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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30 17
Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

2
35 22
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

3
30 18
Desert Commander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

4
20 12
Bandit Kings of Ancient China is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

5
26 18
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

6
26 18
Defender of the Crown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

7
19 12
Shingen the Ruler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

8
20 13
Romance of the Three Kingdoms ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

9
14 8
Adventures of Lolo 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1991

10
15 9
Battle Chess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

11
17 11
Bomberman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1983

12
19 13
Sid Meier's Pirates! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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14 10
Conflict is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

14
12 8
Adventures of Lolo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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11 8
Adventures of Lolo 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
armok added 1990

16
8 6
L'Empereur is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

17
9 8
Destiny of an Emperor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

18
7 6
Othello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1986

19
12 12
Rampart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

20
11 11
Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1991

21
4 4
Monopoly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1985

22
10 11
Famicom Wars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

23
6 7
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

24
9 11
Solomon's Key is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

25
6 8
Wall Street Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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4 6
Family Feud is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

27
4 6
Wheel of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

28
3 5
Cyberball is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1988

29
3 5
M.U.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1983

30
3 5
Fire Emblem Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

31
3 5
Clu Clu Land is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

32
2 4
Archon: The Light and the Dark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

33
9 12
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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8 11
Pipe Mania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

35
8 11
Pool of Radiance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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7 10
Cosmic Wars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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6 9
Where in the World Is Carmen S... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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5 8
Kickle Cubicle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

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4 7
Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

40
4 7
Bubble Bath Babes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

41
4 7
Platoon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1988

42
2 5
Chaos World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

43
8 12
Klax is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1989

44
3 7
Trog is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

45
3 7
Where in Time is Carmen Sandie... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

46
2 6
Hanjuku Hero is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games

47
2 6
Venus Senki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Venus Senki

48
2 6
Palamedes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1990

49
1 5
Nintendo World Championships is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
Nintendo World Championships 1990

50
4 9
Nebulus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NES Strategy Games
1987