The 20 Worst NES Games of All-Time

Of all the games that inexplicably received the Nintendo Seal of Approval, these 20 stood out as the biggest mistakes. I don't know if the game making people were the nephews of the eccentric billionaire in charge of handing out the gold approval seals, or if Nintendo just didn't bother to check if the games sucked. All I know is that these 20 games are about as fun as swallowing bug-flavored glass. For each one, I'll give a brief description of exactly why it's bad then rate the Graphics and Fun on their own personal scale of one to 10. But you'll notice really fast that they all score horribly low, and these ratings are just excuses for me to make fun of more specific areas of the game.

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Magna Farta3098d ago (Edited 3098d ago ) is also probably the most accurate list of the worst NES games ever.

At any given point during the ages of 4-10, I have probably rented and played 18 out of these 20 games, most of which got played for all of 5 mins until I gave up figuring them out and they sat on my TV for the next 4 days until the rental had to be returned (back in the 80's and 90's, there wasn't such a thing as "this game sucks let me rent a different one" policy)

I'd have to say the only placement I disagree with is Pro Wrestling, I remember me and my brothers as kids having a blast with this game for hours on end, granted to a 5-year-old in the 80's this was just awesome.

I also feel the need to say that not only did I own a copy of "Deadly Towers" MOTHER of all people actually played it obsessively and beat it within a couple weeks

KingOfOldSkool3097d ago

I feel your pain.. my old man somehow managed the game into a fine science and beat it. Meanwhile I've yet to collect the first bell by myself(ugh).

BenCrazy4243097d ago (Edited 3097d ago )

Most accurate? they missed action 52! The $200 dollar piece of crap.

Myze3097d ago (Edited 3097d ago )

Yeah, I think I played about 1/2 of these. Have to say, I didn't know there was a MUSCLE game. Heh, it's based on the Muscle Men little rubber/plastic toys. I know, because I recognize the cyclops guy on the cover (used to have a ton of them).

Anyway, to be fair, this list couldn't have been hard to make. All you had to do is take a random sampling of 30-40 NES games, and you are bound to find 20 worth writing a "God, how awful they were" article about them.

When people complain about all the shovelware and piss-poor games that come out today, it always lets me know that they weren't around for the NES days, when there was little to no competition for a good 3-4 years (till Sega got out of the Master System phase and released the Genesis). There will always be horrible games, as long as people buy them, but it was obvious that the NES and Atari days were littered with experimenting companies trying to sell something that could not have taken more than a couple of week to make.

Of course, I don't want to try and sell out the NES as a PoS. It had some truly great games on it, that are still lots of fun to this day, which of course includes many first-in-series games (Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy, etc.).

morkendo3097d ago

have not heard of none of them....well except BIBLE ADVENTURE, never played it.
most of you guys remember as a child in the 80's playing NES games when i was a child back then we had checkers,tagged,jump ball,hide-go-seek.. wishing video games was around.

ReBurn3097d ago (Edited 3097d ago )

There are some games on that list that I absolutely loved! Tag Team Pro Wrestling, Renegade and X-Men were games that I played all the time. Trust me, the NES era probably had more shovelware than what we see on the Wii and there were games much, much worse than the ones on this list.

The only thing the Nintendo Seal of Quality meant was that a company was willing to pay Nintendo royalties so that they were given the key to the lockout chip and Nintendo could charge them for manufacturing the cartridges. Thank goodness for brave companies like Tengen.

-MD-3097d ago

"SHORT SWORD -- You start the game with this sword. It is so weak, you feel lonely (you have no confidence in this sword)."


Marceles3097d ago

Bible Adventures lol...I remember seeing that at the game rental store when I was little like "wtf?"

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