The Best Undiscovered Nintendo NES Games

The Best Undiscovered NES Games
Usually, when you get a new-to-you console or you boot up an emulator for the first time (try NesterDC, for instance), you can usually find or remember the major games to check out.� But what happens when you need something different to play? This is where the “Hidden Gems” come in.
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This will be a bit of a work-in-progress. I may add to these as I go along and find new games.
If you have some recommendations to add, please do so in the comments section below.


Obvious Choices:
Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Adventure Island

Featured Game: Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers
Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers NES Screenshot“Games based on children’s cartoon shows haven’t always sucked. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Capcom produced a great deal of entertaining games with licensed Disney themes for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Many of them were quite challenging, but Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers is one of the titles that I feel had the best balance of fun and challenge in a platformer. While it’s not a big challenge if you are a platformer junkie, it is still fun and is a great game for mid-range players…

The most important feature to me is the 2-player simultaneous gameplay. In fact, the game isn’t terribly exciting when you play it by yourself. However, you have a buddy team up with you, the game can be a blast. Not only are you able to pick up and throw objects, but you can also pick up and throw your partner if you so choose — and that is when much of the hilarity ensues. Aside from hijinks that tossing your partner can bring, picking them up and carrying them can be part of your strategy — which may be helpful at times if your partner is a newbie. Bottom line is that teamwork can be both fun and strategic.”
Racketboy’sReview of Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers
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More Great Games:
Duck Tales
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout
Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Snake Rattle ‘n Roll
Yo! Noid
Panic Restaurant
Rockin Kats
Kiwi Kraze (New Zealand Story)
Adventures of Rad Gravity
Disney’s Adventures in the Magical Kingdom


Obvious Choices:
Castlevania, Castlevania II, Castlevania III, Ninja Gaiden Series, Bionic Commando, Rolling Thunder, Metal Gear

Featured Game: Clash at Demonhead
Clash At Demonhead Screenshot“You are Bang, a secret agent of some kind (apparently, details about your history & mission have been cut from the English translation of this game.. any Japanese speakers want to write me and fill in the blanks?). While relaxing on the beach with your girlfriend Mary, word comes from HQ that Professor Plum has been kidnapped and is being forced to make a doomsday bomb! As if that’s not bad enough, there’s also a very powerful demon preparing to fill and/or end the world with his (her?) nasty eggs. The demon is in no way related to the doomsday plot, but you’ll end up resolving both problems and, as a result, saving the world from TWO separate catastrophes. You’ll also learn several valuable life lessons and even the secret history of mankind….

It’s hard for words to do justice to Clash at Demonhead. The dialog is great, and the story is convoluted and entertaining. Best of all, the game has STYLE – genuinely absurd videogames are far and few between, and none are as dramatic and action packed as Clash At Demonhead.”
Classic Gaming’s Review of Clash at Demonhead
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More Great Games:
Gremlins 2
Vice Project Doom
Power Blade
Wizards & Warriors
IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II
Jackie Chan’s Action
Kung Fu

Monster In My Pocket
The Three Stooges
Kung Fu Heroes
Low G Man
Demon Sword
Ultimate Stuntman


Obvious Choices:
Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Maniac Mansion, Star Tropics

Featured Game: Nightshade
Nightshade Screenshot“When it comes to obscure, seldom-seen NES games, I doubt one could find many equalling Nightshade in terms of the “what’s this now?” factor…. The game’s bizarre storyline (told with fabulously hyperbolic narration) involves a fledgling super-hero, who, decked out in a trenchcoat and fedora, sets out to free the noirish Metro City from the clutches of the evil Sutekh, Egyptian
super-villian extraordinaire. You see, Sutekh has recently slain the vaguely ‘Noid-ish (as in the Domino’s pizza mascot, star of his own fairly wretched NES game) formerly reigning superhero of the city, Vortex. You, as Nightshade, must wander the city’s streets, searching for clues, defeating villains, and attempting to gain favor with the denizens of Metro City. As the game opens (after a brief expository sequence) you have just been tied to a chair by Sutekh, who has left a bomb waiting to blow you to smithereens.

Utilizing a (surprisingly well-executed) graphic-adventure format, the game allows to to perform the standard “use/move/talk/fight/etc.” actions, yet the interface is far, far less clumsy than in Deja Vu. Though a main problem with computer-to-NES game ports such as the latter involves lacking control, Nightshade is much simpler to get the hang of. You control Nightshade with the control pad (as opposed to pointing and clicking with a cursor like Maniac Mansion), and press
the Select button will bring up a command menu. Here you can examine, pick up, use, or do of the things any traditional adventure game hero can do.”
Classic Gaming 101’s Review of Nightshade
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More Great Games:
Deja Vu: A Nightmare Comes True
A BoyAnd His Blob: Trouble On Blobonia
Dr. Chaos
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode
The Mafat Conspiracy
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom

Fighting Platformers/Beatemups

Obvious Choices:
Double Dragon Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT Arcade, TMNT III: Manhattan Project, Battletoads, River City Ransom

Featured Game: Street Fighter 2010
 “First up is a game I personally believe gets an unfair rep, Street Fighter 2010 for the NES. Now, I’ll be honest, it’s quite possibly the worst “Street Fighter” game ever made (perhaps second to Street Fighter the Movie the Game), but if you completely ignore the title, this is one of the better games to come out during the end of the original Nintendo’s lifespan.

Gameplay-wise, this is a platformer, though extensive levels filled with cannon-fodder bad guys is cut back in exchange for one boss battle after another, to give it the appearance of a fighting game. However, as you can probably guess, there is no two-player option.

But really, Street Fighter 2010 pretty much just cuts out all the crap and gives us what we play these games for directly, the boss battles. Some of the bosses are more fun than others. You’ve got a robot that swarms you with flying killer drones, a guy in a bad super hero costume that causes earthquakes, a big rock guy who can swing from the ceiling, an evil plant, and my personal favorite, an electric-wielding monster whom you fight in a level filled with active dynamos. The environments in which you fight the bosses varies. Some are merely empty rooms with a handful of platforms for you to dodge around on, while others are extensive vertical mazes with traps and power-ups hidden to make things extra interesting.”
Forever Geek’s Review of Street Fighter 2010
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More Great Games:
Mighty Final Fight
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Shadow of the Ninja

Shooting Action/Platformers

Obvious Choices:
Metroid, Megaman Series, Contra, Blaster Master, Spy Hunter, Super Spy Hunter, Smash TV

Featured Game: The Guardian Legend
 “Guardian Legend is a unique game in which you play as a female character that can transform into a spaceship as she battles to save earth from the evil forces of the planet Naju. The basic gameplay can sort of be described as Zelda meets Blaster Master meets Zanac.

Guardian Legend’s gameplay is divided into both an adventure mode and shooting stages, which sets it apart from almost any other game I’ve played. The adventure mode uses a grid-based system (a la Legend of Zelda) in which you walk around freely as the Guardian’s human form. Although these segments are very easy, I liked exploring them, and I’m glad the areas weren’t overly large and confusing.

When I first beat the main adventure mode of The Guardian Legend, I came away from it with basically the same impression that I had of Section-Z. This was a good game to play for the experience, but it didn’t really blow me away. But upon completing the second quest, and after replaying it several times, I realized that Guardian Legend does have some qualities that make it superior. The adventure mode is fun to replay, and it’s nice that the programmers went the extra mile by giving you the all-shooter mode, too. This gives the game decent replay value, and is enough to etch it more solidly in my mind as a game that deserves recognition.”
Flying Omelette’s Review of The Guardian Legend
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More Great Games:
Metal Storm
Solar Jetman
Journey to Silius
Little Samson
Battle City
GI Joe


Obvious Choices:
Gradius, Gradius 2, Xevious, Super Xevious, Tiger Heli, Millipede, Galaga, Defender, Defender II, 1942, Twinbee, Fantasy Zone, Parodius Da!

Featured Game: Crisis Force
 “Crisis Force is an excellent piece of work on the Famicom! It has an incredible amount of frenzied gameplay that originally made it’s Gradius series so popular in Japan. In fact, Gradius for the Famicom originally sold over 1 million units in Japan! The game offers 2-player simultaneous play, and the ability to switch among three different ships at and time during play! A real treasure for any Nintendo Family Computer Owner! …

The graphics in Crisis Force are excellent! there are cool effects including multi-tierdness, flashing colors, many enemies on screen at once, and even great parallax, once only seen this prominent in the Sega MegaDrive shooter, MUSHA Aleste”
SHMUPS!’s Review of Crisis Force
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More Great Games:
Over Horizon
Captain Skyhawk
Star Soldier
Starship Hector
Legendary Wings
Sky Shark
Konami World
Burai Fighter
Volguard 2


Obvious Choices:
Legend of Zelda, Dragon Warrior Series, Final Fantasy, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Ys, Mother (Earthbound Zero)

Featured Game: Crystalis
 “SNK’s action RPG classic, Crystalis, basically takes everything that made the original Legend of Zelda for the NES so good, and makes it exponentially better. The original Zelda was pretty much the template for the genre, so one would expect the formula to be improved as more and more Action RPGs graced the big grey box. Well, Zelda II: the Adventure of Link was a big let-down to many a Zelda-fan, if mostly due to the side-scrolling point of view. Crystalis is everything the Zelda sequel should’ve been, and my personal favorite Action RPG made for the NES.

Basically, if you’re looking for old fashioned, historically significant, GOOD Action RPG, then Crystalis should be number 1 on your list. It was re-released for the Gameboy Color, though I’ve heard many a complaint about the quality of the port. Having not played that version, myself, I’ll have to rely on someone else to fill in that gap. Never-the-less, you can find the NES cartridge on Ebay, used, for a relatively cheap price, or some of you unscrupulous net-savvy so-and-sos can find ‘another means’ to play the game. OR, you can just wait for the Wii to make it downloadable. Either way, there are PLENTY of ways for you to play this game. And you really should, too. Every time Crystalis goes un-played, Baby Mario cries.”
ForeverGeek’s Review of Crystalis
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More Great Games:
Magic of Scheherazade
Lagrange Point
Legend of the Ghost Lion
Radia Senki: Reimeihen
Battle Of Olympus
Hydlide 3

Little Ninja Brothers
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance
Just Breed
Tombs & Treasure
Bard’s Tale II


Obvious Choices:
Tetris, Dr. Mario, Burgertime

Featured Game: Wario’s Woods
 “[Wario’s Woods is] a fantastic puzzler that could easily trump some current generation games. The use of Mario characters is just a ruse, as the true value of this title lies in the frenzied action that takes place around you: as the pieces fall, you attempt to match up 3 of a kind or more. It’s not a speed test though, as the pace of the game is slow; the test comes from the quality of your choices. You can easily destroy one or two monsters at once, but what about five or six? This is where the gameplay becomes more complex…

In the grand scope of things, Wario’s Woods is a fun game. It offers up some challenging puzzles and can keep even the shortest of attention spans. In contrast, the game is simplistic in look and sound; depending on the person it may add to nostalgia, or hinder enjoyment. For a gamer looking for a classic puzzler on the Virtual Console the question remains as to whether Wario’s Woods is any good. The answer is a resounding yes.”
GamersMark’s Review of Wario’s Woods
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More Great Games:
Yoshi Cookie
Pipe Mania (Pipe Dream)

Puzzle Action

Obvious Choices:
Bomberman, Bubble Bobble, Solomon’s Key, Marble Madness

Featured Game: Adventures of Lolo
 “This charming little game challenges you to solve increasingly complex puzzles in a series of castle rooms. You control Lolo, a loveable blue ball with arms, legs, and two big eyes. Each stage requires both quick reflexes and thoughtful strategy. You need to carefully slide blocks, avoid monsters, and efficiently use power-ups in order to open the single chest in each room. The rooms are a single screen in size. You can the view the layout of each room before starting, so use the opportunity to plan your strategy.

To solve most puzzles, you’ll need to perform a series of moves in a specific order, and if you mess up, you may not be able to correct your mistake. At that point you can hit “Select” to forfeit play and start the stage over. When you run out of lives, you are provided a password and can immediately continue where you left off. Once you get started, it’s easy to get caught up in Lolo’s addictive gameplay. Some of the puzzles of quite ingenious, and the graphics aren’t bad either. I especially love the gorgeous castle at the beginning of the game. The controls are crisp and responsive, and the heroic music is very good. Lolo’s fun and innovative gameplay earned it legions of fans, prompting two sequels.”
Video Game Critic’s Review of Adventures of Lolo
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More Great Games:
Adventures of Lolo 2
Adventures of Lolo 3
Kickle Cubicle
Snow Bros.
Fire & Ice
Boulder Dash


Obvious Choices:
RC Pro Am, Micro Machines, Rad Racer, Excitebike

Featured Game: Galaxy 5000
 “I remember playing Galaxy 5000 in my childhood, and while I don’t like typical racing games, I do like games where you get to drive vehicles around and blow crap up. Galaxy 5000 should be considered to be the NES gameplay predecessor of the SNES classic Rock and Roll Racing. The graphics are quite good for an NES game, and the sound effects are nice too.

Galaxy 5000 takes place in the year 5000 (duh). You enter races on each planet in your groovy spacecraft, earning money for accomplishing various feats. Feats like blowing your opponents up, and winning the race. There are nine racetracks, one for each planet, and you race each track four times. Normally this would be boring, but the obstacles and bonuses change during each race, meaning the game really has 36 racetracks, not bad for an NES game. The levels are nicely designed and the 3D landscape is not seen in many NES games, especially racers. It adds an extra dimension to the racing, since you can only kill opponents who are on the same 3D level as you are.”
Rashid’s Review of Galaxy 5000
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More Great Games:
Cobra Triangle
Mach Rider


Obvious Choices:
Tecmo Bowl, Double Dribble, Ice Hockey, Blades of Steel, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, Pro Wrestling, Baseball Stars

Featured Game: Super Dodgeball
 “Super Dodge Ball as made by Technos, who also released one of the best fighting games for the NES, River City Ransom. The characters in the NES version of Super Dodge Ball look almost exactly like the characters from River City Ransom (the screenshot on the right is from the NES version).

Let’s talk about gameplay. At first, you’ll probably be very confused. Like River City Ransom, you have two buttons: pressing them both together makes you jump, tapping in a direction twice makes you run. On offense, the A button passes the ball to a teammate, and the B button throws the ball at your opponent. On defense, the A button makes you duck (to avoid incoming throws) and the B button lets you catch an incoming throw. Catching balls thrown by your opponent is tough, as it requires perfect timing to do.”
Classic Gaming’s Review Super Dodgeball
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More Great Games:
Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage
Kings of the Beach
Crash N the Boys: Street Challenge
Nintendo World Cup
Base Wars

Light Gun Shooting

Obvious Choices:
Duck Hunt, Hogan’s Alley

Featured Game: Gumshoe
 “I’ve said once and I’ll say it again: this game is hard. The game’s blessing is also its curse. To move Stevenson you have to shoot, with makes him jump. Otherwise, he walks strait into any obstacle that comes his way. The gameplay is cumbersome at best, which adds to what would ordinarily only be a mild challenge. If you don’t hold the gun to the screen (c’mon raise your hands, you know you do it) the difficulty is almost doubled. Mysterious bottles of moonshine get throw at you from the right hand side of the screen, lots of pitfalls, falling rocks, bombs and other projectiles to kill you, which only takes one hit.”
UnknwnMage’s Review of Gumshoe
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More Great Games:
Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting
Freedom Force
Gotcha! The Sport
Laser Invasion
To The Earth


Obvious Choices:
Rampage, Paperboy, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber

Featured Game: North & South
 “Players take control over either the yankee pigdog Union armies or the slavery-loving Confederate rebels in North & South, a Civil War simulation released in 1990. Each side takes turns strategically moving their armies across the map, hoping to wipe out the opposition and take over their bases. The more bases you own, the more money you get when the train rolls into town. The more money you have, the more armies you can buy to help crush the enemy.

The real fun comes when two opposing forces meet and the game switches to the battle mode. Here, you control three facets of a Civil War army, cannons, foot soldiers, and the calvary, as they rush across the battlefield trying to wipe the other out. Last army standing wins the war and goes on to fame and fortune and a future of bullying lesser nations like Iraq and Canada. I should also mention that when I initially rented this game, back in the days when Vanilla Ice was topping the charts and Los Angeles had football teams, it became a neighborhood sensation. We had North & South tournaments. For the few days I had it, kids would be crammed into my bedroom fighting over who gets to be the rebels. Good times. If you and a friend are looking for a fun multiplayer strategy game, or if you still think the South Will Rise Again, you should definitely check out North & South.”
Nintendorks’ Review of North & South
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More Great Games:
Lunar Pool
Side Pocket
Vegas Dream
Pin Bot
Battle Chess
Casino Kid


  1. Tahir says:

    Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers is one of my earliest video gaming memories and I remember having so much fun playing it. Need to play it again to see if the fun factor is still there.. Nice list as usual racketboy 🙂

  2. gnome says:

    Another absolutely fantatic post… BTW, have you heard of the Famocom only Takeshi no Chousenjou game?

  3. Anonymous says:

    What? Mighty Final Fight isn’t listed under beat ’em ups? For shame!

  4. racketboy says:

    Wow — never heard of Mighty Final Fight — I will be adding it to the list 😉

    And gnome, I haven’t heard of Takeshi no Chousenjou either — I’ll have to look into that as well.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Enjoyed the post, I’m a huge fan of the NES and agree with most of your picks.

    I would also recommend the Power Blade games for the action section, they are quite good. Also under RPGs I would recommend Legend of the Ghost Lion (I believe that is the complete title). It is basically a pretty straight forward RPG similar to the original Dragon Warrior.

  6. gnome says:

    Racketboy my friend, you’re lucky, as I just blogged it 😉


    PS Really adore this blog. Fantastic

  7. Anonymous says:

    Finally! Due respect accorded for North & South and not before time! A friend and I started playing this together recently via NesterDC – 45 minute+ epic battles that reminded us how great multiplayer retrogamage can really be…

  8. Mozgus says:

    Good choice going with Street Fighter 2010.

  9. All Hail The New Flesh says:

    awe, you did not menchin T&C Surf Design! that is the most underrated Sports game ever. The Surfing part sucks but the skating is addicting as hell. I am ashamed of you. But thats ok the list is good

  10. All Hail The New Flesh says:

    you should also menchen GunNac, another underrated Shmup game.

  11. alonzobots says:

    Battle city is the best coop game for NES

  12. racketboy says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, everyone — I hope to add them soon!

  13. NesGamer says:

    Platformer – I highly recommend Ufouria (PAL release), wonderful in every way. You add characters with different abilities as you go along and switch as necessary.

    Action – Ninja Crusaders, great game with the ability to transform into different animals with different abilities.

    Adventure – The Goonies II, awesome search and puzzle game.

  14. Koji says:

    Nice selection, however you are missing magic johnsons fast break!

    I think that game is a great basketball game, it’s a 2×2 full court set, features an image of magic which commends you on good shots and calls out penalties etc. I really think you should consider including it.

  15. Tony Fink says:

    You should also add Mr. Gimmick (platformer) and Super Spy Hunter (action/racing) which are little known but absolutely amazing games from Sunsoft made late in the systems life. Some of the best graphics I have ever seen in an NES game, and fun to boot!

  16. N gamer says:

    While I agree with most of the above games, The Three Stooges has no business on this list. Some games I think should be on here are Roadblasters, Operation Wolf and Wild Gunman. Two other games released only in Japan that should be here are Sweet Home and Splatterhouse.

  17. Keith says:

    Dude, Baseball Stars was the best sports game for the NES… Period. In fact, it’s probably still the best overall baseball game of all time.

  18. Zac says:

    The best sports game on the NES is without a doubt Base Wars.

  19. Bog says:

    You forgot Magician. Magician is #1 on my list of hidden gems of the NES.

  20. Mr Fwibbles says:

    If you’re going to add Famicom-only titles to the list, I’d like to recommend Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (platformer) and Moai-Kun (puzzle).

  21. riles says:

    you totally missed ‘elevator action’ and ‘toobin’ by far my favorite NES games of all time.

  22. Adam says:

    Glad to see Super Dodge Ball make the list. The game is such a cult hit, but a lot of people never played it growing up. My friend and I dig the game so much we started a webcomic based on it ( Now we’re hoping to find an audience amongst the game’s fans. Check it out!

  23. subassy says:

    For sports I loved American Gladiators. The cheap voice sample always amused me for some reason.

  24. SearchingForASpecificGame says:

    I Stumbled upon this list looking for a game a game that I “lost” This in this RPG you could get better armor and if you changed your armor your character looked different and you could get new swords and stuff like that and it seems to me that i revolved around finding keys by beeting each themed level although there was no particular order this had to be done in and for sure there was an ice themed level whose song involved some sort of bell sound. this may be for Super Nintendo or Nintendo not sure if anyone recognizes this game let me know Please E-Mail Me at

  25. Mornaug says:

    The NES Metal Gear is a piece of trash. Do yourself a favor and play the MSX versions of any games that came out for both NES and MSX, as they are far superior!

  26. malapteruselectricus says:

    Great list. Mass props for Guardian Legend — it is the greatest shooter ever, I fiended out on this game, beat it before I turned off my NES. MANY weapons and upgrades, minibosses, two game modes – what more could you ask for?
    Didnt see Overlord – best music ever, have turned on NES just to listen, wish it lasted through game. If you know of any other Warcraft type games that date back further on NES, I would be interested in what they are, but this is the oldest I know of.

  27. 0ldsk00l says:

    Excellent list. You’re doing a great service for us retro-gamers. It’s wonderful looking at your website and seeing the discussions going on in here. I’d like to recommend a few more memorable games from my childhood:

    720, Astyanax, The Adventures of Bayou Billy, Bad Dudes, Jaws, P.O.W. – Prisoners of War, Top Gun, and Wrath of the Black Manta.

  28. Paul says:

    Hey man you forgot an awesome military simulation game… Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I wasted many hours of my childhood (and some of my adult life!) on that game…

  29. ametur poet says:

    One game that was very underlooked, but still gave me days of fun was a little obscure game called “Binary Land”. It’s a simple but challenging puzzle-adventure game.

  30. dantheman says:

    Has anyone ever played Zen: Intergalactic Ninja? It is a mix of several game types, and a blast to play. Probably my favorite NES game of all time and in my opinion deserves a place somewhere on this list.

  31. guardian legend is quite an amazing game in the tradition of golvellius. compile has great games always.

  32. penii says:

    possibly the best game for the NES ever made.
    i kid you not.

  33. racketboy says:

    Metal Marines was on the SNES, not NES.

  34. evilunleashed says:

    North & South was awesome. The best (and only as far as I can remember) strategy game available on the NES. I still play it to this day.

  35. draconian247 says:

    Crystalis deserves to be on the list and i am glad to see it. I have played through that game at least a dozen times and if released on VC would play it again. It was way better than any Zelda game before it and was really expensive when it 1st came out if I remember correctly. My parents bought for my birthday and it was like $70 I still have the original game.

  36. I was bunking up at some church half-way on a roadtrip with a group of people, and we found an old NES, with Chip’n’Dale. We started off playing co-op, but before long it became more of a death-match. That was one of my best experiences of old game consoles ever. Chip’n’Dale needs a modern XBLA remake methinks, even if under a different name (and with built-in deathmatch).

  37. shadow1w2 says:

    Chip and Dales was one of my favorites.
    Best multiplayer experience too.
    Now if only we could get an online enabled Virtual console version.
    Id pay just to play it again like that.

    Clash at Demonhead was a fun one too.
    I liked the open endedness about it, but sometimes it was easy to forget where you were going.
    Kinda reminded me of magaman in a way though.

    Street Fighter 2010 was a hard one and had the most confusing name.
    I really wish they would have kept the origonal story.
    I mean, we all know that isnt Ken from street fighter.
    Very hard game though, but it always had me coming back.
    I like a good challenge.

    Wario’s Woods,
    I think that was the first time I realized who wario was.
    Its not a bad puzzler and kept me the fast paced action gamer stuck to it for awhile.
    Playing the game on animal crossing I got rather far, but I’ve found I cant play it anymore as its a bit too difficult from that point and I dont feel like starting from the earlier spots to warm up. 😛
    Still a good puzzler.

    Lolo, also good, used to play that alot with my sister.
    A puzzle game thats been stuck in my memory for good.
    I remember those weird slug things well.
    Though I never beat the game.

    Now if we could just get Nintendo to release alot more than three or less games at once.
    Waiting this long, they better add good stuff like online play. Theres just no excuse.
    Though thankfully theres emulators.
    Or the real thing.
    Wich cost alot less than the VC price.
    Would be nice to have them cheaper or with more features on them. Its rather convient to have the game on the Wiimenu.

  38. Viktor says:

    Goal 3 and the rest of Nekketsu games!

  39. Dysthymia says:

    Maybe it’s not as good as i remember it, but i think the game Dragon Spirit should have been included in the list with Gradius and Galaga.

  40. Kyle says:

    For sports one of the best NES games out there is Dusty Diamond. That game was a classic, where else can you get slow pitch softball?!?!

  41. Siggi says:

    This is an awesome list. But I have to mention one of my favorites, Darkwing Duck. It’s as good as mega man or Chip N’Dale! I remember growing up watching the cartoon too. It’s excactly the same. Everyone here should try it.

  42. Oh. Thank. God.

    For years, I’ve been getting stange looks from people whenever I mention “Princess Tomato in The Salad Kingdom”. I’m glad that not only am I not the only person who remembers it, but that I’m not the only person who remembers it fondly. I remember I picked it up at the local video store, primarily because I had to see what a game that had such an off-the-wall name had going for it. The answer? a sort of flavor that I’ve not seen reproduced since. Really, it was like DeJa Vu (Wich, incidentally, played far, far, far more comfortably on my Mac in the 80s, made, incidentally by the same company who made Uninvited. It’s worth getting a Mac Plus Emulator, just to play through those games, as well as the sequel to De Ja Vu. No Shadowgate that I’m aware of, though.) only with veggies and rock-paper-scissors fights and mazes.

  43. racketboy says:

    Do you still have a copy? It’s definitely not one you see all the time 🙂

  44. Parker says:

    Help..What is this game that I have? Is it has chinese writing on the front of the cartridge and says 76 in 1 and on the back it shows all 76 games!! I need info!!

  45. PoorRichDude says:

    Very nice list! Here’s some of my suggestions for nomination:

    -Burai Fighter(Shooter/Action)-Eight way flight, unique stage design
    -Quinty aka Mendel Palace(Action Puzzle)-Flipping the floor tiles to smash living dolls? Sign me up! Neat use of the two-player mode, as well (you can defeat enemies by launching your ally, and play is either simultaneous or alternating, depending on the levels you choose.) Bonus trivia: the developers of this game would eventually go on to create the Pokemon series!
    -Destiny of an Emperor(RPG)-An entertaining riff on the Sangokushi (Three Kingdoms) story.

  46. butanebob says:

    Adventure Island 4 is a fantastic game, it was only released in Japan unfortunately but it’s easily the best game out of that series. It’s more like the monsterworld (wonderboy) games, in that it’s more open ended and you pick up items that enable you to backtrack and get past certain points that were previously locked.

  47. Mike says:

    Check out Milon’s Secret Castle. Good game.

  48. Ivan Dos Santos Muniz says:

    I Liked This Gems! But How Can I Enter On DoReMi Fantasy On Super Mario World

  49. Jarad says:

    An action game that doesn’t get mentioned too much is Mystery Quest. I thought it was a hard game as a kid and I thought I “beat” it a few times, but I found out later, you need to finish it 3 times in a row consecutively for you to get the real ending. Otherwise it just says “sorry try again” its a crazy game!

  50. racketboy says:

    I’ll have to look into that one — thanks!

  51. Kiana says:

    Alright, here goes my suggestions to add to this (already great) list…

    >> Platformers :
    – City Connection
    – Duck Tales 2
    – Goonies
    – Goonies 2

    >> Action :
    – Kick Master
    – The Legend of Kage
    – P.O.W. – Prisoners of War
    – Rush ‘n Attack

    >> Shooting Action/Platformers :
    – Batman – Return of the Joker
    – Darkwing Duck

    >> Shmup (Shoot’em Up) :
    – B-Wings
    – Twin Bee series

    >> Puzzle Action :
    – Load Runner
    – Load Runner 2

    >> Sports :
    – Captain Tsubasa Vol. 1 (japan only)
    – Captain Tsubasa Vol. 2 – Super Striker (japan only)

    >> Other :
    – Balloon Fight
    – Pooyan

    By the way, not a single mention of “Pac-Man” or “Ms. Pac-Man” ?!? You kiddin’ ?

    And on a side note, the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was NOT an undiscovered “gem”, it wasn’t even worth playing !
    We should just let it be buried with the rest of the worthless “rocks” out there…

    Oh, and this last one is one of my favorite games of all time :
    Tokkyuu Shirei – Solbrain
    I know I could’ve just placed it in the “Action” section, but I think this game needs a special mention !

  52. Olyphant says:

    Why has no one mentioned Legacy of the Wizard (aka Dragon Slayer 4 in japan)? It has a mix of RPG and 2d action and 8 characters to chose from right in the beginning. If you haven’t played it before please give it a try =OD

  53. DoomRater says:

    To be honest, I’m amazed Startropics is listed as an OBVIOUS choice. Most people I have spoken to have never heard of it, or remind me that it was a US exclusive title!

  54. Rom says:

    Not sure whether you’d put this under one of the shooting categories or lump it under racing games, but I used to love an old NES game called Death Race. It was one of those unlicenced (but legal, I guess) cartridges that came in a big padded plastic VHS-style case, and the cart itself had a port on the back of it to connect a licenced cartridge to ensure compatibility.

    The game itself was a top-down car combat game, where you decked yourself out with various types of armour, engine mods (I think – haven’t played it in 16 years), guns and missiles. A bit easy, but great fun.

  55. Atari Elite says:

    Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers!!! lol That really was a surprisingly great game, and challenging too! Yeah, cartoon adaptations and such were cool back in the day, at least a few that i recall. Ever played Ducktales? Not so bad either if I recall. Good list btw

  56. Atari Elite says:

    Oh, let me go even further back in time on the kiddie game subject, you remember Smurfs Adventure on the Collecovision? I know, I know, it was extremely short and not so challenging (In fact, if my memory serves, only 3 or 4 fairly easy levels repeating infinitely)but back then I remember being very impressed by the graphics and feeling like I was playing a cartoon lol

  57. Alvin Smith says:

    I read this post…..its very interesting………….gaming network is distribute its network all over the world….

  58. bard says:

    one game i truly enjoyed and still to this day is the addams family. it was a platformer with item collection and a nice difficulty balance.

  59. L337 says:

    What no startropics 1 or 2? How shame

  60. Quakeboy says:

    Well… awesome man..

    It makes me wonder about the fact that, it doesn’t take just a good set of developers and artists to make a game successful, even in those days it needed marketing too..

    Especially your PSX list was great.. I have just played the obvious choices games in each genre..

  61. RONALD says:

    thanks a lot for having lot of game i think the best of the best is rockman!!!!

  62. scamuel says:

    Destiny of an Emperor is one of my favorite RPGs for the NES. It is an RPG set in feudal China. Interesting battle system that used soldiers instead of HP and allowed you to recruit captured generals. Have some great memories of this one.

  63. mario says:

    where can I buy these games other than on the internet??? is there a shop of some sort in australia preferebly melbourne where I can get these games??? thankyou

  64. meluvnes says:

    did u add adventure island if not do it!!!

  65. tylor says:

    taboo is a horrid waste of a game and its inclusion in this otherwise excellent list is a terrible mistake that may lead to more people actually trying to play that christ awful game.

  66. AL says:

    If anyone knows where i can find the NES game Pirates for NES and Warmonger for Sega Genesis i would appreciate it if you could fill me in on where i can get it. I cant seem to find the 2 games anywhere (yeah yeah yeah i do live in rapid city SD) but i cant even find them on the net. so email me at if you know of where i can find wither of them./


  67. Eray says:

    Try these:

    Wacky Races
    Mighty Final Fight
    Kuni Kun Nekketsu series (football, basketball, dodge ball, ice hockey)

  68. A Pettman says:

    Another great platformer that fell off the planet was Kabuki Quantum Fighter – the guy uses his hair as a weapon! Graphics and sound both good. Check it out.

  69. max jackson says:

    Clash at Demonhead and Street Fighter 2010 are two of my all-time favorite games.

    Im glad you included XEXYZ in your list! That is a good game.

    I would not call Adventures of Lolo undiscovered. As a kid who subscribed to Nintendo Power for years, I was very aware of it! And its 2 sequels.

  70. 1 More Platformer says:

    Bucky O’hare.

    That game is so awesome.

  71. john says:

    i was wondering if u can help me
    i’m looking for a fighting game witch has four players into a arena witch are divided into 2 teams
    the players look like the ones in the super dodgeball
    if u can help me ….
    please please ….

  72. Porter says:

    Amazing post, who knows how old it is but I found it while looking up NES emulators for the DS.

    I cannot express how happy I am to hear of another person loving nightshade. In my opinion it was in the top 3 underrated NES games. I like that you listed Shatterhand as well, another great and challenging NES title. I’ll be sure to give a visit to all of those that I haven’t yet tried. Awesome blog, keep it up.

  73. Porter says:

    My bad on the double posting, but little nemo the dream master is also a very inspiring game. As a flash game developer that game really gives me ideas, kudos on mentioning it as well.

  74. racketboy says:

    Thanks for the support — I appreciate it 🙂

  75. 7p yo says:

    boz racket dari Indo khan ??????????

    mau nanya judul game nie,boleh khan ??????

  76. TJ Liebgott says:

    Wow. Some of these games I have never heard of and the ones I have, I never played. I have to track down these hidden gems and see if they are any good.

  77. Destiny says:

    anydote selling Captain Tsubasa II ? pls quote. thanks

  78. Mike says:

    Does anyone remember a NES game from the late 80’s early 90’s that had a white rabbit ninja type character? I think remember the game layout was an above camera view like the original Legend of Zelda. I used to play this game all the time and enjoyed it but I can’t remember what it was called.

  79. Anast says:

    Great article! Try Mitsume ga Tooru. It’s one of the best NES’ platformers and probably the most hidden.

  80. willey says:

    Find all these games at

  81. willey says:

    i download all of these and i like Mighty Final Fight

  82. Nik says:

    I’m somewhat surprised that RC Pro Am II didn’t make it on this list. I did see the prequel, but the sequel is much less known and adds lots – jumps, 4 players, and more upgrades and tracks! All in all, it’s an excellent game, and I really recommend it to anyone who liked the first game.

  83. Ed says:

    Great website.
    The game ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ should also be on this list.

  84. Fallow says:

    Words cannot express my joy at seeing Nightshade up there. -Love- that game.

  85. GoldiesGames says:

    Play most of these NES games online at Goldies Games :

  86. Joe says:

    Wai Wai World 2 – SOS!! Paseri Jou (J)
    A Konami classic that includes lots of Konami characters from various games such as Castlevania, Gradius, Twin Bee,Contra and a lot more! A very special game with a bit of everything.
    Wai Wai World 1 is in the same line, but gameplay is a bit different.

    Twin Eagle is a good shoot’em up with lots of power ups! But the music is always the same. Simple but Fun!

    Gryzor is the same Contra game but with story sequences! That makes the game even better. Also has different effects in the stages such as snow rain in stage 5 or the “ground” in stage 8 which seem to be alive!

    Robin Hood Prince of Thieves is a good adventure game too which involves exploration and action RPG style.

    1.-Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu, 2.-Nekketsu! Street Basket – Ganbare Dunk Heroes, 3.-Kunio Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League, 4.-Downtown – Nekketsu Koushin Kyoku – Soreyuke Dai Undoukai, 5.- Downtown Special – Kunio Kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou!, 6.-Downtown Special – Kunio Kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou! 7.-Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu – Soccer Hen
    Those seven are games of the Kunio-Kun saga (Same characters of River City Ransom). They’re all awesome games!

    Choujin Sentai – Jetman is an action game of the japanese version of the Power Rangers, and is good action platform game but too short.

    Bad News Baseball is my favourite Nes Baseball game! Looks shity at first, but if you play it you’ll become addict!

    Daiku no gen san(Hammerin Harry) is another platform game short but fun!

    Joy Mech Fight is the best fighting game for the Nes! Developed by the same Nintendo! Is just awesome! Even though the robot design is a little weird.

    Little Samson gives you 4 diferrent characters for one of the best action platforms for the nes!

    You’ll have a good time with all of this games!

  87. Joe says:

    I forgot to mention Moon Crystal…

  88. Drac says:

    It seems like the list for light gun games is missing
    Wild Gunmen.

  89. fortycal88 says:

    Did anyone ever play Spellunker? I havent heard it mentioned on any of these sites and it was super cool game my brother and I played as a good…super hard too

  90. Mike says:

    Nice picks. Crystalis is one of my all time favorite games, definately consider it better than Zelda. Without question one of the best list’s on the net.

  91. Nathan Swanson says:

    I highly recommend that Kickmaster be added to the list. It is a very good fighting platformer where you kick your way through 8 levels to save the kingdom from monsters. It’s a pretty easy game, but once you beat it and start a new quest, it gets harder.

  92. Zmick says:

    Hello. It wasn’t mentioned either as an obvious choice or as a hidden gem, so I feel like I must add a game. I’m not sure if anyone here has heard of Star Tropics, but for anyone who likes action RPGs, it is one of the best EVER, yet, few have seem to have heard of it. The ones who have agree with me completely :).

  93. Cidsa says:

    Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers was one of the first games I ever played for the NES. It’s also one of the most frustrating games ever lol.

  94. 网页游戏 says:

    I highly recommend that Kickmaster be added to the list. It is a very good fighting platformer where you kick your way through 8 levels to save the kingdom from monsters.

  95. Oligaga says:

    How you didn´t put Super Spike V-Ball in the Other Sports List, god is so underrated it make me sick!!

  96. realmplanet says:

    HI everyone.Need some info on a game from the NES…but i cant remember much from it and the title.It is a game where a boy that can summon another spirit(like his grandpa) and start shooting the enemies..and the stages is like hades(COncept is base on Japan or Chinese legend)…cant remember much of it but it is real fun!

  97. Kiana says:

    quote :
    At 3/25/2009 3:51 AM, john said…
    i’m looking for a fighting game witch has four players into a arena witch are divided into 2 teams

    John, I think you’re looking for “M.U.S.C.L.E.”
    It’s not exactly a “gem” but a pretty fun game anyway…

  98. Adrian says:

    Mad post dude, been getting a lot of NES games to play on my DS. Its so great to have a portable NES, SNES and MD on my DS. If someone had said this was possible in the 80s I wouldve laughed at em. Now I just need to find the time to play all of em.

  99. Andrew says:

    I highly recommend Joy Mech Fight (Japan only, if you can’t tell by the title). A surprisingly good NES fighter, although most of the moves are fairly simple. It uses detached limbs so that it doesn’t use very many seperate frames for animation, and as a result it has 36 characters! It also has the exact same plot as mega man. Seriously.

  100. Justin says:

    I’ll second, third, or fourth DUSTY DIAMONDS ALL STAR SOFTBALL! Perhaps my favorite “baseball” game on any system ever. I still think its the only softball game ever made and varies enough from baseball titles that it is quite unique!

  101. Gary says:

    Warewolf the Last Warrior anyone?

  102. Keith Cline says:

    I have a Nintendo NES system in very good condition (and original box) with the following games:

    Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt
    Hoops (Jaleco)
    Blades of Steel (Konami)
    Rad Racer

    Can someone tell me what this might sell for and how I would best go about selling it?


  103. Werty says:

    What is the BS about in the north vs south review? We are not not bullying Iraq they sucker punched us, we merely fought back. And Canada had it coming, they’re sneaky little devils. My point is don’t sneak your political views in on us especially when they are so naive.

  104. racketboy says:

    Actually, that was a quote from another site… not necessarily my views.

  105. Werty says:

    I see, but it is still there letting the evil communist view into our minds!! EVILLLL!!!!!!

  106. shain says:

    Adventure island people. Solar jet man

  107. Sean Snowden says:

    Me again I have two NES games I also found at the local thrifty. “Tom & Jerry The ultimate chase” and “California Games.” I’ll keep looking, wanted to know if any value? Thanks Sean

  108. DoomRater says:

    I absolutely must second Joe’s suggestion to check out Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Also, I’m amazed that Star Tropics is listed as an OBVIOUS choice. It’s completely unheard of in Japan and those are the people who decide what characters go into Super Smash Bros as well. He would have BEEN in Smash already if he had been heard of over there!

  109. thingonaspring says:

    has anyone suggested Huang Di? Chinese action game very much in the style of Ninja Gaiden but with lots of Crouching Tiger type leaping about.

  110. will davis says:

    Some of the Biblical games aren’t bad either. My favorite was Spiritual Warfare, where you traveled through the game unlocking different sections and receiving weapon and gear upgrades, while the gameplay and boss battles were much like the Legend of Zelda.

  111. David says:

    Great list…. The Guardian Legend is my favorite game of all time. I also really enjoy Trog!!

  112. David says:

    You should also check out Kabuki Quantum Fighter and Low G Man.

  113. cole says:

    I think the list is great! I’m just wondering anyone knows of a game that was exactly like “north and south” but with more modern military units?

  114. Michael says:

    An awesome platformer that I remember from my childhood was Totally Rad. It was like Ninja Gaiden meets Double Dragon. I remember loving that game.

  115. Jimmy Ellis says:

    My favorites of some games that I used to play all the time— Dusty Diamond’s All-Star softball, Ghengis Kahn, Little League Championship Series, Baseball All-Star 1000, Adventures of Lolo, and a whole plethera of others. Those days were good, nowadays no one can last a day without a cell phone…

  116. bones says:

    here’s some pretty sweet gems that i haven’t been mentioned yet.

    8 EYES

  117. bones says:

    scratch A BOY AND HIS BLOB, and METAL STORM. just found them listed mybad 😛

  118. milan simkhovich says:

    i enjoyed al unser, jr.’s turbo racing; it’s a formula 1 game and i beat it, too. itwas not difficult at all. i think i placed first in all the races.

  119. Obiwanshinobi says:

    Check out Super Turrican for the NES (no, not the SNES Super Turrican). PAL only, made entirely by Manfred Trenz (no Hülsbeck’s tunes this time around, but no up for jump anymore either).

  120. Adam says:

    I’ll add another 2 cents to the huge pile of pennies- Spy Vs Spy is possibly the best 2 player experience of all time.

  121. WildlyFrustratedbyDeadlyTowers says:

    To reply to SearchingForASpecificGame 3 years later, that game I believe is Deadly Towers.

  122. This is an awesome list! Usually I want to add my own content to NES-related articles I read, but wow, there is so much good stuff (and so many mentions of good, often-overlooked games) that I hardly need to. Excellent job on a thorough piece!

  123. SuperGamerNerdlinger says:

    @ NesGamer… I used to play Ufouria at a friends house, but forgot the name and we are no longer in contact. I have been searching for this game for YEARS. Thankyou!!! Ah I love childhood memories!

  124. RydAma says:

    Cant believe UFOURIA isnt listed… I really feel bad for americans =P

  125. J.C.C. says:

    There is a Gem that most NES collectors have NEVER HEARD of, it is called Mig 29 Soviet Fighter by Camerica/Codemasters and it is AMAZING. Some of the best music on the NES and the gameplay switchs in great variety please if you want a NES Gem that NO ONE HAS EVER EVER HEARD OF this is it. Strongly reccomend it.

  126. Would be great to see this one updated like the Genesis one! Lots of amazing NES games that have been swept under the carpet and deserve more praise.

  127. unknown says:

    Why is there no SNES undiscovered gems?

  128. Kashmir says:

    Great Collection, SIGNED!!!

  129. Mike says:

    Im having trouble remembering the game but i believe it should be on the list. I was like contra but it was a overhead view and you could drive tanks. Anyone know what game I thinking of? I havnt played it in about 15 years!

  130. Zak says:

    Please help i dont know if it was on this system or not but i played this game a long time ago it wasnt very popular i dont think but you controlled a blue ball that had an eye and it moved through pipes and there were these flaming birds that shot fireballs at you thats all i remeber please tell me if you know the name of this game something- ball maybe?

  131. Joe C says:

    Mike the game is jackal it is on the list under more great games in shooting action/platformers. Raid on bungeling bay should be on the list. And also a great game is battletoads and double dragon: the ultimate team. It is awsome.

  132. Joe C says:

    Sorry, I had to post again because when i read the comments almost no one said raid on bungeling bay! That is an awsome game and you should get it now!

  133. Gamer in moms basement says:

    You probably won’t read this… But I’ve collected 145 nes games so far and 20-something systems… I’m 16 and the nes is my favorite system. I was surprised to see yoshi or yoshi’s cookie under puzzle games.

  134. Gamer in moms basement says:

    ^^ not… Under puzzle games. 🙁 I hate typos

  135. Bryan says:

    For the love of god stop linking to negative reviews when you’re doing these “best of” articles, it’s just misleading, especially when it’s for a game that has a lot of positive ones, what’s the point? Are you just so desperate you have to link to a review no matter what it is?

  136. Bryan says:

    Ok that came off a bit strongly. I think this is a really helpful website, I just think it’s really annoying to on one hand call a game a gem and then link to an incredibly negative (and poorly written) review of it.

  137. ... says:

    100 World Stories is an awesome multiplayer RPG…really harda to find though…

  138. Patrick BBE says:

    Street Fighter 2010!!! AVGN wTF! Damn.

  139. Blue Lenny says:

    Hey, great list. Thanks a lot. There are a few games here I need to look into. Can’t believe I missed them!!!

    By the way, there’s a game called Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy. I think it will fall under the category of SHMUPS (not really sure though)….can you check it out? it’s a gem, definitely.

  140. Nathan says:

    @Street Fighter 2010; Not quite what MY ‘Twenty-Ten’ looked like. Lmfao.

  141. Nathan says:

    Though it is humorous to think, “This is how they portrayed 2010, and I can attest for how wrong they were”

  142. Tigercub says:

    Crystalis was AWESOME! (Excuse my excitement). It was one of the best NES RPGs ever and didn’t get the credit it deserved. I mean you find dudes that look like humanoid pigs and use a magic flute to summon a dolphin that you can ride on. A dolphin man. And don’t get me started on the magic boots…… I loved the magic boots. Spent hours as a kid playing this game

  143. Patrick BBE says:

    These great NES games demand to get reviewed by Mark of Classic Game Room!

  144. Terri Campbell says:

    I have NES game Excitebike and Wood & Water Rage. Are these rare?

  145. Patrick BBE says:

    I own Jackal. Been playing that game since the age of four.

  146. BLAH says:

    I know this is random as hell, but can someone make an nes disc for the dreamcast or psx that has recca on it? I’ve downloaded various discs that supposedly have “every nes game EVER!” on it — and indeed i have one for the dreamcast which has every game on this list exept recca. What’s the deal?

  147. JoKyR says:

    Favorite underrated NES game: Fester’s Quest.

  148. Sirkrozz says:

    The Flinstones: the rescue of Dino & Hoppy is missing.

  149. Johnodog says:

    Last army standing wins the war and goes on to fame and fortune and a future of bullying lesser nations like Iraq and Canada.????????
    From the North South review…written by nintendork and reprinted by racketboy above.

    I hate this reprinting of sophomoric anti American diatribe posing as a review. Shameful it was written the first time, let alone reprinted without editing. Love Racketboy and this site is usually welcoming to all…this one line is the exception to the site. I hate it.

  150. mganai says:

    Labeling Zelda II a disappointment is one thing (it wasn’t if you ask me), not naming it obvious choice for action RPG is yet another, but not even filing it under the more great games list, when the lesser Faxanadu made the cut? What is wrong with you?

    And Life Force should have made the list of Obvious Choices for shmups. Quite possibly the best one period, even with Crisis Force.

  151. mganai says:

    One other thing I noticed? Tiger Heli and 1942 under Obvious Choices for shmups? Those were horrid conversions, no thanks to Micronics. Infact, there are some choices in that list that are questionable.

  152. Boondock Saint says:

    I would worship anyone who could help me out with this: I’m looking for a NES game that’s a beat em up, 2d not 2.5d, stars some crossover between Bruce Lee and Guy from Final Fight, and I’m not sure but I think that the first level was on the docks. The game could be Japan only but I can’t remember. I am exausted from looking all over various sites but still no luck

  153. Cristiano says:

    @Boondock Saint: Not sure… But I think it’s this one:

    I loved this game and for many, many years searched for it to emulate. It’s rare and very little known by everyone…

    Hope I had helped! 😉

  154. Craig says:

    You deserve a medal. I just hacked my PSP so I can play all the classic systems on it and I was drawing a blank on NES. The only game besides Mario Bros that I knew I wanted to play was Mother. But now I have a long list to check out! Oh, I’ve also been hearing about this Famicom RPG called Sweet Home that was actually the inspiration for Resident Evil. Haven’t played it yet but sounds great. Just a suggestion. Thanks man!

  155. FlueMannen says:

    This list is flipping awesom! And NesGamer; You are my hero!! I’ve been looking for that game for ages, couldnt remember the name. Craig, I just did the same, that’s how I found this site.:] RetrogamingFTW!!one!

  156. Dan says:

    Contra Force –
    You could ‘fly’ by jumping, pausing mid jump, then unpause and hit jump again. ha! gotta love NES games.

  157. Axel'sVirtue says:

    -Pinball Adventure
    -Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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  159. RandomSurfer says:

    Gargoyle’s Quest II tops the list of beautiful, charming and fun NES games youve never played (unless you were lucky) with epic medieval music. Je l’adore beaucoup.

  160. Aaron Charron says:

    Orb 3D under other (the most boring game i ever COULD NOT STOP playing)

    The Three Stooges

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  162. Yarp McGarp says:

    Battle of Olympus! Had completely forgotten about it for so, so long. I didn’t even remember the title until I did a search for ‘NES games ancient greece.’ Thank goodness for the internets.

  163. Rom says:

    Glad to see Faxanadu in there, although my bias says that it deserves a full write-up – I think that is still my favourite NES game although I come back to SMB and SM3 more often.

    I second Death Race (top-down free-roaming car combat) as an obscure recommendation too per one of the first few comments – absolutely fantastic fun.

    Raid on Bungeling Bay (top-down free-roaming shmup), from what I understand, is quite different than the home computer-based originals but it’s a bit of fun once you work out what you’re doing.

    Finally, check out Astyanax – I’m not sure how obscure it is but it’s a polished Magic Sword-alike and more forgiving and fun than the original arcade game. Sorry, I see somebody has already mentioned that.

    Oh yes, and Mighty Final Fight is awesome! I see you’ve added it now.

  164. Herald Kiara says:

    Thanks for an amazing list! My own personal obscure NES gem: Willow. Zelda-like action/adventure, but with a HUGE world and some GORGEOUS music. I spent so many hours playing this game, in my teens… I now have it (and, thanks to this list and the comments, a bunch of other awesome games!) to play on my computer, and will soon have a way to bring them over to 3DS. Thanks for the inspiration to hunt these titles down, and I can’t wait to play my way through them!

  165. Arindam says:

    If you played International Cricket, I’m sure you would have added it to the “more great games” list in the sports section

  166. Abergoon says:

    I’ve only just found this site and I love it. I also love the fact you included Snake Rattle & Roll on this list, that was my favourite game as a kid and I never did complete it. It was bloody difficult.

  167. ThomasLee1993 says:

    Nightshade..? A hidden NES gem..? After what JonTron said about Nightshade, I wouldn’t touch it at all.

  168. Lazouskie says:

    thx everybody for the awesome list of cool games to play 🙂
    i also see that nobody has mentioned burai fighter. excellent game, imho.
    peace out

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  170. john l says:

    Someone say it in their post, Conquest of the Crystal palace was a great great game. Great gameplay, great graphics and ultra catchy music. Always wondered why it wasnt talked about more