Total Nerd The Best NES Strategy Games  

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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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38 25
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

2
23 12
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1983

3
32 21
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

4
33 22
Desert Commander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

5
20 10
Adventures of Lolo 3 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1991

6
31 21
Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

7
18 10
Adventures of Lolo 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1990

8
24 16
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

9
22 15
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

10
17 11
Adventures of Lolo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

11
23 17
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

12
27 22
Defender of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

13
22 17
Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

14
17 12
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

15
17 12
Battle Chess 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
9 8
L'Empereur is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

19
9 8
Othello is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1986

20
11 11
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

21
6 6
Clu Clu Land is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

22
6 6
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

23
13 14
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1991

24
12 13
Solomon's Key is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

25
11 12
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989