Hardest Video Games

The Top Ten

1 Battletoads Battletoads Product Image

First off props to Nintendo, for making all these hard games COUGH COUGH PUNCH OUT, CONTRA, NINJA GAIDEN, GHOST 'N' GOBLINS ETC. TO HELP ME WASTE MY TIME WHILE I'M BORED. I have finished many difficult games but Battletoads I have finished but it by far took me the longest to complete. The game's tunnel levels though VERY VERY COMPLICATED. BY FAR THE HARDEST GAME EVER. Even in co-op you can hit your own teammate.

Battle toads is hard but I actually think that there are video games that are even harder

I completed level 3 thinking that it will be easier later, WRONG, level 3 is only the welcome to the hell, the peak of the iceberg, each level is much more difficult than the previous one, I'm currently stuck at level 9

This is the hardest game I ever played!
if someone pass from the 3rd mission is the man!

i don't know no one that passed this game

You thought that level was hard? It doesn't get any easier after that. - LarryLarrington

2 Dark Souls Dark Souls Product Image

I have never died so many times in a video game and loved it before. This game is not only hard, but it's fair. You don't feel cheated when a dragon comes out of no where and burns your ass... Because it's a dragon :P

Honestly I find this game to not even be in the top ten, I think people just say it is the hardest game because the low difficulty games have these day with save slots, dlc and the internet etc so that's my opinion on this game now it's a difficult game just not the top ten for me

There is nothing harder than Dark Souls, the back cover suggests it "PREPARE TO DIE". This game isn't for the faint of heart and not for casual gamers you really need skill and patience. Everything about this game is hard, no doubt.

Dark souls is great because its like of its old school gameplay in an awesome new age shell. It's no Battletoads, but its still difficult, deep and challenging

3 Contra Contra Product Image

I finished this without the hack of getting like 50 lives and man it took some work and getting used to. Nintendo needa stop making people rage.

You can have three lives one hit can kill you and the screen is overflowing with projectiles

I've never passed level 1 haha.

The only way most people ever beat Contra was with the Konami Code.

4 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Product Image

WHY IS THIS SO LOW ON THE LIST this was one of the only games here to not get an actual release in America because it was that hard but this game was in SUPER MARIO ALL STARS and you can download the game on the nintendo e shop or wiiware channel but this game is so hard I cannot even get past the 3rd level and now this game has included POISON MUSHROOMS WIND AND THE WORST OF ALL BACKWARD WARP ZONES and also to play all the levels you have to beat the game 8 TIMES on the original game if you play the all stars version you need to beat it once but still it is nearly impossible this should be number 1 NOT 29

If you think you are an expert at Mario then you never played the lost levels

This should be number 1 its the hardest Mario game ever made.
Calling this game hard is an understatement the Lost Levels included Poison Mushrooms that damage Mario, high winds that interfere with the timing of your jumps and if that wasn't enough the game also had reverse warp pipes that send you back to previous worlds even searching for secrets can be a pain, even veteran players will have a hard time surviving.

I beat this game when I was 9. It was challenging but I never found it hard. Getting 100% (well it shows over 100% in the games) in the Donkey Kong games was way harder for me.

5 Ghosts 'N' Goblins Ghosts 'N' Goblins Product Image

If I said it once I've said it a million times, Nintendo is the greatest game company and makes the most frustrating and addictive games.

This game is impossible I swear it's just impossible you can't beat this, and even if you get through the ending you have to replay the whole game twice to get to the "true" ending. No saves, only 2 hits before you die of enemies that spawn everywhere & randomly. I can't even get through stage 1. And I've beaten games like Mega Man and Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels.

This is the most difficult and frustrating game EVER! Enemies spawn everywhere and attack you from angles where you are incapable of hitting them. You even need to memorize parts of the game since jumps I'm certain areas will make an enemy spawn right where you are going to land.

It gets slightly easier once you figure out the enemy patterns, but OH MAN I died so many times!
Although the final boss was surprisingly easy

6 Cuphead

Wait, if that game is one of the hardest, and that I was able to beat it, does that mean I am a pro gamer? That's nice!

If you want to break your remote/keyboard then play this. My death count was about 1500 times!

Okay I played this game with someone else and were not even done and our death count is 289

Grim Matchstick will make you want to rip your hair out and punch at least over 3 holes in the wall. Trust me on this.

7 Ninja Gaiden Black Ninja Gaiden Black Product Image

As somebody who has beat both this and Darksouls, I can say with absolute confodence that Ninja Gaiden is far more difficult.

One of the Best Game out there

One of the most competitive games I have ever played in my life... God of war is next of course but Ninja Gaiden bruh you put this on hard its impossible to pass.

It's not that hard. I beat it in 3 days

8 Bomberman: Act Zero Bomberman: Act Zero Product Image

Worst game ever that is all

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

9 Gun Gun Product Image

What this game is so easy why is it in the list

This game is so easy I completed

An easy game


10 Frogger Frogger Product Image

If you think the arcade version of this is hard well here's my first difficult game in my childhood folks.

I play it online on my pc and I say it's DIFFICULT. I'm 149 in this

Frogger 3D don't even get me started...it took me a month to beat level TWO! LEVEL TWO!

And 2d version is harder than 3d

The Contenders

11 F-Zero GX F-Zero GX Product Image

This game is my favorite racing game ever. I spent so much time trying to beat everything and after trying and trying and tying. I would finally beat something and it felt so rewarding, especially because you also unlocked some new character too. This game is perfect

That game can go to hell for all I care.

Think of Mario kart at 10 000 km an hour. The corners are twice as sharp and ramming an enemy results in you flying off the edge straight away. This game is impossible.

Can't even pass level 3 on easy

12 Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden Product Image

Bruh ninja gaiden the first few stages were self explanatory it just gets way harder I raged a lot but hey. I'm one of the few who completed it. Now I am filled with lots of regret for completing it, wasting hours of my time.

Believe it or not I could actually speedrun through stage 1 2 and 3 whithout getting hit once

Once you complete the game and get a pattern sorted, it’s HELLA EASY.

13 Sonic and the Secret Rings Sonic and the Secret Rings Product Image

Sonic The Hedgehog 2006 should be here and Sonic And The Secret Rings should be removed from this list, because Sonic And The Secret Rings is actually more balanced and more playable. - Gehenna

This game wasn't that hard.

The errazor jinn is so hard I cannot beat it

OH, and I forgot the Sharktronic Shark boss. It is probably hard.

14 Solstice Solstice Product Image
15 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Product Image

This is waaay harder then the original and that's probably the 6th hardest

16 Silver Surfer Silver Surfer Product Image

Why this game is hard:

1. There are countless enemies on the screen at once, all trying to kill you.

2. Some enemies must be hit dozens of times to be killed.

3. One hit kills you.

4. You can die from touching walls, floors, ceilings, and even rubber ducks, basically anything that's not a power up, (which one can distinguish by the fact that power ups appear only once certain enemies are killed).

5. Power ups do not exist just to make the game easier; many levels are actually impossible to beat without them.

6. Enemies will take you by surprise, coming from the back of the screen, so levels require memorization to tell when you should expect an attack from behind.

7. You may think that checkpoints make the game easier, but they often do the opposite; you will have to obtain all the necessary power ups to beat the level while missing out on all of those available before the checkpoint.

I've probably missed some points, but those ...more

You will see the game over screen so many times the image will burn into your T.V.

Should be at least 10 spots higher, I can't even get past the first stage.

Harder than Battletoads. One little tap and you're dead!

17 Mega Man 9 Mega Man 9 Product Image

The best one I can do is the splash woman stage

I found it difficult to even jump:(

This Game is Just Hard.

You have 3 lives to doge so many bosses that do a lot of damage. you have no health because if you get hit 10 times your dead.

18 World's Hardest Game 2.0

So hard but fun I got to level 8 or 9 but it was so hard but if you're looking for a challenge play this game

I can't even get past level 4.

It's the hardest game ever, but also the best and most fun!
I spend hours playing this game and voting for it in this site instead of doing my work.

This is too easy. Not hard at all. 2/10.

19 Sinistar

Anyone remember this? No? Nothing? Okay...

Best game ever

20 I Wanna Be the Guy

Am I the only one here that hates I Wanna Be The Guy and all of its variants? To me, it's a game that's designed to be hard first and good second just so dumb, gullible idiots will go "You wanna play a REALLY hard game? Check out this hardcore game! " and steals music, sprites, and levels from other, more popular games to exploit your nostalgia and make you think it's a better game than it actually is.

Why is this game so hard! Why do you want to be the guy! You're only 15! Why can't you just eat a donut. don't risk your life. Just Eat a donut. New game, I wanna eat a donut. Much better! Why am I asking so many questions. WHY IS THIS GAME SO HARD

With how dangerous his world is, the donut would probably kill him.

Its hard for all the wrong reasons. its just trial n error. ENOUGH SAID.

This game is stupid, and it pains me to put it on my list, but it's proper place is in the top 10. The impossible difficulty it has to offer has no forgiveness, and you have many regrets.

21 Devil May Cry 3 Devil May Cry 3 Product Image

Laugh out loud. I finished this game when I was in 6th grade. You know how long it took me to finish it?... ONE YEAR and 6 months on easy.

Vergil was a nightmare

This game is hard from an mature gamers point of view this game is very much fun.

I'm still on the level 4 even though I bought this game 2 years ago on my ps2

22 Super Meat Boy Super Meat Boy Product Image

So hard that it's on the list twice.

With freakishly hard levels in the game, it's impossible to beat. And there's 250+ levels in that game which makes it a total nightmare!

I actually beat it! It took me like 3 months of rage quitting to beat it.

Already on the list

23 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Product Image

This game was kinda hard I guess, but not THAT hard in my opinion

Destroyed me for video games. It was the first video game I ever played. Put hours and hours (and hours) of time into it and gave up after about 50 attempts at Great Palace.

I've never played an adventure game since.

How the heck is this number 36, it should be number 1! Adventure of Link is the hardest game I've played... took me a long time to finish level 1, don't get me started on the Great Palace.

I played this once and I didn't even get to the 1st dungeon. I died trying to get an item.

24 Demon's Souls Demon's Souls Product Image

This game is so hard I died so many times I never beat it because it so hard

Way way way harder than dark souls. Should be #2.

Hardest game I've ever played

25 Super Meatboy Super Meatboy Product Image

Not long played the trail on Xbox 360 arcade... Damn it's hard

The levels start out easy but as you progress they get harder and harder, I can't tell you how many times I've quit to the map and gone to the next level and my personal hardest level is level 13

I think this game should be higher on the list, it's that hard

Just got A+ on every level and 106% completion (maximum achievable) and I have to say this was the hardest game I've played, having played a lot of games in my life. This game should be a solid top ten.

This game is so hard! Not as hard as The Binding of Isaac (from the developer of this game) in my opinion, though.

Please put this way higher, please just please! Make it for me, or I will cry

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