ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

NES Best Selling Video Games

Updated on July 25, 2013

#1 Super Mario Bros.

40.23 Million Sold Worldwide

The beginning of Nintendo's best selling franchise, Mario and Luigi try to save The Princess from the evil clutches of their arch nemesis, Bowser. It should be noted that the number of sales is mainly due to the cartridge being available when purchasing a new Nintendo.

#2 Super Mario Bros. 3

18 Million Sold Worldwide

Again, the Mario franchise tops the pops with the third installment of the series. Bowser has once again nabbed Princess Peach and its up to Mario and Luigi to rescue her. Bowser's villanious crew have also taken the magic wands of the Kings of each land and turned them into creatures.

#3 Super Mario Bros. 2

10 Million Sold Worldwide

The sequel to Super Mario Bros. comes in at third as the timeless classic sidescroller resumes its reoccurring theme of Bowser stealing The Princess, again, with the plumbing brothers forced to save her from peril.

#4 The Legend of Zelda

6.51 Million Sold Worldwide

Link begins his quest to restore the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom and save the beloved Princess Zelda from the hands of evil Ganon, defeating enemies and solving puzzles along the way.

#5 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

4.38 Million Sold Worldwide

Link is once again on a quest to save Princess Zelda who has fallen under a spell of eternal sleep.

#6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

4 Million Sold Worldwide

Shredder's henchmen, Bebop & Rocksteady, have kidnapped April and it's up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to save her. Play as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael as your try to rescue April, save your sensei Splinter and battle Shredder in his Technodrome headquarters.

#7 Dragon Warrior III

3.8 Million Sold Worldwide

You are the son of a powerful warrior Ortega. Ortega set out to defeat the evil Baramos, who is behind the increase of monsters that have infiltrated your region, but never returned. You are sent by the king on a quest to continue your father's brave deeds and defeat Baramos.

#8 Dragon Warrior IV

Sold 3.1 Million

Dragon Warrior IV differs from the rest of the Dragon Quest series by breaking up the game into five chapters. Each chapter focuses on a the perspective of one of the Hero's future companions, with the fifth chapter focusing on the hero's perspective, bringing all the characters together as they begin their journey to save the world.

#9 Golf

Sold 2.46 Million

Golf is an early 2d golf simulator which features two 18 hole courses where players can play a round of golf, and replicate the experience by allowing to pick a club, alter their stance and control the swing. Gameplay includes a 1 player and a 2 player mode.

#10 Dragon Warrior II

Sold 2.4 Million

The sequel to the original Dragon Warrior, The player once again sets out to save the world, this time taking the role of a descendant of Erdrick in this early top-down RPG classic. The player joins forces with a wizard warrior prince and a magic using princess in his quest.

Other Best Selling Nintendo Games

2.35 Million
2.13 Million
Family Stadium
2.05 Million
1.81 Million
Duck Tales
1.67 Million
Ghosts 'n Goblins
1.64 Million
Mario Bros.
1.63 Million
1.57 Million
Dr. Mario
1.53 Million
1.53 Million
F-1 Race
1.52 Million
Mega Man 2
1.51 Million
Dragon Warrior
1.5 Million
Lode Runner
1.5 Million
Ninja Hattori Kun
1.5 Million

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)