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The Top 3 Greatest Games Ever Made for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Updated on December 11, 2020
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The Nintendo Entertainment System was debuted in Japan in good old 1983 and in the US of A in 1985. The UK finally got the console in 1986. It trounced different consoles of the 1980s, and went ahead to offer a stunning 61 million units around the world.

In the US, UK and Europe it was known as the NES, which we all know stands for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In any case, in Japan, it was known as the Famicon (a portmanteau of 'family PC'). Furthermore, in Korea, it was known as the Hyundai Comboy(which doesn't quite roll of the tongue as well as the others).

The Nintendo Entertainment System was initially outlined as a 16-bit entertainment system that took floppy discs and came with a console. In any case, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi nixed that idea. Rather, we got a more affordable 8-bit machine that ran awesome games off cartridges. In light of its colossal achievement, I'd say Yamauchi's hunch was dead-on accurate.

This is, by far, my favorite classic gaming system. This console started everything for so many now grown gamers. Mario, Sim City and "Oh my God!" Final freaking Fantasy. The impact that the original Nintendo Entertainment System had on the gaming and home entertainment industry is basically immeasurable. Oh, how sad this future would be without the invention of the great Nintendo Entertainment System.

The 80's console that really put gaming on the map. The Nintendo Entertainment System is the 8-bit elder God who started the home video gaming system craze. Let us take a look at my top three favorite video games on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

3. Mega Man 2

Did you realize that Mega Man, the character who for a long time was Capcom's true mascot, was originally set to appear in only one game? The first Mega Man game sold next to none and Capcom just greenlit a continuation on the condition that the group do it as an afterthought while concentrating on different gmaes. Keiji Inafune claims the group burned through 20 hours per day, giving up their own lives to guarantee the code game was completed. It's a good thing they did it, too. Mega Man 2 was a hit.

Mega Man 2 gives you the choice to pick between various stages, each with an ending boss fight. Each time the player overcomes an end stage boss, they pick up that boss's mark weapon, which they can use to crush different stages and the bosses that guard them. Mega Man 2 enhanced its gameplay from the original by giving players things to utilize like vitality cases, extending the quantity of levels to finish, and simply looking better. It's significantly more vivid than the first game.

2. The Legend Of Zelda

Nintendo has been in the gaming business longer than most, and some of their most darling establishments traverse decades. Some of these games (most outstandingly Metroid) are just sporadically brought out of the Nintendo vault, while others (especially Mario and The Legend of Zelda) are the stallions that force Nintendo's brilliant chariot through the ages. While Mario might be the substance of the organization, The Legend of Zelda is, from multiple points of view, the leading game franchise for Nintendo. The declaration of another Mario game is normal but the announcement of another Zelda game is an occasion. Making these wonderful games even more awesome.

Thinking back on the first Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, it's anything but difficult to perceive any reason why the games have flourished from one to another, age to age. It's all there in that straightforward gold box: the colossal world to investigate, the NPCs to interface with, the cells with their novel riddles and beasts, the arms stockpile of fascinating weapons. It's a profound game and it has turned out to be the diagram for all future Zelda games, as well as numerous RPGs all through history. What's more, the best piece of all: despite everything, it holds up.

Honorable Mentions

Let's be honest, making a top three list for a gargantuan gaming system like the Nintendo Entertainment System is a difficult task to accomplish. I had an internal battle that lasted days and days. "This one is better than that one." "But this one is better than that one!" I told myself over and over again. After much debate with myself I arrived at these top three games. Yet, I couldn't just leave the other ones out. They definitely deserve a mention. So, before we get to the number one title made for the Nintendo Entertainment System, let's list a few games that didn't make the top three but were still crucial to the rise and eventual domination of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the North American video gaming market.


Metroid is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo. The first game in the Metroid series, it was originally released in August 1986 for the Famicon. Metroid was a frustratingly fun adventure for many gamers. This game spawned many imitations but none were like the original. Samus is the ultimate bad ass alien fighting space lady.

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy is most likely the ultimate fantasy role-playing video game developed and published by Square and relesead in 1987. It is the first game in the Final Fantasy series, created by the famous Hironobu Sakaguchi. There isn't enough that can be said about Final Fantasy and it's gigantic impact and on gamers, developers and the role playing game genre. A true masterpiece that will most definitely always be around and never be forgotten.


Tetris is, by far, the greatest tile-matching puzzle video game ever created, designed and programmed by Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov. Tetris is hugely popular and proved that puzzle games had a solid home on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Tetris games continue to evolve and be released to this day. You can even play Tetris on your mobile device, online against other players from around the world.

Kirby's Adventure

Kirby debuted on the Nintendo Gameboy but when they came out with Kirby's Adventure on the Nintendo Entertainment System he really shined. This was most likely due to the fact that Kirby gained his well known super mover. The ability to suck up his enemies and absorb their powers. You could come up with some awesome super moves for yourself and use them to annihilate your foes.


Castlevania is an action-platformer game developed and published by Konami and originally released for the Family Computer Disk System video game console in Japan in 1986. It would later be released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Castlevania spawned a huge franchise that includes graphic novels, mini series, movies and more. You would be hard pressed to find a Nintendo fan who did not have a favorite Castlevania game. A superbly made game, worth any gamers time.

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1. Super Mario Bros 3

There is most likely no game character more famous than Mario; the spunky handyman has been the main substance of Nintendo for more than thirty years. Mario recreations are some of the top rated game franchises ever created. Sports, platformers, RPGS, prepackaged games: there is apparently no type Nintendo won't connect Mario to. The sun never sets on the Mario domain, and everything backpedals to those early platformers, of which Super Mario Bros. 3 is most definitely the best.

The principal Super Mario Bros. is incredible by itself, yet after 3 it merely appears skeletal and almost without substance. SMB3 includes various little highlights that change its ancestors' equation into something genuinely fabulous. As opposed to a direct movement through levels, SMB3 presented an overworld view and map. Players can move around and select levels, and smaller bonus stages with little extras to obtain.

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© 2018 Zach Kaer


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