Total Nerd The Best NES Puzzle 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 puzzle games in your collection. Using your brain to solve challenge after challenge, whether it involves numbers, crosswords, and dungeons, is actually one of the most rewarding experiences in gaming. 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 puzzle games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling puzzle 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 Tetris and Dr. Mario. 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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60 18
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1985

2
52 15
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1990

3
39 17
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

4
33 13
Solomon's Key is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

5
27 13
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1983

6
26 13
Adventures of Lolo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

7
21 11
Wrecking Crew is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

8
23 13
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1991

9
25 15
Adventures of Lolo 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

10
25 15
Adventures of Lolo 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

11
22 13
Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

12
25 17
Q*bert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1982

13
26 18
Wario's Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

14
19 14
Fire 'n Ice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

15
19 15
BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1982

16
18 14
Kickle Cubicle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

17
16 13
Shadowgate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1987

18
19 17
Yoshi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1991

19
11 11
Solstice: The Quest for the St... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

20
11 11
Bomberman II is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

21
10 10
Gyromite is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1985

22
16 17
Marble Madness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

23
16 17
Clu Clu Land is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games

24
8 8
Palamedes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games
1990

25
13 14
Lode Runner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Puzzle Games