Top 10 NES Games We're Buying This Year

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Art Attack went on and on and on about the new Game Over store, a haven where you can pick up pretty much any system, any game, any thing to do with video games regardless of how old it is.

This year our Christmas present to ourselves is that we're going to go buy an old NES and ten games. We're going to set up a tiny man cave in the walk-in closet with an old VCR/TV combination, and don't be surprised if you never hear from our happy ass again. The only question is, "What games are the must-haves on our shopping list?" Well here they are...

10. Bad News Baseball

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We're not big sports gamers, but Bad News Baseball was a blast. The best part of the game was a switch to animated cut scenes for close plays, and for the 8-bit era they were pretty damned impressive. You had to keep an eye on your pitchers, though. It usually took them several games to recoup their stamina. It's actually still our favorite sports game after SNES's Super High Impact and NBA Jam.

9. Wizards and Warriors

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This game is tough, no joke, but it's a brilliant little adventure game full of fun powers like invisibility and slowed falling. The soundtrack is tops, and for some reason we just can't get enough of the fight animation. Prepare to curse God during the boss fights, though, as they're some of the toughest we've ever had.

8. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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Call us crazy, we never really enjoyed the original Legend of Zelda. Even though Adventure of Link is much maligned for being a sidescroller, we think that it brought a lot of innovation and action to the series, and the modern 3D installations borrow heavily from it in our opinion. Using the down stab to bounce on enemies never gets old, either.

7. Metal Storm

How Metal Storm didn't become a star series we'll never know. You control a robot that can reverse gravity at will, making the game a short but diabolic series of action puzzles that requires quick, outside-the-box thinking. Imagine a game half Contra, half Portal and you'll get the idea.

6. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

Don't let anyone fool you, Castlevania II is a terrible game that is almost impossible to play without an FAQ. Castlevania III is a much more straightforward affair with the added bonus of Trevor Belmont's three companions, all of whom outclass him in every way. Our favorite will always be Grant and his wall-climbing ability, though it did make the final battle a little harder. This is still one of the best in the series.

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Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

Duck Tales is such a fantastic game.  Whenever I think of it, I can hear the moon level's music in my head like a crazy person.

William Philpot
William Philpot

There is a cliff jump in level two or three of Wizards and Warriors that is infuriating. It's tougher than a lot of the bosses. I remember spending an hour or more just trying to make the jump, which was required, to get into the door where the boss is.

If you want the best ring tone ever, pick the Moon music from Duck Tales.

William Philpot
William Philpot

Blocked from memory. If we want to talk non-obvious quality sequels go take a second look at the Wizards and Warriors sequels.

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