• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.

What are your top 5 non-Mario NES games?

Amory

Member
Jul 10, 2008
10,230
63
645
Connecticut
I've been rediscovering the greatness that is the NES lately, and it's been pretty awesome. It was my first console ever, and it's up there with the PS2 as my favorite.

What are your top 5 games for the system? I'm not including Mario so that we get some variation. Yes, SMB 1, 2, and 3 are timeless classics, but what else did you love?

Mine would probably be (in no particular order)

1. NES Open: Tournament Golf - I played the hell out of this game, and I still believe it's one of the best golf games ever made. I thought it was awesome that the game saved the prize money you earned in tournaments, and also saved replays of your best shots/holes.

2. Castlevania - Never managed to beat it, but I enjoyed every second of playing it. And that music still gets stuck in my head from time to time.

3. Punch Out!! - The Mike Tyson version, not the crappy substitute featuring Mr. Dream.

4. Contra - Playing co-op with a friend remains one of my all time favorite multiplayer experiences.

5. Battletoads/Double Dragon - Basically ditto the above. Awesome co-op, hard as balls.
 

thefro

Member
May 14, 2006
17,455
0
0
Legend of Zelda, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, Mega Man 2, Castlevania 3, Tecmo Super Bowl
 

keeblerdrow

Member
Jun 6, 2004
4,200
0
1,300
Rad Racer 1- Wherein they race radically
Rad Racer 2- Wherein they race with a righteous attitude that one could call rad
Rad Racer 3- Wherein they race in a way which could be called rad, but is actually more cool
Rad Racer 4- Wherein they race your face off. Not rad, I know.
Rad Racer 5 -Wherein they race back to their roots. Rad roots.
 

Emotions

Member
Sep 15, 2005
3,642
0
0
1- Zelda (both)
2- Startropics (both)
3- Adventure Island (all of them)
4- Metroid
5- Faxanadu
6- Little Nemo
 
Feb 27, 2008
18,022
0
810
Self-imposed difficulty: No major franchises

1. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
2. Bionic Commando
3. Battletoads (the 75% I've ever played)
4. Ducktales
5. RC Pro-Am
 

Eric_S

Member
Jun 20, 2005
991
0
0
Mega Man 2

Mega Man 3

Punch Out

Duck Tales

Blaster Master


[Ed: Dammit! I forgot about Blaster master. *Pushes Faxanadu off the list*]
 

Speevy

Banned
Jun 26, 2004
62,864
0
0
Mega Man 2
Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Marble Madness
Punch Out
Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest
 

Jme

Member
Sep 27, 2006
4,582
1
1,060
1. Legend of Zelda
2. Punch Out
3. Metroid
4. Contra
5. Star Tropics

EDIT -
No 1st party list of difficulty:

1. Contra
2. Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers
3. Little Nemo: The Dream Master
4. RC Pro-Am
5. Shadow of the Ninja
 

luka

Loves Robotech S1
Jan 15, 2009
9,990
2
0
Akumajou Densetsu/Castlevania 3 - Notable as it's the first videogame I've ever played
Akumajou Dracula/Castlevania
Megami Tensei
Rockman 2
Juuryoku Soukou Metal Storm

Honorable mentions:

Batman
Startropics
Zelda
Hitler no Fukkatsu/Bionic Commando
Mother
Ninja Gaiden
 

Tain

Member
Jun 13, 2004
24,280
3
1,555
horizonvanguard.com
Batman
Rockman 2
Street Fighter 2010
Akumajou Dracula
Shatterhand

Fuck arcade to NES ports.

my list has already changed but fuck that i ain't retyping shit
 

lljride

Member
Jan 20, 2010
905
0
630
San Antonio
Mega Man 2
Zelda 2
Duck Tales
Ninja Gaiden
Batman

More or less in order, although I may switch MM2 and Zelda 2 depending on my mood.
 

Vinci

Danish
Oct 12, 2007
22,075
0
0
United States
handofg0d said:
1. Legend of Zelda
2. Punch Out
3. Metroid
4. Contra
5. Star Tropics

EDIT -
No 1st party list of difficulty:

1. Contra
2. Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers
3. Little Nemo: The Dream Master
4. RC Pro-Am
5. Shadow of the Ninja
I think I'm pretty much onboard with this one, both including 1st party and excluding it.

EDIT: Hurts not to include Duck Tales though.
 

game-boi

Member
Jan 17, 2006
517
0
0
Still unsure about the order...

Mega Man 2
Adventures of Lolo 2
Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers
Shadow of the Ninja
Contra
 

Teppic

Member
Sep 12, 2006
3,809
0
0
Kirby's Adventure
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
The Guardian Legend
Rollergames
Shadowgate
 

MomoPufflet

Member
Dec 11, 2004
6,194
0
1,300
Also not sure about order but:

-The Guardian Legend
-Star Tropics
-Trojan
-Blades of Steel
-Contra


Probably forgetting many.
 

-KRS-

Member
Sep 9, 2009
4,875
0
0
Sweden
enlisy.com
I don't really have a top anything for games, but a lot of the Sunsoft games are really great.

Blaster Master
Journey to Silius
Mr. Gimmick/Gimmick
Ufouria: The Saga

Other great games:

Startropics
Duck Tales
Chip 'n Dale (Its way too easy though)
the Ninja Gaiden games
the Mega Man games

I like hard games :D
 

GhaleonQ

Member
Aug 24, 2006
11,572
1
0
Milwaukee/Wisconsin Rapids/Hanover
1. Famicom Fairytale: New Island Of Oni
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Castlevania: Simon's Quest
4. Radia Wars Chronicle
5. Earthbound 1
x. Gun Nac, Dragon Quest IV, Dig Dug 2, Baseball Stars 2, Fire Emblem: The Dark Dragon And Sword Of Light, The New Zealand Story, Clu Clu Land
 

Baron Aloha

A Shining Example
Jun 10, 2004
8,442
0
0
Hard to narrow it down to 5 so here's 10.

Megaman 2
Ninja Gaiden II
Castlevania III
The Legend of Zelda
Double Dragon II
Ducktales
TMNT II
Battle of Olympus
Contra
Punch-Out!!
 

Aesthet1c

Member
Nov 29, 2009
3,035
0
0
Utah
I know I'm going to be missing some, but off the top of my head (in no order):

Blaster Master
River City Ransom
Godzilla II
Skate or Die
Back to the Future
Captain Skyhawk
Marble Madness
Abadox

Sorry I picked 8 ><

While probably not the best games on the NES, they're definitely the most nostalgic, making them my favorite.
 
Feb 27, 2008
18,022
0
810
FrankNitty said:
So much love for Ducktales lol I'm loving it
You know, I'm not entirely sure how defensible DuckTales is from a gameplay perspective; I honestly can't put my finger on why it's one of my favorite NES games. But something about it is just so cheerful. It's put me in a good mood every time I've played it since I was 12 years old.

It must be the music.
 
Aug 22, 2008
4,770
0
835
TripleDaGod.blogspot.com
5 made my head hut so I did a 10 spot instead.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!!!

Legend of Zelda 1

Contra

Tecmo Bowl

Ninja Gaiden II

River City Ransom

Blaster Master

Mega Man 2/4

Jackal

Baseball

Honorable Mention

Vice: Project Doom

Super Spy Hunter
 
Feb 18, 2009
2,252
0
0
37
Boise, Id
How the hell do so many lists NOT contain Bionic Commando???

Anyways,
1. BC
2. Ducktales
3. Shatter Hand
4. Mega Man 2
5. Legend of Zelda 1

EDIT: I would have included Contra, but that game is the reason I ended up with a 18"x12" hole in my wall and a broken NES Advantage :(
 

chaostrophy

Member
Jun 21, 2004
6,146
0
0
Chicago, IL, USA
Legend of Zelda
Final Fantasy
Crystalis
Dragon Quest IV
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

I want a modern Metroidvania structured like Simon's Quest: with a long, contiguous overworld littered with towns and castles/dungeons.
 

oracrest

Member
Feb 6, 2006
5,239
1
0
38
www.youtube.com
1. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
2. Legend of Zelda
3. Zanac
4. Mega Man 2
5. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

edit: DAMN! lots of simon's quest love in this thread


brofists all around.