Update: The website is no longer available. Try 8BBIT instead which offers similar functionality.
Kornie send me a a link to a great webpage that hosts hundreds of NES games that are playable in your browser. All you need is the Java plugin and you are ready to go. VNES currently host 250 English games, 80 Japanese games, 10 prototype games, 25 unlicensed and 25 miscellaneous games.
The English games make the biggest part of the list and include some classic games like Super Mario Brothers 1-3, Double Dragon, Ikari Warriors, Bomberman and Mega Man. This is also a incredible opportunity to play some of the games that the angry Nintendo nerd reviews regularly in videocasts. Play some of the best and the worst games ever that came out for the NES.
Many Japanese games seem to be playable as well because most do not display a lot of text on the screen as the majority are action or jump and run games. The prototype game list has some interesting ones as well, heroes quest and final fantasy 2 for example.
The author of the site seems to add new games regularly to the website which is great because some classic games are still missing on the list. The games are loading somewhat slowly but are not that big so this is no real hindrance.
Update: I had to replace the link as the original website has been removed from the Internet. The first link in the article directs you to another website that is using pretty much the same technology to provide you with access to NES games.
You should find a couple hundred games here that you can play, from all time favorites like Mario and Zelda, to Mega Man, Metroid or Gradius. All you need is Java and you are ready to go. Instructions are displayed on all game pages and below:
The new site lists game categories like Japanese, Arcade or RPG at the top that you can dive into. You can alternatively open a list of all games, which takes a while to load because of the immense amount of games provided here, and a toplist that lists the top ten Nintendo Entertainment System games of all times on its page.
If you like to play video games, this is surely something that you do not want to miss out on. And if you played NES games back in the past, then you can relive some of those memories by playing them again in the browser.
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