NES Games I played when they were NEW

James / September 13th, 2014

In the AVGN series, I often bring up past memories of video games I’ve played as a kid. Usually NES. I was curious, so I’ve made a list, as accurate as possible to my memory, of all the NES games I played while they were current. Most of the games I owned were from birthdays and Christmases, over the span of 7 years (roughly 1988-1995).




Bubble Bobble November 1988 Taito
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest December 1988 Konami
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse September 1990 Konami
Contra February 1988 Konami Probotector in Europe
Donkey Kong Jr. June 1986 Nintendo
Double Dragon June 1988 Tradewest
Dr. Mario October 1990 Nintendo
Excitebike October 1985 Nintendo
Ghostbusters October 1988 Activision
Ghosts ‘n Goblins November 1986 Capcom
Golf October 1985 Nintendo
Jaws November 1987 LJN
The Karate Kid November 1987 LJN

Kung Fu October 1985 Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda July 1987 Nintendo
Metroid August 1987 Nintendo
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! October 1987 Nintendo
Super C April 1990 Konami

Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt November 1988 Nintendo
Super Mario Bros. 2 October 1988 Nintendo (“Doki Doki Panic” in Japan)
Super Mario Bros. 3 February 1990 Nintendo
Super Pitfall November 1987 Activision
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles June 1989 Ultra/Konami Gekikame Ninja Den in Japan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game December 1990 Ultra/Konami
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project February 1992 Konami
Top Gun November 1987 Konami
World Class Track Meet August 1988


1942 November 1986 Capcom
3-D WorldRunner September 1987 Acclaim
Adventure Island September 1988 Hudson Soft
The Adventures of Bayou Billy June 1989 Konami
American Gladiators October 1991 Gametek
Back to the Future September 1989 LJN
Back to the Future Part II & III September 1990 LJN
Bad Dudes July 1990 Data East
Batman February 1990 Sunsoft
Battletoads June 1991 Tradewest
Battletoads & Double Dragon June 1993 Tradewest
Blaster Master November 1988 Sunsoft
Boy and His Blob, A January 1990 Absolute Entertainment
Castlevania May 1987 Konami
Clash at Demonhead January 1990 Vic Tokai
Dick Tracy August 1990 Bandai
Double Dragon II: The Revenge January 1990 Acclaim
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones February 1991 Acclaim
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde April 1989 Bandai
DuckTales September 1989 Capcom
Fester’s Quest September 1989 Sunsoft

Friday the 13th February 1989 LJN
Gauntlet 1985 Tengen Unlicensed
Ghostbusters II April 1990 Activision
Gremlins 2: The New Batch October 1990 Sunsoft
Gyromite October 1985 Nintendo
Home Alone October 1991 THQ
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York October 1992 THQ
Ice Hockey March 1988 Nintendo
Ikari Warriors May 1987 SNK
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1988 Tengen Unlicensed
Karate Champ November 1986 Data East
Kid Icarus July 1987 Nintendo Hikari Shinwa: Parutena no Kagami in Japan
Kung Fu Heroes March 1989 Culture Brain

Life Force August 1988 Konami Salamander in Japan
The Little Mermaid July 1991 Capcom
Marble Madness March 1989 Milton Bradley Company
Mario Bros. June 1986 Nintendo
Marvel’s X-Men December 1989 LJN
Mega Man December 1987 Capcom Rockman in Japan
Mega Man 2 June 1989 Capcom Rockman 2 in Japan
Mega Man 3 November 1990 Capcom Rockman 3 In Japan
Metal Gear June 1988 Konami
Milon’s Secret Castle September 1988 Hudson Soft
A Nightmare on Elm Street October 1990 LJN
Ninja Gaiden March 1989 Tecmo Ninja Ryuukenden in Japan
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos May 1990 Tecmo Ninja Ryuukenden 2 in Japan
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War September 1989 SNK
Paperboy December 1988 Mindscape
Popeye June 1986 Nintendo
R.C. Pro-Am February 1988 Nintendo
Rad Racer October 1987 Nintendo Released as Highway Star in Japan
Rambo May 1988 Acclaim
Ring King September 1987 Data East Family Boxing in Japan

Robocop December 1989 Data East
The Rocketeer May 1991 Bandai
Rygar July 1987 Tecmo Argos no Senshi: Hachamecha Daishingeki in Japan

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants February 1991 Acclaim
The Simpsons: Bart VS. The World December 1991 Acclaim
Skate or Die! December 1988 Ultra
Snake Rattle n Roll July 1990 Nintendo
Spy Hunter September 1987 Sunsoft
Spy VS. Spy October 1988 Kemco
Tagin’ Dragon 1990 Bunch Games
Terminator 2: Judgment Day February 1992 Acclaim
Tetris November 1989 Nintendo
The Three Stooges October 1989 Activision
Tiny Toon Adventures December 1991 Konami
Total Recall August 1990 Acclaim
T&C Surf Designs (video game) February 1988 LJN
Where’s Waldo? September 1991 THQ
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? September 1989 LJN
Wizards & Warriors December 1987 Acclaim
Xenophobe December 1988 Sunsoft
Yoshi June 1992 Nintendo Released as Mario and Yoshi in Europe
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link December 1988 Nintendo The Legend of Zelda 2: Rinku no Bouken in Japan


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