Over 750 games were released for the NES under the seal of Nintendo of America. We decided to approach this feature by first asking ourselves the following question: if we could only save 100 games from the Nintendo Entertainment System for posterity, what would they be?

The following list of 100 games for the Nintendo Entertainment System is aimed to accomplish that task. If you were to decide that you had to enshrine this pivotal era in video game history for your private collection, putting together the collection of games on this list would make sure you didn't miss out on any of the most unique, or defining, or popular titles for the NES.

This is a list of games to play if you want street cred in the retro game library at the Penny Arcade Expo. This is your list of gaming assignments if you want to be considered “classically trained.”