How to Find the 12 Best NES Games of All Time

Posted by DKOldies on May. 26th, 2015

The Quest to find the best 12 NES games of all time. How do we begin? There are many wondrous NES titles like Legend of Zelda, Super Mario 3, and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! How can you choose? Drew, Anthony and Rich at DKOldies is in charge of this monumental task. They all created their own list of their 12 favorite titles. They had all week to come up with this list, so it should be good. Drew takes out his list first and here is what it looked like:

  • Legend of Zelda
  • Tyson's Punch Out
  • Super Mario 1
  • Super Mario 3
  • Tecmo Super Bowl
  • Metroid
  • Contra
  • Castlevania
  • Bionic Commando
  • Double Dragon II
  • Final Fantasy
  • Mega Man 1

"It's the most perfect list" Drew declares after everyone see it. Rich and Anthony roll their eyes because they have their own top 12 list.

Anthony then presents his list:

  • Tetris
  • Marble Madness
  • Dr Mario
  • Puznic
  • Wings
  • Duck Hunt
  • Hogan's Alley
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Rad Racer
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Cyber Base Wars: Stadium Series
  • Battletoads

"Just ridiculous" Drew says as he grabs the list out of Anthony's hands. "Wings, what the hell is that?" "Legendary Wings" Anthony explains, then he talks about how amazing thegame is and all it can do. How it was ahead of it's time in game play and graphics. "Maybe top 100" Drew says.

Now it's Rich's turn to show his list. 

"I have taken a different route." He has built a machine he calls the randomizer. "What this futuristic device will do is pick out the top 12 NES games of all time with 99.999% accuracy using "all kinds of algorithms."

He pushes a few buttons on his machine and a list does appear. He reads it:

  • Duck Tales 2
  • Golf
  • Punisher
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Wrestlemania
  • Little mermaid
  • Spy vs Spy
  • Cybernoid The Fighting Machine
  • Dragon Warrior III
  • Zelda 
  • Tyson
  • Hudson Hawk

Drew is visibly disgusted now. Getting to the top 12 NES games of time will be much harder than anyone thought. The 3 of them start mashing the lists together in a heated debate. Trying to knock out games to get our top 12. First Rich's list is thrown away in it's entirety. Then Anthony and Drew argue the merits of Tecmo Bowl, Rad Racer and how Anthony has 2 light gun games and several puzzle games on his list. In the end after many squabbles it happens.

Finally the 12 Best NES Games of All Time!

  • Legend of Zelda
  • Tyson's Punch Out!
  • Super Mario 1
  • Super Mario 3
  • Tecmo Super Bowl
  • Metroid
  • Contra
  • Duck Hunt
  • Double Dragon II
  • Tetris
  • Mega Man 1
  • Castlevania

Drew's list reins supreme. Except, for a few games Anthony was able to get in, Tetris, Duck Hunt, and Castlevania. Castlevania was not on any list so I don't know how that squeaked in. Act of god I suppose?

The Tournament May Now Begin!

We now have the Best NES Games. Now we need to find out who is the best out of these 12. Let rank them and put them in a tournament style bracket and have them go head to head until only one remains.

Did your favorite games make the list? If not, leave a comment below on what we missed. 

Check out our DKOldies Video Podcasts to see how this all played out and check out next week for Part 2 of the Quest for the 12 Best NES games of all time. 

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