13 more games you should play on the NES and why
With the release of our Top 10 Games You Should Play on the NES we found it so hard to limit our list to just 10 games we wanted to give some other games that make the NES the NES. Keep in mind, there is no order to these games at all but they all have a reason to be played for one reason or another. Take a look and read why we think each is deserving and then let us know what games you think everyone should play on the NES in the comments!
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Just a few off the top of my head: Kirby's Adventure (damnit!), Final Fantasy, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Blaster Master, Ice Hockey, Yoshi's Cookie... and why not, Battle Kid; it counts because I say it counts.
Where is the River City Ransom love? Beating people up for their lunch money?
i rarely comment but this needs to be said, adventures of LOLO!!!!!!!!!! every game in that series was great and it even got my parents to play with me when i was a kid. i loved those games... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Lolo
dino rikki was great too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dino_Riki
DuckTales will forever be my number 1.
Ninja Gaiden. NEED I SAY MORE!!!!!!!
Kirby....God that game was fun. By they way when you showed Felix the Cat I instantly had a rush of old memories hit me. Man was that game fucking fun as shit to play. Had awesome power ups and awesome controls.
Pretty good list! I expected more shmups (1943 would be my pick) and would have put Tetris into the video, but maybe that was more of a Game Boy thing.
My recommendations: First, Shadowgate. I know not everyone goes to the NES to play PC-style adventure games, but I really feel like this was able to set a mood much like Metroid did, with a completely different method. Few things get my heart beating like the music that kicks in when a torch is about to go out.
A second choice is Nobunaga's Ambition. Again, another PC-style game, but let's be honest here a moment. Most of the NES library consisted of games that had pretty simple ideas, even the classics. Mario? Right left until you reach the goal. Zelda? Find dungeon, find items, find triforce, repeat until Ganon. Mega Man? "Jump-And-Shoot Man!" (Of course, these games are classic because they refined their simplicity into incredible experiences.) Anyways, what Nobunaga's Ambition provides more complex gameplay beyond the stereotypical arcade-like action. I know that Koei made a few other games like this (Romance of the Three Kingdoms?), but Nobunaga was what invaded our house and my dad played it death (figuratively; the cart still works).
Third: Baseball Stars. I know that there are other decent baseball games for the NES, but I've always thought that this one was cool because you could make your own team from scratch and slowly build it up over time to become unstoppable monsters, something that my dad also did (basing them of the Chicago Black Sox, naturally). Not too many NES games could do that.
Fourth: Adventures of Lolo 1, 2, & 3. While Tetris is more of a twitch/reaction kind of puzzle game, Lolo was more of a head-scratcher. It's just as satisfying to finally figure out a tough room in these games as it is to beat a tough boss in any action game. Great stuff.
Fifth: Metal Gear. Another black sheep in the NES library. Lots of games are about nonstop action, but Metal Gear focused on stealth, making it instantly unique for its time.
Sixth: Gauntlet, because Gauntlet.
Startropics, the first NES game I ever beat...
Because of that list I actually picked up an NES again after going so long without one. Managed to pick up Super Mario Bros, Ducktales, TMNT, and Castlevania 3 with it. It's so much better playing it for real instead of an emulator for some reason. Glad you talked me into it, thanks!
Gargoyle's Quest, well the NES one. The title just slipped my mind. That, and Metal Storm. It had the first ever well done gravity in gaming.
For me Mega Man 3 isn't only the best game from the Mega Man series, but is also the best NES game of all of them. And that is a damn good accomplishment.
Faxanadu, such an epic rpg. and best sportsgame Craig? really? sit down with some Ice Hockey and try saying that again really meaning it ;)
This list meets with my approval. Personally, I would have added a Journey to Silus and MetalStorm. However those are just games that I enjoy the crap out of and feel don't get enough love. Great list none the less!
Clash at Demonhead, RBI Baseball, Dr. Mario
I'm sorry, bit where is Super Mario Bros. 3?
I really think that Kirby's Adventure was great, as if I had to recommend a game that wasn't here, it would be Mega Man 3. I don't care if MM2 was on their top ten, MM3 is equally as good.
I've been wanting to get the NES version of Felix the Cat, but I do have the Game Boy version. I have the arcade PCB of Snow Bros, which I prefer to the ports, but I wouldn't mind getting the NES & Game Boy ports. I also own the arcade PCB of Tumble Pop by Data East, which is very similar to Snow Bros along with the sequel to Tumble Pop, Diet Go Go. And Joe & Mac Returns is another arcade game (it's an arcade exclusive) I own that's like Snow Bros. Unlike the original Joe & Mac, it's a single screen platformer like Snow Bros, Bubble Bobble, etc.
Man...that Top 10 on GT sure seemed a little rushed. Good quality, though.
Aside from the obvious recommendations Screwattack and others have made thus far, I've got a few more obscure gems to recommend:
-Zen the Intergalactic Ninja (terrific variety in action and bonus stages -- just found out today that it's actually based on a comic!)
-Little League Baseball - Championship Series (just as much fun as Blades of Steel)
-Rolling Thunder (impossibly difficult sidescrolling secret agent shoot 'em up -- still can't beat it to this day)
-Super Spy Hunter (this game made driving around and blowing up everything in sight fun more than a decade before Twisted Metal was welded, and its take on extra life codes of the day made you think twice about gambling -- check out Screwattack's VGV on it here: http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/video-game-vault/video-game-v...)
Damn it. Now I want to play all of these games, and I can't right now. (*cue Mega Man exploding sound effect*)
Im surprised that ninja turtles isn't on the list. similar to bart's nightmare despite the flaws we enjoyed the game because it was the frikkin tmnt. put in the sequels too to show how to make a sequel better when the first game wasn't so good. besides tmnt was in nintendo power's top 10 nes sellers for a shit ton of months in a row