5 Amazing NES Games That Won’t Break The Bank

Punch Out!! (avg. $12)

Most gamers who grew up with an NES know this game by the original name, Mike Tyson’s Punchout!!, but when the license to use Mike Tyson’s name expired, Nintendo decided to drop him due to his (at the time) recent loss to Buster Douglas. Because of this, Nintendo replaced Iron Mike with Mr. Dream, and released the game in limited quantities.  The funny thing is that even though Punch Out!! is considered an uncommon game, It’s still dirt cheap; I’m guessing because Tyson was completely removed.


The beautiful thing about this game is that all your favorite characters are still here. Sure Tyson is gone, but he’s been replaced by what is simply just a pallet swap. If you’re into boss battles, Punch Out!! should be right up your alley considering that each fight can be described as a boss fight. Every boxer has a set pattern that you must decipher in order to win, with the patterns getting more difficult the further up the boxing rank you go. Who knew learning patterns could be so much fun?! Punch Out!! can be found on eBay for less than $12! That’s almost half the price of a Mike Tyson’s Punchout!!


Super Mario Bros. 3 (avg. $15)

If there is one thing in life that I know, it’s that if you own an NES you must also own a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3. What can I say about this game that hasn’t already been said before? It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s perfect.  Many consider Super Mario Bros. 3 to be the greatest video game of all time, and I find that hard to disagree with.


The reason why this game is considered the best is because of its level design. Every single inch of the world has been crafted to perfection. Even when you thought you finished the game, you’d hear about some secret tucked away that you didn’t come across on your first playthrough. The word “replayability” was introduced into many gamer’s vocabulary because of Super Mario Bros. 3. If for some reason you sold off your first copy of the game, or have never had the pleasure of owning this gem, it’s easily obtainable on eBay for an average price of $15.

Can you think of a game that I should have had on the list?  Please let the readers and myself know in the comments below!

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Follow him @veryevilash on Twitter Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.

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