My five favorite NES games

A list of my 5 top NES games.
March 27, 2008
I'm going to start my first article off with a brief summary of how I got my NES. Lets go back in time to 1990, you guys remember those days. Nirvana had not yet killed 80s rock, so Poison and Bon Jovi were still dominating the airwaves. Full House and TMNT was the epitome of good television, and Ecto Cooler was the drink of choice. I was five years old and my mom had ordered a Nintendo for me through some catalog. It was in the summer and it was supposed to be a Christmas present but luckily for me my friends saw the UPS guy drop it off and told me as soon as I got outside. My mom was not happy, but what choice did she have, the surprise was ruined and me and my friends would not rest until she gave in and gave it to me. That is one of my fondest memories of childhood and I know I'll never forget it. I still have the same NES hooked up and it still works almost 19 years later. I have since moved on to next Gen systems, but I will always have that hooked up. So here goes my list of 5 favorite NES games. Enjoy...
In no particular order.(I'm not going to recap what the games are about cause I'm drunk and lazy. So I'll just tell you what they are and why I liked them. If you've never heard of them or played them I highly suggest you get on that)

#5) Contra

I can not tell you how many hours of my youth were spent playing this game. I've beaten it probably a hundred times, (once without the legendary code, which I will get to in a minute.) and to this day it never gets old. The music is classic and the graphics were awesome for it's time and still hold up well today. Anyone that has played Contra knows about the greatest code in video game history. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.The game was insanely difficult so that code gave you 30 lives as opposed to the 3 you started out with. I just read that IGN voted Contra one of the hardest games of all time, so in a nerdy way I'm proud to say me and my friend spent the entire summer a couple years ago trying to beat the game without the code. It took us from the first day of summer until the day he left for college in August, but we actually beat it without the code. Definitely my defining moment in video games. We had that shit down to a science. We've still only been able to do it once though.

Next we have one of my favorite games of all time, not just one of my favorite Nintendo games. This game defines what the late 80's/early 90's were all about growing up.

#4) Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles two the Arcade Game

I remember the day my friend showed up to my house with this game. He rode his bike up to me with the biggest smile in the world. Then he pulled out of his backpack TMNT 2. At the time I would go to the bowling alley with my Grandpa pretty frequently and he would give me like 5 bucks in quarters (back in the good old days when arcade games actually cost a quarter) so while he would sit at the bar I would spend hours playing Turtles the arcade game. I had no idea it was even out on Nintendo when my friend showed up. To this day I've never got so excited over a video game. That game came out at the perfect time in my life. I was completely obsessed with the Turtles, as were most dudes my age at the time. I loved the first Turtles game, but this one was two players at the same time. I believe it was even 4 if you were lucky enough to have a multi tap, don't quote me on that one though. I can't tell you how many days me and my friends would watch the cartoon, then the movie and end the night playing this game. Next to baseball it's all we did for a long time. Next on the list we'll change things up a bit to easily the best hockey game on NES and one of the best hockey games period.
3)Blades of Steel

This game blew my mind when I was a kid. Not only was the hockey action fun as hell but it was the only hockey game on NES, to the best of my knowledge anyway where you could fight. To me the fights are what made this game, they were done so well. In my opinion the only hockey game that even comes close to duplicating these hockey fights is NHL 93 for the Genesis. Other than that fights in hockey games have always been real stale in my eyes.

Another awesome feature this game had was the mini game half time show. It was basically a space invaders type game where you would fly around and blow shit up in space. Besides fights this game also had shootouts at the end of tied games, which for nintendo is fuckin impressive. Me and my friends would play whole games doing nothing but fighting the entire time just so we could have a shootout at the end. I don't think I'll ever be able to have so much fun with another hockey game.
Alright, time to move back do what Nintendo did best, another side scrolling multiplayer game...

#2)Double Dragon 2

As you can see I couldn't get enough of Nintendos side scrolling multiplayers. I really wish a next gen system would release a 2d side scroller, how bad ass would that be to play Double Dragon as it were when we were kids only with bad ass moves and insane graphics. Anyway I'm starting to trail off here. I don't really have any sentimental stories to go along with this game. It was just a game me and my friends played all the time and to this day I still love to play it. They made a movie for this game which someone referenced in an article not to long ago, but that movie was garbage. They also had a cartoon that I loved as a kid. I don't really have much else to say about this game, but there was no way it wasn't going to make my list so I had to mention it. Last but not least we have my favorite football game ever made. I'm sure theres at least a couple of you out there who feel the same way.

#1) Tecmo Super Bowl

This game was revolutionary for it's day. It actually saved your season, and your stats. Complete with league leaders and awesome cut scenes. Theres something about this game that I can't let go of, I love the nostalgia of the old rosters and the look and sound of the game. There really isn't anything I don't like about it. They made an awesome version for SNES to but since this is a nintendo article I won't go into any details about that. Me and my friends would play this game religiously, always making dumb little bets like the loser owes the winner a candybar. Dumb things you do as a kid, but thats part of the reason I love this game so much to this day. There is few games that hold the nostalgia to me as well as this one. And those games are on this list. Let me know some games you guys would have included. I'm curious. I know I missed some huge games like Super Mario 3 for example, this list isn't my idea of the best games on the system neccesarrily. Just the ones I have the most sentimental value to.
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