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.

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85 24
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

2
79 22
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added

3
61 19
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

4
52 22
Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1989

5
61 30
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

6
41 17
Castlevania III: Dracula's Cur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

7
58 34
Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

8
37 17
Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1990

9
42 22
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

10
41 24
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986

11
40 26
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

12
34 21
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1995

13
32 20
Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991

14
28 17
Mega Man 6 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1993

15
32 21
Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992

16
34 25
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

17
20 14
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

18
20 15
Little Nemo: The Dream Master is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

19
18 13
Willow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1989

20
23 20
The Battle of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

21
26 25
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

22
26 25
Maniac Mansion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

23
13 11
Journey to Silius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

24
20 20
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

25
19 20
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Spa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games