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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Faxanadu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Faxanadu 1987

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Final Fantasy I-II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Mother 1989

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

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

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

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River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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Final Fantasy II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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Swords and Serpents is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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The Magic of Scheherazade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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Ultima III: Exodus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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

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

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

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Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Legacy of the Wizard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Ys III: Wanderers from Ys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of t... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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

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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Tetris 1985

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Ghost Lion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Bubble Bobble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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The Immortal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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

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

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Little Ninja Brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Just Breed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Just Breed 1992

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Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Might and Magic II: Gates to A... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylga... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Pinball Quest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES RPGs
Pinball Quest Dec 15 1989

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

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Lagrange Point is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES RPGs

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Tombs & Treasure is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES RPGs