Three decades ago, Nintendo released a timeless, action-adventure classic that would redefine the video game experience. Link, Ganon, and Princess Zelda have all hit the big 3-0, and to celebrate, we're going to take a look back at this revolutionary game. First and foremost, we're referring to the game's original release on the Nintendo Famicom, the Japanese system that would be converted into the Nintendo Entertainment System when it went stateside.
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It's time we look at the golden age of gaming, back to a time when children would crowd around a TV screen and get frustrated at how tough Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man were. Many developers and publishers were hoping to try and recreate the widespread success of the original Super Mario Bros. throughout the mid-to-late 1980s. As a result, many of the earlier platforming games of the NES library simply tried replicating the Super Mario formula. Some were decent, and some where horrible. Luckily, developers started refining their trade over the years, learning to enhance what worked and eliminate what didn't in order to provide some quality platforming experiences. Now, it’s time we look back at the best of the best when it comes to jumping around on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Many of the games listed here on the 10 Best NES RPGs were either advanced ports of or heavily inspired by the CRPGs of the early-to-mid 1980s. Many of these Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom role-playing games would go on to become more popular than the games that inspired them, but this was a pivotal point in time where the gaming scene started to change. Nintendo started to become the dominant hardware developer in terms of home gaming, and the RPG genre started to trickle its way onto the NES. Unfortunately, not every RPG that was made in Japan was able to cross the pond to the United States and vice-versa.
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