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Title: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on February 16, 2012, 22:09:23 PM
Ok its well known that I am not a fan of the NES in general but it dosn't mean that there arn't any games I enjoy on this machine. So here is my top 10 games for the console (in no order) and please post your own:

Ice Climber
Track & Field 2
Bionic Commando
Dr. Mario
Double Dragon 2
Blades Of Steel
Rad Racer
Tetris
Cobra Triangle
Micro Machines
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: DEADDOLL666 on February 17, 2012, 07:41:54 AM
I never played the nes that muchas i was more into the master system but i did like
Tetris,mario and kirby
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: davyk on February 18, 2013, 22:20:02 PM
Don't have a NES anymore - seeing NESTER run on the Dreamcast was so good I ditched the hardware - the NES being an 8bit really benefits from the improved display of the DC, save states and the selection of available games!!

I had one for quite a while and look back on it fondly though - would probably pick up a US or JPN console if the chance came up ...

Anyhow my favourites (inc. the obvious ones!)

Super Mario Bros Yeah a bit obvious - thing is - this game really is that good, Sublime control with spot on inertia and pixel perfect placement of enemies in great levels means it is still an excellent game after all these years.
Super Mario Bros 3 Epic next step in the series. The over world map, the powerup suits, flight, bosses and mini-forts - all that was introduced here as the template for the later games. In fact this game saw the Mario universe expand greatly - so many new enemies were introduced here such as the boo ghosts etc. A massive number of levels, great graphics and sound. That trademark control and physics. Still puts many later platformers to shame.
Gradius Great old port of the arcade game. Flickers in places and slows down in others- but it feels like the arcade. Rock hard challenge.
Punch Out Legendary comic boxing game - this was a real crowd pleaser back in the day. One of the few games that made ever me laugh.
Solar Jet Man Massive gravity based shooter in the same vein as Gravitar and Thrust - only this takes the genre to it limits. Filled with different planets to explore and items to find in your quest to find battle ship parts. Weird humour and sound effects make for a very pleasing experience. Technically brilliant too - huge levels made navigable by the mapping facility and smooth 8-way scrolling was a big deal back then.
Solomon's Key Excellent port of the Tecmo platform puzzle game - pretty close in quality to the arcade game.
Balloon Fight Nintendo does Joust - and in some ways improves upon it. Faultless sense of inertia and the cute balloon grasping characters are more fun - and there's variety in the little bonus levels. Great 2 player dynamics as in Joust. Also features an extra little game called Balloon Flight which is a survival style "how far can you go" game that is seriously addictive.
Tetris Nintendo's version is great.Pity there's no 2 player mode but its a brilliant interpretation of the game which isn't a given even now - many later versions don't feel as good as this one.
Devil World Excellent maze game which is a clever development of Pacman. Another game with a great 2 player simultaneous mode.
Battletoads Great in 1 player but a riot in 2 player. Technically excellent multi-format game. It goes from a scrolling brawler to a cavern decent, to a bike ride, to a trad. platformer, to a hori shmup, to a river ride on a surfboard...... Too hard for its own good in places but a really entertaining game.
Boulderdash The NES got a great version of this. Really slick presentation - I'd say the best of the 8bit era at least.
Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr On one cart. Good value at the time! DK has 1 level missing (as most versions do for some reason) but the star here is DK Jr. I think its a better game and it is complete here - all the levels. Spot on conversions.
Dropzone Stunning redux of Defender by Archer Maclean - the NES gets a lightening fast version that looks great, sounds great and controls great. Just writing this makes me want to get a NES again just to play this.
Dr. Mario Original version of this underrated puzzle game from Nintendo. Not quite Tetris but it outdoes many efforts by other dev houses. Highly addictive.
Ice Climber Lovely little vertically scrolling 2D platformer.  Great simultaneous 2 player mode that really changes how you play. Looks pretty good too - would like to see a remake of this.
NES open tournament golf Great later release for the NES. A full featured golf game with great graphics and control - ahead of its time.
Palamedes Clever dice based puzzle game with 2 player battle mode.
Probotector aka Contra War in a box - brilliant run and gun from Konami. Total action from start to finish and it has great variety in it levels. Has a 2 player simultaneous mode too.
Spelunker Cave based platformer with nice detailed graphics and a real sense of exploration. It can be a bit fussy - your character dies really easily (too easily in a fall) but its a great game and a hefty challenge.
Yoshi's Cookie and Wario's Woods Two top notch puzzlers that were late releases and so have really slick graphics and presentation.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: nakamura on February 18, 2013, 22:33:10 PM
Two of my favourite NES games I mention over and over, both are utter class.

Street Gangs/River City Ransom is my favourite ever scrolling fighter. Just pipping the masterful Streets of Rage 2 and Batman Returns on SNES. It's a fighting RPG with Double Dragon elements and loads of superb moves.

Blue Shadow is an action platformer that to be honest I thought was better than Ninja Gaiden and Shinobi. Just so smooth to play and bags of fun. Great music and graphics too.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on March 13, 2013, 18:35:49 PM
To add to the list
A boy and His Blob
Archon
Batman
Bump 'n Jump
Caveman Games
Defender II
Defender of the Crown
Excitebike
Flintstones
Galaga
Genghis Khan
G.I. Joe
Gyruss
Indy Heat
Joust
Klax
Lone Ranger
Major League Baseball
Marbel madness
Millipede
Pac-Man
Pac-Mania
Panic Restaurant
PaperBoy
Pirates
Popeye
Q*Bert
R.C. Pro-Am I & II
Super Off-Road
Super Spint
Tecmo Bowl
Three Stooges
TMNT I, II and III
Toobin
WWF
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on March 13, 2013, 18:46:09 PM
Big NES fan then Ice!  :10:
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on March 15, 2013, 16:02:18 PM
Yep!  :4:
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 07, 2013, 22:26:23 PM
There's a game I don't see listed here that I got, Rolling Thunder.  I haven't played it myself yet (waiting for arrival) but the videos I've seen are excellent.  Looks like a superb port of the arcade.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 07, 2013, 22:35:14 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
There's a game I don't see listed here that I got, Rolling Thunder.  I haven't played it myself yet (waiting for arrival) but the videos I've seen are excellent.  Looks like a superb port of the arcade.

I LOVE Rolling Thunder! It's a bloody hard game but very original and great fun to play, it's very much like a Jams Bond game really. I had the Spectrum version back in the day and was so excited when it was announced for the Lynx, only to never come out  :16:
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 07, 2013, 22:37:11 PM
Very cool.  I actually have it on my PSP but it is hard to play (and the game is hard enough as it is!), so I'm hoping having a controller in my hand and a larger screen to play will let me survive longer than on the PSP.  :)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 07, 2013, 22:44:13 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Looks like I need the TMNT games.  :)

Not really, the original one is a very frustrating and highly flawed platform game (that I have reviewed here if you want more details). The sequel, which is actually a conversions of the arcade game, is a fairly good scrolling beat 'em up.

I saw you bought Vindicators and Indiana Jones, good call on both, but if you want to check out a couple more Tengen/Atari games that came out on the NES but were not released for any of the Atari consoles then pick up Skull & Crossbones, a great pirate themed fighting game that I really enjoy on the ST (Lynx versions was planned, and Toobin' which is an utterly fantastic and highly original game where you race down a river on a rubber ring!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU2kz_bitpc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU2kz_bitpc)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u_p_5FY7LY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u_p_5FY7LY)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 07, 2013, 23:33:45 PM
Cool, I'll have to search for those.  :)  Thanks!
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: Shadowrunner on May 08, 2013, 14:57:41 PM
Before you buy a bunch of the Tengen NES games you might want to get just one first and try it with your system. I've read reviews of some of those clone systems and some people say the Tengen games don't work with them. Just a caution  :)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 08, 2013, 15:08:56 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Before you buy a bunch of the Tengen NES games you might want to get just one first and try it with your system. I've read reviews of some of those clone systems and some people say the Tengen games don't work with them. Just a caution  :)

Good to know!  I've only gotten a handful and the system arrives on Friday.  I'll know by then whether or not they work.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on May 08, 2013, 17:33:36 PM
There are a few Tengen games, that I do not own. Rolling Thunder is one, along with Ms. Pac-Man, Gauntlet and couple of the RBI games. Some Tengen carts were also released as authorized Nintendo license releases.

Thanks for the info, Shadowrunner!
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:08:16 AM
So, does anyone else have game recommendations for the NES?  Trying to keep in mind titles that are more of exclusive to the system.  :)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 10, 2013, 01:19:53 AM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
So, does anyone else have game recommendations for the NES?  Trying to keep in mind titles that are more of exclusive to the system.  :)

Rad Racer
Cobra Triangle
Solar Jetman
Captain Skyhawk
Snake Rattle & Roll
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 10, 2013, 01:22:56 AM
Damn just noticed I said a couple of those already  :-[

Add these:

Excitebike
RC Pro AM
Baloon Fight
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:23:42 AM
Cool, I'll have to check videos on those.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 10, 2013, 01:29:37 AM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Cool, I'll have to check videos on those.  Thanks!

No probs, also you might like Adventure Island, which is basically Wonderboy for the NES (the game Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest is based on), I am pretty sure I have reviewed it on here. And another quite similar game that is pretty decent is Joe & Mac Caveman Ninja, again I think I reviewed this.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:30:55 AM
Hmm, Adventure Island may be one to check then.  That Caveman Ninja sounds interesting too just based on that name!  LOL
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TL on May 10, 2013, 01:33:28 AM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Hmm, Adventure Island may be one to check then.  That Caveman Ninja sounds interesting too just based on that name!  LOL

I just looked, I have written reviews of both games as I thought.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on May 10, 2013, 01:34:08 AM
Sounds good.  I'll check those as well.  :)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: sloan on August 08, 2013, 02:44:38 AM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
So, does anyone else have game recommendations for the NES?  Trying to keep in mind titles that are more of exclusive to the system.  :)

At the risk of repeating, my list:

Faxanadu
Star Tropics
Super Mario Bros 2
Rolling Thunder
Kickle Cubicle
Karnov
Rygar
Arkanoid (get the Vaus controller, though)
Rad Racer (use the cheap red/blue 3D glasses in 3D mode and it is a nice experience)
A Boy and His Blob,Trouble on Blobolonia
Gauntlet

Does anyone have any recommendations for good PAL-only releases for NES? I have a region-free top loader and am looking for some games I have never experienced before.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: Rogue Trooper on August 08, 2013, 02:56:24 AM
Quote from: "sloan"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
So, does anyone else have game recommendations for the NES?  Trying to keep in mind titles that are more of exclusive to the system.  :)

At the risk of repeating, my list:

Faxanadu
Star Tropics
Super Mario Bros 2
Rolling Thunder
Kickle Cubicle
Karnov
Rygar
Arkanoid (get the Vaus controller, though)
Rad Racer (use the cheap red/blue 3D glasses in 3D mode and it is a nice experience)
A Boy and His Blob,Trouble on Blobolonia
Gauntlet

Does anyone have any recommendations for good PAL-only releases for NES? I have a region-free top loader and am looking for some games I have never experienced before.

Tried:

Elite
Dropzone
Rodland
Super Turrican


Think these are Pal only, but not overly familar with the NES.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on August 08, 2013, 03:44:10 AM
Thanks for the recommendations.  I actually think Gauntlet II is better than Gauntlet on the NES, after trying both games.  :)
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: Bobinator on August 08, 2013, 04:39:24 AM
I'd like to put up a reccomendation for Vice: Project Doom, one of the later NES games.

NES Longplay [113] Vice Project Doom (http://http)

So this is an action platformer in the style of Ninja Gaiden. The twist is that there's also a couple of SHMUP stages where you race down the highway in your awesome car, blowing crap up. There's also a couple of Operation Wolf style levels. It's a pretty polished effort, and while the majority of the game involves the 'on foot' scenes, it's still a good mix of game styles.

NES Longplay [247] Solstice (http://http)

Solstice is a game for those of you among the 'wander around a bunch of isometric rooms and collect crap' persuasion. It also has music by Tim Follin, which I would honestly say is more of a reason to play the game than the gameplay. But hey, some people like these!

NES Longplay [183] Action in New York (http://http)

Action in New York, or S.C.A.T as it was known in the US (Bet they'd regret THAT name) is a SHMUP by Natsume, a company who'd make a lot of really good games before being cursed to make a bunch of boring farming simulators for the rest of eternity. It's a little like FOrgotten Worlds, in that you control a character on a jetpack.

Actually, better idea. If anybody has a particular genre they're into, let me know I'll root around and see if I can find anything like that they might like.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: Vyothric on August 08, 2013, 11:39:39 AM
Having now familiarised myself with the NES a bit, my suggestions would be:

Batman
Batman: Return of the Joker
Bomberman 2
Bucky O' Hare
Crisis Force
Darkwing Duck


The Batman games are ace. Bomberman is well, Bomberman. Bucky O' Hare is a game that I played at random because I watched the cartoon and found the game to be pretty good (but also really difficult). Crisis Force is a good shoot 'em up that I was actually able to finish. Darkwing Duck - well it's Darkwing Duck so it's just cool. I think I read somewhere that it's actually based on the Mega Man 5 engine so it does play a bit like a Mega Man game, but is so much better than any of the Mega Man games.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on October 08, 2014, 20:25:33 PM
[align=center:3o85qdva]My Top 5 NES Games! (http://http)[/align:3o85qdva]
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: onthinice on October 16, 2014, 02:31:26 AM
Cool video! It is nice that the NES has such a diverse library to allow everyone to have their own thoughts for a best top 5.

Great System!
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: sloan on October 17, 2014, 00:02:18 AM
NES was so great in so many ways.

Some more:

Zanac
Gradius
Legendary Wings
Metal Mech
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on October 17, 2014, 01:49:37 AM
Hmm, some titles to check out.  :)
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Post by: guest5281 on November 04, 2014, 17:14:59 PM
Solstice
Castlevania
Blaster Master
Willow
I'll have to think of more
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: TrekMD on November 05, 2014, 03:13:04 AM
Willow, eh?  Based on the movie, I take it.
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: Greyfox on November 05, 2014, 10:22:48 AM
I'm always up for new games on the NES, as I know there are plenty of undiscovered gems yet to be played, so please keep them coming :)
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Post by: zapiy on November 09, 2014, 20:53:40 PM
Cheers i am going to check them out. :113:
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Post by: stonemonkeylives on February 04, 2016, 11:52:44 AM
My NES collection is still quite small but I'm really enjoying playing Talespin on it at the moment. Also recently picked up a copy of Dragon Warrior, which living in the UK, never got released here. So I get to experience it for the first time which is awesome.

As for must have NES games; I'm surprised no one has mentioned Mega Man yet, they're awesome games if you haven't played them.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: zapiy on March 02, 2016, 08:00:17 AM
Not sure what to do with my NES collection anymore, into minds to look and thinning it out and only owning the must have games.


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Title: Re: Nintendo NES Must Have Games!
Post by: stonemonkeylives on March 02, 2016, 18:09:31 PM
Zapiy if they're all PAL games, give them to me and rejoice in my happiness. [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]

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Post by: TrekMD on March 03, 2016, 02:20:18 AM
That's one quick solution!  LOL