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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1
71 15
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added

2
75 18
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

3
56 15
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

4
56 24
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

5
47 18
Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1989

6
36 14
Castlevania III: Dracula's Cur... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

7
51 29
Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

8
37 18
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

9
32 14
Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
CosmicCastaway added 1990

10
38 20
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986

11
37 23
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

12
32 20
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

13
29 19
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1995

14
27 18
Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991

15
23 15
Mega Man 6 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1993

16
27 19
Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992

17
26 20
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

18
18 12
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

19
18 12
Little Nemo: The Dream Master is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

20
15 10
Willow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1989

21
21 17
The Battle of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

22
11 8
Journey to Silius is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

23
22 22
Maniac Mansion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

24
18 18
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

25
11 11
Clash at Demonhead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

26
17 18
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

27
15 16
Joe & Mac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1991

28
11 12
TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1992

29
17 19
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Spa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

30
15 17
Street Fighter 2010 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

31
12 14
Felix the Cat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

32
10 12
Fester's Quest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

33
9 11
Indiana Jones and the Last Cru... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

34
7 10
Princess Tomato in the Salad K... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

35
12 16
Wario's Woods is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

36
6 9
Déjà Vu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1985

37
7 11
Snake's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

38
11 16
Shadowgate is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

39
5 10
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

40
7 13
Rambo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

41
3 8
Adventures in the Magic Kingdo... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

42
3 8
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

43
6 12
Whomp 'Em is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1990

44
4 10
Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1986

45
7 14
Shinobi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

46
3 9
Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros:... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

47
6 13
Totally Rad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

48
2 8
Dr. Chaos is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games
1987

49
5 12
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games

50
8 16
The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowou... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES Adventure Games