Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Top 10 Hardest Old School Nintendo Games

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Below, I have rated my top 10 hardest old school Nintendo games that, over the course of the next couple of months, I will make a humble attempt to beat each and every one of them.  Let me know in the comments section if you think I missed something or if I just suck at certain games.  Also, any games you want me to start with.  I will post each time I complete a part of my conquest. 

 1.) Battletoads - If you have ever played it, you know why it is #1.  Hard as hell.  And, with only one player, I better allot a lot of time for this one.

2.) Contra - No 30 live code: Say what you want but without 30 lives, this game is going to be a huge pain.  9 lives total with all continues to beat is going to bring a huge challenge.  The last level in the alien belly - ugh.

3.) Ninja Gaiden (1 or 2): Take your pick, they are both tough as they come - especially the later levels when they throw everything at you during your jumps.  However a stellar game(s) and look forward to putting time towards them unlike Surfer, TMNT, Billy, and Karate Kid.

4.) Silver Surfer:  There are games on this list that I am looking forward to taking the time and getting that nostalgic feel of playing NES games for the fun and the challenge.  This is not going to be one of those games.  Difficult games are fine.  This brings difficulty into the realm of hilarity.  Poor controls.  Poor design.  Not much is going to be fun about this other than watching him fall off his surfboard over, and over, and over, and over again.

5.) Top Gun: C'mon, I really have to land the damn thing and then get gas while in the air. 

6.) Mega Man: I had to pick a Mega Man because they are all tough but I did beat the second one in Junior High so I figured I would go for the first one, it always gave me nightmares.

7.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Stupid respawning enemies and impossible jumps are going to require more than a few shots of Mr. Daniels.  Like Bayou Billy and Karate Kid, an example of a game that is tough because of poor design and horrible control.  Why does it look like I am underwater every time I jump? 

8.) The Adventures of Bayou Billy: One of many Konami games that is tough simply because of its problems with the controls.  In this case sluggish and dull.  Going to be a real pain just to get through the first level.  The driving part I always thought was fun but overall this is going to require a few shots of Mr. Daniels to sit through it.

9.) Karate Kid: This game sucks.  And, it's hard.  It is going to take more patience then anything.  Patience not to harm myself, my NES, or the TV.  Why did LJN make such horrible games?  Did they not do any market research at all?

10.) Castlevania III.  This came out right on the cusp of the 16-bit era and when I sat down with it I had already completed Castlevania and Simon's Quest so I figured it would be a breeze.  When it started kicking my ass, I gave up and went back to Super ThunderBlade on the Genesis and never looked back.  I think I missed out on a good game so I will take this opportunity to go back and reclaim my victory over the Castlevania trilogy on NES.


  1. yes, battletoads is the hardest!! possibly the hardest game ever...

  2. I just recently beat Ninja Gaiden on my NES. I seem to be a Masochistic player lol. I'm going to have to work on getting the carts for BattleToads & Contra lol. The end of Ninja Gaiden is pretty brutal, you have to play the last level at least 3 times (but more like 30 in reality) to get to the last last boss. But, unlike a lot of games from that era, you get some really good cutscenes.

    Great post!

    -Johnny B.
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