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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
274 87
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES RPGs

2
280 95
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES RPGs

3
212 55
Dragon Warrior III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES RPGs

4
221 64
Dragon Warrior is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES RPGs

5
183 61
Crystalis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1990

6
140 40
Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of t... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES RPGs

7
128 40
Final Fantasy III is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES RPGs

8
129 45
Dragon Warrior II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES RPGs

9
172 76
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES RPGs

10
104 33
Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

11
134 52
Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1987

12
105 33
Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs

13
73 24
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Javier Dom Ac added 1990

14
83 41
Willow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

15
69 33
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES RPGs

16
76 45
Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

17
62 34
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES RPGs

18
67 39
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

19
54 32
The Bard's Tale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES RPGs

20
42 29
The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

21
36 27
Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

22
38 32
Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

23
38 32
Sweet Home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1989

24
37 31
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs

25
33 28
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES RPGs

26
29 25
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES RPGs

27
40 39
Legacy of the Wizard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES RPGs

28
24 23
Faria: A World of Mystery and ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES RPGs

29
24 23
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES RPGs

30
34 38
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES RPGs

31
19 20
Wizardry II: The Knight of Dia... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

33
23 26
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES RPGs

34
21 24
Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES RPGs

35
20 24
The Bard's Tale II: The Destin... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES RPGs

36
19 23
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of t... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES RPGs

37
21 26
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES RPGs

38
17 21
Might and Magic II: Gates to A... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES RPGs

39
15 19
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES RPGs

40
23 30
Little Ninja Brothers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES RPGs

41
7 10
Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES RPGs

42
13 18
Just Breed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES RPGs
1992

43
14 20
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES RPGs

44
12 18
Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylga... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES RPGs

45
11 17
Lagrange Point is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES RPGs

46
11 18
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the G... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES RPGs

47
15 24
Deadly Towers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES RPGs

48
10 17
Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES RPGs

49
12 20
Tombs & Treasure is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES RPGs

50
16 26
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES RPGs