90% of people can't name these original NES games from screenshots. Can you?

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The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released to the United States in 1985. In 2009 it was named the single greatest video game console in history by IGN. However, most people who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s simply feel nostalgic about classics such as Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros., and Zelda. If you consider yourself an NES expert, take this quiz to see how you stack up.

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This retro game is one of the most fun experiences you will have playing the NES. The players control Thomas, the titular Kung-Fu Master. Kung Fu is the primitive yet exciting side-scrolling beat 'em up game that was initially released in Japan under the title of Spartan X, inspired by the Jackie Chan film, Wheels on Meals.

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A lot of people enjoyed this simple yet exciting game because it was packaged with Super Mario Bros. A mindless and repetitive time-killer, Duck Hunt is a game nobody bought but everybody played.

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The first Adventure Island, with its tedious straightforward platforming, was not a huge success. However, the sequel spiced things up a bit with some good old-fashioned dinosaur-wrangling and skateboarding.

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Tecmo Super Bowl is the first NES game that features both licensed NFL teams and players. It provides gamers with the finest football experience found on the NES console.

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Released in 1989, DuckTales is based on the popular TV series for kids. The nonlinear gameplay, tight controls, and vibrant animations made this game fun for all ages.

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The original Mega Man managed to established itself as one of the most beloved franchises in video game history, despite the poor sales. The player can select any of the six levels and each level ends with a boss battle against a Robot Master.

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Little Nemo: The Dream Master is the late release from Capcom that played like Mega Man and looked just like Alice in Wonderland. Players control a boy, Nemo, to explore a series of 2-D levels in search of keys necessary to complete each level.

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Role-playing games were not really popular before Dragon Warrior was released in the States in the late ’80s. The game that required smart planning as well as a lot of attention to leveling up and equipment management, Dragon Warrior set a precedent for all future RPGs to follow.

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One of the best, most difficult action platformers, the Ninja Gaiden series was really infamous for delivering some of the most controller-breakingly difficult games ever. The original Ninja Gaiden was probably the first cutscene-driven narrative of any console title in existence.

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Ghosts 'n Goblins always was an incredibly difficult title, where you could be sent back to the start of the level with just a few hits from any of the game’s horror-show baddies. What made this game even scarier is that players had to play the entire game twice before they truly beat it.

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Contra is the game that offers the best shooting action on the NES. As we all remember, there wasn't any real strategy to Contra, other than holding down the “fire” button and running like hell.

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River City Ransom features two high school protagonists, Alex and Ryan, who set forth on a quest to rescue Ryan’s girlfriend in a non-linear, open world. It's an instant cult classic.

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Similar to games like Contra and Castlevania, Jackal promises a top-notch NES experience. It's a classic run-and-gun game that features lots and lots of explosions.

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Inspired by teen horror movies of the '80s, Maniac Mansion was originally released for the PC. It's an adventure game that did a lot to improve the genre by adding richly detailed environments the players could interact with.

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R.B.I. Baseball was the first console game the Major League Baseball Players Association officially licensed. Since the developers were able to use the names of real players, this game had a level of realism previously untouched.

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While the original Double Dragon that was adapted from arcade to NES lacked cooperative fighting, its sequel featured the coin-op co-op gameplay everybody was waiting for. Moreover, this game features a storyline with narrative sequences between stages, three difficulty settings, and new cool moves.

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Lode Runner is one of the rare NES games to feature a level editor, allowing players to design new and more difficult levels. This game is a forerunner to modern puzzle-platformers.

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R.C. Pro-Am was a quality title with excellent controls, addictive gameplay, and terrific music. This game is like the granddaddy of all modern racing games.

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Bubble Bobble was about the two dragons first featured in the iconic arcade title, Bust-a-Move. The gamers could follow Bub and Bob as they navigated the 100-stage Cave of Monsters and have a lot of fun along the way.

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Castlevania offers one of the best platforming experiences on the NES. The player controls Simon Belmont to explore Dracula’s Castle, in hopes of finding and winning the Dark Lord.

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Despite being a late-generation title, Kirby's Adventure quickly became a favorite classic back in 1993. This game featured gorgeous animation, use of parallax scrolling, and a phenomenal score.

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Excitebike was an exciting release back in 1985 for many reasons. While players were speeding through track after track of dirt, they had to keep an eye on their temperature gauge. The game also allowed players to create their own racetrack, which was unusual and almost revolutionary for the time.

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This beloved classic, Super Mario Bros., basically saved the crashed American video game market of the 1980s. Players assumed the role of the plumber Mario, following him on his journey through the Mushroom Kingdom and his quest to save Princess Peach. In 2005, IGN's poll named the "pioneering" and "highly influential" title as the "greatest game of all time."

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Although very primitive compared to the more exciting sequels of other years, Solid Snake’s first adventure still has an impressive gameplay. The original Metal Gear perfectly illustrates the fact that NES is the debut platform for countless classic heroes and villains that are still active and well-known in the industry today.

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Tetris is a tile-interlocking puzzle video game, originally designed and programmed by a Russian game designer. Even the original cover of this game declared, “The Soviet mind game” and "From Russia with fun."

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Set before the first two games, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse follows Simon Belmont’s ancestor, Trevor, as he seeks to vanquish Dracula. Despite going back to platforming basics, Dracula’s Curse significantly changed the original Castlevania formula.

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In 1987, Tyson lent his name to and appeared in the NES adaptation of the Punch-Out!! arcade game as the game’s final boss. His name was later removed and he appeared as “Mr. Dream” in future versions.

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The North American sequel to everyone's favorite game, Super Mario Bros. 2 did not disappoint. In this game, the developers added the ability to pick up and toss enemies and objects, a famous move that became part of Mario's permanent repertoire in future games.

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Metroid is definitely one of the most influential titles that appeared on the NES. The players play into the dark depths of a strange planet with no waypoints to follow and no objective other than a main goal - to defeat the space pirate leader, Mother Brain.

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Based on the platforming adventure gameplay of the first Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest also features some added RPG elements, such as a world map and experience system. A player assumes the role of vampire hunter Simon Belmont and goes on a journey to undo a curse placed on him by Dracula at the end of their previous encounter.

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The first game in the Mega Men franchise sold poorly, so Capcom only let the development team do the sequel on the side while working on other projects. Series creator Keiji Inafune claims the team sacrificed their personal lives to finish this game. It’s a good thing they did, as Mega Man 2 put the franchise in the big leagues, and to this day it remains one of the best in the series.

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The Legend of Zelda series has thrived from game to game. It always offered a huge world to explore, the NPCs to interact with, the dungeons with their unique puzzles and monsters, and an arsenal of interesting weapons.

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One of the best shooters made for NES, Life Force is a scrolling shooter arcade game by Konami. It was inspired by the original arcade game Salamander and renamed Life Force on consoles in North America.

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The most anticipated game on the NES, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a huge success. In his third game, Mario receives some amazing gear, including the Raccoon Suit that allows him to fly high above the game's levels.

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Final Fantasy is an epic title that redefined what a genre was capable of. This game not only improved and expanded upon some previously introduced mechanics, such as random battles and the overworld map, but it also developed new genre staples such as character classes and multi-character parties.

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Originally released as Dragon Warrior III in North America, this is a role-playing video game developed by Chunsoft. Dragon Quest III is famous for its massive worlds and lengthy quests - the hero’s journey spans two worlds and lasts over fifty hours.

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The main change from the original Final Fantasy is the increased prominence of plot and character development. Final Fantasy II also features an improved gameplay by replacing the old system with a new one, in which characters improve based on what they do in battle.

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Crystalis is a sci-fi and fantasy game that features a compelling storyline. Originally released in Japan as God Slayer: Haruka Tenkū no Sonata, this game was produced by SNK for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990.

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After the phenomenal success of The Legend of Zelda, it didn't take long for the developers to release its sequel, which is definitely far from being perfect. Scrapping the top-down gameplay almost entirely, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is an RPG and side-scroller that was not as famous as the original title.

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Rygar was an action/platformer, always overshadowed by similar, more popular titles. This game was really infamous for its unfortunate combination of high difficulty and lack of a save function.

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Faxanadu is one of the best and least-known Nintendo-published adventures. It was a unique side-scrolling action and platformer with RPG elements where you could take on the role of the brave hero, setting off to save a village of Elves.

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Blaster Master is a story of a young boy and his pet frog, Fred. The game feels like a messed-up version of Alice in Wonderland, where you'll follow a boy along with his pet frog, Fred, down a hole in his backyard, which leads to an underground labyrinth with monsters and hazardous objects.

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Gradius is the popular horizontally scrolling space shooter released in 1985. This game is all about choices and pimping your ride, where you can either focus on defending your ship or rely on superior firepower to aid you through the game.

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StarTropics was an overhead dungeon-exploration action and adventure that never made it past the NES platform. Everything happens on the tropical island, where the main character is battling through dangerous wildlife, using only his yo-yo.

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Batman: The Video Game features an awesome action-oriented experience and deep gameplay. Released in 1989, this classic game stands out among the competitors, providing players with a fun, worthwhile experience.

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The game focuses on saving the planet Blobolonia from an evil dictator. This heartwarming and exciting 1989 classic about a boy and his blob combines elements of platformers and puzzlers. This pair will overcome obstacles, defeat enemies, and progress through the game by way of using special Jellybeans that can turn the Blob into different objects.

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Vice: Project Doom was a big hit when it first debuted in 1991. The game owes its success to the original and intriguing storyline that focuses on a detective and his investigation of a secret alien corporation. It was known in Japan as Gun-Dec.

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Even though it was developed and released alongside famous Metroid, Kid Icarus is often the brother that's overshadowed. This game was not a huge success, but it's definitely a good NES classic.

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It only took a year for Tecmo to release a sequel of the original Ninja Gaiden. Even though the gameplay of Ninja Gaiden II remains true to the original, there are a lot of notable improvements. The game received high ratings and coverage and was also nominated for several awards from Nintendo Power in 1991.

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