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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1,765 567
Katawa Shoujo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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994 179
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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753 227
G Senjō no Maō is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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1,105 285
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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518 183
Rewrite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Rewrite 2011

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588 134
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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649 160
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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350 36
Danganronpa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Danganronpa

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267 44
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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466 79
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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366 102
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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428 98
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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316 107
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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231 94
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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309 101
Umineko: When They Cry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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229 110
DNA Media Comics is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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200 50
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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295 55
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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304 124
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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434 144
Little Busters! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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328 113
Saya no Uta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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289 103
Tsukihime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Tsukihime 2000

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165 84
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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153 12
Doki Doki Literature Club is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
MartinHünermund added Doki Doki Literature Club   22 Sep, 2017

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122 78
Narcissu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Narcissu 2005

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128 88
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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258 63
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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137 76
Kanon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Kanon 1999

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193 73
Muv-Luv is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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55 24
Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Sh... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Silvachief added Sharin No Kuni, Himawari No Shoujo

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48 57
Narcissu: Side 2nd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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152 54
Kara no Shōjo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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104 86
Shuffle! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Shuffle! 2004

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73 65
Time Hollow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Time Hollow Sep 23 2008

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105 35
Everlasting Summer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
ViktorArzumanyan added Everlasting Summer 2013

Famous Girls with the Sexiest Pairs of Lips

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171 189
School Days is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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23 47
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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135 77
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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25 28
Digital: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
KatelynJackson added Digital: A Love Story

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20 20
Dandelion Wishes Brought to Yo... is listed (or ranked) 40 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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11 10
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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Season of the Sakura is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
armok added Season of the Sakura Jan 01 1996

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Madou Koukaku is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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82 44
Utawarerumono is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time
Utawarerumono Apr 26 2002

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67 34
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time

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12 15
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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5 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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34 63
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 75
Resort Boin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Visual Novel Games of All Time