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 By the time the console was released in the US it was already outdated when compared to rival machines like Sega's Master System and NEC's PC Engine (TG-16), yet Nintendo's intimate knowledge of quality gaming helped it to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
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
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
Adventure Island II Adventure Island II
aka Hudson's Adventure Island II
8/10 Hudson 1 Platformer 06 Mar 14 $4.99
Adventure Island III Adventure Island III - Hudson 1 Platformer 18 Sep 92 -
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
Back to the Future Back to the Future - LJN Toys 1 Action 20 Sep 89 -
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
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 01 Jan 07 500 points
Baseball Baseball 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 24 Oct 13 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 07 Apr 08 500 points
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 5/10 HAMSTER 2 Sports 10 Jul 14 $4.99
Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril Battle Kid: Fortress of Peril - RetroZone 1 Platformer 23 Feb 10 -
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 8/10 Konami 1 Import 09 Jun 08 600 points
Blades of Steel Blades of Steel 7/10 Konami 2 Sports 24 Dec 07 500 points
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
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
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
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
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
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 14 Sep 09 500 points
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 19 Dec 13 $3.99
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports Oct 1992 -
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge 5/10 Aksys Games 2 Sports 11 Dec 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
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 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
Donkey Kong Jr. Donkey Kong Jr.
aka Donkey Kong Junior
4/10 Nintendo 1 Arcade 26 Apr 13 $4.99
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 -
Double Dribble Double Dribble 4/10 Konami 2 Sports 26 Nov 07 500 points
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 01 Oct 90 -
Dr. Mario Dr. Mario 5/10 Nintendo 2 Puzzle 27 Mar 14 $4.99
DuckTales DuckTales
aka Disney's DuckTales
9/10 Capcom 1 Platformer 01 Sep 89 -
Elevator Action Elevator Action 6/10 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Mar 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 19 Mar 07 500 points
Excitebike Excitebike 7/10 Nintendo 1 Racing 26 Apr 13 $4.99
Faxanadu Faxanadu 8/10 Hudson 1 RPG 21 Feb 11 500 points
Fester's Quest Fester's Quest
aka The Addams Family: Uncle Fester's Quest
1/10 Sunsoft - Action 01 Oct 89 -
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
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 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
GOLF GOLF 4/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Oct 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
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
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
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
King's Knight King's Knight 3/10 Square Enix 1 Shooter 24 Mar 08 500 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
Life Force Life Force
aka Salamander
8/10 Konami 2 Shooter 21 Aug 14 $4.99
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 04 Dec 14 $4.99
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 11 Jun 07 500 points
Lode Runner Lode Runner 5/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 01 Sep 87 -
Lunar Pool Lunar Pool 5/10 D4 Enterprise 2 Sports 22 Oct 07 500 points
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
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
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 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
Mega Man 5 Mega Man 5
aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!?
8/10 Capcom 1 Action 07 Aug 14 $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
Mega Man 6 Mega Man 6
aka Rockman 6: Shijō Saidai no Tatakai!!
7/10 Capcom 1 Action 21 Aug 14 $4.99
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 -
Mickey Mousecapade Mickey Mousecapade - Capcom - - 31 Dec 88 -
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
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
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
Monster Party Monster Party - Bandai 1 Platformer 01 Jun 89 -
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
NES Play Action Football NES Play Action Football 3/10 Nintendo 2 Sports 10 Sep 07 500 points
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
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