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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
376 131
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs
2
288 77
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs
3
370 133
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs
4
299 94
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs
5
197 52
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs
6
243 75
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990
7
177 57
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs
8
156 44
Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989
9
169 60
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs
10
217 97
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs
11
145 41
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
12
168 66
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987
13
110 33
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990
14
107 58
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs
15
110 50
Willow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989
16
93 41
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs
17
80 44
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs
18
84 53
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs
19
56 39
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs
20
50 34
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs
21
61 46
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs
22
49 39
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs
23
44 43
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989
24
43 35
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs
25
46 41
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs