Best Non-Nintendo NES Games

A short list of what I think the best non-Nintendo NES games are. This isn't about landmarks and historical importance. This is about quality. The original Castlevania is an awesome and important game, but Castlevania 3 is better.


  1. Nintendo is exempt. Including HAL, Intelligent Systems, etc...
  2. US releases only.
  3. Single game in a series unless there is a really, really good argument for more.
  4. Ports will be especially scrutinized. Particularly arcade ports.
  5. Alphabetical order. Ranking would be dumb.

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