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
109 22
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
100 28
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987

3
99 31
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
68 17
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
78 24
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

6
63 19
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980

7
54 16
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

8
61 23
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

9
61 23
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

10
53 23
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

11
44 18
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

12
41 18
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

13
45 25
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
41 22
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

15
41 22
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

16
40 22
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

17
35 18
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

18
35 23
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983

19
36 26
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

20
31 21
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

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

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

23
22 26
Rygar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

24
22 26
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

25
23 29
Commando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

26
18 25
Kung-Fu Master is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

27
18 26
Balloon Fight is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

28
17 25
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

29
9 28
Qix is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

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

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

32
5 29
Klax is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989

33
5 30
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

34
3 32
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1989