NES - Playable Female Characters

When thinking of Nintendo Entertainment System games that have playable female characters it's hard to come up with more than a couple like the obvious Samus.
But looking closely at the NES library reveals quite a few.
There's 76 games currently on this list which feature 8-bit ladies, with more that still needed to be added.
Only 2 games with female protagonists are on the NES Classic Edition. However it is possible to mod and add your own ROMs to it.

A PARTIAL tag means the games has a female playable character, but you play as multiple characters, as a party, or they are only available in a different mode, like multiplayer etc..
A FULL tag means the game has a female character you play though the entire game as.

A Nightmare On Elm Street as Multiplayer characters Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Sidescrolling, Horror. When playing with 3 or 4 players two of the characters will be women.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance as Goldmoon Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Side scrolling RPG. In the game you can switch between 8 different party members.
A Nightmare On Elm Street Screenshot

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
RPG. You create a party, choosing the race, class, and gender of each member.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance Screenshot

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Simulation. You play as a little girl who is given a random name at the beginning of the game.

Alien³ as Ellen Ripley full%20stamp%20Resized.png
Platforming shooter.

Alien Syndrome as Mary full%20stamp%20Resized.png
Shooter. At the beginning of the game the player chooses between Ricky and Mary.
Or if playing coop, one player controls each.
Alien Syndrome Screenshot

Arkista's Ring as Christine full%20stamp%20Resized.png
Top down shooter

Athena as Athena full%20stamp%20Resized.png
Platformer with RPG elements.

Attack Animal Gakuen as Nokko Win full%20stamp%20Resized.png
3D shooter. Inspired by Sega's Space Harrier.
Animal Gakuen Screenshot

Bad News Baseball Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Sports. Possible to play as girl team. Instructions in game page
Bad News Baseball Screenshot

Baseball Stars Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
There's an all female team, the Lovely Ladies, and a hidden feature
Baseball Stars Screenshot

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Side scrolling game with shooterish mechanics.

California Games Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Sports game. You play as a female character only in the skating event.
California Games Screenshot

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse as Sypha Belnades Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Trevor is the main character, but there are three other support characters you can play in latter levels

Caveman Games (Caveman Ughlympics) as Crudla Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
Sports game with six different events.
Caveman Games Screenshot

Defenders of Dynatron City as Ms. Megawatt & Buzzsaw Girl Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
The player can switch between any of the six defenders anytime during the game.
Defenders of Dynatron City Screenshot

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei as Yumiko Shirasagi Partial%20stamp%20Resized.png
RPG. You play as Akemi Nakajima with Yumiko Shirasagi on your party.

Dirty Pair Project Eden as Kei and Yuri full%20stamp%20Resized.png
Side-scrolling shooter
Dirty Pair Project Eden Screenshot

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Dragon Warrior II as Princess of Moonbrooke

Dragon Warrior III

Dragon Warrior IV

Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball as Zelda & others

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir (Tantei Club: Kieta Kōkeisha) as Ayumi Tachibana

Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger!
Cursed man

Final Fantasy

Friday the 13th as Camp Counselor

Gall Force Eternal Story

Gauntlet as Thyra

Gauntlet II as Valkrie?

The Guardian Legend as Miria

Ghost Lion as Maria

Idol Hakkenden as Erika
Text adventure gameplay

Kiki KaiKai: Dotou Hen as Sayo-chan

Konami Wai Wai World as Konami Lady

The Krion Conquest (Magical Kids Doropie) as Francesca aka Doropie

Labyrinth as Sarah

Layla as Layla

Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf

Legacy of the Wizard as the wife Meyna or the daughter Lyll

Legendary Wings as Michelle Heart

The Little Mermaid as Ariel

Little Red Hood as Red Hood

Lost Word of Jenny- Ushinawareta Message as Jenny

Mach Rider - Disputed

Maniac Mansion

Marusa No Onna (マルサの女) as Ryoko Itakura

Metroid as Samus

Micro Machines as Anne, Cherry, or Bonnie

Miracle Ropitt: 2100-Nen no Daibōken

Ms. Pac-Man

Paperboy 2 as Papergirl

The Quest of Ki as Ki

Racket Attack

RollerGames as Hot Flash: Vicki McEuen (the "Sly Fox")

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team as Sigourney

Shadow of the Ninja aka (Yami no Shigotonin Kage) as Lady Kaede

Shin Onigashima as Hikari

Space Hunter as Altiana

Sukeban Deka III as Yuka , Yuma, and Yui

Super Mario Bros. 2 as Princess Toadstool or Peach

Sylviana: Ai Ippai no Boukensha (Adventurer Full of Love) as Sylviana

Times of Lore as a Valkyrie

Titanic Mystery: Ao no Senritsu as the three sisters

Top Players' Tennis

Track and Field 2 - Certain events

Ultima: Exodus

Ultima: Quest of the Avatar

Ultima: Warriors of Destiny

Urusei Yatsura: Lum's Wedding Bell as Lum

Valis: The Fantasm Soldier as Yuko Asou

Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu] as Valkyrie

The Wing of Madoola as Lucia

Wurm: Journey to the Center of the Earth as Moby

Female Creatures / non-human characters

Clu Clu Land as Bubbles

Hello Kitty World

ROM Hacks

There are also quite a few ROM hacks that change the playable character to a woman.
Mario Bros Peach ROM Hack Zelda 2 Female Rom hack

Unknown / Disputed

Mach Rider
Image at the end could suggest Mach Rider was a woman, but there's no definite answer.

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