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The Best NES Arcade Games 

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List Rules Games don't have to be console exclusive, as long as they were released for Nintendo Entertainment System at some point.

If you owned a NES at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few Arcade games in your collection. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play for fans of the genre. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best NES Arcade games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling Arcade games that were released for NES. While many of these games were console exclusive, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Super Mario Bros. and Contra are included on this poll, along with many more. Vote for your favorite video games below, and feel free to add any that you think deserve to be on the list.
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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1985 (Systems Research & Development Co.)
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Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1987 (Konami)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1989 (Backbone Entertainment)
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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1981 (Nintendo)
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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1980 (Namco)
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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1987 (Technōs Japan)
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Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1984 (Nintendo)
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Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1984 (Nintendo Research & Development 1)
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Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1982 (Midway Games)
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Galaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1981 (Namco)
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Double Dragon II: The Re... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1988 (Technōs Japan)
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Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1988 (Konami)
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Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1983 (Nintendo)
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Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1986 (Taito Corporation)
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Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1982 (Nintendo)
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Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1978 (Taito Corporation)
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Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1982 (Namco)
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
ski99k added Released: 1991 (Beam Software Pty.)
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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1983 (Hudson Soft)
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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1985 (Atari Games)
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Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1991 (Mindscape Group)
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Popeye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1982 (Nintendo Research & Development 1)
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Baseball Stars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Baseball Stars Released: 1989 (SNK Playmore)
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Rygar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1986 (Tecmo)
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Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Released: 1985 (Nintendo)