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The Best NES Strategy Games 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 265 voters 18.4k views 93 items

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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Desert Commander is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1989 (Kemco)
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Tetris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
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Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
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Defender of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1986 (Master Designer Software)
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Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1983 (Hudson Soft)
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Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1990 (Nintendo)
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Adventures of Lolo 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added Released: 1991 (HAL Laboratory)
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Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1987 (MicroProse)
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Romance of the Three Kin... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II Released: 1989 (Koei)
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Conflict is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1989 (Tokai Communications)
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Adventures of Lolo 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added Released: 1990 (HAL Laboratory)
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Adventures of Lolo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1990 (HAL Laboratory)
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Battle Chess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1988 (Interplay Entertainment)
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Bandit Kings of Ancient ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1989 (Koei)
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Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
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Cosmic Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1989 (Konami)
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Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1985 (Gremlin Interactive Limited)
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Famicom Wars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1988 (Nintendo)
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Rampart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1990 (Atari Games)
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Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1992 (Intelligent Systems)
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Solomon's Key is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1986 (Tecmo)
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Othello is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1986 (HAL Laboratory)
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Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1989 (Capcom)
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Kickle Cubicle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1990 (Irem)
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Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Released: 1991 (Rockstar North)