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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
324 110
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs

2
245 65
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs

3
318 115
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs

4
250 81
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs

5
163 45
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs

6
204 69
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990

7
147 47
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs

8
152 52
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs

9
125 37
Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

10
193 88
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs

11
146 59
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987

12
119 39
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs

13
87 28
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990

14
83 37
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs

15
93 45
Willow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

16
90 51
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

17
69 39
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs

18
73 48
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

19
55 41
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs

20
48 34
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

21
41 32
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

22
44 37
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

23
38 32
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs

24
41 39
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

25
40 38
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs

26
29 25
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES RPGs

27
44 44
Legacy of the Wizard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES RPGs

28
31 29
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES RPGs

29
28 26
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES RPGs

30
40 43
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

32
26 30
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES RPGs

33
24 28
Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES RPGs

34
23 27
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of t... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES RPGs

35
25 30
The Immortal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES RPGs

36
20 25
Wizardry II: The Knight of Dia... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES RPGs

37
25 33
Little Ninja Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES RPGs

38
24 32
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES RPGs

39
12 16
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES RPGs

40
21 29
The Bard's Tale II: The Destin... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES RPGs

41
18 25
Might and Magic II: Gates to A... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES RPGs

42
19 28
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES RPGs

43
15 24
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES RPGs

44
13 22
Dungeon Magic: Sword of the El... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES RPGs

45
12 21
Lagrange Point is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES RPGs

46
13 23
Tombs & Treasure is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES RPGs

47
13 23
Just Breed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1992

48
18 31
Deadly Towers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES RPGs

49
12 22
Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylga... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES RPGs

50
11 21
Times of Lore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES RPGs