The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is a must have for those who love video games.
Even though the original version isn’t available anymore, you can purchase the NES Classic Edition. This way, you can play your favorite NES games with a full-size “original” controller. The original NES was the best selling gaming console of its time, offering groundbreaking titles like Metroid, Donkey King, and The Legend of Zelda.
With that spirit of nostalgia in mind, here are 10 must own Nintendo NES games:
10. Dragon Warrior III
Some fans claim that Dragon Warrior III was the best RPG on the NES console. Japanese children cut school to play it! This game tells the story of The Hero, a character who must save the world from evil forces.
9. Kid Icarus
Kid Icarus was released at the same time as Metroid, featuring a winged angel who must work his way through four different worlds to reach the Sky. It’s considered one of the hardest video games ever, which makes it perfect for those who are up for a challenge.
Castlevania features elements of the horror, adventure, and action genres, with a really smart game design. The characters, villains, and story – everything is amazing. Players control Simon Belmont, a vampire hunter who travels to Dracula’s castle. During his journey, he finds hidden items, food, and cool weapons like the Stop Watch, Flying Axe, and Fire Bomb.
7. Ghosts ‘n Goblins
According to fans, Ghosts ‘n Goblins rose from the ashes of the game industry crash. It’s the kind of game designed to piss you off on purpose, but keeps you entertained and makes time fly.
6. Ninja Gaiden
Considered one of the most difficult action games ever, Ninja Garden is packed with fast and furious action, anime-like scenes, and innovative weapons that freeze all enemies. This side-scrolling platform game boasts an elaborate story that will keep you guessing and craving for more.
5. Final Fantasy
Released in 1990, Final Fantasy is an RPG adventure game that spawned hundreds of movies, TV series, and video games. It tells the story of four young warriors who must save their world and defeat evil forces. Players progress through dungeons, underwater caverns, swamps, caves, forests, and mountains on three different continents.
This run and gun action game was the Call of Duty of its day. Despite its simplicity, it became a favorite choice for players worldwide. Contra was released in three different versions, featuring a pseudo-3D view and multiple playing perspectives.
Even today, Tetris keeps people glued to the TV screen, causing them to see shapes after playing for hours. This all time favorite is the reason why we have puzzle games.
2. The Legend of Zelda
Many fans claim that The Legend of Zelda is one of the best adventure games ever created. Over the years, it spawned a series of masterpieces, such as Skyward Sword, Twilight Princess, and Majora’s Mask. Its opening music and sandbox element are really great.
1. Super Mario Bros
This insanely popular NES game became a worldwide phenomenon soon after its release. Critics agree that Super Mario Bros has resurrected the crashed American video game market of the ’80s. Launched in 1985, it has 30 colorful levels, stunning sound effects, and unique themes that add excitement and variety. If you were lucky to find the NES Classic Edition released last year, this game was included.
Which is your favorite?
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