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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
339 113
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs

2
255 68
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs

3
265 82
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs

4
328 121
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs

5
171 47
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs

6
214 70
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990

7
152 51
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs

8
131 38
Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

9
158 54
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs

10
200 89
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs

11
153 60
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987

12
125 40
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs

13
91 28
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990

14
96 46
Willow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

15
84 37
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs

16
93 53
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

17
72 39
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs

18
76 49
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

19
51 34
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs

20
57 42
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

21
43 32
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

22
45 37
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

23
39 32
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs

24
43 39
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

25
41 38
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs