Everyone loves a challenging action game. But, if the challenge takes too much of your concentration and your hand-eye coordination, then you know that you’re in for a real fight. When it comes to the NES game library, there will always be those notorious games. Ones that you play it for hours or even for days and yet you still lose in the end. How many times have you yelled at your younger brothers and/or sisters for annoying you while trying to beat Ninja Gaiden? Or how many times have you grumbled until your parents scolded you for not doing any chores at home? Countless, I believe. Countless times.
Challenge Is Good
Of course, it makes everything worth your while when you finally beat the game. The bragging rights, the “ohhhs” and “ahhhs” from your friends, and the stare of envy from the other gamers of your community. This simply makes the effort of beating those difficult action game in the NES library all worth the sacrifice. So today, let’s revisit the past as we go through some of the most difficult NES games of all time.
Ghosts ’N Goblins
Right off the bat, is this nightmare of an action game from the game developer that made Mega Man, which is another game that almost broke the minds of little kids. Capcom probably has one hell of a game designer and developer because he can build games that torture the heart and soul of kids everywhere. In Ghosts ‘N Goblins, you play as Arthur, a knight who has to rescue the lovely princess Prinprin from Satan. In later versions, he becomes Astaroth. At the start of the game, you have to destroy monsters that bar in your way with a spear. No problem right? Dead wrong! The enemies in this game are atrociously difficult to kill and each time you pass one level. And the worst part is that the enemies for the next level become utterly more difficult to kill. And when you finally get to the last level and kill Astaroth (or Satan), the screen goes black and you get back to the start of the game. Yes, the first game was an illusion, so off you go again and you have to repeat the game to get the true ending. For an action game, this one takes too much action out of you!
If the first one was hell, then this action game is infernal. Welcome to a game where you only have one life, you can’t touch anything and millions of projectiles thrown at your face. The Silver Surfer must’ve angered the gaming gods to have a game this horrible. It was so horrible that the Angry Video Game Nerd made a review of the game and stopped midway out of complete horror.
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
Okay, the Ninja Gaiden series is already chock full of hard to beat titles, but this one takes the cake. More like two cakes, to be precise. With levels that challenge your hand and eye coordination. It has enemies that seem to appear at all times. Traps that blow your mind away because you can’t seem to evade them. And, Ninja Gaiden III is probably the worst Ninja Gaiden game ever.
Ah yes, the beat’em up action game that destroyed friendships. Battletoads for the NES was a punishing game for people who love to play games with their friends or siblings. You’d think that because it is a coop game, enemies would be easier to kill right? WRONG! Friendly fire exists in this game and your lives are shared. Meaning if one gets hurt, the other player feels it too. And if that wasn’t bad enough, when you die, you get back at the start of the game with the same number of lives that you had before you died. Just wonderful.
Capcom’s legendary shoot’em up side scrolling action game. It is the first Mega Man will always be remembered as a classic and also, one of the most frustrating games to beat. The levels are hard and any slip up with the controls will make you fall off from a platform or ladder thus leading to your death.