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Rant: Why The Hell Does Everybody Still Like Battletoads So Much?

I recently wrote an article regarding the best beat ‘em ups of all time, and I put Battletoads at #7. It’s a bash ‘em, smash ‘em, wreckin’ ball crash ‘em game that was unique for its day and still provides some pretty cheap thrills today. But I have just one question for all those out there who still talk about the game like it just came out last week.

Why? Why the hell do you still love the game so much? Besides Final Fantasy VII, I can’t think of a single other game that’s so still widely regarded when it wasn’t nearly as great as everybody originally thought it to be. Now, don’t get me wrong—I LOVE Battletoads, but I love a lot of old-school games that people won’t even touch today like Altered Beast. Who still likes THAT game? Nobody, that’s who, and that’s just my point. Battletoads, for reasons unknown to me, has stood the test of time to become probably one of the most beloved titles on the NES. Don’t believe me? Then why (Besides it being an obvious prank) are people calling Gamestops requesting for the game?

I remember not even being able to get past the third level of the game when I was younger. After the speedbike section, there was some kind of surfing level, but I didn’t get any further than that. That game was hard as all hell, and waaaay too hardcore for me at the time. But Battletoads and Double Dragon, now THAT was more my speed. It was much easier in my opinion, and definitely more fun, as the Lee brothers (“Ug-Lee! Ha ha ha!” ) added another dynamic element to the Toads. But oh, no, no, no, no, talk about THAT game to the average fan of the original and they’ll usually say, “I don’t want to talk about it, that game sucked.” I mean, sure,BTaDD is a lot different from the original game, but not in a bad way. Battletoads was too hard back when it came out, and it’s too hard today. I can’t even get past the second level when I play it with my 25 year old hands. What kind of fun factor is that? That game is impossible!

Well, anyway, what are your thoughts on it? Why do YOU love Battletoads so much? What’s the deal? I seriously want to know. What’s so great about it that you’re still talking about it today like some hopeless nostalgic junkie (Like myself)?

And just for Zits and giggles (I know, that was a bad one) I’ve included a speed run clip of the first third of the game. Just because I know you never passed the third level, either.

Rich Knight
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Rich is a Jersey boy, through and through. He graduated from Rutgers University (Go, R.U.!), and thinks the Garden State is the best state in the country. That said, he’ll take Chicago Deep Dish pizza over a New York slice any day of the week. Don’t hate. When he’s not watching his two kids, he’s usually working on a novel, watching vintage movies, or reading some obscure book.