Total Nerd 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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1
110 23
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
102 28
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987

3
100 33
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
70 18
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
78 26
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

6
64 20
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980

7
56 16
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

8
62 24
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

9
62 24
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

10
46 18
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

11
53 25
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

12
42 19
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

13
48 25
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
42 23
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

15
41 23
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

16
41 24
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

17
36 20
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

18
36 24
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983

19
33 21
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

20
37 28
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

21
25 26
Baseball Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

22
23 25
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

23
24 28
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

24
23 27
Rygar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

25
23 31
Commando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

26
18 26
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

27
18 27
Kung-Fu Master is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

28
18 28
Balloon Fight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

29
10 29
Qix is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

30
11 32
Trog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1990

31
8 33
Salamander is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

32
6 30
Klax is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989

33
5 32
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

34
4 33
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989