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This is the top 100 games according to Nintendo Power. The list appeared in their 100th issue, published for September 1997. 12 debaters nominated games they felt were deserving of recognition and the subsequent vote decided the order the games would appear in or if a particular game would appear at all. Of all the games on the list, 30 were for the NES, 47 were for the Super Nintendo, 10 were for the Game Boy, 13 were for the Nintendo 64, and zero were for the Virtual Boy.

Top 100 Games

  1. Super Mario 64N64 – September 1996
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSNES – April 1992
  3. Tetris - GB - June 1989
  4. Mario Kart 64N64 – February 1997
  5. Super Mario Bros. 3NES – February 1990
  6. Super MetroidSNES – April 1994
  7. GoldenEye 007N64 – August 1997
  8. Final Fantasy VISNES – October 1994
  9. Final Fantasy IVSNES – November 1991
  10. Street Fighter II Turbo - SNES – August 1993
  11. The Legend of Zelda - NES - July 1987
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - GB - August 1993
  13. Star Fox 64 - N64 - July 1997
  14. Super Mario Bros. - NES - August 1985
  15. Wave Race 64 - N64 - October 1996
  16. Super Mario World - SNES - August 1991
  17. Tetris Attack - SNES - August 1996
  18. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - SNES - October 1995
  19. Chrono Trigger - SNES - August 1995
  20. Mega Man - NES - December 1987
  21. Super Mario RPG - SNES - May 1996
  22. Castlevania - NES - May 1987
  23. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - SNES - November 1996
  24. F-Zero - SNES - August 1991
  25. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter - N64 - February 1997
  26. Super Bomberman 2 - SNES - September 1994
  27. International Superstar Soccer 64 - N64 - July 1997
  28. NBA Jam - SNES - March 1994
  29. Mario Paint - SNES - August 1992
  30. Tecmo Bowl - NES - February 1989**
  31. Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream - NES - October 1987
  32. Super Mario Kart - SNES - September 1992
  33. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - SNES - December 1995
  34. Metroid II: Return of Samus - GB - November 1991
  35. Metroid - NES - August 1989
  36. Zelda II: Adventure of Link - NES - December 1988
  37. Final Fantasy - NES - May 1990
  38. Pilotwings 64 - N64 - September 1996
  39. Donkey Kong Country - SNES - November 1994
  40. SimCity - SNES - August 1991
  41. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - N64 - December 1996
  42. Secret of Mana - SNES - October 1993
  43. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior - SNES - July 1992
  44. Adventures of Lolo - NES - April 1989
  45. Dr. Mario - GB - December 1990
  46. Contra 3: Alien Wars - SNES - April 1992
  47. Super Mario Bros. 2 - NES - October 1988
  48. Shadowrun - SNES - May 1993
  49. Ninja Gaiden 2 - NES - May 1990
  50. Tetrisphere - N64 - August 1997
  51. Golf - GB - February 1990
  52. Contra - NES - February 1988
  53. Mortal Kombat II - SNES - September 1994
  54. Killer Instinct Gold - N64 - November 1996
  55. Bionic Commando - NES - December 1988
  56. Castlevania IV - SNES - December 1991
  57. Actraiser - SNES - November 1991
  58. Mega Man X - SNES - January 1994
  59. Crystalis - NES - July 1990
  60. Earthbound - SNES - June 1995
  61. Maniac Mansion - NES - September 1990
  62. Blast Corps - N64 - March 1997
  63. Blaster Master - NES - November 1988
  64. Star Tropics - NES - December 1990
  65. Earthworm Jim 2 - SNES - November 1995
  66. Final Fantasy Adventure - GB - November 1991
  67. Wayne Gretsky's 3D Hockey - N64 - November 1996
  68. Zombies Ate My Neighbors - SNES - September 1993
  69. Double Dragon - NES - June 1988
  70. Final Fantasy Legend - GB - September 1990
  71. Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land - GB - February 1994
  72. Killer Instinct - SNES - August 1995
  73. Shadowgate - NES - December 1989
  74. RC Pro-AM Racing - NES - February 1988
  75. Super Ghouls & Ghosts - SNES - November 1991
  76. Gradius III - SNES - August 1991
  77. NBA Live '95 - SNES - October 1994
  78. TMNT IV: Turtles In Time - SNES - August 1992
  79. Rescue Rangers - NES - June 1990
  80. The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse - SNES - December 1992
  81. Faceball 2000 - GB - December 1991
  82. Breath of Fire - SNES - August 1994
  83. Dragon Warrior IV - NES - October 1992
  84. Metal Gear - NES - June 1988
  85. Illusion of Gaia - SNES - September 1994
  86. Blackthorne - SNES - September 1994
  87. Goonies II - NES - November 1987
  88. Baseball Stars - NES - July 1989
  89. Battletoads - NES - June 1991
  90. Demon's Crest - SNES - November 1994
  91. Lufia and the Fortress of Doom - SNES - December 1993
  92. Ogre Battle - SNES - May 1995
  93. Gargoyle's Quest - GB - July 1990
  94. True Golf Classics: Pebble Beach - SNES - December 1992
  95. Kickle Cubicle - NES - September 1990
  96. Bust A Move - SNES - March 1995
  97. Final Fight - SNES - September 1991
  98. Super Tennis - SNES - November 1991
  99. Ultima: Quest of the Avatar - NES - December 1990
  100. Alien³ - SNES - May 1993

( ** - Denotes correction to the magazine article.)

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