Total Nerd The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best side-scrolling games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated side-scrolling games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest side-scrolling games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these side-scrolling games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging side-scrolling games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new side-scrolling games.

List is made up of games like Double Dragon and Donkey Kong Country.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best side-scrolling games?" and "What is the greatest side-scrolling game of all time?"
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Castlevania: Symphony of the N... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
FranklinAntonioObispo added Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

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Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's I... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island 1995

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Super Castlevania IV is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added Super Castlevania IV 1991

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Golden Axe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Golden Axe 1989

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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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The Lost Vikings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Shadow Complex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Terraria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Terraria 2011

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Chuck Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Chuck Rock 1991

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Kirby Mass Attack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Commander Keen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Commander Keen

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Robotech: The Macross Saga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Final Fight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Die Hard 1990

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Jazz Jackrabbit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Altered Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Duke Nukem: Critical Mass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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ActRaiser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
KelseyMartin added ActRaiser 1990

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Ecco the Dolphin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
RoboCop 1988

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Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Shadow Dancer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Risky Woods is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Sea Dragon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Sea Dragon Jan 01 1982

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Shank is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Shank 2010

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Retaliot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Retaliot 2009

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Crime Fighters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Crime Fighters Apr 01 1989

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Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
The Terminator Apr 01 1993

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Moon Buggy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Moon Buggy Jan 01 2004

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Castle of Deceit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Hunter Hunted is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Hunter Hunted Oct 31 1996

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Crystal Caves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Crystal Caves Oct 23 1991

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Predator 2 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Predator 2 1990

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Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Gargoyle's Quest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Ninja Cop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Ninja Cop 2003

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Super Smash Flash 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Kenseiden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Kenseiden Jan 01 1988

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Vigilante is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Vigilante 1988

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Gish is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time
Gish 2004

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The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowou... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time

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Ninja Combat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Side-Scrolling Games of All Time