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The Best NES Adventure Games 

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Updated March 5, 2020 3.9k votes 403 voters 15.5k views 105 items

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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Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1988 (Nintendo)
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The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added
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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1985 (Systems Research & Development Co.)
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Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added Released: 1989 (Capcom)
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Zelda II: The Adventure ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1987 (Nintendo)
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Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1988 (Nintendo)
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Castlevania III: Dracula... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1989 (Konami)
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Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added Released: 1990 (Capcom)
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Castlevania II: Simon's ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1987 (Konami)
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Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1986 (Tose Co.)
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StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
StarTropics Released: 1990 (Nintendo)
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Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1995 (Capcom)
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Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Faxanadu Released: 1987 (Nihon Falcom)
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Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1991 (Capcom)
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Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1992 (Capcom)
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Mega Man 6 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1993 (Capcom)
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The Battle of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1988 (Infinity)
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Maniac Mansion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1987 (LucasArts)
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Little Nemo: The Dream M... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1990 (Capcom)
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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1987 (Tengen)
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Zoda's Revenge: StarTrop... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1994 (Nintendo)
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Willow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1989 (Capcom)
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A Boy and His Blob: Trou... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1989 (Imagineering)
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Journey to Silius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
Released: 1990 (Sunsoft)
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Felix the Cat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games