Total Nerd The Best NES Adventure 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 adventure games in your collection. There's something about exploring new places, finding treasure and fighting enemies that makes adventure games so addicting. 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 adventure games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling adventure 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. This list is made up of different items, including Super Mario Bros. and Zelda II: The adventure of Link.

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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66 13
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added

2
69 16
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

3
54 14
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

4
52 23
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

5
43 16
Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1989

6
34 14
Castlevania III: Dracula's Cur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

7
48 28
Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

8
33 17
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

9
28 13
Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1990

10
35 20
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986

11
29 18
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1995

12
29 19
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

13
31 23
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

14
24 18
Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991

15
24 19
Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992

16
20 15
The Battle of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

17
20 15
Mega Man 6 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1993

18
17 12
Little Nemo: The Dream Master is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

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14 9
Willow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1989

20
24 20
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

21
16 12
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

22
9 8
Journey to Silius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

23
17 17
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

24
20 21
Maniac Mansion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

25
10 10
Clash at Demonhead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

26
14 15
Street Fighter 2010 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

27
16 18
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

28
16 18
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Spa... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

29
14 16
Joe & Mac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991

30
10 12
TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992

31
8 10
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

32
7 9
Princess Tomato in the Salad K... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

33
12 15
Wario's Woods is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

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11 14
Felix the Cat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

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7 10
Snake's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

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5 8
Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1985

37
10 15
Shadowgate is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

38
5 9
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

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3 7
Adventures in the Magic Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

40
3 7
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

41
6 11
Fester's Quest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

42
4 9
Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986

43
8 14
The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowou... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

44
7 13
Rambo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

45
2 7
Dr. Chaos is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

46
5 11
Whomp 'Em is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1990

47
5 11
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

48
3 9
Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

49
6 13
Shinobi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

50
2 8
Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros:... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games