These days, playing one of the many timeless games made for the Nintendo Entertainment System feels like going back to the basics in the best way possible. Nintendo's 8-bit home console was the platform that ushered many of us into our lifelong love of video games, with its wildly diverse library full of first-party gems and third-party oddities. The NES' pleasantly pixelated visuals are the perfect prompt for the imagination, and the chiptunes it can pump out are still some of the most revered game songs of ever made. Like any iconic console, there are plenty of junk games you need to sift through to find the best - but luckily, we've already done the work, picking 25 games that exemplify the NES' finest. To keep the top end of the list from being dominated by Mario, Link, and Mega Man, we've chosen one outstanding entry to represent each esteemed series. Whether you're taking a trip down memory lane or getting in touch with the games that inspired a generation, you would do well to track down these carts and experience the very best NES games.