Part of the so-called "ICOM Trilogy" for the NES, Deja Vu was a slightly more realistic take on the point-and-click adventure genre. As an amnesiac framed for murder, it falls to you to recover your memories, clear your name and uncover the real culprits behind the crime. As with the other two games in the series, some puzzle solutions are a bit obtuse and it's possible to get stuck in an unwinnable state if you're not careful, but the solid, atmospheric soundtrack and tense narrative make it an unforgettable experience regardless. It's just a pity that Deja Vu's sequel was never released on the NES; however, it did eventually get a Game Boy Color port in late 1999.
79. Lemmings (DMA Design/Sunsoft, 1992)
78. GI Joe: A Real American Hero (Taxan, 1991)
77. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game/III: The Manhattan Project (Konami, 1990/1992)
76. M.C. Kids (Virgin Games, 1992)
75. Faxanadu (Hudson Soft, 1989)
74. Life Force (Konami, 1988)
73. Destiny of an Emperor (Capcom, 1990)
When you talk about NES RPGs, pretty much everyone will mention Zelda or Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest/Warrior. Destiny of an Emperor is rarely mentioned in comparison, but for Capcom's first foray into the genre, it was a relatively novel one. An adaptation of the manga "Tenchi wo Kurau" which itself was based on the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, it was a turn based RPG with a twist - Soldiers were your Hit Points, Tactics were your spells, and rather than a small handful of characters to recruit, there were 150 generals in total; most did not power up as the party's levels increase, though, so picking the best ones available and booting weaker characters to make room for stronger ones were commonplace events. The good soundtrack and relatively quick pace also help to set it apart and keep it consistently entertaining.
72. Solar Jetman: Quest for the Golden Warpship (Zippo Games/Rare, 1990)
71. Monster Party (Human Entertainment, 1989)
Fun fact: An unreleased Japanese prototype of the game reveals that many of the bosses within are actually parodies of famous films, from Planet of the Apes to Alien to Gremlins to The Thing. Unsurprisingly, most of these were changed in the US version because of copyright concerns.