Retro & Gaming - Top 12 NES Games A Look back
Posted on July 10 2017
Back in the late 80's and 90's it was a choice between Nintendo and Sega, or specifically the NES or Sega Master System. We went NES, and what a great decision it was! It brought us Mario and Luigi as well as other favourites. We love our gaming T Shirts, and are always inspired from the old school games, so here's a look back at our top 13 classic NES games. We must stress, these are in no particular order! ;)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 The Arcade Game
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT or Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles as they were known in the UK were big in the 90's, and the games were just as memorable. A side scrolling game where you could be one of the turtles and go up against Shredder and the Foot Clan. Playing it in the arcade was fun, so getting this on a home console was so brilliant!
I always remember playing this game, but never really understood it. Yes, it's Castlevania, a side scrolling Gothic type of game where you have to defeat a Dracula. It was a fairly dark game for a kid to play, kind of hard to really understand but has to be on the list as it was a classic game of it's day.
A boxing game which was pretty cool! It's another which came from the arcades, in the era where boxing was so popular with heavyweights like Tyson and Holyfield dominating the sport. It still holds memories for many.
A racing game for the NES! Did We say you could play this in 3D too!? It was Rad racer, and it almost looked like Outrun from the arcades. It came with 3D glasses (yes those red and blue cardboard ones), and you could enable 3D mode, making it the first 3D game we played.
RC Pro-AM Racing
Another racing game, this time an isometric overhead style view, it's RC Pro-AM. Racing with remote control cars on screen was cool, and this paved the way for other similar games like the Skidmarks series.
Double Dragon II
Double Dragon was good, and so Double Dragon II was even better. Whichever game you liked from the series, you probably enjoyed this. It started a whole style of games which were similar and fun to play, beat up the bad guys to get to the next stage.
It spawned a whole series as many classic games of the time did, Megaman was a platformer which still holds memories for those who loved the game.
Blades Of Steel
When you wanted to play some sport, the NES had Blades Of Steel. Taking a break from footy games was fun, and this came before the hugely acclaimed NHL series from EA Sports.
Hold the button and away you go, there wasn't much too Excitebike, but that didn't make it any less fun. Dodge the obstacles, and make sure the temperature didn't get too hot otherwise you'd be stuck!
The Legend Of Zelda
It was action adventure meets RPG, It was the first ever Zelda game which is now iconic and still being made today for the Nintendo Switch. You were Link, and had to rescue princess Zelda. The original is still loved and played to this day.
A game which came with a gun! Dunk Hunt was one of the original games, in fact we can remember getting a NES with the Super Mario Bros and Duckhunt double pack, along with a light gun. Pointing a gun at the screen and shooting ducks was so much fun!
Super Mario Bros 1, 2 3
How could we forget Super Mario Bros? Well, we didn't! There's no need to introduce you to the Italian plumber and his brother Luigi, you'll already know them. The question is, which game was better, the original, 2 or 3? The original was a classic, and really opened the door to Super Mario.
The second? Well that was completely different to everything in the series, and was said to be because the original Super Mario Bros 2 which was released in Japan, wouldn't work well in the USA, so they adapted another game, Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic.
Super Mario Bros. 3 could be the best of them all. It was like the original, but updated, with new things, new levels, improved graphics and of course Racoon Mario who could fly.
That's our favourite games for the NES, did your classics make the cut?