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A recent countdown on GameTrailers.com revealed that out of all the Ninja Gaidens, the Contra’s, and the Ghouls and Ghosts’ out there, Battletoads trumps them all as the toughest game ever made, which I couldn’t disagree with more. Sure, Battletoads is tough—with the difficulty ramping up early on in the hoverbike section—but tougher than some of the other games on the list? That I find hard to believe.
One such game that didn’t even make the list that I think deserves the number one spot is the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES. You know, the one where they’re all wearing Raphael red colors on the cover. Seriously, there is no way to diffuse all those bombs in the underwater dam stage in the amount of time they give you. No way at all. And that’s just the second level!
Or what about Eternal Champions for the Sega Genesis? I mean, c’mon, you die once and you have to start all over again. That’s a whole new low when it comes to perfection; a new low that I feel is intolerable.
And then, there’s Earthworm Jim, a game that ramps up the challenge just when it’s getting good. If there was ever a game that I wish you could lower the difficulty down to fetus level that was it. I really don’t care if you think I’m a total n00bcake, as long as I could make it past that stage where you have to fly around in that shatter prone glass bubble, I’d be happy. That level always killed me.
But what do you think? Is Battletoads really the toughest game ever made, or do you have another game in mind that makes all other one’s look like child’s play? What about Castlevania, which made it on the list but at a meager number 8 (C’mon, at least number 3!)? If you have an opinion on the matter, leave it down below.