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Hardest NES Games: Action

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.29 4.71 16.71
2 Battletoads 3.71 4.60 22.80
3 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.52 12.87
4 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.83 4.43 12.89
5 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.22 13.03
6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.20 14.18
7 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.21 4.13 12.09
8 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.14 4.10 11.80
9 Castlevania 3.93 4.09 9.19
10 Milon's Secret Castle 2.83 4.09 12.19
11 Ghostbusters 1.82 4.08 10.59
12 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.80 4.05 15.06
13 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.67 4.05 8.02
14 Mega Man 3.78 3.98 8.55
15 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.24 3.98 10.51
16 Ikari Warriors 2.57 3.97 10.31
17 Back to the Future 1.83 3.95 6.52
18 Batman: The Video Game 3.76 3.95 8.07
19 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.23 3.93 4.50
20 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.92 11.29
21 Gradius 3.70 3.89 10.90
22 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.72
23 Gauntlet 3.37 3.86 24.86
24 Super C 4.08 3.85 6.46
25 Adventure Island 3.30 3.83 12.25
26 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.52 3.81 6.33
27 Blaster Master 3.98 3.81 12.75
28 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World 2.80 3.81 8.79
29 Bucky O'Hare 3.89 3.80 9.64
30 Life Force 3.94 3.77 8.44
31 Snake Rattle n Roll 3.61 3.76 12.27
32 Batman: Return of the Joker 3.53 3.75 10.44
33 Double Dragon 3.68 3.70 8.75
34 The Guardian Legend 4.20 3.69 12.46
35 Bionic Commando 3.91 3.67 11.27
36 Rygar 3.63 3.67 12.35
37 Battletoads & Double Dragon 3.73 3.67 18.25
38 Contra Force 3.33 3.64 10.67
39 Mega Man 3 4.20 3.62 10.10
40 Little Nemo: The Dream Master 3.84 3.61 8.21
41 1942 3.10 3.61 6.17
42 Double Dragon II: The Revenge 3.90 3.60 10.32
43 Mega Man 2 4.31 3.60 9.44
44 David Crane's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia 3.06 3.56 8.76
45 Arkanoid 3.44 3.46 7.56
46 Mega Man 4 3.97 3.41 9.74
47 Astyanax 3.24 3.40 4.97
48 Ice Climber 3.20 3.39 7.23
49 Wizards & Warriors 3.58 3.38 9.34
50 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game 3.94 3.35 10.51
90 games in results