Total Nerd Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst  

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If you’re collecting all Nintendo Entertainment System games ever made, you’re going to need this list of all NES games. The original Nintendo NES console was released in 1983 and was the most popular game systems of all time. One interesting aspect of the NES was that games were produced by hundreds of Nintendo Entertainment System game developers, both licensed and unlicensed.

Fortunately for retro game lovers everywhere, Nintendo recently announced they will be selling a miniature version of the original console in November 2016. The console will come with 30 games pre-loaded on the system, including Mega Man 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, and more.

The Nintendo Entertainment System now has a cult following amongst classic game collectors. For that reason, many of the games mentioned below will be hard to find outside of collections and may require you to spend hours searching online classified. For that reason, it is best to start with the best Nintendo NES games as they are the most common. Otherwise, happy hunting for the rare NES games below!

It was a time when game developers could still get around the NES’ authentication system in order to publish games not approved by Nintendo. This list of all Nintendo Entertainment System games includes both licensed and unlicensed games.
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1
4,155 1,131
The Legend of Zelda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

2
4,177 1,035
Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

3
3,092 850
Super Mario Bros. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

4
3,161 811
Contra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Contra 1987

5
2,349 717
Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

6
2,309 1,364
Super Mario Bros. 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

7
2,645 799
Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

8
2,383 775
Metroid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Metroid 1986

9
1,824 962
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

10
2,626 879
Tecmo Super Bowl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

11
1,855 862
DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
DuckTales 1989

12
2,257 632
Mega Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Mega Man 2 1989

13
2,028 794
Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

14
2,045 910
Excitebike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Excitebike 1984

The Most Compelling Video Game Storylines Ever

15
1,669 950
Zelda II: The Adventure of Lin... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

16
1,986 656
Double Dragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

17
1,754 595
Ninja Gaiden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

18
1,015 697
Metal Gear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Metal Gear 1987

19
1,334 754
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

20
1,174 563
Castlevania III: Dracula's Cur... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

21
1,693 676
Final Fantasy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

The Best Current NBC Dramas

22
1,918 601
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

23
1,350 905
Duck Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Duck Hunt 1984

24
1,406 586
Mega Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Mega Man 3 1990

25
1,521 851
Paperboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Paperboy 1984

26
2,048 720
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

27
1,048 639
Kirby's Adventure is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

28
965 648
Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

Every Monopoly Game Piece, Ranked

29
1,360 759
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

30
1,166 487
Mega Man is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Mega Man 1995

31
1,398 674
Battletoads is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

32
1,443 551
R.C. Pro-Am is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

33
735 434
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Swor... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

34
1,199 516
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

35
1,063 757
Dr. Mario is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Dr. Mario 1990

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

36
1,055 594
Kid Icarus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Kid Icarus 1986

37
1,004 446
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

38
760 441
Bionic Commando is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

39
750 435
Mega Man 4 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Mega Man 4 1991

40
874 441
Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

41
955 507
1942 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
1942 1984

42
737 652
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Spa... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

The Greatest RPG Video Games Ever Made

43
1,045 598
Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

44
1,336 524
Rampage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Rampage 1986

45
1,347 537
Blades of Steel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

46
941 541
Ghosts'n Goblins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

47
728 519
River City Ransom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

48
782 484
Mega Man 5 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Mega Man 5 Jan 01 1992

49
523 399
StarTropics is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst

50
1,175 563
Tecmo Bowl is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Every Single NES Game, Ranked From Best to Worst
Tecmo Bowl 1990