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Top 5 NES Sports Games That Still Hold Up Today

top 5 nes sports games that still hold up


Top 5 NES Sports Games That Still Hold Up Today

Matthew Ederer checks in today to discuss his top 5 NES sports games that still hold up today. The NES era of the ’80s and early ’90s was a magical time for many of us and sports games were a big reason why.

Ederer’s list is solid but always debatable if only because there are just so many contenders for top sports game on Nintendo’s 8-bit juggernaut. My list would probably look slightly different, and I’m sure yours might as well. Check out the video and let us hear what your top five sports games are from that era. Also, feel free to subscribe to our YouTube page if you’d like.


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  1. IgotSyphillis
    No baseball stars = you’re list is trash

    My Brother and I spent hours creating teams with star players and renaming them just so we could add them to a league. We had to make sure that their batting stances were similar or that they threw pitches like the really did. We also had to come up with some amazing ways to abbreviate names because of the lack of room. My favorite was Candy Maldonado who basically became MLDNDO. :)
    Then you would forget one night to turn of the game properly and it would erase everything so you had to start again from scratch. Thanks goodness for the cheat codes. :)
    Hard to argue with your list although I might swap RBI 3 with Baseball Simulator 1.000, loved that game. I believe it was one of the first sports games with a battery backup. Anyone else old enough to remember passwords to save games ?
    No baseball stars = you’re list is trash

    This username mixed with this grammatical error is a lot to take in all at once, and I'm here for all of it.
    I really like your list. Thought I would post mine.
    1. Super Spike V-Ball -- I still play this almost daily via emulators
    2. Baseball Stars -- Once you had customer teams completed it was a blast. Although beating the American Dreams was very fulfilling.
    3. Tecmo Super Bowl -- You pretty much said it all.
    4. Mike Tyson's Punchout -- I don't have it quite as high but still a great game
    5. Ice Hockey -- Super Blood League Hockey took a great game and upped the anti.:)
    I never did get into Mario Golf. I switched to the Sega Genesis and PGA Tour Golf was really all I remember about younger golf games.
    Played a lot of NES in my younger days:
    Blades of Steel, Double Dribble, RBI Baseball, International Cricket, but for me the No.1 game is....
    Aussie Rules Footy
    AFL has always been a hard game to replicate on the virtual platforms, and this game is still the best AFL game ever released!
    C'mon. Baseball Stars was so far ahead of it's time, it was crazy. My son and I saw the game before most at the CES way back when it was held in Chicago. We were blown away by it....I believe it was the first sports game with battery backup. Add in the scrolling ballparks and the inovative way of building your team by getting paid for wins and you have a sports game that broke new ground.
    My Favorite Sports games on SNES were:
    5 - NFL Quarterback Club 96
    4 - NHL 94 
    3 - Ken Griffey Jr Baseball
    1 Tie - Techmo Super Bowl
    1 Tie  - Techmo NBA Basketball
    In addition to those already mentioned:
    Arch Rivals...who doesn’t like to mix in a few punches with their dunks?
    T&C Surf Designs...cowabunga dude!
    Baseball Stars for sure
    Any of the college football games made

    Was there an NES college football game ever? Or we talking SNES?
    Not having Baseball Stars on here really hurts the credibility of this list. It had team creation, roster editing, season stat tracking for up to 125 game seasons, and  solid gameplay.  For a game released in 1989 that's just incredible. 
    Without baseball, it looks odd,  Even there should be ping pong as well.  Since it is one of the best indoor games nowadays. Anyway, baseball, how much popularity it has everyone knows from each angle. So how can it be not there?
    I always liked rbi baseball and baseball simulator 1000. Tecmo bowl and Tecmo Super bowl. The original Tecmo bowl used codes and my friend was able to hack them for every team combination for the super bowl. I also loved little league baseball an amazing game. Played blades of steel forever
    Super Mario Bros 3.
    River City Ransom.
    DuckTales 1 and 2.
    Mega Man 2-6 (start with 2 and play more until you're bored)
    Legend of Zelda.
    Contra and Super C.
    My top NES sports titles for each sport:
    Football - Tecmo Super Bowl
    Baseball - Bad News Baseball
    Basketball - Arch Rivals
    Hockey - Blades of Steel or Ice Hockey (tie)
    Soccer - Goal!
    Wrestling - Pro Wrestling
    Boxing - Mike Tyson's Punchout
    Racing - Formula One - Built to Win
    Motorcross - Excitebike
    for me, a bit disappointed not to see Double Dribble. At the time, that game just blew me away, I'd also considered Blades of Steel also.  Way before it's time. 
    I was hoping to see RC Pro-Am...but I guess y'all don't consider racing a sport because RC Pro-Am should be the top of every list! Or Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off-Road!!

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