10 // CONTRA

This classic run and gun action game by Konami set the bar very high for platforming shooting games. This is also an arcade port and an excellent one at that. Many titles on the NES copied Contra’s formula, but none are as good as the original.

09 // KIRBY’s ADVENTURE

Who doesn’t love Kirby? He’s cute, cuddly, can fly.. and EAT YOU! Not only can he eat you, but he can absorb your powers and use those against the enemy onslaught. Try that Mario!

08 // CASTLEVANIA III: DRACULA’s CURSE

By far the best Castlevania game on NES, This game is actually a prequel to the original Castlevania, and unlike the RPG based gameplay of #2, this is a platform game.

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