Yesterday one of our sister websites, Arcade Sushi, put out a list of the 25 greatest NES games of all-time.  Obviously, this is a list that would interest me.  I was expecting to have some harsh criticisms for the list like I usually do with opinion-based lists about things that I’m passionate about (especially if it comes from Rolling Stone), but overall I thought Alex Langley at Arcade Sushi did a pretty solid job.  I thought there were definitely some overlooked exclusions, though.  So I have taken it upon myself to assemble my own list ranking those unmistakable plastic gray cartridges (and a couple of gold ones as well) to pay tribute to the games that shaped my childhood.  [Titles in bold indicate they were omitted from Arcade Sushi’s list.]



  1. StarTropics
  2. Maniac Mansion
  3. Super Mario Bros. 3
  4. The Legend of Zelda
  5. Metroid
  6. Final Fantasy
  7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game
  8. Ducktales
  9. Super Mario Bros.
  10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  11. A Boy and His Blob
  12. R.C. Pro Am
  13. Bubble Bobble
  14. Tetris
  15. Contra
  16. Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
  17. Battletoads
  18. Marble Madness
  19. Super Mario Bros. 2
  20. Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers
  21. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  22. Castlevania
  23. Cobra Triangle
  24. The Simpsons: Bart VS. The Space Mutants
  25. Fester’s Quest