The Nintendo Entertainment System is fondly remembered for the vast library of amazing games. Most notable include Super Mario Bros, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Dr. Mario, and so many more. However, if you dig even deeper, you will find a wealth of games you may have never thought to even try. In this series, I will go over some of those hidden gems.


5. Jackal

Jackal is a classic arcade style military themed over the top head view shooter. It has frantic game play and is just relentlessness with never a moment’s rest. It was developed by Konami for the Arcades and has seen numerous re-releases over the years but the NES port is definitely a memorable one, for sure. A lot of people in the speed running community tackle this game. Meanwhile I’m over here playing the game like…

4. Base Wars

Here is a game from Konami (Ultra) that often goes unmentioned. Base Wars is an arcade-style futuristic baseball game. I love, over the top, crazy interpretations of sports in video games like NBA Jam or Mutant Football League. This game has character and definitely was a fun game to mess around in years ago.

Konami/Ultra had several good arcade-y sports titles for the NES including Double Dribble and Blades of Steel. However, being a baseball fan, I recognize the challenge there is to make a fun baseball game. They knocked it out of the park with this one.

3. Solar Jetman

Solar Jetman is a game by Rare, one of the most beloved developers all time. This is a multi directional space shooter and has some crazy gravity physics to go with it. It is very challenging but rewarding. One of the more often overlooked games.

2. Crystalis

The game Crystalis is most often compared to is the original Legend of Zelda. It is a pretty fair comparison. Crystalis is one of the top Action RPGs ever, and one of the best adventure games on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It has good graphics. Also, it is one of the few games developed by SNK that isn’t an arcade game.

1. Kickle Cubicle

There is simply not enough I can say about Kickle Cubicle. It is amazing. My brother and I had received this seemingly random game as a Christmas gift from our Grandma. We had no idea what to expect at all. At first, the game seemed a bit childish even for a eight year old. However, it was so addicting. Very entertaining game.

It is a bit hard for me to put into words what the game mechanics are. Wikipedia does its best to describe it:

The player controls Kickle to solve a series of puzzles that take place on frozen islands. The goal of each level is to collect the red Dream Bags. There are several types of deadly enemies. Kickle can use his freezing breath ability to turn some enemies into ice to create walkways on water or to defeat other enemies. He can also create a pillar of ice in front of him to act as a block.

You just have to play it and sink into the mechanics. Once you get it. You won’t stop at all.


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3 Replies to “5 Hidden Nintendo Entertainment System Gems”

  1. Wahhhhhh You got a 4 on 5 from me…. I played numerous hours in Jackal, and still play it on emulator from time to time.

    Basewars was my favorite sports game ever… Solar Jetman I replayed this past summer to show it to HER. we had a blast

    Crystalis is a unknown Zelda like gem. I would add flying warriors to that suite and it’ll be perfect!

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