Top 10 Hardest Video Games

    November 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Sometimes you want to finish a video game because its enjoyable to play. Sometimes you want to finish a video game because it has a compelling story that you want to see play out. Then there are times when you want to finish a video game so you can look at that “Congratulations” screen and yell at the TV: “In your FACE, you stupid game! You thought you could beat me!? Look who’s laughing NOW! I HATE YOU!” Ahem. Here are the top 10 Hardest Video Games.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured your favorite turtle heroes in a plot-less romp through an urban jungle to stop Shredder from doing something. So far, everything seems very normal for a Ninja Turtles video game, but very few continues, delay traps, strong enemies and weird jumping motions make TMNT a difficult addition to the normal beat em up ninja turtles video game canon.

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a very underrated game because it sits in the shadow of its older brother. It’s also fraught with difficulty at every turn. You only get three lives, so that’s starting off hard. Then, you’re XP goes back to zero if you lose those lives. But there are extra lives… one time only 1-Ups that disappear from the world once you grab them. Oh, also you’re never given hints of where to go or what to do and you need items in dungeons that lock themselves after you beat a boss. All in all, the game doesn’t really help you succeed in any way, and while that’s a lot like real life, it sucks in a video game.

    Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!


    mike-tysons-punch-out-2Glass Joe was no problem. King Hippo was a cinch. But once you get to the World Circuit, it gets rough. You have to defeat a much improved Don Flamenco, Bald Bull and Piston Honda. Then you have to face Soda Popinski, who has jabs so quick you have to just take the damage, and Mr. Sandman, who will have you punching in continue codes until you’re blue in the face. Then the World Circuit champ is Mr. Macho Man and his Super Spin Punch, which is by far the hardest move you’ve faced yet. All this before you get to Mike f’ing Tyson, who by the way knocks you out with one hit. It almost seems like it might be easier to just become a professional boxer and fight the real Mike Tyson.


    Playstation 2

    shinobiThe main reason Shinobi is on this list is because of the health meter. The cool part of Shinobi is the swordplay. Combat is fun and cool-looking in this game. So whoever made this game thought, “Let’s add a health bar that DRAINS EVERY TIME YOU USE YOUR COOL SWORD!” WTF?!! That’s right, while you get health back when you kill an enemy, your health drains as your doing it. Super frustrating.

    Dark Souls

    Playstation 3

    How do you follow up one of the hardest games ever? Make a harder sequel! Demon’s Souls on PS3 was the hardest console game of this generation… until Dark Souls came out. Even the simplest of adversaries can dispatch you if you’re not careful, and bosses usually take 10 battles until you actually figure out how to beat them and then another 20 to actually pull it off. If the game wasn’t so fun and good-looking it would probably be smashed on the floor by now.

    Mega Man


    Nowadays, Mega Man bosses are considered pretty easy (I’m looking at you, Bubble Man). But Mega Man on NES was by far the hardest of the series. Ice Man’s stage is still remembered for its insane degree of difficulty, especially the section where you had to jump to different slippery floating platforms that also shot at you. The main headache in this game, though, was towards the end. Man, I hate that Rock Monster and Mega Man clone in Dr. Wily’s stage. My thumbs and brain hurt even thinking about those dudes.

    Ghosts N’ Goblins


    shinobiGhosts N’ Goblins is relentless right from the start. Bats that swoop from the sky and zombies that come straight at you compound the fact that it only takes 2 hits and you’ll die. You will be doing a lot of dying. But the main kicker in this game is even IF you make through all 7 stages some how… YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE GAME A SECOND TIME FOR THE REAL ENDING. No one I know has wanted to get the real ending by the time they get through it once. It’s a really fun game though. You should play it. Twice.

    Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels

    Super Nintendo

    super mario bros 2 lost levelsSuper Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels was release in the US as part of Super Mario All Stars on SNES. Why didn’t Nintendo of America release the original version on NES in the States during the 80’s? Because they deemed it TOO HARD. That’s right, Nintendo thought that releasing SMB2: The Lost Levels in the US would have killed the Mario brand by making a sequel that was this difficult. Added enemies, tougher platforming and very tricky anti-power-ups made this game a very enjoyable nightmare.

    Ninja Gaiden


    barrel_ninja_gaiden_nesNinja Gaiden is just a hard game in general. It was filled with tough enemies, even tougher bosses, and jumping sections that are so frustrating, you want to smash everything around you. The most frustrating thing for me was the fact that when an enemy hit you, you got pushed back. Back into another enemy or bottomless pit usually, which would instantly kill you. I can honestly say that I don’t know anyone who has beaten this game.



    When it comes to games that gamers love to hate, Battletoads on NES has reached legendary status. If you haven’t played this whimsical side scrolling beat em up, its great co-op fun. If you’re not sure if you’ve played the game before, I’ve got 2 words for you: Speeder Bikes. If you didn’t just roll your eyes, sigh and cringe at the same time then you haven’t played Battletoads.

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