The NES Classic Edition console is finally out and it brings 30 amazing retro games along with it. Of course, not all games are created equal, so we ranked the titles that come packed onto the adorable little NES.
With a range of titles across nearly all genres from arcade shooters to large JRPGs, it was no small feat to put history in a tight order, but weighing factors such as how each game aged, what insights they give into the history of their franchises, and just how fun they happen to be even after all these years.
After over 30 years, it’s amazing to see how much of an impact Nintendo has had on the industry and on how we view games as a whole. All of these games, even the ones that are at the bottom of the list, offer something truly special in their delivery, and show how far this hobby of ours has really come.
Tecmo Bowl 30 StarTropics 29 Ice Climber 28 Mario Bros. 27 Excitebike 26 Dr. Mario 25 Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest 24 Kid Icarus 23 Donkey Kong Jr. 22 Pac-Man 21 Ghosts ‘N Goblins 20 Balloon Fight 19 Galaga 18 Ninja Gaiden 17 Donkey Kong 16 Gradius 15 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 14 Bubble Bobble 13 Double Dragon II: The Revenge 12 Super C 11 Super Mario Bros. 2 10 Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream 9 Super Mario Bros. 8 Metroid 7 Castlevania 6 Final Fantasy 5 Kirby’s Adventure 4 Mega Man 2 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 2 The Legend of Zelda 1
30. Tecmo Bowl
Tecmo Bowl isn't a bad game at all, and we're sure that at it's time it was revolutionary. But, it doesn't hold up so well, especially after having decades of amazing football video games.