The NES Classic Edition has 30 Preloaded Games!
The NES Classic Edition recently released, and this throwback console sold out almost immediately.
Maybe you’ve heard of it, but you’re wondering what games come with the NES Classic Edition? We’ve made a list of NES games included, plus a brief description of each title. This list of Nintendo games will take you back to the good old days.
In our opinion, The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition gathers together 30 of the best games to ever be released on the Nintendo Entertainment system.
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List of Nintendo Games On The NES Classic Edition (In Alphabetical Order)
Balloon Fight for the NES is the Original Flappy Bird. In this fun little game, you hold a balloon and float around, dodging enemies that shoot projectiles and try to pop your balloon (which makes you fall and lose a life) Pop all enemies balloons on screen to advance.
In Bubble Bobble, you are a dragon that spits out bubbles that grab the enemies. Clear each screen by catching every enemy in a bubble, then popping the bubble to kill the enemy.
Castlevania is one of the classic staples of the NES. If you’re unfamiliar with this game, you run around in a big castle searching for items and killing enemies and bosses with your whip. Find new abilities to advance the gameplay and move deeper into the castle.
Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest-
As you might guess, Castlevania 2 improved on the first Castlevania, with (slightly) better graphics, new bosses, and a deeper storyline. Both of these two games together are worth a bundle in cartridge form, and almost make the NES Classic worth the buy on their own.
The gem that spawned Donkey Kong Country, this game features Donkey Kong rolling barrels down pathways as Mario (Super Mario Bros.) jumps and dodges his way to the top.
Donkey Kong Jr.-
In Donkey Kong Jr., the tables have turned and Mario has captured Donkey Kong. Play as Donkey Kong Jr. and Jump, Dodge, and Climb your way to free Donkey Kong.
Double Dragon 2: The Revenge-
Double Dragon 2 is a side scrolling fighting game that has you running through the streets whooping up on all takers. One button punches, one button jumps. Time your attacks on the way to victory.
This game is basically the original version of Dr. Robotniks Mean Bean Machine.(The games are not technically related, the gameplay is just incredibly similar) Dr. Mario features Mario dressed in a Doctors coat throwing pills of different colors in the playing field. The objective is to match colors to clear the field. Dr. Mario is also 2 Player!
Excitebike for the NES is a sidescrolling motocross racing game where riders jump hills, dodge rough patches, and avoid crashing into each other. This is a 2 player game that will definitely keep players on their toes.
As you may know, the Final Fantasy series is still running strong today. The original game is still a gem that basically took the RPG genre and destroyed all competition. FF1 to this day is still amazing and honestly makes purchasing the NES Classic Console even more worth it.
I personally have put countless hours into Galaga. This shooter seriously invented a genre, and promises entertainment for hours. Your ship is at the bottom of the screen, and you fire missiles upwards toward incoming alien spaceships.
Ghosts’n Goblins is a side scrolling hack n slash that puts you against the undead. Kill zombies, ghosts, and of course goblins.
Pilot your spaceship and blast enemies to smithereens. Gradius is a sidescrolling shooting game that puts you against enemy fighter planes.
Ice Climber is a pretty simple one. This game has you jump your way from platform to platform on your way to the top of a mountain. Best thing about this game? Jump to the Pterodactyl to advance levels.
In this game you are Kid Icarus, armed with a bow advancing to victory by shooting your enemies. Destroy bosses to get power ups and make your character as strong as possible!
Inhale enemies, spit them out, fly, and ground pound. This game honestly has a little bit of everything. There are bosses, and you can also swallow certain enemies to gain their powers. Kirby’s Adventure is definitely a classic.
The original game that spawned a phenomenon, Mario Bros. features Mario running around on screen jumping up into the ceiling above him to flip enemies over. Once enemies are flipped they can be kicked away for coins. The object of this one is to get as many coins as possible before time runs out.
Mega Man 2-
Mega Man 2 features you as MegaMan, a half human-half cyborg that has a buster gun attached to his arm. MegaMan 2 is a side scroller that has you shooting enemies and advancing to clear levels. Defeating a boss in this game lets you aquire that bosses ability. (Defeating a Fire boss will get you a Flamethrower arm weapon) Certain bosses have weaknesses that make them much easier to defeat if you have the correct weapon when facing them. This game is super fun, and provides hours of entertainment.
This is one of my top 5 video game series of all time. This game has been compared to Castlevania, in that you run around a massive area finding new equipment and abilities that allow you to advance to new areas. You have a gun that is attached to your arm that you can upgrade by defeating bosses and finding various items in the game. Metroid alone is super expensive and is another huge reason that the NES Classic Console is a good purchase.
Ninja Gaiden is another classic side scrolling hack and slash. As you might have guessed, you are a ninja that runs around throwing shuriken stars and slashing people with your sword. There are even a few bosses thrown in.
If you haven’t ever played Pac-Man, I’m surprised you’re here. This game is one of the all time arcade classics, and now you can play it whenever you like on the NES Classic Edition.
Punch-Out! Featuring Mr. Dream-
Punch-Out is another super fun game that I spent much of my childhood playing. This game takes you as a boxer and has you face various opponents as you rise through the ranks. (Easter Egg- Mr. Dream used to be Mike Tyson before a lawsuit)
StarTropics is a semi-open map game that switches back and forth between sidescrolling and top down views. This game is single player but seriously fun. Collect weapons and powerups on your way to the final boss.
This side scrolling shooter is fully named “Super Contra.” This game is seriously tough and seriously fun. Don’t stop firing.
Super Mario Bros.-
Super Mario Bros. features Mario running, jumping on turtle shells, and hopping down green pipes in his quest to rescue the Princess Peach.
Super Mario Bros. 2-
Super Mario Bros. 2 is slightly different from 1 and 3, but is still a really fun game nonetheless. This game allows you to choose from playing as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad. Each character has different attributes and movement. (For instance, Luigi jumps super high)
Super Mario Bros. 3-
Its very possible that Super Mario Bros. 3 is the best video game of all time. This game again features mario running and jumping his way to rescue the Princess Peach. There are 8 worlds to explore, and anywhere from 5-8 levels in each world. I would say that this game might be the most played game of my entire life. You can play this game over and over and never get tired of it.
Huck it, Chuck it, Football! Tecmo Bowl is one of the very first football games that was successful. Tecmo Bowl is a 2 player game, so make sure to snag an extra controller.
The Legend of Zelda-
Its amazing how many of my favorite games originated on Nintendo. The Legend Of Zelda is a top down hack-n-slash that has you finding and conquering dungeons for super awesome equipment that makes you stronger.
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link-
Zelda 2 completely changed the gameplay from the Legend of Zelda, but surprisingly, that’s ok. This game is considerably harder than the first, but that just makes it worth that much more.
Features of the NES Classic Edition-
- -NES Classic Edition Console with 30 Pre-Installed Games
- -HDMI Cable
- -One Controller
- -Power Cable
Each NES contains an HDMI cable, ONE controller, and of course the system with all 30 of the previously mentioned games. If you want to play any of these awesome games 2 player, you will need to purchase a second controller.
The release of the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is giving us flashbacks to childhood. I seriously can’t name a person in my life that hasn’t played Super Mario Bros.
When it’s all said and done, this collection contains some of the best games that the original NES had to offer. Instead of spending hundreds on the original cartridges, regain a piece of your lost childhood with this awesome gem from Nintendo.
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