Top Ten Hardest NES Games

The Top Ten

1 Battletoads

One of the best but frustrating games on NES, not as hard as Silver Surfer, but a little more frustrating. Some people may ask what's the difference. Difference being that, hard includes the first level (Battletoads first level was pretty easy), but frustrating means the overall gameplay, where in Battletoads it can't get any tougher. Silver Surfer on the other hand, is rather sluggish (even though I never got past the first stage).

In case you're wondering, no, this game doesn't get any easier after level 3.

Trust me, level 3 is not even in the top 5 hardest levels in these game.

I'd be amazed if Chuck Norris could beat this. - LarryLarrington

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2 Ghosts N' Goblins

I actually just got this game. Haven't had a chance to play it yet

3 The Adventures of Bayou Billy
4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
5 Gauntlet
6 Top Gun
7 Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse
8 Silver Surfer

This is way, way harder than number 5 - LeetHaterz

How is this at #10?! this game is BRUTAL!

9 Ninja Gaiden

So hard

10 Mega Man

The Contenders

11 Contra
12 Kid Icarus
13 Dragon's Lair

The first screen is soul crushing. 3(4? ) perfectly timed highly precise movements where instant death and repeat will be your frustrating learning curve. VERY different from the skill building starting tutorials of modern games.

14 Super Mario Bros. Lost Levels

This is a troll game from years before troll games were a thing. No wonder Nintendo of America refused to release it

Should be number 1 - YOSHIA2121

15 Super Mario Bros. 3

I don't recommend trying to beat the game on a classic Nintendo. But I do recommend playing it on a Wii or Emulator. It's not hard, just pretty long.

This game has to be #1 in this list. How battletoads is in #1 in this list already? Cruddy Mario Ragers 3 should be on this list number! Which is number one!

Trust me, Battletoads is way harder than this. By the way, what type of nick name was that? - LarryLarrington

16 Castlevania

You get knocked back when getting hit, in the early potion it's okay, but as it progresses it gets easier to get hit, and it's a lot harder, and more time consuming. Certain enemies are hard to avoid like Hunchbacks. Not the hardest of all time, but it's one of them.

Castlevania 3 is harder.

You die you die you die you die you die you die. No one will ever beat it without years of practice

17 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

*AVGN fan inside intensifies*

18 The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy
19 Bionic Commando
20 Mike Tyson's Punch-out!!

May seem easy at first, but gradually gets harder as the game goes on. Mike Tyson is known to be one of the hardest video game bosses, and even Mike Tyson himself can't beat him.

21 Earthbound Zero
22 Metroid

This game is unbelievably frustratingly hard! - The8Bit

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