The Original Nintendo (NES) Just Turned 30

A look back some of the most memorable NES games of all time.

The NES, Nintendo’s original console, turned 30 yesterday. For those of you who suddenly feel really, really old, or for those who are too young to remember the struggle of nearly fainting from having to literally blow into game cartridges to get them to work, here’s a nostalgic reminder of some of the NES’s most memorable games.


Super Mario Bros. 3

Still arguably the greatest Mario game of all time.

The Legend of Zelda

This game made you feel like an actual hero/genius when you finally figured out how to beat it.


If you played this then you probably still know the famous Konami code by heart.
(↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A – in case you forgot.)


The game with an end boss so frustrating that it made you want to punch out the actual TV instead.


One of the most immersive (and confusing) games on the NES. Legend has it somebody beat this once, but that’s likely just a myth.

Duck Tales

Fun fact: The title to the NES Duck Tales Japanese language version literally translates to “Naughty Ducks Dream Adventures”.

Duck Hunt

Admit it, you couldn’t beat this without aiming the gun right against the TV screen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This game was impossible and terrible, but with our insatiable appetite for TMNT, we didn’t even notice.

Castlevania 3

Hard to believe but this game was actually kinda spooky. It obviously didn’t take much back then.

Kirby’s Adventure

One of the later releases for the NES, this game has arguably the best graphics and music of any NES game.

Super Mario Bros.

The original! Pretty much everybody had this game, and most could play the first level with their eyes closed.