Hard Times With the Old NES May 21, 2009Posted by Matt in Video Games.
Tags: difficult games, Ghost n' Goblins, Legend of Zelda 2, NES, nintendo, TMNT
I’ve never been very good at video games. Growing up it was quite obvious that when God handed out talents to the kids in our family, he completely skipped over me in favor of Jeff when it came to that particular skill. But, despite my lack of ability, the old Nintendo Entertainment System still holds a special place in my heart. Many were the times we’d fire up that old gray box and while away hours trying to save whichever princess happened to be in peril that moment.
The electronic gaming world has long moved on from those halcyon days of 8 bit glory, but still, even today, many of us find ourselves haunted by the levels we just could not get past, by the evil adversary that would not fall in defeat.
Turns out I’m not the only one.
I came across this article the other day that supposedly lists the five most difficult NES games, so of course I was interested. The five games they identified are as follows:
Contra (without the extra lives cheat)
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (supposedly Tyson is impossible to beat?)
In my 25 or so years of NES experience (I still have our original game machine and it works great), I’ve put in a lot of hours of playtime and I believe there are a few more that could easily be added to the list.
Legend of Zelda 2: First off, this game was a huge letdown from the original and that may cloud my thinking on it a bit, but it sure seemed hard to me back in the day.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The original, non-arcade version was not only a terrible game, but most likely impossible.
And the hardest of all…
Ghost n’ Goblins – I remember getting this game as a kid and thinking about how cool it would be to chunk lances at zombies, of course that was before I realized that the zombies all move about ten times faster than you do. Needless to say, I didn’t make it very far.
What about you? What would you add to the list?