Button Mash The Best NES Adventure Games  

Reference
3k votes 289 voters 10.6k views 103 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.
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
list ordered by
1
92 27
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
2
87 24
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added
3
66 21
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
4
58 24
Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1989
5
65 32
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
6
46 20
Castlevania III: Dracula's Cur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
7
46 25
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
8
60 39
Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
9
38 20
Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1990
10
44 26
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
11
42 27
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986
12
37 23
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1995
13
37 27
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987
14
33 23
Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991
15
33 24
Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992
16
29 21
Mega Man 6 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1993
17
22 15
Little Nemo: The Dream Master is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
18
21 14
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
19
19 14
Willow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1989
20
25 21
The Battle of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
21
23 20
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
22
28 27
Maniac Mansion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
23
14 12
Journey to Silius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
24
26 26
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987
25
15 15
Fester's Quest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games