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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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287 93
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs

2
292 98
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs

3
231 68
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs

4
222 59
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs

5
190 62
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990

6
145 43
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs

7
132 41
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs

8
137 46
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs

9
180 78
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs

10
111 35
Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

11
138 53
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987

12
108 34
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs

13
75 25
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990

14
77 33
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs

15
85 43
Willow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

16
79 47
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

17
64 35
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs

18
68 42
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

19
54 35
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs

20
44 31
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

21
39 29
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

22
40 34
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

23
40 34
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

24
35 29
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs

25
38 33
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs

26
42 41
Legacy of the Wizard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES RPGs

27
26 23
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES RPGs

28
29 27
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES RPGs

29
25 24
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES RPGs

30
36 39
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES RPGs

31
22 25
Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES RPGs

32
23 27
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES RPGs

33
19 22
Wizardry II: The Knight of Dia... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES RPGs

34
23 28
The Immortal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES RPGs

35
23 28
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES RPGs

36
20 25
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of t... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES RPGs

37
24 31
Little Ninja Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES RPGs

38
20 26
The Bard's Tale II: The Destin... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES RPGs

39
17 23
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES RPGs

40
17 23
Might and Magic II: Gates to A... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES RPGs

41
15 21
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES RPGs

42
8 12
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES RPGs

43
13 20
Dungeon Magic: Sword of the El... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES RPGs

44
13 20
Just Breed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1992

45
12 19
Lagrange Point is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES RPGs

46
17 27
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES RPGs

47
12 20
Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylga... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES RPGs

48
16 27
Deadly Towers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES RPGs

49
11 20
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the G... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES RPGs

50
11 20
Hydlide 3 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989