Top Ten Hardest NES Games

The Top Ten
1 Battletoads Battletoads Product Image

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).

The best combinations of a variety of game-play and difficulty beyond belief.
Most satisfying game EVER when you beat it!

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.

2 Ghosts N' Goblins Ghosts N' Goblins Product Image

This should be #1. I've played and beat 95% of the games on this list. This one was by far the hardest to beat. They set it up to wherever you jump you die, and many are blind jumps. Doesn't help having only 3 lives.
Most all these games took me a couple days to a week to beat. This one... months.

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

Hate it for how unfair it is.

3 The Adventures of Bayou Billy The Adventures of Bayou Billy Product Image
4 Gauntlet Gauntlet Product Image
5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Product Image

I didn't play all the game here but too me this game is hard a lot harder then Gauntlet, I've only been able to beat it on an emulator and I use a lot of save state/load state. To me it's a battle between this game and Battletoad. And I beat ghost and goblins but not Bayou Billy I don't know that game

6 Top Gun Top Gun Product Image
7 Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse Product Image
8 Mega Man Mega Man Product Image

This game is the easiest mega man/nes game

9 Silver Surfer Silver Surfer Product Image

This game demands complete perfection. Should be higher ranked. You die once and you lose your upgrades which makes the game substantially more difficult and much less fun. I actually like this game...

This is way, way harder than number 5

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

10 Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden Product Image
The Contenders
11 Contra Contra Product Image
12 Kid Icarus
13 Dragon's Lair Dragon's Lair Product Image

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

15 Castlevania Castlevania Product Image

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.

16 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Product Image

*AVGN fan inside intensifies*

17 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!

18 Mike Tyson's Punch-out!! Mike Tyson's Punch-out!! Product Image

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.

19 The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy
20 Metroid

This game is unbelievably frustratingly hard!

21 Adventure Island Adventure Island Product Image

Do you know how hard this game is? You only start with 3 lives. Get killed all 3 and you start all over among the 8 worlds. What's worse is that each world gets 10 percent harder, by adding more enemies and obstacles from the precious levels. Luckily only the boss fights are super easy

22 Ali-A Alastair Aiken, better known by his online alias Ali-A, is a British YouTuber known for Call of Duty and Fortnite commentaries and vlogs.

This game is so hard to beat. I’ve popped it into my NES and couldn't get past the first screen as soon as I turned the game on the sound OOFFF came through my T.V. speakers and Ali-A started screaming cringe in my ears. I had to turn it off immediately to prevent myself from corrupting into a empty lifeless shell of something that has been ripped of creativity This game, is SO hard.

Hardest NES game, it will freeze your console if you mess up, and it's so cringey which makes it hard to play through.

23 Bionic Commando Bionic Commando Product Image
24 Earthbound Zero
25 Sunday Funday Sunday Funday Product Image
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