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Hardest NES Games: Action

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.28 4.71 18.09
2 Battletoads 3.71 4.60 22.85
3 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.52 12.86
4 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.83 4.44 12.88
5 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.22 13.08
6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.20 13.99
7 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.22 4.12 13.57
8 Ghostbusters 1.81 4.11 10.55
9 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.14 4.10 12.09
10 Castlevania 3.93 4.09 9.28
11 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.67 4.05 8.02
12 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.81 4.05 15.06
13 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.21 4.05 15.89
14 Milon's Secret Castle 2.87 4.05 11.77
15 Ikari Warriors 2.57 3.99 10.16
16 Mega Man 3.78 3.98 8.37
17 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.25 3.97 10.39
18 Back to the Future 1.83 3.95 6.63
19 Batman: The Video Game 3.76 3.94 7.91
20 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.23 3.94 4.42
21 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.92 11.30
22 Gradius 3.70 3.90 10.79
23 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.97
24 Gauntlet 3.38 3.87 24.86
25 Super C 4.08 3.84 6.30
26 Journey to Silius 3.96 3.82 9.36
27 Adventure Island 3.30 3.81 11.93
28 Blaster Master 3.98 3.81 13.37
29 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.54 3.80 6.18
30 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World 2.82 3.80 8.64
31 Bucky O'Hare 3.89 3.78 9.47
32 Life Force 3.93 3.78 8.98
33 Batman: Return of the Joker 3.53 3.75 10.09
34 Snake Rattle n Roll 3.60 3.74 12.00
35 Double Dragon 3.67 3.71 8.58
36 Bionic Commando 3.90 3.68 11.35
37 The Guardian Legend 4.19 3.67 12.40
38 Rygar 3.63 3.66 11.75
39 Battletoads & Double Dragon 3.73 3.66 17.51
40 Contra Force 3.33 3.64 11.69
41 Little Nemo: The Dream Master 3.83 3.63 8.36
42 Mega Man 3 4.20 3.63 9.82
43 Double Dragon II: The Revenge 3.90 3.61 10.50
44 Mega Man 2 4.30 3.60 9.35
45 1942 3.12 3.59 5.95
46 RoboCop 2.79 3.56 17.32
47 David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 3.06 3.55 8.71
48 Arkanoid 3.44 3.46 7.46
49 Astyanax 3.24 3.41 4.92
50 Mega Man 4 3.98 3.40 9.57
97 games in results