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
126 35
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
118 33
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987

3
117 41
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
84 24
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
77 26
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980

6
87 34
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

7
74 29
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

8
72 31
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

9
64 26
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

10
61 28
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

11
65 32
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

12
55 24
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

13
51 25
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
50 25
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

15
44 22
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

16
50 28
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

17
45 29
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

18
44 29
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983

19
36 27
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

20
39 36
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

21
30 30
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

22
28 34
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

23
24 29
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

24
26 32
Rygar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

25
28 35
Commando is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985