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    Default Top 50 Nintendo NES Games

    Let's do this list TOGETHER. You tell me what games to delete and add. Then I'll update the list. This is a cooperative effort! :-)

    Archon
    Baseball Stars
    Battletoads
    Bionic Commando
    Blaster Master
    Bubble Bobble (series)
    Burgertime
    Castlevania (series)
    Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers
    Contra (series)
    Crystalis
    Double Dragon 2
    Dragon Warrior (series)
    Duck Tales 2
    Dudes with Attitude/Trolls on Treasure Island
    Excitebike
    Faxanadu
    Final Fantasy
    Goonies 2
    Gradius
    Guardian Legend
    Guerilla War
    Ice Hockey
    Kickle Cubical
    Kid Niki
    Kirby's Adventure
    Legacy of the Wizard
    Legend of Zelda
    Life Force
    Little Ninja Brothers
    Maniac Mansion
    Mega Man (series)
    Metal Gear
    Metroid
    Micro Machines
    Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!
    Ninja Gaiden (series)
    Pac-Mania
    Pirates!
    River City Ransom
    Rygar
    Short Order / Egg-Splode
    Solar Jetman
    Solomon's Key
    Star Tropics
    Super Mario Brothers (series)
    Tecmo Super Bowl
    Tetris (Tengen)
    Wizards & Warriors
    Wrecking Crew

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    Why are there 57 games in a 50 games list?

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    add: rad racer, captain skyhawk, t&c surf designs

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    Put Zelda at number 1.
    Conform. Consume. Obey.

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    Default must adds are

    Die Sclumpfe (smurfs) and Little Nemo. Immortal and Robin Hood PoT are good too.

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    add chip n dale rescue rangers.

    and how you leave kid icarus off the list is beyond me.

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    Since you guys are including "homebrew" Atari carts, I request including the "homebrew translations" of Final Fantasy 2/3 on the Nintendo list. They are far superior to FF1.
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    Those aren't homebrews, they're either imports or they're hacks. They were never released for the NES, and hacks are never included on our "top" lists (nor are imports unless we create a separate list for them). FFII/III might be good candidates for a TOP 50 FAMICOM list. If we do a top import or top hacks list we can re-consider this.

    I'm sure they're great games, but the purpose here is for those who play NES games to look over a list of the best titles. This isn't for people with emulators, it's for those looking for the REAL experience of NES. On an actual NES console, with an actual NES controller.

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    So if I take the Famicon version of Final Fantasy 2 and translate it to run on American NES, it can't be listed.

    But if I start from scratch and create Final Fantasy Troy, then it CAN be listed.

    That makes zero sense.

    What if SQUARE translates FF2 for NES and brings it to America? Would you list it then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress
    This isn't for people with emulators, it's for those looking for the REAL experience of NES. On an actual NES console, with an actual NES controller.
    Take the ROM and burn it into a cart.
    Troy

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    Quote Originally Posted by theaveng
    So if I take the Famicon version of Final Fantasy 2 and translate it to run on American NES, it can't be listed.
    But if I start from scratch and create Final Fantasy Troy, then it CAN be listed.
    That makes zero sense.
    What if SQUARE translates FF2 for NES and brings it to America? Would you list it then?
    I'm going to try to address your issues so that this makes a little more than zero sense to you.

    All of our lists = games you can actually buy FOR the US console they represent. Emulators don't count because that's playing on a PC, and not everyone has access to emulators. Burning a ROM to a cart is not only EXCEEDINGLY difficult to do even if you have the burner AND the ROM, but again, it's not for the typical NES player, who this list is aimed at.

    Now. If you WERE to create a "Final Fantasy TROY" by coding a new game from scratch, it would in fact qualify as a homebrew. You do understand that hacks and homebrews are different, correct? Example: "Boring Journey" by our forummember Ventrra is a hack of Data Age's "Journey". "Thrust", a completely original game coded from scratch, is a homebrew. Theoretically, homebrew games are simply NEW games for old systems. Not modified old titles.

    To address your final question. If Square were to create a US-version of FF II for the NES on cartridge, it would ABSOLUTELY qualify. To me, that would be much like a homebrew, only constructed by a big-time corporation. It's not a hack because they're the original designers. It would, in effect, make that title a "port" just like FF I by Square was. Incidentally, I'd love to see them do this.

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    ADD: Rampart, Krazy Kreatures, Rollerball, Rolling Thunder

    DROP: Goonies2, Faxanadu, Archon, Solar Jetman

    I'd also pare down all the "series" listings you have, eg: pick ONE of the SMB games that should be there to best represent the series, like SMB3 perhaps. Castlevania - list the first one, drop the other two. Like that.
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    I think castlevania 3 owns 1. but thats me. I also agree with SMB3 representing the mario series, but thats only if the series listing is dropped (all those series games are damn good). I agree with dropping goonies two, it never did anything for me, I thought it was boring and confusing. Solar Jetman is sweet, I'd keep that...I think Deja Vu should be added. Of Uninvited, Shadowgat, and Deja Vu, it's the besto ne, and probably one of the most fun games I've ever played on any system. I mean, shoot...what other games for the NES can you beat up a mugger?
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    I am not sure I could personally make a list of 50, but I know of some which would make it. Ghosts 'N Goblins. Yes it is very difficult, but I have spent many hours enjoying it. Castlevania has always been a favourite, super mario brother too. Zelda is good. I know Final Fantasy is widely held as an amazing game, but role playing is not my cup of tea. Ninja Gaiden is good. The first megaman was good, but some of the others were not. I think it is difficult to put a whole series on the list. Usually, there is at least one weak link in a series.

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    top 50 is too damn big of a list i know there are 600 games but this is 1/12 of the games and that is about all the good games so drop this down to top 20

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    That's the point... to list all the good games worth having/playing. Actually, narrowing down to only 50 was extremely difficult. A top 20 would be impossible.
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    1985- Commodore=128 (8-bit)
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    1991- zzzzzzzzzzz :scatter:
    2002- Playstation 2 (128-bit)

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    I agree, the "series" ones really should be pared down to one game. IMHO, here's the best of each series:

    Bubble Bobble 2
    Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (1 would be good too, I never really got the appeal of Simon's Quest)
    Contra (the first one)
    Dragon Warrior IV (one of the best RPGs EVER for ANY system)
    Megaman 2, maybe 3 (they're both great, but the series kinda took a dive after that)
    Ninja Gaiden 2 (though you could also make a case for 1)
    Super Mario Bros. 3

    Also where the heck is...

    Tecmo Super Bowl (STILL one of the best football games ever)
    Kid Icarus (Classic! Way overdue for a comeback)
    Kung Fu (another early classic)
    Blades of Steel (wayyyy better than Ice Hockey)
    Super Dodge Ball (sorry, but I love that game)
    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (the worst of the series, but still better than some of the others on the list)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project (best beat-em-up on the system)

    And come on...Goonies 2??? And yes, I have played the Tengen Tetris and I still think Nintendo's is better.

    Still, I gotta give you a lot of credit for including Maniac Mansion, Duck Tales and Kirby's Adventure. Those games just don't get any respect.

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    Ack! How could I forget?

    Battletoads/Double Dragon is the best beat-em-up on the system, not TMNT 3 as I said above. It beats the stuffing out of any other Battletoads or Double Dragon game released before it, not to mention the 16 bit versions of itself. Why it never gets any recognition, I don't understand, but it's a classic in my eyes.

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    kid icarus should be on there...

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    North & South is a must as far as im concerned...
    Didnt anyone else spend hours upon hours with freinds playing this sweet sweet game?

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