4 Lesser-Known NES Platformers You Should Go Back And Play

Dave LeClair 26-11-2013

When people think of games that involve navigating through a level by jumping and exploring on the NES 5 NES Games That You May Have Never Heard Of That You Can Play Online Everyone knows of Mario, Contra, Excitebike, Rad Racer, Metroid, and a few others, but there are some really awesome and under-appreciated NES games that still deserve some love even today. With Nestopia, you can always... Read More , a few games likely come to mind: Mario, Kid Icarus, Kirby, and a few others. However, with the incredible popularity of the genre at the time, there were some platformers 3 Video Games That Did The Best Job Of Moving From 2D To 3D [MUO Gaming] Some video games stand the test of time. Sure, they may have started as 2D games, but they were able to evolve and get with the times. There is, and always will be, a place... Read More that came out and flew under the radar. Even though the games are a little harder to come by today, they are still worth experiencing.


Without further delay, check out these lesser-known NES platformers that you really should go back and play.

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers

Chip and Dale is based on a cartoon from the late 80s, and unlike today, licensed games actually had the potential to be really good. In this case, we got a platformer that offered a great deal of fun gameplay, solid challenge, and beautiful visuals that rivaled any of the best-selling games at the time.

One thing that really made this game cool is the cooperative gameplay where two people could make their way through the game at the same time. While Mario Bros saw players taking turns, Chip and Dale let you have the levels together, which is something that was not as common as it is today. It’s just good, clean fun, and it’s a great game to go back to today.

Little Nemo: The Dream Master

This action platformer is created by Capcom, the company responsible for the Mega Man 7 Classic Video Games You Can Play On iOS [MUO Gaming] I've made it no secret that I am a big fan of classic gaming. I've written about NES games with insane values, websites for collectors, and even games that retailers overcharge for. Of course, not... Read More franchise. Right off the bat, you know it’s from a company who understands how to make a quality game in the genre. The levels are designed with care, and there is enough variety to keep things exciting.

The setting in Little Nemo is quite interesting, and it comes from source material that goes all the way back to the 30s. The story is endearing for an NES game. After all, there games are generally beloved for their simple and challenging gameplay, not their stories, but with the source material here, Capcom has created something pretty special. It’s just a downright fun game from a company who knew how to make games of this type.


Yo! Noid

This is yet another Capcom game that was actually brought over to the United States in a partnership with Dominos Pizza. The game featured the pizza company’s mascot at the time as the main character, and in spite of the weird marketing hooks, it’s actually a really fun game. Gamers were probably turned off by the fact that the game seemed like a commercial, and as such, not as many people gave it a chance as some of the other platformers at the time.

The Yo! in the name of the game is based on the weapon. Noid shoot his yo-yo out at the enemies to take them out, which is a lot of fun. To add a little variety, there are even levels that take place on a skateboard, which feels a lot different than the traditional walking around stages in the game. Check it out, and I promise you will love it.

Snake Rattle ‘n Roll

When I was younger, this was easily one of my favorite NES games, but it seems like no one else actually played it. The game sees you playing as a snake, trying to eat everything in your path with the goal of growing large enough to trigger the scale that opens the door to the next level. So think of it like snake on those Nokia phones but with a lot more depth.

The game features an isometric camera angle, which is a big change from most of the side-scrolling platformers we saw on the NES at the time. It also features a great two player mode that sees both players going at the same time. If you want a game that still delivers some quality jumping and exploring gameplay with a twist, go back and play Snake Rattle ‘n Roll. You won’t regret it.


Your Turn

What are some NES platformers you loved back in the day that didn’t get the praise they deserved? Have you played the games on this list? Hit the comments section below and let your voice be heard!

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  1. Cussie
    December 18, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Bucky O'Hare by Konami is pretty sweet, different characters to choose from and some unique worlds to play in.

    Tiny Toons was also very good, a quick game to finish but lots of fun.

  2. Kenneth E
    December 9, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    i think mine was Russian attack and street fighter.

  3. Ryan C
    December 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I agree with you that Snake Rattle & Roll is a great game...and difficult too. I played it as a kid and loved it...still have my copy :-)

    December 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Mystical ninja!!! Battle toads!!! And don't forget Metal Storm!!!

  5. Craig S
    November 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Little Nemo was one of my favorite games as a kid. It's a pretty strange theme and atmosphere for a kid's game, but it was really quality. The music is actually really great, too.

  6. anderson
    November 27, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    if you have any suggestions, play write in here I will try to youtube it.
    any, any ideas plz

    there is a game for NES that I think I will never find out the name or youtube video.
    I believe CAPCOM was printed on the cartridge, with big letters. but then I went to the Wikipedia and got a list of Capcom games and tried them with no luck. if it helps, it was a small cartridge (I think the smalls ones were US made, and the bigger / taller ones were Japanese )
    I was really young and from what I remember it was a action game. I wastched a youtube video of the MGS for NES and it kinda reminds me of this mysterious game in trying to figure out. I think it was side-scrolling in the beguining and you controlled a guy. I think you could a gun. the guy on the screen was a pretty good size. say double the size of a "big Mario bros (the one with the mushroom)". I think in the beginning of the game you started near,of inside of a train maybe??? don't remember if the train was moving or not. I remember you could go on top of the train or just jump and run/walk along side of the train
    also I believe when I get to the boss (problably the first, second,Idk) maybe the view changed from a side scrolling to a bird view type, or from a top view type, or even better maybe the view didn't change at all.
    as you can see there are a lot of "I think, maybes", I was really young sorry I cant provide with more details. thanks in advance

  7. TechnoAngina
    November 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Legacy of the Wizard, Not really platformers but overlooked: Shadowrun(might have been Genesis when I played but there's a new remake), Marble Madness, Gunsmoke

  8. Joey
    November 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Milon's Secret Castle rocked but damn near one of the bedt had to be Wizards & Warriors.

  9. Chris
    November 27, 2013 at 2:12 am

    One of the greatest games I have ever played across any console was the NES game "The Guardian Legend". That game just seemed to have everything, even the music was, in my opinion, ahead of the game compared to so many others. I always dreamed this game would have a remake for a next gen console, but it never seems to happen. Anyone who's played the game has to be crazy to disagree!

  10. Jason G
    November 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Chip 'n Dale and Little Nemo were two of my favorite NES games.

  11. random fact guy
    November 27, 2013 at 12:44 am

    random fact, Snake Rattle 'n Roll was produced by Rare. Yes, THAT Rare.

  12. Wendy
    November 26, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Oh geez...I still have my copy of Snake, Rattle, n Roll!

  13. jlp
    November 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    My wife absolutely loved playing BurgerTime. It was an accurate rendition of the arcade version.

  14. cezeone
    November 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    i agree 100% i had all 4 of these and loved them. then a friend came over with the game genie and we really got crazy in them.

  15. Doc
    November 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    "...unlike today, licensed games actually had the potential to be really good." Go play Arkham Asylum and say that again, I dare ya.

    • That guy
      November 27, 2013 at 2:27 am

      Arkham Asylum can be counted as the exception, not the rule

  16. Tim
    November 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Xexyz. It's like Mario and Metroid combined with absolutely nutty boss fights and ridiculously underrated music.