A preview of the 30 Games Coming to the NES Classic Edition (Games 11-20)

Posted August 18, 2016 by Spencer Birch in Video Games

Here are ten more of the games coming to the NES Classic (still in alphabetical order, I can’t help myself)

For part one, click here!


Galaga is an arcade shooter in the vein go Space Invaders. Released in 1988 on the NES by Namco Galaga has gone on to be one of the quintessential games that most people think about when they think of videogames, much like Donkey Kong or Pac-Man.

Ghosts N’ Goblins

Ghosts N’ Goblins is one of the toughest games you will ever play. You must understand the difference between a tough game, and an unplayable game though. Ghosts N’ Goblins, released in 1986, is a game that resonates with many players in much the same way that games like Dark Souls does today. Few people have ever advanced beyond the first stage, but many of those people continue to be drawn towards the game because of it’s guaranteed reward. Fantastic level design, fun weapon systems and an extreme learning curve force players to really learn the game. Enemies spawn very randomly, constantly keeping you on your toes while you attempt to time your jumps (which cannot control mid-air) to avoid stage hazards. This game isn’t for everyone, but I would really recommend you at least give it a go.


Originally released by Konagi in arcades, Gradius is a scrolling space shooter that came to consoles in 1988. In Gradius you control a ship called the Vic Viper todestroy enemy spacecraft revealing power up items. The music is catchy and the bosses are fun. Sadly it isn’t as great as R-type, though Gradius has a great legacy and holds a special place in the hearts of many.

Ice Climber

Ice Climber is a vertical platformer released in 1985 by Nintendo’s R&D1. You play as Popo and Nana as you attempt to scale 32 ice covered mountains to recover your stolen vegetables. The duo carries a wooden mallet which can be used to attack enemies and break platforms and obstacles for easier traversal. Sadly the jump mechanics aren’t incredible and the collision with platforms is sometimes nonexistent (get ready to fall through stuff), but all in all it is a charming game that is still pretty fun to play.

Kid Icarus

Developed by R&D1 and Tose, Kid Icarus is an action platforming game released on the NES and Famicom Disk System in 1986. You play as Pit, an angel who battles against monsters and  obstacles as you attempt to rescue Palutena from Medusa. There are plenty of fun power ups in the game and it also includes multiple endings depending on you performance.

Kirby’s Adventure

Released for NES in 1993, Kirby’s Adventure is a very late game to come to the console, but that extra time really made a difference. This is one of the prettiest NES games out there and the gameplay is incredibly fun and well balanced as well. In the game you play as Kirby fighting to recover the Star Rod from the evil King Dedede. When it was originally released the game was a whopping 6 megabits, making it one of the largest NES games ever released. Developed by HAL laboratory and published by Nintendo.

Mario Bros

This game is without a doubt a legend. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi and released on the NES in 1985, Mario Bros is really the beginning of the Mario Franchise as we know it today. Sure, you could make an argument that Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong…but no actually you can’t. This is the first time he was named Mario (previously he was referred to as Jumpman) and this is also the first sighting of Luigi. In the game Mario and Luigi navigate the sewers as they attempt to avoid obstacles and monsters. The game is certainly one of the first generation of NES games and it shows in it’s graphics, but it is still fun to play and is certainly something that you must try out if you are buying the NES Classic.

Mega Man 2

Mega Man 2 is another seminal game on the NES. Developed and released by Capcom in 1988 it is the predecessor to Mega Man and retains many of the key features that made that game great. Many people have heated arguments as to wether Mega Man 2 or Mega Man 3 is the best game in the series, but I am not here to give you my opinion on that. All I will say is that Nintendo chose to add Mega Man 2 to this collection and not Mega Man 3… Coincidence? I think not. This game is a must play.


Ah Metroid, what an adventure. This game began Samus Arans journey as a bounty hunter in 1986. Developed by R&D1 in partnership with Intelligent Systems and produced by Gunpei Yokoi, Metroid has gone on to become one of the most beloved franchises in gaming. In this game you play as Samus as you navigate the caverns of the planet Zebes as she attempts to retrieve the Metroid that was stolen by Space Pirates. It was difficult at the time to place this game into a genre, and has since been given a classification all it’s own. It is Metroid, which is a Metroid game. It has Metroid style gameplay, and contains many Metroids! I could go on like this for a while but I will spare you. This game should absolutely be one of the first you boot up on the NES Classic. Have your pencil and graph paper ready though, it’s time to draw some maps.

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden was released in 1988 by Tecmo. You play as Ryu Hayabusa, a ninja on a quest to stop the world from ending. It is a double-dragon style beat-em-up game utilizing some awesome ninja skills as well as a sword at some times. This is another pretty tough game, but well worth it.

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