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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 RPGs in your collection. There's something about role playing games that really capture your imagination and make you feel like you're part of another world. Your party always has colorful characters, the abilities you gain along the way are amazing, and boss battles are usually nothing short of epic. 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 RPGs of all time. NES is the console that invented modern gaming as we know it, and put out the first RPGs ever made.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling RPGs 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. Examples of items on this poll include Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy. 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
306 97
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs

2
307 104
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs

3
228 61
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs

4
238 74
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs

5
194 65
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990

6
139 41
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs

7
149 43
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs

8
185 78
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs

9
142 48
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs

10
114 35
Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

11
142 55
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987

12
113 34
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs

13
81 25
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990

14
79 34
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs

15
87 44
Willow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

16
84 48
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

17
66 36
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs

18
69 44
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

19
55 36
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs

20
45 32
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

21
39 30
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

22
41 35
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

23
40 34
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs

24
35 30
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs

25
40 36
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

26
27 24
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES RPGs

27
30 28
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES RPGs

28
42 43
Legacy of the Wizard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES RPGs

29
26 24
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES RPGs

30
39 40
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES RPGs

31
25 28
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES RPGs

32
23 26
Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES RPGs

33
24 29
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES RPGs

34
19 23
Wizardry II: The Knight of Dia... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES RPGs

35
23 29
The Immortal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES RPGs

36
21 27
The Bard's Tale II: The Destin... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES RPGs

37
20 26
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES RPGs

38
20 26
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of t... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES RPGs

39
24 32
Little Ninja Brothers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES RPGs

40
18 24
Might and Magic II: Gates to A... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES RPGs

41
15 22
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES RPGs

42
9 14
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES RPGs

43
18 28
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES RPGs

44
13 21
Dungeon Magic: Sword of the El... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES RPGs

45
13 21
Just Breed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1992

46
18 29
Deadly Towers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES RPGs

47
12 20
Lagrange Point is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES RPGs

48
12 21
Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylga... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES RPGs

49
14 25
Pinball Quest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES RPGs

50
11 21
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the G... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES RPGs