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ElCid

Best Game for the System?

I wanted to see what everyone's picks for the best NES game is. My personal pick is for the original Contra. I still remember the first time I learned about that cheat code. U, U, D, D, L. R. L. R. A. B. Ahh... those were simpler days.

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deinfinityx

Zelda the first one hands down
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macs

Agreed.
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Nate

Contra's great, but I have to agree. If it's not the best game ever, Zelda's awfully close.
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Drew

Super Mario 3!

Not only the best NES game, but possibly the best game of all time!
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coologuy1957

second!!
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Pesci20X6

Agreed. I can still play this game today and find it as fun as I did as a child.
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r3trosteve

Definitely agreed. No question. I remember shaking when I got Mario 3 for xmas - parents had to sit me down with a milky cup of tea to get over it. What a loser hey!
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Slash

Super mario 3 and the first Legend of Zelda
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userd40ad11b74f

I was all about the original Zelda and Super Mario Brothers. I still play them on emulators and I even got a USB NES controller so it is like I am still 8 years old... except now it is my wife instead of mom telling me to stop playing!
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mooney

Yes, I played and enjoyed the Mario games, and the Zelda games., but did anybody else use to play 'Adventures of Lolo' (1 or 2)?

I really miss games with the simplicity and charm.
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freedjr

First Zelda. As someone else said, not even close. I would give Tecmo Bowl and Mike Tyson's Punch Out probably the next closest nods. The first Final Fantasy was groundbreaking for me (and much more fun than Dragon Warrior, which came first). And my best friend and I would play our made up teams in Baseball Simulator 1000's seasons endlessly.

Mad props to the Contra poster. I have to brag a little bit, but I got to the point where I could beat Contra with one guy.

Adventures of Lolo was fun...until I got to the room I couldn't beat and never picked it up again. I still hate that game because it got so frustrating for me.
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orad

My top games must have been Mario 1, 3, PunchOut and that Tiny Tunes game. Did anyone ever play that?
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Pesci20X6

I played the shit out of that game - Tiny Tunes. I always could never beat it, usually I would get stuck a little bit after the stage with the crazy scientist guy.
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skigil

Mario 1, 3, and lots of time was spent on the first Zelda and Contra.

Excuse me while I go fish through my emulator.
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zixow

My favorite games were Little Nemo, Shadowgate (both have great soundtracks), SMB3, POW, Strider, Golgo 13, Castlevania and Megaman anything, Maniac Mansion, and there was so much more. Those are just the really memorable games to me. I could probably remember a hundred great games if I tried.
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Nate

I freakin' loved the original Castlevania. It's one of my all-timers.

I never did beat that game. I could get to Drac, but couldn't kill him. That was on unforgiving game. They really don't make 'em like that anymore.
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Jedinate

Ultima Exodus, without a doubt the best game. Played for hours, days, years. A Very deep RPG for its' time.
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fourgrays

I am so surprised that no one has mentioned Tetris. I used to do all nighters playing Tetris.
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liz

i'm all about the tetris. 210 lines.
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coologuy1957

I think its because this is the "best game for the system (NES)" thread, not the "best game for every system ever!!!" thread!! :P

ya, honestly, I think the only game I played more than Tetris on the NES was Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3.... I'm a Mario fiend!!
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Nate

I love Tetris, but only if it's played on an original (green screened) GameBoy.
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jimmyhchan

Mario 2 is actually pretty good.
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nsmallcomb

I'm in for a Mario 2 vote. Super Mario Brother is the game that put the system on the map. Everybody played it until their fingers hurt. I can remember tracking down the release of SMB2 for weeks until I found some shitty obscure toystore in BFE that expected a shipment on release day and all of their copies weren't spoken for. Mind you, I was 10 when this happened and no google maps for finding businesses. Played it after school and woke up at night when mom was asleep until it was beat down!
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Jedinate

Good call with Tetris! I've played it on so many systems, I don't think of it as NES; It's more Gameboy in my world. A classic no matter what though.
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Leopoldio

Ninja Gaiden I and River City Ransom are my favorites.
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daktmacfan

Super Tecmo Bowl!

Like the 1st NFL Game with a real season, stats, injuries, etc.

Probably one of the most revolutionary sports games of all time.

Also gotta love the orignal Tecmo Bowl with Bo Jackson and Walter Payton!
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ElCid

Wow I forgot about tecmo bowl. That was an awesome game.
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hollanddd

bo jackson
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Majorbryce

Duck Hunt Mario combo = lots of fun trying to shoot that laughing dog
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jdplala

River City Ransom, Castlevania and Legend of Zelda were my top three. All of them still hold up as excellent games, regardless of the lack of current gen graphics and sound.
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coologuy1957

There are way too many games for this system to pick a best one. With no relation to this topic whatsoever, I do play Super Mario Bros. 3 the most on this system even to this day.....
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Nate

The Legend of Zelda

Contra

Castlevania

Super Mario Brothers

These are in no particular order. Any one of these games could be an all time favorite, depending on the day I'm asked.
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deinfinityx

The funniest game was the Olympic one, so long i don't even remember, but it had the pad that two people could play on. It was funnier then anything watching my dad and uncle, both over 200lbs, doing the hurdle event. The whole house was shaking. anyway i would say duck hunt and dr mario were my favorites.
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coologuy1957

lol I didn't think anyone else played that olympic game! That stuff was hilarious -especially when people would cheat it by pounding with their fists on the mat or doing the long jump and stepping off and then back on! good times......
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ahmadimran

Definitely Contra! Tetris brings me a lot of good memories, but I think it was more awesome on the Gameboy.
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ubertaffy

while the original final fantasy or crystalis games might be considered my actual favorite games... if i went purely by actual time spent i would have to go with tecmo bowl as well as some of you posting before me. we would settle disputes over anything and everything by popping that game in. Heck, if someone beats me bad on Madden 08 on the Wii, I pop over to tecmo bowl still and give them a pounding.
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cggusta

Yo noid, Battletoads, Bubble Bobble and Marble Madness. I still have many more but i always go back to these games.
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pkmnct

I'd say Super Mario Bros. 3 then Zelda 1 then Dr.Mario then Super Mario Bros. They are my favorites.
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Bigbadbikernerd

I'm going to go with the original Final Fantasy. Awesome game. Between it and Mario, I killed a lot of hours in my youth.
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hamdamann

castlevainia hands down my favorite game
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jonursenbach

Battletoads, and the subsequent Battletoads: Double Dragon (which I argue to be superior to the original), hands down.
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coologuy1957

Man I miss those games. I remember trading the original Battletoads with a friend so I could play his game. We never traded back and now I want to play it. I still have Battletoads/Double Dragon, but although it played great, it seemed to lack some of the charm of the original. I still might play it this weekend to quench my thirst!!
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jonursenbach

I bought both games a few months back for the SNES. So many memories.
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coologuy1957

Man, I didn't even think about the SNES!! Since I only recently got that console I'm just learning the good stuff for it. I only played Battletoads on the NES, but playing on the SNES would be sweet! Then there would be two copies I can't beat!!
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jonursenbach

Straight up!
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mistabusta

For me it will always be Super Mario Brothers. Being able to play at home the same game I was playing in the arcade was a HUGE plus in my young eyes.
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medwyn

Battletoads or Super Mario 3.
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robertmeta

Really hard decision, so I am going to go with a 5 way tie. Zelda / Punch Out / Super Mario 3 / Contra / Castlevana
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