Nintendo NES turns 30 – WFNY readers list their favorite games

NES Public Domain Photo from Wikipedia

NES Public Domain Photo from WikipediaYesterday on ArsTechnica they were talking about the original Nintendo NES turning 30 years old. I posted the link and then got a little nostalgic this morning. I wanted to see if my favorite games were the same as other WFNY readers, so I took to the Facebook page to ask. It’s the MLB all-star break. The NBA summer league isn’t my thing. The Browns aren’t in training camp yet. Why not talk a little bit about video games?

Anyway, here are the results.1

Tecmo Bowl (franchise)11
North vs. South3
Duck Tales2
Final Fantasy2
Mario 32
Mega Man (franchise)2
Punch Out2

Other games receiving mentions Baseball Stars, Bionic Command, Double Dribble, Duck Hunt, Gyromite, Metroid, MLB Baseball, Ninja Turtles2 RBI Baseball, River City Ransom, Star Fox

Wait, Star Fox? Must be a younger reader. Wasn’t that for Super Nintendo? Anyway, my vote was for Duck Tales, personally. Something about that game just grabbed me and made me want to play addictively. Super Mario 2 was my favorite of the Mario series. Floating/Flying Princess all the way.3

Here is TD’s list…

1. RBI Baseball
2. Techno Bowl
3. Contra
4. Baseball Stars
Andrew’s is like this…

1. Tecmo Super Bowl
2. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out
3. Mario 3
4. Contra
5. Duck Tales

Scott’s list…

1. Tecmo Super Bowl
2. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out (the real one)
3. Mario 3
4. Mega Man 2
5. Contra
Ben’s list…
1. Super Dodgeball (I have never laughed so hard playing a game)

2. TMNT 2: The Arcade Game
3. Mega Man 3

4. Mario 3
5. Mario 2

Last, but certainly not least, Scott and I both remarked that we somehow forgot (shing ching) Blades of Steel. Go ahead and leave your favorites in the comments.
Happy 30th NES.
  1. These aren’t super scientific in any way shape or form. I took votes for Tecmo Bowl and its sequel and combined them. Same with Mega Man. I didn’t have to do that with Mario 3 as its two votes were specifically in favor of that one game. []
  2. Not sure it this meant the arcade game or the adventure one. I liked both of them. []
  3. Go ahead and make your jokes. I can take it. []
  • Capt jiggy

    Um… The famicom turns 30 not the NES. The NES came out in 1985

  • Lunch

    Meh!! Same system, more or less. Just enjoy this moment of people reflecting on a time where real gaming was the norm.

  • Lunch

    I don’t remember playing Bad Dudes before. how difficult was it?

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Zelda, Super Tecmo Bowl, Tetris, Dr. Mario, Metroid, Contra, Ninja Gaiden, TMNT, TMNT2, Mike Tysons Punch Out,

    No love for Gradius, Star Tropics, RC Pro AM or Crystalis? I was also a fan of Romance of the Three Kingdoms

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Crap…forgot about 1942. LOL

  • Lunch

    What about 1943? /whimper/

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I don’t think I’ve ever played that one. At least not for NES.

  • EhenTi LaNero

    Leave a wrestling… starman’s backflip kick…

  • saggy

    if you aren’t the Giants I take nothing from someone’s claim that they are the best. I can beat anyone with Dallas, however. That Walker buttonhook was unstoppable.

  • saggy

    1. Zelda
    2. Tecmo Super Bowl
    3. Metal Gear

    I named my son Link, BTW.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Zelda, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and Super Mario World

  • ChadF

    Most underrated 8 bit sports game of all time is Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball. Non-Sports games: Bubble Bobble, Thunder and Lightning and BattleToads.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Bubble Bobble was a bit fun too…I just wouldn’t have put it in my Top 25.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Super Mario World was SNES

  • Ben Frambaugh

    IIRC, Bad Dudes was a game sort of similar to Double Dragon

  • CaptainKidd

    Read carefully. Never said I was the best. Said I never lose with the Giants.

  • Natedawg86

    It was kinda hard. Do you remember Double Dragon? It was almost a ripoff of that. They were very similar

  • Natedawg86

    lol your comment somehow loaded after mine. I saw that you were the only one with Ninja Gaiden. That game was hard if i remember. You ever play goonies?

  • Chester

    Perfect. I always hate to see the Konami code without the “select”. It always makes me think the person didn’t have any friends and always played alone.

  • crobarred

    Tecmo Bowl
    Mike Tyson’s Punchout 007 373 5963 code to get to tyson
    RBI Baseball
    Baseball Stars
    Any Konami game

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I think I played it once or twice (though it might have been on a ROM).

    Ninja Gaiden was a bit tough. Could be downright frustrating at times. LOL

  • SteveinBrooklyn

    Little League Baseball, the greatest baseball game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. (Note: made by SNK, same as Baseball Stars)

  • SteveinBrooklyn

    Ever won a World Series with Italy? Angelo hitting bombs from the cleanup spot is a must.

  • Flash

    MUCH love!

  • Flash

    Dragon Warrior was amazing…. the first time I FINALLY made it to the Dragonlord, he was impressed with my skills having made it that far and offered that I join him in evil. I said “Yes.” He said “Ha ha ha.” And the game ended. Had to make it all the way to him from the start again in order to fight him!

  • LilBoyBlue

    So THAT’s what happens if you say, “yes!” That took cajones, sir.

  • saggy

    no, i think you are misunderstanding me – i was giving you love. most people say they love being the bears or niners. but they are also the guys that think Cap Boso and that Pass-3 on San Fran are both unstoppable. With NYG you can intercept both. that’s why the Giants rule. Plus, you can never complete an extra point on them.


    thank you