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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.




#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.

#2 Battletoads

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 within reach.

#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.