The Best NES Games Of All Time – 10 Must Play NES Titles

Let’s have a look at the best NES games of all time, NES is pretty much the savior of the gaming industry. In the 80s people were seeing games as a hype that was eventually going to end but then NES came to change the entire gaming world. There were other consoles before NES but none of them managed to leave an impact like NES, it’s one of the greatest consoles that was ever created. It wasn’t about the technology only of course technology was great for that era but games like Mario, Mega Man, and Contra they were so ahead of their time, these games made NES the most successful console and revived the gaming industry.

10. Punch-Out!!


This game was originally titled Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, it is a boxing sports video game. You play as Little Mac and the name suits him, he seems tiny against all the fighters. The game is about fighting various opponents to reach the top and beat the final boss, Mike Tyson who seems impossible to beat, anyone who has played this game will tell you how impossible it is to beat the world heavyweight champion of that time Mike Tyson, he remains as one of the hardest to beat boss ever but it is possible to beat him. Do you think you can beat Mike Tyson as the final boss here?

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The plot is about four ninja turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo who are on a mission to get a device that can restore their sensei Splinter back to human form. You’ll start as Leonardo in-game but you can switch your characters anytime by pressing the start button, depending on the situation if you have low health or think other characters can be better in this particular stage. Overall it’s a great adventure game with very good music and graphics of that era.

8. Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt is a shooter game what makes it so unique is its technology which was ahead of its time, it uses an NES zapper in combination with a TV to shoot ducks that appear on the screen, this game was very popular among kids, one of the best NES games for kids. It is 2nd most sold NES game of all time after Super Mario Bros, it has sold 28 million copies.

7. Excitebike


Even though NES is best at action-adventure games, Excitebike is a racing game that made this list it’s the best selling racing game and most successful with its 2 players mode where you can play with your friends or family at the same on TV, it has sold over 4.1 million copies. It has incredible music as well as smooth gameplay, you have to finish in 3rd order to qualify for Excitebike Championship. Overall it’s a great game that you should revisit or try if you never played this game. You won’t regret it, definitely one of the best NES games.

6. Metroid


Another great action-adventure game on the list is Metroid, you can play as bounty hunter Samus Aran, who is a protector of the galaxy from pirates and other evil forces. It has sold over 2.7 million copies, it combines the jump and run of Super Mario Bros and deep exploration of the Legend of Zelda with its Sci-fi fiction gameplay. Metroid is considered one of the best NES games of all time.

5. Contra


Contra is a Run-and-gun shooter game that you can play single player or two players at the same time. Most games for NES were great but what I liked about Contra was that it allowed us to play 2 players mode at the same time on screen unlike Mario that you have to wait for player 1 to die so you can get a chance to play. Contra is another masterpiece, when it comes to NES games there have been 700+ games and so many games you can say are a masterpiece because they truly changed the gaming industry.

4. Mega Man 2

Mega Man 2

Mega Man 2 is another masterpiece with its amazing music, especially in the boss stage against Dr. Wily and his robots. There have been many sequels of Mega Man, but even after all these years none of them were able to beat Megan Man 2 success, this game has a soul in it you can say that by its amazing music, bosses, and iconic foes like Heat Man, Wood Man and Flash Man. It’s worth a revisit

3. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is an action-adventure video game, story is about an elf boy named Link, he has to collect eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom to save princess Zelda from the villain Ganon. In the game, you play as an elf boy Link and go through the dungeons to collect different types of weapons, defeat enemies and uncover secrets. Most games for NES are gold and The Legend of Zelda is one of the best NES games that you must try.

2. Super Mario 3

Super Mario 3

Nintendo created a masterpiece like Super Mario Bros then launched another mind-blowing game Super Mario 3 which was after 3 years. It has better graphics, and better gameplay so many people can argue that Super Mario 3 is better but I wouldn’t agree with that because Super Mario Bros revived the gaming industry, the boost it needed plus there’s no Super Mario 3 without Super Mario Bros, both of them are the greatest game of all the time.

1. Super Mario Bros

Super Mario Bros

The most successful and one of the best games for NES is Super Mario Bros, it has sold over 40 million copies and to this day Mario is still breaking records in the gaming industry. This legendary game is designed for almost all ages which attracted even parents to try this game with kids. I’m sure you have heard of Mario or at least played it once in your life, if you didn’t you’re missing a masterpiece, Super Mario Bros is one of the best NES games that was ever created.

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