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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
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1,638 533
Katawa Shoujo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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707 211
G Senjō no Maō is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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1,035 270
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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494 170
Rewrite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Rewrite 2011

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538 120
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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595 145
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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263 24
Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Danganronpa

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219 33
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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417 71
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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336 95
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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402 86
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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295 100
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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214 85
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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288 93
Umineko: When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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214 103
DNA Media Comics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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171 42
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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290 116
Ever 17: The Out of Infinity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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259 52
Muv-Luv Alternative is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added Muv-Luv Alternative

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419 139
Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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310 109
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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273 98
Tsukihime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Tsukihime 2000

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152 77
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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115 70
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Narcissu 2005

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124 82
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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245 59
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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132 67
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kanon 1999

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49 20
Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Shoujo

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180 70
Muv-Luv is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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48 52
Narcissu: Side 2nd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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102 81
Shuffle! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Shuffle! Jan 01 2004

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137 49
Kara no Shōjo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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73 61
Time Hollow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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165 180
School Days is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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20 42
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
recfruzy added Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 2001

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81 27
Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
ViktorArzumanyan added Everlasting Summer 2013

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132 73
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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25 23
Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
KatelynJackson added Digital: A Love Story

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15 12
Season of the Sakura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Season of the Sakura Jan 01 1996

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10 7
Fortune Arterial is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Fortune Arterial

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11 10
Madou Koukaku is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
taklung31 added Madou Koukaku

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15 16
Dandelion Wishes Brought to Yo... is listed (or ranked) 42 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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109 68
Yume Miru Kusuri: A Drug That ... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Utawarerumono Apr 26 2002

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5 7
Runaway City is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Runaway City

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59 31
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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7 11
Yosuga no Sora is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Alejandro Franco added Yosuga no Sora

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41 69
Resort Boin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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28 51
12Riven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
12Riven 2008

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33 59
Cross Days is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Cross Days 2009