43. Wrecking Crew (NES)

Wrecking Crew (NES)Wrecking Crew (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 19th Nov 2007 (USA) / 24th Aug 2007 (UK/EU)

Wrecking Crew isn't something we'd recommend spending vast sums on, but it's definitely worth checking out as part of the Nintendo Switch Online package of NES games. It can be a frustrating experience and it lacks the control finesse players would come to expect from later Nintendo efforts, but as an early 8-bit Mario puzzle-platformer, it certainly warrants investigation.

42. Yoshi (NES)

Yoshi (NES)Yoshi (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Game Freak
Release Date: 1st Jun 1992 (USA) / 10th Dec 1992 (UK/EU)

Known as Mario & Yoshi in Europe and Yoshi's Egg in Japan, Yoshi is hardly the most scintillating of puzzlers, but we've played worse tile-matching games in our time and it does have a relatively unique plate/column switching mechanic. We'd recommend firing it up for a moment or two to see if the concept catches on. If so, great! If not, move along.

41. Solomon's Key (NES)

Solomon's Key (NES)Solomon's Key (NES)
Publisher: Tecmo / Developer: Tecmo
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 15th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

A challenging game with imprecise controls that you'll be pleased to have the rewind function for, Solomon’s Key is nonetheless an enjoyable action-puzzler from Tecmo that's worth playing today - provided you've got the patience for it.

40. Donkey Kong 3 (NES)

Donkey Kong 3 (NES)Donkey Kong 3 (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 14th Jul 2008 (USA) / 9th Jan 2009 (UK/EU)

Perhaps most notable for introducing Stanley the Bugman into the Nintendo canon, Donkey Kong 3 is an odd departure from the previous entries in the series from back when sequels didn't mean rinsing and repeating the concept from the previous game ad infinitum. It's certainly not up to the standard of the arcade original but it's still a fascinating slice of Nintendo history and worth firing up at least once.

39. Ice Climber (NES)

Ice Climber (NES)Ice Climber (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 30th Jan 1985 (USA) / 16th Mar 2007 (UK/EU)

Ice Climber is a solid concept let down by finicky controls. Scaling its mountains can offer diversion if you can overcome how awkward it feels in a modern context, but anyone checking this out on the strength of the characters' inclusion in Smash Bros. best prepare themselves for a cold shower.

38. NES Open Tournament Golf (NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf (NES)NES Open Tournament Golf (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D2
Release Date: 18th Jun 2007 (USA) / 11th May 2007 (UK/EU)

As with nearly all of the games in the NES library, the formative systems and mechanics put down in games of the '80s have advanced a lot in the interim. However, while NES Open Tournament Golf might lack the bells, whistles and frills we've come to expect from our golf games these days, the core gameplay here is as solid as ever. 18 holes might be pushing it, but a swift walk round the back 9 will do nicely.

37. Journey To Silius (NES)

Journey To Silius (NES)Journey To Silius (NES)
Publisher: Sunsoft / Developer: Sunsoft
Release Date: Sep 1990 (USA) / 1990 (UK/EU)

This run-and-gunner was originally a Terminator tie-in until Sunsoft ran into issues getting the license. The developer retooled it and released it as Journey to Silius, although remnants of its former life are easy enough to pick out. It's a cracking game with excellent music that would be high on our personal lists of NES titles to check out - if you never got around to playing this in the past, there's no time like the present.

36. Super Dodge Ball (NES)

Super Dodge Ball (NES)Super Dodge Ball (NES)
Publisher: Aksys Games / Developer: Technōs Japan
Release Date: Jun 1989 (USA) / 13th Mar 2014 (UK/EU)

A game in the Kunio-kun canon (him of River City Ransom in North America or Street Gangs in Europe), Super Dodge Ball is a silly, shallow little nostalgia trip that's well worth playing, especially for Kunio fans. It won't keep you entertained for hours, but it's a charming, humorous little sports title best enjoyed with a friend.

35. Vice: Project Doom (NES)

Vice: Project Doom (NES)Vice: Project Doom (NES)
Publisher: Sammy Corporation / Developer: Aicom
Release Date: 15th Nov 1991 (USA) / 1st Aug 2019 (UK/EU)

Vice: Project Doom is a good-looking action platformer from Aicom with overhead driving sections which feel more like a vertical shooter. If you haven't heard of it, we'd recommend checking it out; decent controls and a mix of projectile weapons with a melee 'laser whip' for close quarters combat make it an interesting, though not essential, 8-bit experience.

34. Shadow of the Ninja (NES)

Shadow of the Ninja (NES)Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
Publisher: Natsume / Developer: Natsume
Release Date: Jan 1991 (USA) / 25th Jul 1991 (UK/EU)

Shadow of the Ninja is an underrated little title from Natsume which arguably deserves to be remembered alongside the likes of Ninja Gaiden. It's not without faults and it's certainly unforgiving, but with two playable ninjas (and 2-player co-op) that control beautifully and five good-looking worlds to fight through, this is something of a gem in the NES collection.

33. Ice Hockey (NES)

Ice Hockey (NES)Ice Hockey (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
Release Date: 11th Dec 2006 (USA) / 29th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

Ice Hockey is far from the worst 8-bit sports offering on the NES, and it provides a solid, serviceable approximation of the game, although you'll need patience to put up with its quirks, especially when defending. Worth a look if you're a fan of the sport; non-fans aren't missing much (although that sentiment is arguably true for many sports games on the NES).

32. Wario's Woods (NES)

Wario's Woods (NES)Wario's Woods (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 19th Nov 2006 (USA) / 8th Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

A puzzler starring Mario's dastardly alter ego, Wario's Woods is a B-tier NES puzzler probably best known for being the final official release for console in 1994. That said, its unique gameplay hook combined with unusual boss battles makes it worth investigating if you're a puzzle fan who has exhausted the usual suspects.