With the NES classic console back on the market in its mini version, the thought of playing classic NES games again sounds exciting for many millennials. Since there are so many iconic games, it can be difficult to choose the best five classic NES games. The mini console comes with not only Nintendo games, but with various third-party games as well.
Below, we present the top five classic NES games that every geek will enjoy, in no particular order. These are the games which are most popular, games which were and still are loved for their concept, interface, and association with the best days of our lives.
Super Mario Bros. 3
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that there is no other video game character who is more popular than Mario. The adorable plumber, with his red cap, white gloves, and moustache, has been the face of Nintendo for a very long time. The Mario trilogy games are iconic video games, and among them Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) is undoubtedly the best. Whether it was concept, design, creativity, variety, or updates, this is the best classic NES game as it is deeply engaging and challenging.
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
In Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the character Trevor, who is the ancestor of Simon Belmont, is on a quest to defeat Dracula. In the game, there are three characters who can accompany Trevor – a powerful sorcerer named Sypha Belnades, a wall-climbing pirate called Grant Danasty, and the fireball-shooting son of Dracula himself called Alucard, who can turn into a bat as well.
The Legend of Zelda
Along with Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda is Nintendo’s most celebrated franchise, which has managed to maintain a loyal fan following for decades, ever since it was launched in 1987. While the game may seem to be a bit on the simple side today, mainly because the main character Link can only move in cardinal directions, there is no denying that the game has not lost its charm. From having a giant world to explore, attacking monsters with unique weapons, to mysterious clues pointing you ahead, The Legend of Zelda is one game that you will never tire of.
Even though Final Fantasy is almost 30 years old, you can still get a thrill every time you hold the controller in your hand and green monsters and tiny characters dressed in red, white, and blue appear on your screen. An iconic video game from Nintendo, Final Fantasy redefined what role-playing games can do. Plus, the characters from the game look fantastic on the modern-day big screen, which makes the game that much more immersive.
This classic NES game, with its famous character – a fictional boxer called Little Mac – was released in 1987. World boxing champion Mike Tyson even appeared in the game, and in North America, the game was even released as “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!!” In the game, Little Mac fights his way up through the ladder on the World Video Boxing Association, defeating many opponents on the way.
So, there you have it – the most iconic classic NES games that every geek should have.