Five Key Games that the NES Classic is Missing

For people who are unfamiliar with the name, the NES Classic Edition is a miniature version of the Nintendo Entertainment System that was released in countries situated all around the world in November of 2016. It came with 30 NES game, but it should come as no surprise to learn that was not enough for a lot of its fans, which is why said individuals have started coming up with a method to install more onto the machine.

In acknowledgement of the efforts to install more NES games onto the NES Classic, here are five examples of key games that it is missing:


Developed by Rare, Battletoads starred a pair of anthropomorphic toads named Rash and Zitz seeking to defeat the Dark Queen in order to rescue their kidnapped friends, which was meant to capitalize on the consumer interest in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. As a side-scrolling beat-em-up with neither saves nor passwords, it was notorious for its high difficulty, so much so that it is still considered to be one of the most difficult games to have ever been developed. Unfortunately, the chances of Battletoads ever making it onto a Nintendo system seems low at this point because the rights are owned by Microsoft, which is much more interested in tapping into the nostalgia of gamers for its own sake than helping one of its rivals do the same.


Given its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that Contra is indeed named for the Nicaraguan rebels that were making the US news in the late 1980s, though for what it is worth, its plot has nothing to do with Nicaraguan politics whatsoever. Instead, it featured a pair of commandos named Bill Rizer and Lance Bean whose mission was to storm the island base of an alien-controlled evil organization while wielding machine guns with unlimited bullets as well as a number of futuristic weapons. In main, people remember Contra for its run-and-gun gameplay, which stood out because of its eight-directional shooting, but it is interesting to note that some of the stages use a pseudo 3-D view in which the players are moving towards the background. Regardless, it is a shame that Contra failed to make it onto the NES Classic when its success was what enabled Super Contra, which did manage to make it onto the machine.

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Castlevania and Castlevania II made it onto the NES Classic, but Castlevania III did not. This is unfortunate because Castlevania III can claim the distinction of having been one of the best games released for the NES, having been improved by the lessons learned from the development of its predecessors. Better still, new features such as branching stories made it one of the most replayable games for the NES as well, thus enabling it to provide more than its fair share of entertainment for people who appreciate the platform-based nature of the Belmont clan’s continuing quest to drive back the dark influence of Count Dracula and his castle.

Mega Man

Released in 1987, Mega Man saw the titular robot pitted against the mad scientist Dr. Wily and his six Robot Masters, which was not a commercial success but nonetheless managed to launch a number of franchises. As a result, it was responsible for establishing a fair number of the conventions that mark the Mega Man games, with examples ranging from being able to choose from a number of stages instead of being forced to proceed through them in sequential order to being able to loot the boss’s special weapon upon beating it. The fact that Mega Man did not manage to make it onto the NES Classic is particularly unfortunate because it has been rereleased on emulators, game compilations, and even mobile phones, meaning that Capcom is not shy about letting it resurface into the light of day.


There are few people who are unfamiliar with the tile-matching puzzle game Tetris, which is so old that it was invented by a Russian game designer under the USSR before being exported to countries situated all around the world on a remarkable range of platforms. As a result, while Tetris is not particularly associated with the NES, it nonetheless merits an inclusion on the NES Classic by the power of sheer popularity, which has seen it sell more than 170 million copies over the course of its existence.

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