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The 10 Hardest NES Games Ever

The year is 2014 and I wake up to the sound of something so familiar but at the same time so old.  A sound burned into my mind as a pre requisite of the best moments of my childhood.  This sound is nothing more then  the sound of someone blowing into a old Nintendo cartridge.   On our last episode of the Jonezcast, Marko Jonez asked the question “What is a game that made you rage quit and leave without ever finishing it”.  It wasn’t surprising that 2 of the three hosts on the show decided that the games that made them mad the most were from the original Nintendo gaming system.   This made me think about what games on the original Nintendo that made me the most raged as a kid.  Here is my list of 10 of the hardest Nintendo games ever made.  This list is not in any particular order.

  1. Top Gun
Top Gun for the NES
Top Gun for the NES

This game was one of those games you kept playing knowing that all your hard work was going to end while you tried to land your plane.  Keyword is “tried”.  It was almost impossible to land that plane with a regular controller.  Funny fact is the Angry Video Game Nerd was able to do it with that Power Glove.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES

This game had some good parts and a lot of bad parts.  Most notably the way everyone died when they had a timed swimming mission that pretty much was the hardest part of any video game ever.  Its very hard and very frustrating.  If you want to have a good time yelling at your TV please give this game a try.

3. Fester’s Quest

Festers Quest NES
Festers Quest NES

Festers Quest was a game that wasn’t to hard in terms of game flow, but its mechanics made it really hard.  The game switches points of views as you enter different location making it that much harder to figure out.  Lets not even get into the fact that you are fighting aliens in a Adam’s Family game.  If you want to have a chuckle please give this title a shot.

4. Solstice

Solstice NES
Solstice NES

This game is ever going to be in my mind as one of the hardest games in the history of puzzle games for the Nintendo.  I think that is because at the time I was only 6 years old.  This game made no sense.  Even to this day playing it I don’t understand why it was made so hard for the audience it was made for.  Give me some slack Nintendo.  This game may have been why I started going outside again.

5. Ghost and Goblins

Ghost And Goblins NES
Ghost And Goblins NES

This Game was fun up until you made it to the first tower.  Then it got hard.  It was cool how you got a suit of armor….for some of the game.  If you were lucky enough to keep it all game it was like you had the mushroom from Super Mario Bros.  Just hope you always have that suit of armor, because it was very hard to come by.  Also a good weapon helped a bit.  Overall it was a hard game and something that made me work to get to the end. Try it out and give me your call on this title.

6. Back to the Future

Back To The Future NES
Back To The Future NES

The back to the future title on the NES was a odd one.  I think it was made based on the popularity of the movie, because honestly it looked like a skateboard dodging game with the Back to The Future title slapped on it.  The game it self was hard and the movement of the characters were sometimes considered broken in a sense.  Dodging things on the floor was usually the hardest part of this game even when you dodged them.  Id say leave this one alone and only play it if you own it. It was that bad.

7. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit NES
Who Framed Roger Rabbit NES

This game is hard from the start.  It seems like every animal in the game gravitates to your position no matter where you are.  Lets not even talk about the bad driving parts, mixed with battles with judge doom.  The only funny part of this game was that you could actually call Jessica Rabbit for help from a toll free 800 number.  What kind of parent would let there kids call this number…..mine did, best help line ever.  To bad the help line was not very helpful even if it was my favorite cartoon character ever helping me.

8. Gyromite

Gyromite NES
Gyromite NES

I think this game was silly in the fact that you needed to use two controllers in order to play it.  Oh wait there was another way.  There was a silly robot you could get that would play the game with you.  Yes it was a game that you could play with a robot friend.  To bad the robot was really bad at playing the game.  If he wasn’t placed in the right location he would kill you most of the time.  I think its funnier how this game is easier to play with one controller at your feet and the other in your hands.  It was a good idea, but there was to much stuff going on in game in order for you to use two controllers at once.

9. Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

Mike Tyson's Punch Out NES
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out NES

How many of you ever lost your code to get back to Mike Tyson so you could get pummeled to death again and again.  Enough said, that what this game was, ANGER.  I didn’t mind every other fighter up to Mike.  Mike was just really hard to beat with out codes or a Game Genie.

10. Adventure of Tom Sawyer

Adventures of Tom Sawyer NES
Adventures of Tom Sawyer NES

This is the last game on my list of really hard games to beat.  I beat this game once and once only.   I had infinite lives, but I beat it.  Its once of those games where when you die you move all the way to the start.  The levels were not small and getting back to the point you died on was hard on its own.  I don’t know if the time spent cheating was even worth it once I won.  I do know that it was a hard game I would recommend to any avid NES gamer out there.  It was an awkward story for Tom Sawyer to even be in, but ehh.  Video games are always cooler then books.

Well I hope you enjoyed this list,  I will be posting more lists up as soon as I get a chance.  Thanks for reading and I hope you can relate to the anger that was my childhood.  Leave some comments in the section below and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website to get the latest podcast episodes when they go live.

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