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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1,848 621
Katawa Shoujo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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1,102 217
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
caspert97 added Steins;Gate

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797 248
G Senjō no Maō is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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1,158 305
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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548 196
Rewrite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Rewrite 2011

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692 176
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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626 154
999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons,... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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413 48
Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Danganronpa

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309 54
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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493 86
Grisaia no Kajitsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
WilliamReeves added 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 ...

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384 112
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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451 109
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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330 116
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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243 102
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

The Best Dragon Pokemon of All Time

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245 114
DNA Media Comics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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335 111
Umineko: When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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229 60
If My Heart Had Wings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
bmmitchell98 added If My Heart Had Wings 2012

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322 59
Muv-Luv Alternative is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added Muv-Luv Alternative

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312 133
Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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456 147
Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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342 118
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

The Best Robot Video Games of All Time

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298 106
Tsukihime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Tsukihime 2000

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252 24
Doki Doki Literature Club is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
MartinHünermund added Doki Doki Literature Club   22 Sep, 2017

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176 89
Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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130 80
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Narcissu 2005

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133 90
Air is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Air Sep 08 2000

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272 65
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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140 79
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kanon 1999

The 12 Most WTF Fighting Games of All Time

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60 27
Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Shoujo

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196 76
Muv-Luv is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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49 59
Narcissu: Side 2nd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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156 58
Kara no Shōjo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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107 90
Shuffle! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Shuffle! 2004

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119 42
Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
ViktorArzumanyan added Everlasting Summer 2013

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75 68
Time Hollow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Time Hollow Sep 23 2008

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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183 200
School Days is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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25 49
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
recfruzy added Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 2001

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144 79
Chaos;Head is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Chaos;Head 2008

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22 21
Dandelion Wishes Brought to Yo... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
MaiaChamorro added 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 ...

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20 15
Yosuga no Sora is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Yosuga no Sora

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14 11
Fortune Arterial is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Fortune Arterial

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26 29
Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
KatelynJackson added Digital: A Love Story

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

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Season of the Sakura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Season of the Sakura Jan 01 1996

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13 14
Madou Koukaku is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added Madou Koukaku

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115 72
Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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85 45
Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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71 35
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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6 11
Runaway City is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Runaway City

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37 66
Cross Days is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Cross Days 2009

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42 77
Resort Boin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time