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
107 20
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
98 26
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987

3
98 29
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
76 22
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
66 16
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

6
61 18
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980

7
52 15
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

8
60 22
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

9
58 22
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

10
51 22
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

11
42 17
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

12
39 17
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

13
44 24
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
40 21
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

15
39 21
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

16
38 21
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

17
33 17
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

18
33 22
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983

19
29 20
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

20
33 25
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

21
24 23
Baseball Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

22
21 22
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

23
21 24
Rygar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

24
21 25
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

25
22 28
Commando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

26
17 24
Kung-Fu Master is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

27
16 23
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

28
17 25
Balloon Fight is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

29
9 26
Qix is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

30
10 28
Trog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1990

31
8 29
Salamander is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

32
5 27
Klax is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989

33
4 29
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

34
3 30
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989