Hardest Video Games


The Top Ten

1 Battletoads

I Have beaten all the levels, but it has taken me a 3 year span. The tunnel is a more hellish Kirby game and had me on the spot. I bet you I will never rebeat it

Fortnite is harder than this game. Fortnite should be 1st place of hardest video games ever. People are dying at Fortnite they get killed fast. Fortnite is hardest game ever

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

It's a very hard game. It takes a lot of determination and effort to complete these games

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2 Dark Souls

THIS IS THE BE ALL AND END ALL. Behind sekiro and battletoads.


It's not really that hard

That's my favorite game of all times but a "Hardest Games List" should have at least 10 NES games in the Top Ten - MetalGurja

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3 Contra

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

Remember the energy zone level-level 7

I've never passed level 1 haha.

Barley got pass level 3 without the code.

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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.

Poison Mushrooms, 13 worlds, and warp zones that take you back to previous worlds. It pissed me off, I could barely even get to the first warp zone, and only got from World 1 to World 4 (not 1-4). The only way people could beat this game is with TAS, or Gaming skills (not by training in Call of Duty, but real games like Destiny, Mario LL, etc.). - noo7na7

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5 Ninja Gaiden Black

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

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

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6 Ghosts 'N' Goblins

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


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

This needs to be up higher.

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7 Bomberman: Act Zero

Worst game ever that is all

Complete rip off of the bomberman series.

8 Cuphead Cuphead

Love the game and deserves to be in the top ten hardest games to beat

Is the hardest

Is the hardest game on the planet

This is VERY hard, but I don't think it should be this high, it should be in some place like 22, I think this game is overrated. But it's a good game and you should play it

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9 Gun

An easy game


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

This game is so easy I completed

10 Silver Surfer

The 7 points Why this game is hard LOL!

If you beat this then that means you came from hell

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.

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The Newcomers

? The Classroom
? Evil Nun : Scary Horror Game Adventure

The Contenders

11 F-Zero GX

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

Dark Souls is hardest? Try this, it's Mario Kart on sterioids.

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

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12 Frogger

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

And 2d version is harder than 3d

Frogger 3D don't even get me started...it took me a month to beat level TWO! LEVEL TWO! - Co0lk1d25

13 Ninja Gaiden

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

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

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.

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

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15 Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts

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

16 Sonic and the Secret Rings

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.

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

The errazor jinn is so hard I cannot beat it

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17 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

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. - GrumpGamerPS3

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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

Best game ever

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

22 Jak II

One of the best games ever. But insanely hard.

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!

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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


25 Super Meatboy

Harder than I wanna be the guy

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

Harder than cuphead

I saw it on kids react

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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.

Wh wh wha what were they thinking! I die so many times in this game!

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27 RuneScape
28 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

You don't know what the hell you're doing at all in this game not even the nerd can beat it

29 Geometry Dash

Believe me guys for all who voted for most of the games above haven't played this game yet...i bet you all play that game and try beating all levels then I'll consider you as a damn fine player...

Top 1 hardest games.

Theory of everything is horrible to go through

This should definitely be a lot higher - GentleTrouter

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30 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)

31 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)

32 Catherine

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

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

33 Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong wasn't that hard besides the last level

Donkey Kong Country Returns Is The Hardest Game Better Than Disney Infinity Inside Out Playset

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

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34 Demon's Souls

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

35 Gunstar Heroes
36 Robotron: 2084
37 Castlevania

Not that hard

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 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

I got this game when I was like 7, and me and my brother died like a billion times to Kaos, however it is my favorite game in the Skylanders franchise

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

40 Sky Kid
41 Pikmin 2

Pikmin 2 is the hardest game in the world

42 Super Meat Boy

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

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!

43 Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare

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

44 F-Zero GX

Its already at number 10

45 Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil

The only thing that makes this game harder is that you can't save.

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.

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Pretty hard.

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

This game is easy, not hard

47 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse

It should be higher than Castlevania

48 Bloodborne

Like dark souls but harder

How is this so down in the list

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

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

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49 Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin

Hard Expansion of an already hard enough game! - B1ueNew

50 SpongeBob's Boating Bash

What the hey

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

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Top Remixes (18)

1. Bomberman: Act Zero
2. Gun
3. Frogger
1. Dragon Spirit
2. World's Hardest Game 2.0
3. RuneScape
1. Super Meatboy
2. Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare
3. Rock Band

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