Total Nerd The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time  

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List Rules Visual novel video games only.

This is a list of the best visual novel games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated visual novel games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest visual novel games are at the top of the list.

Visual novel games are easy to play are great for people that prefer to read rather than shoot enemies. Many visual novels have adult themes, though a few visual novel games such as Phoenix Wright are meant for players of all ages.
 
Spanning the entire history of the genre, these visual novel games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging visual novel games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new visual novel games.

This list below has everything from Katawa Shoujo to DNA Media Comics. This list answers the questions, "What are the best visual novel games?" and "What is the greatest visual novel game of all time?"

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Katawa Shoujo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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G Senjō no Maō is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
G Senjō no Maō May 29 2008

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Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Rewrite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Rewrite Jun 24 2011

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons,... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Danganronpa

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Dangan-Ronpa: Kibou no Gakuen ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Grisaia no Kajitsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Grisaia No Kajitsu Yūji Kazami transfers to Mihama Academy, a school with only five female students and prison-like features. Every student in the school have their own "circumstances" for being there, but Yūji is not required to do anything ...

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Rew... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Umineko: When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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DNA Media Comics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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If My Heart Had Wings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Muv-Luv Alternative is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Little Busters! Jul 27 2007

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Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Saya no Uta Dec 26 2003

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Tsukihime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Tsukihime Dec 01 2000

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Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Narcissu 2005

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Air is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Air Sep 08 2000

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Kanon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kanon 1999

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Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Shoujo

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Muv-Luv is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Narcissu: Side 2nd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Narcissu: Side 2nd May 15 2007

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Kara no Shōjo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kara no Shōjo Jul 04 2008

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Shuffle! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Shuffle! Jan 01 2004

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Time Hollow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Time Hollow Sep 23 2008

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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Aug 03 2001

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School Days is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Everlasting Summer 2013

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Chaos;Head is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Chaos;Head 2008

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Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Fortune Arterial is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Season of the Sakura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Season of the Sakura Jan 01 1996

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Madou Koukaku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Madou Koukaku

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Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Dandelion Wishes Brought to Yo... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Dandelion Wishes Brought to You August 27th, 2012 - "Hee-Jung is a 21 year old girl who pushes herself to be perfect at everything; yet she realizes that she does not know what she really desires.Although she lives a hectic life, she feels like she is on the road to nowhere.

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Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Runaway City is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Yosuga no Sora is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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12Riven is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
12Riven Mar 13 2008

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Resort Boin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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X-Change 2 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time