Hardest Video Games

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The Top Ten

1 Battletoads

OMG
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

I'm pretty sure most people have experienced the insane difficulty of the Turbo Tunnel. What most people probably don't know is that, aside from level 5, it doesn't get any easier than that. The last 4 levels of this game make the turbo tunnel look like a Kirby level. In fact, I'm almost certain that level 11 is impossible unless you either use an old CRT television, or use a pause trick at every corner.

I have voted on this cause I see a lot of people saying its hard, I never played, One day I'll play it and finish '-'

The other games, I didn't find any hard game to vote, most of the games here I had finished easily... So, I'll Try Battletoads

It's not really that hard. I played much harder games.

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2 Dark Souls

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

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.

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

This is one of the best games of all time.

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3 Contra

I've never passed level 1 haha.

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

It took me like a week just to pass level one. That code though, what would I do without it?

It isn't that bad. Beat it only dying once.

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4 Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

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

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. - egnomac

This game is so hard! its not just about the items and wind it's the pipes that drive people nuts. iv completed this game after a year of playing and no youtube. after I was finished I got a new 3ds and destroyed the one with the game on it for good luck that no game will ever troll you that hard ever again.

In Super Mario the lost levels
Mario dies for a Thousand Times when he got hit by an enemy or a obstacle or a death pit

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5 Ghosts 'N' Goblins

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. - MaxPap

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.

This will bring the rage out of you and sometimes, even your quarters. But that is in my opinion what makes a good game.

You need the reflexes of a cheetah drinking red bull to beat this game. Even that won't save you.

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6 Ninja Gaiden Black

You gotta have REAL ninja skills to play this game. - Sage_Naruto

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.

Hardest game I ever beat, Darksouls is a fantastic game but not nearly as challenging as Ninja Gaiden Black

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7 Bomberman: Act Zero

Worst game ever that is all

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

8 Silver Surfer

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.

If you beat this then that means you came from hell

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9 Gun

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

This game is so easy I completed

An easy game

YOU KIDDOS MUST NOT HAVE A LIFE IF YOU THINK THIS IS EASY

10 F-Zero GX

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. - ZZDOORAL

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. - TheGrammarPolice

Dark Sould is hard as heck but it pales in comparison with F-Zero GX.

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Cuphead Cuphead

The first level took several tries, and after it was just madness. Don't even get me started on how hard the boss fights can be. Oh yeah, did I mention I'm still in the first world?

It would be a lot easier if you had more health or if the game didn't start you back at the beginning of the level and had checkpoints or something

This game is hard it takes forever to beat boss fights because you almost always die right before they do.

Why is this just number 11? Cuphead consists of bossfights that are also damn hard - except the root pack and 2 other exceptions have all taken me a lot of time, primarily Grim Matchstick! I took two weeks to crack him! Just a legend the game

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12 Ninja Gaiden

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 Frogger

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! - Co0lk1d25

And 2d version is harder than 3d

14 Devil May Cry 3

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.

Such easy game

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15 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. - tranhotwheel04

Me just when I am about to play this game for the first time: this can't be too hard... Can it? Me after playing this game for five minutes: D:

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16 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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

17 Sonic and the Secret Rings

This game wasn't that hard.

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

The errazor jinn is so hard I cannot beat it

Okay. The comments that have nothing to do with Sonic are by me. Sorry for that. I can't add an item. But I would like to say that Neon Mixtape Tour, Wild West, Jurrasic Marsh, and Far Future have officially been completed, and I am now on MD Day 30 and BWB Day 28.

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18 Solstice
19 Mega Man 9

The best one I can do is the splash woman stage

I found it difficult to even jump:(

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.

20 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. - noo7na7

21 Sinistar

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

Best game ever

22 Jak II

Honestly, I find Jak 2 harder than Dark Souls!

Just the main game is fairly difficult, but getting all the orbs makes this one of the hardest game to platinum. - djh101

Worst checkpoint placement ever!

One of the best games ever. But insanely hard.

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23 Dragon Spirit

I had a friend who beat this game easily. I saw him do it several times. It was amazing. I couldn't last but few seconds.

24 A Monster Ate My Homework

dumb

25 Super Meatboy

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.

Harder than cuphead

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26 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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.

It’s easier if you read Nintendo Power’s cheats and guides of Zelda 2. - ChroniclerMan5

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27 RuneScape
28 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
29 Donkey Kong Country Returns

Only a few levels are hard, like the KONG levels and the last level. The game is only moderately hard in general.

New super Mario bros is the hardest game better than angry birds pop

Donkey Kong country returns is the hardest game in the world

Donkey Kong wasn't that hard besides the last level

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30 Geometry Dash

Very difficult and strategic game, that confuses the crap out of you on stages 14, 15, 16, and 18. Also many custom levels and hard demon levels to complete. Very hard and amazing game

Play level 20: Deadlocked, most impossible thing ever, I best theory of everything 2 and clubstep and this one took me 2,000 attempts to beat it in PRACTICE MODE!

People think deadlocked Is hard but when you look at the extreme demons, it gets really hard...

I knew this would be in the list! I wonder why it isn't higher on the list though... like number 1. All you have to do is tryBloodlust.

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31 Ninja Gaiden (2004)

I usually don't say this but F! @$# that game, this is perhaps one of the most brutally hard games you will ever play even playing on normal mode still feels like your playing on hard mode. - egnomac

Ninja Gaiden definitely made itself one of the signature high difficulty games. Not only is is game hard, but you have to be a literal ninja to beat very hard mode. - Mcgillacuddy

Why ninja gaiden is hardest game, because all the boss make me raging in the front of my T.V.(especially that hard -ass whore)

32 Catherine

Come on. only scientists, cheaters, hackers, crazy people or very patient people beat this game

My dad actually beat this game, so it can't be that hard. - MaxPap

33 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Overall, this is actually one of the EASIEST games of all time. - xandermartin98

Pretty easy compared to lots of others castlevania games, with the only really difficult boss being galamoth

How did this even make the list? Alucard is an overpowered playable and some bosses go down in 6 seconds. Well, Belzebub, Galamoth and Dracula aren't that easy but I don't have problems with them either. I'd rather SotN is really easy, and there are several spots to have a good luck. (Forbidden Library - Crissaegrim)

34 Demon's Souls

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

35 Gunstar Heroes
36 Castlevania

Not that hard

37 Robotron: 2084
38 NetHack

Nethack requires insanely thorough knowledge of the game's mechanics to progress even past the Dungeons of Doom. It's a little like Dwarf Fortress in that it will kick your ass several times before you can even start having fun.

39 Sky Kid
40 Super Meat Boy

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.

41 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Skylanders is a complete rip off the spyro franchise

Ok. The final boss is the HARDEST PART! But I still liked it. At least the final bosses in later installments were easier.

? This game is balogni why isn't a more legit game taking this spot like megaman or ddr

42 Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 is the hardest game in the world

43 Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil

How can this be so low? Seriously, I beat Super Mario Brothers and I can't beat this game on Easy. Come on.

Try beating Lunatic on any Touhou game. Yeah, that's what I thought.

Try playing on Lunatic mode and tell me what happens.

Come on,
Touhou is Way Harder/Hard than Cuphead
"Cough Cough Cough" Touhou: 15 LoLK "Cough Cough"

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44 F-Zero GX

Its already at number 10

45 Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare

Why the heck is this game hard I'm 11 and I beat it easily

46 VVVVVV

This game is SO frustrating. However, th music does make up for it!

This game is easy, not hard

Pretty hard.

47 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

It should be higher than Castlevania

48 SpongeBob's Boating Bash

There are at least a hundred billion games that need to take this games spot on his list

What the hey

49 Bloodborne

How is this behind rock band clearly non of you have gone against orphan of kos

How is this so down in the list

Why is this here and why did Call of Duty mw is hard than this

This should be in the top 10, try Orphan of Kos in NG+7

50 Super Mario Bros

This is actually an easy game though it is really awesome game

Seriously? I really hope whoever else voted for this entry mistook it for Lost Levels. - Entranced98

How is this on the list? I beat the game for the first time when I was 5.

Still harder than Crash Bandicoot

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