Ask anyone who grew up with a Nintendo what the best games for the system were, and you'll get a different answer every time. With so many fantastic titles released for the NES, it's all but impossible to name the "best" ever made. However, thanks to old sales records, we can accurately tell you its most popular games. Here are the the top ten best-selling games for the NES.
When Punch-Out!! is at the bottom of the list, you know we're going to be talking about some real legends. Nintendo's famous boxing game packed timeless arcade thrills into a compact 8-bit package. And even today, many hardcore gamers still consider Iron Mike to be one the toughest boss in video game history. Punch-Out!!'s sales are only dwarfed by its legacy. And considering it sold 2 Million copies, that's no small feat.
9. R.C. Pro-Am
Remote control cars are fun. Racing them is fun. But knowing you can wreck them, without having to worry about getting mom and dad to buy you another? That's video game bliss. This early racing game was a joy from start to the finish of its 32 tracks. And with 2.3 million copies sold, it remains the the most popular NES sports game ever made.
Buy Metroid - For the NES
Nintendo's original science-fiction adventure was a missile-blasting alien-shooting fun-fest, that challenged you to delve the darkest depths of a strange alien world. It's unique focus on both exploration and action made it a game like no other, and its 2.73 million copies sold are a testament to its brilliance.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
With 4 million copies sold, the first Turtles game was a massive success like every other part of the media juggernaut created by the series. There weren't many cartoon tie-in games around, when TMNT came out to Nintendo. Teenage Mutant Turtles was most people's first chance to play a video game as their favorite heroes, and consequently, it remains one of the most beloved NES games of all time.
Zelda II: Adventure of Link
Zelda II is still an ambitious game by today's standards. Part RPG, part platformer, part fighting game, there was no shortage of fun packed into this title. And with 4.38 million units sold, there is only one other fantasy game that was more popular...
The Legend of Zelda
Nintendo's sweeping fantasy game captured the childhood imaginations of a generation. Across America, kids braved the wilderness of Hyrule in their quest to restore balance to the kingdom. It's hard to say how many ever completed this harrowing journey, but at least 6.5 million started it.
Buy Tetris - For the NES
Tetris is a legend. The soviet mind game is one of the biggest video games of all time, and its success on the NES was just another testament to its popularity that endures to this day. Moving 8 million copies for the NES alone, Tetris has remained a best-seller for generations.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Buy Super Mario Bros. 2 - For the NES
As you're about to see, being the 3rd best-selling original Mario game is kind of like being the third highest grossing Star Wars film. Even at the trilogy's lowest point, it still dwarfed all other competition. Mario's "weakest" sales were a a jaw-dropping 10 million copies.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Anyone who was alive when this game came out, remembers it vividly. Mario-mania was at its peak when Super Mario Bros. 3 came out, and it was a rare title that actually managed to live up to its overwhelming hype. Everything in this game was bigger and better than everything that came before it. Bigger worlds! Better graphics! Iconic music! There's not one aspect of Mario Bros. 3 that didn't make it an instant classic. And with 17 million sales to its name, it seems like everyone else agreed.
Super Mario Bros.
Buy Super Mario Bros. - For the NES
Are you even surprised? Super Mario Bros. came packaged with virtually every Nintendo system. Right out of the box, this was most people's first video game. Between multiple releases, across the console's history, the first Mario Bros. game sold an unbelievable combined 40.24 million units. Without a doubt it was the game everyone played.
So, are you surprised by any of these entries? Did you think some other games would have outsold these titles? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!