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VGS's Top NES/Famicom Games List (post your top 10 here)


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Let's create an overall ranking of our top NES/Famicom games! There was a similar thread a decade ago on Nintendo Age, and there was also something similar for many years on the Gamefaqs NES forum. I'm curious to see how VGS's list will look compared to those. Basically, you post your top 10 here, and those points (10 for 1st, 9 for 2nd, etc) will be be added up to form the list. Feel free to include games from any region, homebrews, whatever - just no multicarts. Games must be ranked in order for them to be included.

 

OVERALL RANKING

(32 voters so far)

    Points 1sts
1 Super Mario Bros. 3 150 5
2 Legend of Zelda 92 3
3 Mega Man 2 87 1
4 Super Mario Bros. 62 3
5 Contra 59 1
6 Mike Tyson's Punch Out 55  
7 Ninja Gaiden 54  
8 Super Mario Bros. 2 51  
9 Zelda II 40 2
10 Mega Man 3 39  
       
11 Kirby's Adventure 38 2
12 Tetris 36 3
12 Castlevania III 36 1
14 Dragon Warrior III 35 2
15 Castlevania 33  
16 Batman 29 1
16 Battletoads 29  
18 Dr. Mario 28 1
18 Gun Nac 28  
20 Mega Man 5 27 2
21 StarTropics 26  
22 Duck Tales 24  
22 Mega Man 4 24 1
24 Recca 23  
24 Super C 23  
26 Gimmick 22  
27 Fire & Ice 19  
27 Life Force 19  
29 TMNT 2 17  
30 TMNT 3 16  
31 Mega Man 15  
31 Tecmo Super Bowl 15  
33 Ninja Gaiden II 14  
33 Ninja Gaiden III 14  
33 Zanac 14  
36 Bubble Bobble 13  
36 Dragon Warrior 13 1
38 Dragon Warrior II 12  
38 Dragon Warrior IV 12  
38 Felix the Cat 12  
38 Guardian Legend 12  
42 Battle Kid 2 11  
42 Metal Storm 11  
44 Abadox 10 1
44 Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers 10  
44 Gradius 10  
44 Legacy of the Wizard 10 1
44 Milon's Secret Castle 10  
44 Shatterhand 10 1
44 Splatterhouse 10  
51 Cowboy Kid 9  
51 Marble Madness 9  
51 Mega Man 6 9  
54 Adventures of Dino Riki 8  
54 Adventures of Lolo 8  
54 Double Dragon III 8  
54 Metroid 8  
54 Power Blade 8  
54 Rainbow Islands 8  
54 Rockin' Kats 8  
61 Bomberman 7  
61 Excitebike 7  
61 G.I. Joe 7  
61 Gyruss 7  
61 Star Soldier 7  
66 Adventure Island 6  
66 Battle of Olympus 6  
66 Bucky O'Hare 6  
66 Galaxy 5000 6  
66 Gun Smoke 6  
66 Little Samson 6  
66 Robocco Wars 6  
66 Super Bat Puncher 6  
66 TMNT 6  
75 Zoda's Revenge 6  
75 Destiny of an Emperor 5  
75 Ghosts 'n Goblins 5  
75 Jackal 5  
75 Project Blue 5  
75 Sqoon 5  
81 Burai Fighter 4  
81 Dragon Spirit 4  
81 Dynowarz 4  
81 Lode Runner 4  
81 Maniac Mansion 4  
81 Pinball 4  
81 Q*Bert 4  
81 Ufouria 4  
89 Castlevania II 3  
89 Crystalis 3  
89 Double Dragon 3  
89 Double Dragon II 3  
89 Dungeon Magic 3  
89 Final Fantasy 3  
89 Gradius II 3  
89 Kickle Cubicle 3  
89 Loopz 3  
89 Pac Mania 3  
89 Paperboy 3  
89 Rolling Thunder 3  
101 Adventures of Lolo 2 2  
101 Crisis Force 2  
101 Darkwing Duck 2  
101 Dragon Fighter 2  
101 Faxanadu 2  
101 Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu 2  
101 Kid Icarus 2  
101 Klax 2  
101 Pac Land 2  
101 RC Pro-Am 2  
101 Snake Rattle 'n Roll 2  
101 Snow Brothers 2  
113 Adventures of Lolo 3 1  
113 Flintstones 2 1  
113 Image Fight 1  
113 Incident 1  
113 Kabuki Quantum Fighter 1  
113 Yoshi's Cookie 1  

 

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MegaMan52
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rdrunner
Reed Rothchild
scaryice
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Sumez
Tulpa
twiztor
WhyNotZoidberg

 

 

 

 

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1. Mega Man 5
2. DuckTales
3. The Legend of Zelda
4. Super Mario Bros. 3
5. Castlevania
6. Project Blue (Absolutely fantastic homebrew title. Made by a VGS user whose name escapes me atm)
7. Mega Man 2 (Almost went with MM4, but the music alone in 2 just makes it a timeless classic)
8. Super Mario Bros. 2
9. R.C. Pro-Am
10. Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Grafitti

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1. The Legend of Zelda
2. Super Mario Bros 3
3. TMNT II: The Arcade Game
4. TMNT III: The Manhattan Project
5. Super Mario Bros 2

6. Kirby's Adventure
7. Maniac Mansion
8. Dragon Warrior
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
10. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

 

...That was tough. Could also change tomorrow, lol.

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34 minutes ago, guitarzombie said:

I might contribute but I think my list would de-balance the weighted rankings haha.  I know the top 3 or 4 but the rest i'd really have to think.

personally, i'm all for a variety. obviously games like Mario and Zelda are going to hold some of the top places, but seeing the other picks is what's going to make it interesting.

along that note, i'm looking forward to seeing if the Mega Man votes cannibalize each other, or how that shakes out.

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I don't feel really confident about a possible top 10 since I haven't been playing NES games for long and I haven't played many of the big games either. Just look at the stuff I'm clearing for the NES completions thread! Sesame Street: ABC, King's Knight, Mad Max, Last Ninja, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde etc. So I feel like my bar is pretty low and it might almost be easier for me to make a top 10 worst NES games list. Anyway, here's my attempt:

1.   Dragon Warrior/Quest III (The perfect NES RPG for me and I prefer it over any of the remakes.)
2.  Dragon Warrior/Quest IV (Short of being a perfect game, but the AI, tiny medals and casino hurt this game.)
3.  Mega Man III (So far my favorite NES Mega Man.)
4.  Zelda I (Love at second sight. I disliked this as a kid, but as an adult with more patience I can finally appreciate it.)
5.  Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (I preferred this a bit over the first game.)
6.  Zelda II (There's some unfair stuff in this game, but still the best game of its kind on the NES, imho.)
7.   Mega Man II (Just a very fun game. I only disliked a few segments of certain levels.)
8.  Dungeon Magic (Better than one might think! Hard to get into, but very rewarding.)
9.  Faxanadu (Just a fun game that left a good impression.)
10. Final Fantasy (I don't like it as I used to, but it offers a lot of replayability and the music is awesome.)

Honorable mentions to Rad Racer, Caveman Games and Sky Shark as they are my favorite games in their respective genre. Caveman Games is the only sports game on the NES that I like so far.

Other than that I'm not 100% happy with this list since it's missing a few games, but I didn't really know where to put them. For Super Mario Bros. 1-3 I prefer the SNES versions and I thought of putting Crystalis there as well. However, I also considered which games I would be willing to play again. In that regard Crystalis fell a bit short due to a few issues. The same with James Bond Jr. since it forces you to beat the game twice with no real changes on the second run. StarTropics I was also a bit too difficult to make me want to replay it soon.

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This is something I'd have to really think about for a bit, but I do have a question about this.

Could there have been the option for TWO lists for NES and Famicom?  I think it would spark a lot more variety and with variety, discovery.  Largely we have US/EU members here, few who have been Famicom centric over the NES so the lists will largely wash out the Japanese choices.

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