In response to ScrewAttack’s newest Top Ten regarding NES games, I thought I’d create my own list of what I thought were the Top Ten NES Games. (NOTE: Click on each game’s title to see gameplay footage.)
Ⅹ. Double Dragon II: The Revenge
I’m am a fairly big Double Dragon fan and this was the one game in the series I have spent the most time with. It has all of the great moves you expect for a Double Dragon game and is definitely the best of the series on the NES.
This is the type of game SNK needs to start creating again! As much as I love their fighting games, and I do, it would be so awesome if they remade Crystalis nowadays. One of the most underrated games for the NES. Put down your Final Fantasys and pick up this gem!
Ⅷ. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Mr. Dream, who? This is the only version of Punch-Out!! for me!
One of only a few NES games that easily beat their arcade counterparts. This version had a much more fair difficulty and yet was still challenging enough to be satisfying to finish.
Ⅵ. Shadow of the Ninja
A little known action/platformer from Natsume before they started churning out little else besides Harvest Moon games. I originally picked this up on a whim while out at a strip mall with my parents back in 1990 and what a great surprise it was!
One of the first great movie to game tie-ins. This game has a challenge that was just right, a fantastic soundtrack, and perfect controls!
Ⅳ. Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden is known for the stiff challenge it serves up and back in the NES days the story was the same. I remember being blown away by its cool cutscenes and awesome story back when it came out!
Ⅲ. Super Mario Bros. 3
SMB3. Nothing more needs to be said.
Ⅱ. Mega Man 2
The game that introduced me to this much beloved series that I still am a fan of today. One of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming history accompanies some of the most cla$$ic gameplay in this incredible title!
Nothing defines ‘run-and-gun’ more than this game! A true gem that spawned the most notorious code ever that Konami went on to use in many games since. Fun tip: If you use the ‘Konami code’ in the SNES version of Gradius III when the game is paused, you’ll die after you unpause the game!