The NES is home to some of the most difficult videogames ever made. I'm
talking about games a person can spend a life time on without getting past
the second level. Games that resulted in nervous breakdowns, excessive hair
pulling, and broken TVs. Games that make you wanna crawl up in the corner and
cry out of frustration.
Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but still, these games are pretty
frickin' hard. Sure, you have your occasional Nintendo God who will beat any
thing you put in front of him within two hours then present you with a nicely
organized text file on how he did it, but what about the rest of us? How are
we supposed to make it through a twelve minute long sky level where everyone
and their mother is shooting at us and one hit kills you?
So here it is, my list of the hardest NES games ever made. If you have
anything to add, or you'd like for me to post your list of the top 5 hardest
NES games then send me an email.
Here are some other lists of the most difficult NES games ever made submitted by viewers of the site.
ALEXANDER RYAN'S TOP 5 HARDEST GAMES EVER
STEPHEN KROKOWSKI'S TOP 5 HARDEST GAMES EVER
DJ DEVON'S TOP 5 HARDEST GAMES EVER
#5 Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden is one of the greatest NES games ever made, but god damn is it
hard. Tecmo didn't pull any punches with this one. Long levels, regenerating
enemies, the ever annoying bounce collision... it's like they're just trying
to punish you. Simply mentioning level 6-2 will send a tingle down the spine
of any NES fan.
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, more frustrating then killing the same
enemy over and over again, just to have him immediately come back. I once
killed a witch (old lady) fifteen times in a row before I finally just gave
up and jumped on her. I believe it was the right decision.
#4 Back to the Future
Ten years. That's how long I've been trying to finish this godforsaken game.
Since when did walking down the street become so fucking complicated?
Bullies, pot holes, birds, little kids, men aimlessly walking back and forth
with a sheet of glass, every one is out to get you! Jesus! In all the time
I've spent playing this game I've only made it past the malt shop on one
occasion, and I was so excited after I did it I felt like taking my family
out for a celebration dinner.
This game is simply too difficult to be enjoy, yet I keep coming back to it
for some reason, hoping some day I'll get on a rush and finally get through
it. But that's likely to never happen. Instead I'll just make my way down the
road to the malt shop, and should I fail to hit all fifty some odd bullies
with pies, I'll be booted back to the street and forced to make that long,
hard walk once more.
When will I learn?
#3 The Adventures of Bayou Billy
The Adventures of Bayou Billy flat out sucks, and that's part of what makes
it so hard. The control is way too crappy to successfully make it through this
game. Its like driving a car from the backseat, using your feet to
steer. Billy is unresponsive to nearly every command, thus making fighting
enemies a total nightmare. While I was searching the net for more info about
Bayou Billy I found this remark on an old website:
"Even the throw-away, "scrub" guys that are littered through out the
levels have as much energy as you do, and take several minutes of intense
fighting to kill." - Mossman
I laughed out loud at that comment because it really is true. Don't waste
your time trying to beat this one, I know i won't.
Even if you use a Game Genie to play Battletoads, it's quite likely you'll
still never beat it. This game is borderline impossible. Anyone actually
capable of beating Battletoads should not be wasting their time playing
videogames. These super geniuses are needed elsewhere in the world.
I personally have not endured much of Battletoads because after the first ten
or fifteen minutes I'm too frustrated to continue. But I will tell you,
words cannot describe how hard this frickin' game is. Don't believe me?
Download the rom and give it a shot. Just make sure there's nothing fragile
#1 Silver Surfer
I've heard the legend of the kid who beat Silver Surfer, but I'll never
believe it, at least not until I see it with my own eyes. This game is
UNBEATABLE. It's not enough that the Silver Surfer is nearly defenseless or
that about ten thousand enemies fly at you all at once, but one hit is all it
takes to die. ONE FRICKIN' HIT and you're dead, just like that! Your average
gamer probably won't last much longer than 30 or 40 seconds. Thor
Ackerland himself never hit the two minute mark! Sometimes when my
friends come over and we're bored I'll put in Silver Surfer and say I'll give
them $5 if they can make it past the first level without dying.
I've never had to pay anyone.
So I urge you, DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME. Not only is it impossibly hard, but
it's also incredibly shitty.