Total Nerd The Best NES Strategy Games  

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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 strategy games in your collection. Using your brain to solve puzzles and battle opponents is a ton of fun, and with turn-based games, puzzles, tower defense games and more, there are unlimited options to explore. With so many choices to pick 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 strategy games of all time.

This list will feature the most popular and best selling strategy games 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 list include Tetris and Adventures of Lolo. 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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32 19
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

2
37 25
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

3
31 20
Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

4
32 21
Desert Commander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

5
22 12
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1983

6
19 10
Adventures of Lolo 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1991

7
24 15
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

8
17 10
Adventures of Lolo 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1990

9
17 10
Adventures of Lolo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

10
22 15
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

11
23 16
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

12
17 11
Battle Chess is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

13
17 11
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

14
27 21
Defender of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

15
21 16
Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

16
8 5
Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

17
15 14
Rampart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

18
11 10
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

19
9 8
L'Empereur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

20
13 13
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1991

21
8 8
Othello is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1986

22
6 6
Clu Clu Land is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

23
11 12
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

24
6 7
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

25
5 6
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

26
4 5
Archon: The Light and the Dark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

27
11 13
Famicom Wars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

28
11 13
Solomon's Key is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

29
7 9
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

30
6 8
Gyromite is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

31
9 12
Wario's Woods is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

32
9 12
Cosmic Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

33
8 11
Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

34
7 10
Kickle Cubicle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

35
10 14
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

36
10 14
Klax is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

37
5 9
Stack-Up is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

38
5 9
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

39
5 9
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1988

40
5 9
Bubble Bath Babes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

41
5 9
Trog is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

42
5 9
Puzznic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

43
5 9
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

44
10 15
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

45
4 8
Loopz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1991

46
4 8
Palamedes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

47
4 8
Cyberball is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1988

48
4 8
M.U.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1983

49
3 7
Chaos World is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

50
7 12
Wall Street Kid is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games