Nintendo Entertainment System


The Famicom released in Japan in 1983 was released on North American and European shores as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985. It sold over 60 million units worldwide and has been deemed by many to be the saviour of the video gaming industry. So why did no one at Arcade Attack have one growing up???

To make amends we’re now trawling the library of this legendary console ably assisted by NES expert Andy (also known as ‘UKNESBoy’). So sit back and enjoy our thoughts on some of the gems and duds that were released on the NES.

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NES Top Tens


TitleDescriptionDate Published
Top Ten NES Black Box GamesUKNESBoy is on board! And to celebrate, he’s come up with his top-ten black box games, the ones that kickstarted this amazing console…01/03/2019
Top Ten – Notoriously Difficult NES GamesWe’ve got Andy/UKNESBoy in full swing now! This week he went through his top ten most “balls hard” NES games and you’ll probably guess what’s No. 1…03/05/2019
Top Ten NES Racing Games!What are the best racing games on the NES? Check out Andy's list and tell us what you think!18/07/2021
Top Ten – Rarest NES GamesWe publish our roundup of the rarest and most valuable games on the NES…19/06/2015
Top Ten NES SequelsOur Andy (UKNESBoy) keeps coming up with the goods for you NES fans! Check out his favourite NES sequels…25/10/2019
Top Ten – Worst NES Covers Of All TimeSome of these games are stone-cold classics but my are their covers bad…12/05/2015


NES Reviews


TitleDescriptionRatingReview published
After BurnerAfter Burner hits the NES and it really shouldn’t have bothered…34%29/04/2015
AladdinDisney’s romp gets a well deserved outing on the NES…79%04/05/2015
Arch RivalsThis really isn’t the way to play basketball…12%04/05/2015
BattletoadsWho needs turtles when you’ve got toads and their whopping package…90%23/04/2015
California GamesIf you can’t get to California then this is the nest best thing. Maybe…41%21/04/2015
Casino KidTruly awful casino action. At least you’re unlikely to pick up a gambling addiction from it…15%19/04/2015
CastlevaniaDracula is only a short stroll away in this epic platformer…82%22/04/2015
Cobra TriangleMad speedboat action from those lovely folk at Rare. Our Andy/UKNESBoy tells us why it’s worth a punt…80%27/05/2019
Days of ThunderRacing action has never been so confusing and Nicole Kidman is nowhere to be seen…42%19/04/2015
Double DragonCrazy flawed but also crazy fun…73%17/05/2016
Donkey Kong Jr. MathYes, this “edutainment” title really did happen and no, it is not all that. Andy/UKNESBoy delves into the finer detail…36%06/05/2019
Dr MarioJake gives us his opinion on Mario’s fun but short lived stint as a GP…79%04/03/2019
ExcitebikeStrap on those leathers and go full pelt “Evel Style”…81%16/01/2017
The Fantastic Adventures of DizzyPossibly Dizzy’s best outing on the NES…90%02/12/2016
Fester’s QuestNothing screams ‘Halloween’ quite like Fester’s Quest. The Addams Family spin-off gets the UKNESBoy treatment…50%31/10/2019
GradiusArcade favourite Nemesis ports to the NES as is. You may need a wig afterwards…76%20/03/2017
GumshoeDetective Stevenson needs your help (via NES zapper) to get to the bottom of this mystery. Here’s our Andy…75%14/10/2019
Ice ClimberDoes exactly what it says on the tin (box). Andy reviews all the ice-climbing fun…80%20/01/2020
Kirby’s AdventureThe “Bombastic Blimp” is back in what could be his finest adventure…88%22/04/2019
Kung FuWalk to the left, walk to the right, whichever way you walk you’ll feel like Bruce Lee…85%09/09/2019
Lemmings8-bit Lemmings almost works on the NES, UKNESBoy tells us more…65%08/04/2019
Marble MadnessA platform game with a marble? Hmmm? Our Andy has taken on the NES port of the arcade classic and rather likes it…85%23/09/2019
Mega ManPlatform action has never been this good…90%19/10/2015
PopeyeWe made Andy (UKNESBoy) eat a whole crate of spinach before he reviewed this fun arcade platformer…85%02/12/2019
Star SoldierFantastic name but was it a fantastic game? Our Andy says…no, but it’s worth a play or two if you like a shmup…70%05/08/2019
Street Fighter 2The popular coin-op rather underwhelmingly hits the 8-bit. Hadooooken…14%19/04/2015
Top GunYep, I made him do it! UKNESBoy reviews a game that certainly divides opinion on the 8-bit…60%18/02/2019
TMNTOr Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles if you will, in a rather spiffing adventure…82%11/11/2015
Urban ChampionGunpei Yokoi’s ‘street brawler’ is a fascinating example of the early work on NES. As ever, here is our Andy to chuck someone into the sewers…75%02/03/2020
Wacky RacesA poor Mario clone loosely based on the ace cartoon…58%16/04/2015
Wrecking CrewMario’s lesser known outing is never talked about but is solid as a rock… UKNESBoy is back to tell us all…80%18/03/2019
WWF WrestlemaniaThe first WWF game on the NES had potential but, er, didn't quite fulfill it50%23/08/2022


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