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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
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Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987
3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
4
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980
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Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984
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Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984
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Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
10
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981
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Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
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Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982
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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983
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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985
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Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
21
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
22
Balloon Fight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
23
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982
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Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986
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Rygar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986