Jan 08 500 points
StarTropics StarTropics 7.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure Dec 1990 -
StarTropics StarTropics 7.00 Nintendo 1 Adventure 26 May 16 $4.99
Stinger Stinger 7.00 Konami 1 Shooter 01 Sep 87 -
Stinger Stinger 7.00 Konami 1 Shooter 05 Nov 15 $4.99
VS. Excitebike VS. Excitebike 7.00 Nintendo 2 Action 31 Aug 15 $4.99
Wild Gunman Wild Gunman 7.00 Nintendo 1 Shooter 18 Oct 85 -
Wild Gunman Wild Gunman 7.00 Nintendo 1 Shooter 07 Jan 16 $4.99
Yoshi's Cookie Yoshi's Cookie 7.00 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Apr 08 500 points
Zanac Zanac 7.00 D4 Enterprise 1 Shooter 03 Dec 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 6.96 Nintendo 2 Arcade 16 Jul 07 500 points
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight 6.96 Nintendo 2 Arcade 23 Jan 13 $4.99
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 6.93 Nintendo 1 Action 12 Feb 07 500 points
Kid Icarus Kid Icarus 6.93 Nintendo 1 Action 25 Jul 13 $4.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6.83 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 28 Apr 08 500 points
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6.83 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 12 Dec 13 $4.99
Double Dragon Double Dragon 6.83 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 12 Dec 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 6.80 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 19 Nov 07 500 points
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 6.80 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 07 Mar 13 $4.99
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 6.80 Nintendo 1 Puzzle 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 6.73 Nintendo 1 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 6.73 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Jul 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong 6.73 Nintendo 1 Arcade 15 Aug 13 $4.99
Adventure Island Adventure Island 6.67 Hudson 1 Action 03 Sep 07 500 points
Adventure Island Adventure Island 6.67 Hudson 1 Action 01 Sep 88 -
Adventure Island Adventure Island 6.67 Hudson 1 Action 11 Sep 14 $4.99
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 6.67 Acclaim 2 Fighting Nov 1990 -
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 6.67 Acclaim 2 Fighting 18 Feb 16 $4.99
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6.67 Nintendo 2 Sports 11 Dec 06 500 points
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 6.67 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Feb 14 $4.99
Robocop Robocop 6.67 Ocean - - 1989 -
The Simpsons: Bart vs the Space Mutants The Simpsons: Bart vs the Space Mutants 6.67 Acclaim 1 - 1991 -
City Connection City Connection 6.50 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 26 May 08 500 points
City Connection City Connection 6.50 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 21 Nov 13 $4.99
City Connection City Connection 6.50 HAMSTER 1 Arcade 17 Mar 16 $4.99
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 6.50 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 19 Nov 06 500 points
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 6.50 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Nov 13 $4.99
Wario's Woods Wario's Woods 6.50 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 07 Nov 13 $4.99
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
6.33 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 23 Aug 10 600 points
Ufouria: The Saga Ufouria: The Saga
aka Hebereke
6.33 Sunsoft 1 Adventure 24 Jul 14 $4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 6.25 Nintendo 2 Arcade 19 Nov 06 500 points
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 6.25 Nintendo 2 Arcade 20 Jun 13 $4.99
Mario Bros. Mario Bros. 6.25 Nintendo 2 Arcade 30 Jan 14 $4.99
Pinball Pinball 6.20 Nintendo 1 Simulation 19 Nov 06 500 points
Pinball Pinball 6.20 Nintendo 1 Simulation 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 6.17 Nintendo 2 Arcade 12 Feb 07 500 points
Ice Climber Ice Climber 6.17 Nintendo 2 Arcade 31 Jan 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 6.17 Nintendo 2 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Ice Climber Ice Climber 6.17 Nintendo 2 Arcade 02 May 13 $4.49
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
6.10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 09 Jul 07 500 points
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
6.10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 21 Feb 13 $4.99
Yoshi Yoshi
aka Mario & Yoshi, Yoshi's Egg
6.10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 12 Jun 13 $0.30
Dig Dug II Dig Dug II 6.00 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade Dec 1989 -
Dig Dug II Dig Dug II 6.00 Bandai Namco 1 Arcade 17 Mar 16 $4.99
Elevator Action Elevator Action 6.00 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Mar 07 500 points
Flying Warriors Flying Warriors 6.00 Culture Brain 1 Action Feb 1991 -
Kung-Fu Heroes Kung-Fu Heroes 6.00 Culture Brain 2 Action 1988 -
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6.00 Nintendo 1 Racing 09 Jul 07 500 points
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6.00 Nintendo 1 Racing 10 Apr 14 $4.99
Mach Rider Mach Rider 6.00 Nintendo 1 Racing 01 May 14 $4.99
Mappy-Land Mappy-Land 6.00 Bandai Namco 1 Action 1988 -
Mappy-Land Mappy-Land 6.00 Bandai Namco 1 Action 05 Feb 15 $4.99
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 6.00 HAMSTER 1 Import 22 Oct 07 600 points
Rampage Rampage 6.00 Data East 2 Action 12 Jan 98 -
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6.00 Capcom 1 Platformer 04 Sep 14 $4.99
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6.00 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 90 -
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 6.00 Capcom 1 Platformer 15 Jan 15 $4.99
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 22 Sep 08 500 points
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Jun 14 $4.99
Super Dodge Ball Super Dodge Ball 6.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Jun 14 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
5.67 Nintendo 1 Arcade 04 Dec 06 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
5.67 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jun 12 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
5.67 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 5.57 Nintendo 2 Sports 05 Jul 12 $4.99
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 5.57 Nintendo 2 Sports 18 Jun 07 500 points
NES Open Tournament Golf NES Open Tournament Golf 5.57 Nintendo 2 Sports 06 Mar 14 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5.50 Nintendo 1 Arcade 01 Sep 08 500 points
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5.50 Nintendo 1 Arcade 17 Oct 13 $4.99
Clu Clu Land Clu Clu Land 5.50 Nintendo 1 Arcade 27 Mar 14 $4.99
GOLF GOLF 5.33 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5.00 HAMSTER 2 Sports 07 Apr 08 500 points
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5.00 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5.00 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 14 Sep 09 500 points
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Dec 13 $3.99
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports Oct 1992 -
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5.00 Aksys Games 2 Sports 11 Dec 14 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5.00 Nintendo 1 Arcade 14 Jul 08 500 points
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5.00 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Sep 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong 3 Donkey Kong 3 5.00 Nintendo 1 Arcade 05 Dec 13 $4.99
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll 5.00 Culture Brain 1 Action Aug 1989 -
Lunar Pool Lunar Pool 5.00 D4 Enterprise 2 Sports 22 Oct 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5.00 Tecmo 1 Arcade 07 May 07 500 points
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5.00 Tecmo 1 Arcade 06 Dec 12 $4.99
Mighty Bomb Jack Mighty Bomb Jack 5.00 Tecmo 1 Arcade 23 Jan 14 $4.99
Pac-Land Pac-Land 5.00 Namco 1 Action 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 5.00 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 05 May 08 500 points
Renegade Renegade 5.00 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
Renegade Renegade 5.00 Aksys Games 1 Fighting 27 Feb 14 $4.99
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
aka Action in New York (EU title)
5.00 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)
5.00 Natsume 2 Action Jun 1991 -
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
aka Action in New York (EU title)
5.00 Natsume 2 Action 22 Jan 15 $4.99
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
aka Action in New York (EU title)
5.00 Natsume 2 Action 22 Jan 15 $4.99
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5.00 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 19 May 08 500 points
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5.00 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 20 Feb 14 $4.99
Sky Kid Sky Kid 5.00 Bandai Namco (2) 2 Arcade 05 Mar 15 $4.99
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5.00 Hudson 1 Shooter 30 Jul 07 500 points
Star Soldier Star Soldier 5.00 Hudson 1 Shooter 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Baseball Baseball 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Jan 07 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4.00 Hudson 1 Adventure 04 Jun 07 500 points
Milon's Secret Castle Milon's Secret Castle 4.00 Hudson 1 Adventure 31 Oct 13 $4.99
Soccer Soccer 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 19 Nov 06 500 points
Soccer Soccer 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Jun 14 $3.49
Soccer Soccer 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Jun 14 $4.99
Tennis Tennis 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 18 Dec 06 500 points
Tennis Tennis 4.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 13 $4.99
The Adventures of Bayou Billy The Adventures of Bayou Billy 4.00 Konami 1 Action Jun 1989 -
The Adventures of Bayou Billy The Adventures of Bayou Billy 4.00 Konami 1 Action 07 Jan 16 $4.99
Xevious Xevious 4.00 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 15 Jan 07 500 points
Xevious Xevious 4.00 Bandai Namco (2) 1 Shooter 09 May 13 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3.00 Nintendo 2 Education 03 Sep 07 500 points
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3.00 Nintendo 2 Education 28 Aug 14 $4.99
Donkey Kong Jr. Math Donkey Kong Jr. Math 3.00 Nintendo 2 Education 18 Oct 85 -
King's Knight King's Knight 3.00 Square Enix 1 Shooter 24 Mar 08 500 points
NES Play Action Football NES Play Action Football 3.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Sep 07 500 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3.00 Tozai Games 1 Action 17 Mar 08 500 points
Spelunker Spelunker 3.00 Tozai Games 1 Action 06 Jun 13 $4.99
Spelunker Spelunker 3.00 Tozai Games 1 Action 27 Jun 13 $4.99
The Legend of Kage The Legend of Kage 2.00 Taito 1 Arcade 19 Feb 07 500 points
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2.00 Nintendo 2 Fighting 01 Jan 07 500 points
Urban Champion Urban Champion 2.00 Nintendo 2 Fighting 17 Oct 13 $4.99
Volleyball Volleyball 2.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 12 Nov 07 500 points
Volleyball Volleyball 2.00 Nintendo 2 Sports 20 Mar 14 $4.99
Back to the Future Back to the Future 1.00 LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1.00 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
Operation Wolf Operation Wolf 1.00 Taito 1 Arcade 04 Feb 08 500 points
Adventure Island III Adventure Island III 0.00 Hudson 1 Platformer 18 Sep 92 -
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril 0.00 RetroZone 1 Platformer 23 Feb 10 -
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 0.00 Bandai 1 - Apr 1989 -