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Nintendo Entertainment System
NES Logo.pngFamicom Logo.png
Nintendo Entertainment System Console.png North American NES
Famicom Console.png Japanese Famicom
Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Third generation
Retail availability JP July 15, 1983
NA/SA/KO October 18, 1985
EU September 1, 1986
AUS 1987
Discontinued NA August, 1995
JP September, 2003
KO/SA 2003
Units sold 61.91 million
Media ROM cartridge, Floppy Disk
CPU 1.79MHz Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor
Best-selling game Super Mario Bros. (pack-in), 40.23 million
Super Mario Bros. 3, 18 million
Super Mario Bros. 2, 10 million
Predecessor Color TV Game
Successor Super Nintendo

The Nintendo Entertainment System (abbreviated to NES or Nintendo) is an 8-bit video game console that was released by Nintendo in North America, Europe and Australia in 1985. In most of Asia, including Japan (where it was first launched in 1983), China, Vietnam, Singapore, Middle East and Hong Kong, it was released as the Family Computer (ファミリーコンピュータ Famirī Konpyūta), commonly abbreviated as the Famicom (ファミコン Famikon, or FC for short). In South Korea, it was known as the Hyundai Comboy (현대 컴보이) and was distributed by Hyundai Electronics. In Russia, an unlicensed clone was manufactured called Dendy (Де́нди). Similarly in India, clones were popular by the names of Little Master and Wiz Kid It was succeeded by the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

As the best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983, and set the standard for subsequent consoles in everything from game design to controller layout. In addition, with the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of software licensing for third-party developers.

Virtual Console Global Problems (NES)

Problems that may occur with any NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

DirectX with NES Games

Most NES games suffer strange graphical issues when using the DirectX backend with some graphics drivers; notably NVIDIA. This is a driver bug.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (NES)

Help complete the list!

  • Click the icon Note.svg.png to the right of the rating stars and put just a number 1 through 5 into the page. Use the compatibility guide below as a reference of what rating to use.
  • When updating a rating, please make sure it's in accordance with the list of problems in the title's page.
Compatibility Description
Stars5.png Perfect: No issues at all!
Stars4.png Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
Stars3.png Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
Stars2.png Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
Stars1.png Broken: Crashes when booting
Stars0.png Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia
Title Year Region Compatibility
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 2009 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
Adventure Island aka Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima 2007 JP/NA/EU/AU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Adventure Island (NES)
Adventure Island II aka Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima II 2010 JP/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Adventure Island II
Adventures of Lolo 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Adventures of Lolo
Adventures of Lolo 2 2007 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Adventures of Lolo 2
Atlantis no Nazo 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Atlantis no Nazo
Balloon Fight 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Balloon Fight
Baseball aka Moero!! Pro Yakyū 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Baseball
Bases Loaded aka Moero!! Pro Yakyuu 2008 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Bases Loaded
Battle City 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Battle City
Binary Land 2011 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Binary Land
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
Blades of Steel 2007 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Blades of Steel
Blaster Master aka Chō Wakusei Senki: Metafight 2009 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Blaster Master
Bokosuka Wars 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Bokosuka Wars
Bubble Bobble 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Bubble Bobble
BurgerTime 2011 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: BurgerTime
Castlevania aka Akumajō Dracula 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest aka Dracula II: Noroi no Fūin 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse aka Akumajō Densetsu 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Chack'n Pop 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Chack'n Pop
Challenger 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Challenger
Championship Lode Runner 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Championship Lode Runner
City Connection 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: City Connection
Clu Clu Land 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Clu Clu Land
Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge aka Bikkuri Nekketsu Shin Kiroku! Harukanaru Kin Medal 2009 NA/JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge
Devil World 2008 JP/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Devil World
Dig Dug 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Dig Dug (NES)
Donkey Kong 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong 3 2008 JP/NA/EU/AU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Jr. 2006 JP/NA/EU/AU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr. Math aka Donkey Kong Jr. no Sansū Asobi 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Donkey Kong Jr. Math
Double Dragon 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Double Dragon
Double Dragon II: The Revenge 2012 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Double Dribble 2007 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Double Dribble
Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai 2007 JP/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai
Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zenin Shūgō! 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki da yo Zenin Shūgō!
Dragon Buster 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Dragon Buster (NES)
Druaga no Tou 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Druaga no Tou (NES)
Elevator Action 2007 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Elevator Action
Esper Dream 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Esper Dream
Excitebike 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Excitebike
Exerion 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Exerion
Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima (Zengohen) 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Famicom Mukashibanashi: Shin Onigashima (Zengohen)
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo (Zengohen) 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo (Zengohen)
Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (Zengohen) 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Famicom Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha (Zengohen)
Famicom Wars 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Famicom Wars
Faxanadu 2010 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Faxanadu
Field Combat 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Field Combat
Final Fantasy 2009 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy II 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Final Fantasy II (NES)
Final Fantasy III 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Final Fantasy III (NES)
Fire Emblem Gaiden 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Fire Emblem Gaiden
Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi
Flappy 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Flappy
Formation Z 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Formation Z
Front Line 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Front Line
Galaga 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Galaga (NES)
Ganbare Goemon 2 2012 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ganbare Goemon 2
Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru 2012 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ōgon Kiseru
Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū
Getsu Fūma Den 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Getsu Fūma Den
Gomoku Narabe Renju 2006 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Gomoku Narabe Renju
The Goonies JP Template:Ratings/GThe GooniesStars0.pngEdit rating: GThe Goonies
Gradius 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Gradius (NES)
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou (NES)
Ghosts 'n Goblins aka Makaimura 2007 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ghosts 'n Goblins
Hanjuku Hero 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Hanjuku Hero
Ice Climber 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ice Climber
Ice Hockey 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ice Hockey
Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu: Subette Koronde Dairantō 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey Bu: Subette Koronde Dairantō
Ikki 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ikki (NES)
Joy Mech Fight 2008 JP/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Joy Mech Fight
Kanshaku Tamanage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Kanshaku Tamanage Kantarō no Tōkaidō Gojūsan-tsugi
Kekkyoku Nankyoku Daibouken 2007 JP/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Kekkyoku Nankyoku Daibouken
Kid Icarus aka Hikari Shinwa: Palutena no Kagami 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Kid Icarus
King's Knight 2007 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: King's Knight
Kirby's Adventure aka Hoshi no Kirby: Yume no Izumi no Monogatari 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Kirby's Adventure
The Legend of Kage aka Kage no Densetsu 2006 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: The Legend of Kage
The Legend of Zelda aka The Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu 2006 JP/NA/EU/AU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: The Legend of Zelda
Life Force aka Salamander 2008 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Life Force
Lode Runner 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Lode Runner
Lunar Pool aka Lunar Ball 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Lunar Pool
Mach Rider 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mach Rider
Mappy 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mappy (NES)
Mario Bros. 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mario Bros.
Mega Man aka Rockman 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mega Man
Mega Man 2 aka Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3 aka Rockman 3: Dr. Wily no Saigo!? 2008 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4 aka Rockman 4: Arata Naru Yabou‼ 2010 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5 aka Rockman 5: Blues no Wana!? 2011 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mega Man 5
Metal Max 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Metal Max
Metal Slader Glory 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Metal Slader Glory
Metroid aka Metoroido 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Metroid
Mighty Bomb Jack 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Mighty Bomb Jack
Milon's Secret Castle aka Meikyū Kumikyoku: Milon no Daibōken 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Milon's Secret Castle
Moero! TwinBee: Cinnamon Hakushi wo Sukue! 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Moero! TwinBee: Cinnamon Hakushi wo Sukue!
Nazo no Murasame Jō 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Nazo no Murasame Jō
NES Open Tournament Golf aka Mario Golf 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: NES Open Tournament Golf
NES Play Action Football 2007 NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: NES Play Action Football
Ninja Gaiden aka Ninja Ryūkenden 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 2007 NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 2008 NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shō 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shō
Ninja-kun: Majou no Bōken 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ninja-kun: Majou no Bōken
Nuts & Milk 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Nuts & Milk
Operation Wolf 2008 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Operation Wolf
Pac-Man 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Pac-Man
Pinball 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Pinball
Pooyan 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Pooyan
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom aka Salada no Kuni no Tomato Hime 2010 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
Punch-Out‼ 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Punch-Out‼ (NES)
Renegade aka Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun 2008 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Renegade
River City Ransom aka Street Gangs aka Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari 2007 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: River City Ransom
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team 2011 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
SD Gundam World-Gachapon Senshi: Scramble Wars 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: SD Gundam World-Gachapon Senshi: Scramble Wars
SD Gundam World-Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki 2011 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: SD Gundam World-Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki
Seicross 2011 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Seicross
Shadow of the Ninja 2010 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Shadow of the Ninja
Skate or Die! 2007 EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Skate or Die!
Sky Kid 2008 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Sky Kid (NES)
Smash Table Tennis aka Smash Ping Pong 2008 JP/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Smash Table Tennis
Soccer 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Soccer
Solomon's Key aka Solomon no Kagi 2006 JP/NA/EU/AU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Solomon's Key (NES)
Spelunker 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Spelunker
StarTropics 2008 NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: StarTropics
Star Luster 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Star Luster
Star Soldier 2007 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Star Soldier
Sugoro Quest: Dice no Senshi Tachi 2011 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Sugoro Quest: Dice no Senshi Tachi
Super C aka Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces 2007 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super C
Super Dodge Ball aka Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu 2008 JP/NA/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super Dodge Ball
Super Mario Bros. 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Super Mario Bros. 2 aka Super Mario Bros. USA 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Super Mario Bros. 3
Takeshi no Chōsenjō 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Takeshi no Chōsenjō
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Kiken na Futari (Zengohen) 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Kiken na Futari (Zengohen)
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Shinjuku Chūō Kōen Satsujin Jiken 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Shinjuku Chūō Kōen Satsujin Jiken
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Toki no Sugiyuku Mama ni... 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Toki no Sugiyuku Mama ni...
Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Yokohama-kō Renzoku Satsujin Jiken 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tantei Jingūji Saburō: Yokohama-kō Renzoku Satsujin Jiken
Tecmo Bowl 2007 NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tecmo Bowl (NES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aka Gekikame Ninja Den 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
Tennis 2006 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tennis
Transformers: Convoy no Nazo 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Transformers: Convoy no Nazo
Tsuppari Ōzumō 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Tsuppari Ōzumō
TwinBee 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: TwinBee
Ufouria: The Saga aka Hebereke 2010 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Ufouria: The Saga
Urban Champion 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Urban Champion
Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu 2007 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu
Volguard II 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Volguard II
Volleyball 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Volleyball
Wagyan Land 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Wagyan Land
Wario's Woods aka Wario no Mori 2006 JP/NA/EU/AU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Wario's Woods
Wrecking Crew 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Wrecking Crew
Xevious 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Xevious (NES)
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Yoshi aka Mario & Yoshi aka Yoshi no Tamago 2007 JP/NA/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Yoshi
Yoshi's Cookie 2008 JP/NA/EU/KO 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Yoshi's Cookie
Zanac 2007 JP/NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Zanac
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link aka Zelda no Densetsu 2: Link no Bōken 2007 JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II 2009 NA 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II
Zoids: Mokushiroku 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Zoids: Mokushiroku

See also