The Top 25 NES Sports Games

These twenty-five games confirm that, for all that the Nintendo Entertainment System did right, it did sports games just as spectacularly well as it did everything else.


I could say that my qualification for making a list like this one is that I’ve reviewed video games professionally, which is true; or that I’ve read an unhealthy number of Top 10 and Top 20 lists pertaining exclusively to Nintendo Entertainment System sports games, which is also true; but the reality is just that I know these games well—having played them when they first came out and for years after—and I like to argue.

If you too like to argue, feel free to do so in the comments below. But do keep it civil!

{Note: I put 15 honorable mention sports games at the base of the article, for those interested.}

The Top 25 NES Sports Games

#25(t): Goal!

#25(t): Hoops

#24: Golf

#23: Ivan Ironman Stewart's Super Off Road

#22: Ring King

#21: Nintendo World Cup

#20: NES Open Tournament Golf

#19: Track & Field

#18: California Games

#17: Excitebike

#16: Tecmo NBA Basketball

#15: T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage

#14: Track & Field II

#13: Skate or Die

#12: Ice Hockey

#11: Pro Wrestling

#10: Super Spike V’Ball

#9: Tecmo Bowl

#8: Bases Loaded

#7: RC Pro Am

#6: Double Dribble

#5: Baseball Stars

#4: Super Dodge Ball

#3: Blades of Steel

#2: Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!!

#1: Tecmo Super Bowl

Honorable Mentions

{in alphabetical order}

Arch Rivals
Bad News Baseball
Base Wars
Baseball Simulator 1.000
Cobra Triangle
Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball
Eliminator Boat Duel
Gold Medal Challenge
Kings of the Beach
Little League Baseball: Championship Series
Micro Machines
Rad Racer
RBI Baseball