Top Ten Worst NES Games


The Top Ten

1 Action 52

Action 52 is still my least favorite game of all time.

The games are loaded with multiple bugs and glitches, crashing, atrocious controls, random characters, super tiny sprites, dying in mid-air, proportion problems, misleading titles and power-ups, unorthodox weapons, eye-straining backgrounds, enemies not showing up, impossible wins and losses, lack of sense, horrible graphics, musics, menus, and so much more.

This game is so bad that it's in a different league of bad compared to the others on this list. - evoxpisces

This crazy joke is so pathetic they forgot to slap the Rainbow Of Doom brought to you by Laughing Joking Numbnuts on it!

Such a shameless cash grab. 52 broken, unfinished games for over $200. They should've been forced to give out refunds. - Zach808

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2 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Have you even played this game! It is bad beyond its normal definition. Playing this game is like playing catch with a chimpanzees frozen turd in the zoo. But even that is more fun than playing Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde for one second.

The Laughing Joking Numbnuts who made this game figured that butchering 19th-century licensed properties is fair game too: weird gameplay combined with a picture that looks like Two-Face or Freddy Krueger or the Riddler or most likely all of the above makes this crazy excuse for a video game the Angry Video Game Nerd's least favourite NES game.
Worst NES games ever:
3. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
2. Action 52
1. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures (Excellent? Everybody's a comedian! )

100% unbearable, it's so bad that broke my copy. I was expecting a good game until I played this PIECE OF CRAP, I consider it the HARDEST GAME I EVER PLAYED could not get past LEVEL 4.

One of the greatest novellas of all time... turned into one of the worst games of all time

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3 Color a Dinosaur Color a Dinosaur

Who would want to color a dinosaur?

At least this coloring game has a fill option, unlike a certain MS Paint ripoff brought to you by Laughing Joking Numbnuts.

4 Where's Waldo Where's Waldo

Where's Waldo? Good question, everybody almost looks like waldo

Graphics look like vomit. That's what this game is!

At least all the others are at least games... How do you call this a game

Fun fact: very durable cartridge. It took me 20 minutes to destroy!

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5 Karate Champ Karate Champ

A couple years ago I got a lot of game for NES and I saw this one. I figured it would be like Kung Fu. Boy was I wrong. I actually thought there was something wrong with my controller. This game has the worst controls in the history of gaming. The graphics are bad too. The players never move from where they are and the scenery is boring. It's an all around terrible game. My personal least favorite game on NES.

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6 Deadly Towers Deadly Towers

This should be first, not action 52, as action 52 isn't even a real game.

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7 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

I'd rather watch the movie than play this crazy excuse for a video game with such an absurd approach to said movie. Worst... NES... Game... EVER!

I think Elvis would want a guitar, not a gravestone. Giving Cleopatra a credit card? What were them Laughing Joking Numbnuts thinking... No, What's on second! I'm not asking you who's on second. Who's on first. I don't know... THIRD BASE!

This game makes little sense. Giving a famous criminal an Uzi? I'd think Edison would want an elephant-sized electric chair, not a CD someone living many decades before lasers existed would ever want.

Thanks to Laughing Joking Numbnuts, the worst NES games are as follows:
5. Beetlejuice
4. Little Red Hood
3. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Angry Video Game Nerd's least favourite NES game)
2. Action 52 (nothing but glitch-riddled joke games)
1. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (weird gameplay AND you give Elvis a gravestone instead of a guitar)

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8 Back to the Future Back to the Future

See the top left corner of the box? That's why this game stinks.

Published by LJN, developed by Beam Software. This had no chance of being not-bad. It's just a matter of if you toss it against the wall or out a third-story window.

How to make a bad Back to the Future game?
Step 1 - Allow LJN do it.
Step 2 - Make the game nothing like the movie.
Step 3 - Add bad graphics, gameplay and music.
Step 4 - Add "BACK TO THE FUTURE" in the cover
Step 5 - Sell it.

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9 Super Pitfall Super Pitfall

It's so glitchy, it puts sonic 06 to shame. It ruined a beloved series from the Atari 2600. Stick to the atari version

In Japan, there was a sequel of Super Pitfall called Atlantis no Nazo.

Bad graphics, bad controls, and too cryptic

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10 Ghostbusters Ghostbusters

The Commodore 64 version of Ghostbusters was much better.

The Sega Genesis version is great. - MinecraftHater

The Contenders

11 Fester's Quest Fester's Quest

Fester's Quest or Fester's Joke Game?

This game isn't that bad. It has flaws, but its at least playable. And the music is good.

12 Cheetahmen II Cheetahmen II

If you have one of the 1500 cartridges known to exist, it's hard to tell whether or not you are lucky or living in a dumpster. This game takes the first Cheetah men game and sprinkles magical crap dust all over it. I bet if you look in the dictionary for "Glitch", you will soon find footage of the gameplay that was released to Earth as a warning shot by Satan.

This crazy joke was released in pre-alpha stage.

Cheetahmen 2 is not only crap, it's crap with a hefty price! Why would you want to pay $1500 for this game? You'd be better of spending that much on good games!

Rarest game ever!

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13 Barbie Barbie

Go away, Barbie! Nobody even likes your franchise anyways?!

Barbie just ruined my whole life!

Who thod this game was a good idea?! I read about a rumor that 4 Mattel factories were blown up because of this game.

PS: Yes, AVGN reviewed it in the Episode 102: The making of an AVGN episode.

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14 Silver Surfer Silver Surfer V 4 Comments
15 Urban Champion Urban Champion

The Characters move to slow your opponent can easily avoid your attacks. - egnomac

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16 Hogan's Alley Hogan's Alley

Someone put this on the list because they didn't use the light gun for this game.

This game is awesome. It was a launch title. If you don't like this, play more of your crap from Active Enterprises.

This game sucks

Why is this on here? This is an early Famicom (Japanese NES) game from 1984! This was a launch title!

17 Conan Conan

To jump, press up. That's logical, if not standard for the NES. To jump forward, press DOWN! Pick up items by holding A and pressing down, instead of just walking over them like a normal platformer. And that's all in the first minute. As an aside, Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft were close associates, and the Cimmerians get a shout-out in Mountains of Madness. This game requires the alien mind of a Lovecraftian abomination just to get through the first level, so, the developers were geniuses?

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18 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Castlevania II: Simon's Quest

This shouldn't be one of the worst nes games. It does have flaws, but there are plenty of good elements in this game

This game is ok. The only thing I don't like is the night time in the game because you can't go to certain areas.

19 M.U.S.C.L.E. M.U.S.C.L.E.
20 Dragon's Lair Dragon's Lair

Don't play the NES game, I prefer the arcade version.

Getting stuck on the first screen of the game is no fun.

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