The Nintendo Entertainment System was one of the most important milestones in the history of games.
Gamer culture in the late 80s and early 90s was a big part of what people did. After the video game crash of 1983, it helped the US gaming industry get back on its feet.
Since the NES was released in 1985, more than 700 games have been made for it, including big hits like The Legend of Zelda and Metroid.
But just because they’re the most well-known doesn’t mean they’re the only good NES games.
Some of the best NES games aren’t getting the attention they deserve. It’s time to dig them up and show them the love they deserve.
Adventures of Lolo 3 (1991)
Adventures of Lolo was a popular show in the early 90s. It was about a blue blob named Lolo who had to solve puzzles to save his pink love, Lala.
They work together to fight the Prince of Eggerland, who has turned their friends to stone.
Changes things up by making Lala playable instead of a damsel in distress.
It also adds new enemies and hazards to the game that make it more difficult to play in every single room.
Adventures in the Magic Kingdom (1990)
To open Cinderella’s Castle and start a parade in Adventures in the Magic Kingdom, the player must find six keys.
It sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
These keys are earned by playing mini-games around the park and answering questions from people who work at the park.
In each ride at the theme park, there is a different mini-game that you can play. These games range from platformer levels based on the Pirates of the Caribbean to piloting a ship in first person on Space Mountain.
Princess Tomato (1991)
When you meet Sir Cucumber, he is a brave gourd who is on a mission to defeat the evil Minister Pumpkin and save his beautiful daughter, Princess Tomato.
This game is a text adventure with buttons because the NES doesn’t have a keyboard. You’ll have to go through the Salad Kingdom and find out about it.
There are many ways to move, look, use, hit, and so on in each situation.
An anthropomorphic fruit or vegetable and the “farmies” who want to eat it make it pretty funny.
If you’re willing to try new things, you’ll love Princess Tomato.
Bucky O’Hare (1992)
Following the main character, Bucky O’Hare watches as the rabbit rescues his crew members from Toad Empire bases. He does this by following the rabbit.
Each time you save a friend, you get to play as a new character with unique abilities, like stronger shots, longer range, and climbing walls, to play.
As soon as you save all the characters, new levels open up so you can fight the Toads.
People should know about this game because it has a lot of fun gameplay and clear graphics, but not many people know about them now.
Kiwi Kraze: A Bird-Brained Adventure (1989)
There aren’t nearly enough video games based on New Zealand’s cute fruit-like bird.
Kiwi Kraze follows Tiki the Kiwi as he goes on a dangerous journey to save his friends from a walrus.
Each of the four worlds has four levels full of spikes, fire, and other hazards that you have to get past. It’s hard, but the tight gameplay makes it worth it.
In this game, there are a lot of secret areas and shortcuts to find, and the art style is very cute.
Felix the Cat (1992)
Felix is a well-known character who has been around since the early 1900s.
When he became popular in the 1990s, he made a lot of new things, like this unique platform game.
This clever cat has a magic bag full of goodies that can help you get any tool you need, as long as it has enough magic power. You get more Felix faces the more power you have and the better your equipment, so you have more power.
The game looks great and is fun to play.
It’s also fast-paced and easy to play, so anyone can have fun.
There’s also a more in-depth review here that you should read.
One of the very best games on the NES is StarTropics, a Zelda-like action-adventure that replaces shields and swords for… a yoyo?
Mike Jones, the main character, is a young person, so that makes sense.
Because he needs them. Rather, he fights with things like his YOYO and a baseball.
Combat is great, but there’s also a lot of interesting exploration and puzzles to solve.
For a puzzle in the original game, you needed to dip water into a letter to get the code. The letter had the code when it was wet, and you needed it to solve it.
Little Samson (1992)
Little Samson is a fun action platform game that looks a lot like Mega Man. The main character throws bells at all kinds of monsters and ghouls.
By letting you change characters while you’re moving, the game makes itself stand out.
You have a dragon, a golem, and a tiny mouse as allies, too. They all have different playstyles and abilities that will help you get through the campaign.
Little Samson came out too late in the NES’s life to get the attention it deserved at the time.
There are a lot of things that make Wario’s Woods unique. It was the first game on a Nintendo console to feature Mario’s nemesis, Wario. It’s also very different from the other games in the “Wario” series. In Dr. Mario, you control pills that fall from the top of your screen. In this game, you control a Toad who moves monsters and bombs at the bottom of the screen. It was also the last NES game that was officially released in North America. With almost a decade of experience making games for the console, it looks like one of the best on the system.
Many people who go into Wario’s Woods find a hard but rewarding puzzle game, even though the design choices and controls are a little weird. While the game is on the Virtual Console, Nintendo left Wario’s Woods off of the NES Classic and doesn’t seem to want to play it again.
At this time, the company called ICOM Simulations had been around since 1990.
The NES isn’t the first platform that comes to mind when you think about point-and-click games, but it did have some good adventure games. Even though the system has flaws, Déjà Vu did a good job of capturing the 1940s film noir feel well. Ace Harding is a PI and a former boxer, so it’s fun to figure out what happened to him as he goes through the dark underbelly of Chicago.
In spite of how great the game’s atmosphere is, its puzzles can be a little hard to figure out at times Telltale wasn’t around when you could just check everything in a room to finish a scene. If you start playing Déjà Vu right now, you should expect to use a walkthrough to get through it quickly.