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.

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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
122 33
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
115 30
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1987

3
110 41
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
80 23
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
85 31
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

6
72 25
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1980

7
71 27
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

8
70 28
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1984

9
61 24
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

10
61 30
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

11
57 28
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

12
51 23
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1981

13
48 24
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
48 25
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

15
48 27
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

16
42 22
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

17
42 27
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1983

18
43 29
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

19
36 25
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

20
39 35
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

21
28 32
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1982

22
26 30
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

23
28 33
Commando is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1985

24
24 28
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
1986

25
27 32
Baseball Stars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games