The Nintendo Entertainment System was more than just a gaming system for millions of people. It was a hobby, a friend-maker, a bond-creator, an escape, a therapy method, and, for many, an obsession. The fact that the developers behind the games were just as intent on creating worlds within worlds, secrets and nods to be sussed out by the devoted, or shortcuts to allow the impatient to tour the entirety of their work, made the games of the NES all the richer. We, in turn, were also all the richer for these incredible experiences.

We’ve combed through the catalog of the nearly seven hundred titles ...

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