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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69 14
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

2
64 18
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Contra 1987

3
63 20
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

4
48 13
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

5
42 10
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

6
34 12
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Excitebike 1984

7
34 12
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Pac-Man 1980

8
36 15
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Duck Hunt 1984

9
23 7
Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

10
26 10
Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

11
29 14
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

12
31 16
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

13
24 12
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

14
20 10
Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

The Greatest Games You Could Actually Beat at an Arcade

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21 11
Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Dig Dug 1982

16
20 11
Galaga is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Galaga 1981

17
16 10
Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

18
19 16
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

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18 15
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Bomberman 1983

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14 11
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Gauntlet 1985

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14 12
Baseball Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

The Best Survival Games of All Time

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14 16
Commando is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Commando 1985

23
11 14
Rygar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Rygar 1986

24
9 12
Arkanoid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Arkanoid 1986

25
8 13
Balloon Fight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

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8 14
Popeye is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Popeye 1982

27
8 14
Ice Climber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

28
7 13
Kung-Fu Master is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

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5 13
Trog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Trog 1990

30
3 12
Klax is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Klax 1989

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3 12
Qix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Qix 1981

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2 13
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games

33
2 15
Salamander is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Salamander 1986

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1 14
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Arcade Games
Pipe Mania 1989