Total Nerd 15 Classic Nintendo Games You Forgot You Loved  

Tamara Jude
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List Rules Vote up the games you totally forgot about but definitely loved as a kid.

Even with the mind-blowing video games of Xbox and PlayStation today, '80s kids still reminisce about the Nintendo games we forgot we loved. But not just the popular franchises like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, or Mega Man. Don't get it twisted; those game are great. But it's more rewarding to replay those obscure Nintendo games that weren't as well-known but were certainly just as fun. They're the ones we can remember the gameplay of but completely forget the name. Must be old age.

With the release of the NES Classic Edition, '80s kids (and kids who just wish they were born in the '80s) were able to replay some forgotten Nintendo games from childhood. But there were so many other classics that just didn’t make the cut. Whether it was due to poor sales or clunky game play, the not-as-popular games are the ones we hold closest to our hearts. Here are some of the best obscure Nintendo games that we forgot we love.

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Classic Nintendo Games You Forgot You Loved
Photo: Konami

If the movie franchises Rambo and Alien were combined into a video game, they would produce Contra. The high-action adventure of the '80s is captured in this classic run-and-gun adventure game. Armed with a powerful gun with unlimited ammo, you and a friend can play as commandos Bill and Lance and take on aliens at every turn. Contra was the kick-alien-butt fighter that even Ripley would be proud of. 

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#76 on The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

#66 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#78 on The Best Classic Arcade Games

#28 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

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2 351 VOTES

Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Classic Nintendo Games You Forgot You Loved
Photo: Technos Japan

In this fighting game classic, you are Billy Lee on a mission to get back your girl, Marian, and you kick and punch your way past members of the Black Warriors gang throughout the city. Even with its very basic moves, Double Dragon became the blueprint for future fighting games. 

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#86 on The Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

#23 on The Best Classic Arcade Games

#56 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

#29 on The Best Classic Video Games

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Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Classic Nintendo Games You Forgot You Loved
Photo: Atari

Who knew you could actually have fun on a paper route? As a paperboy in a suburban neighborhood, you deliver papers over a one week period. You succeed by completing the delivery route for your subscribers. Sounds easy enough, but you also have to avoid obstacles including pedestrians, traffic, and barking dogs. And the best part: you get to break the windows of anyone that is not a subscriber. Truth be told, smashing everyone's windows is the best part. 

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#28 on The Best Classic Arcade Games

#62 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

#19 on The Best Classic Video Games

#28 on The Most Memorable Video Game Sound Bites of All Time

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Metroid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Classic Nintendo Games You Forgot You Loved
Photo: Nintendo

Regarded as a favorite among NES players, Metroid was one of the first games to feature a female protagonist. As bounty hunter Samus Aran, you must stop the pirates that have stolen the alien known as Metroid. On your mission, you must work to improve your weapons and moves. You collect power-ups and better weapons to make Samus an unstoppable force. With its gradual player progression and kick-butt female lead, Metroid would be a welcomed addition to today's video game landscape. 

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#12 on The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time

#42 on Video Games That Should Be Movies

#31 on The Best Nintendo Games, Ranked

#24 on The Best Classic Video Games

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