List Criteria

Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.28 4.72 16.97
2 Silver Surfer 2.42 4.66 7.23
3 Battletoads 3.71 4.61 22.86
4 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.52 12.72
5 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.84 4.40 12.22
6 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.20 14.46
7 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.20 12.32
8 Ghostbusters 1.79 4.14 9.97
9 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.22 4.12 13.22
10 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.66 4.11 7.35
11 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.14 4.11 12.23
12 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.70 4.10 22.42
13 Castlevania 3.93 4.09 9.15
14 Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 3.52 4.07 21.77
15 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.21 4.06 14.34
16 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.81 4.05 14.76
17 Legacy of the Wizard 3.50 4.04 23.36
18 Milon's Secret Castle 2.86 4.02 11.38
19 Friday the 13th 2.47 4.01 5.96
20 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.25 4.01 10.34
21 Ikari Warriors 2.56 4.00 10.15
22 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 3.99 12.15
23 Mega Man 3.76 3.97 8.08
24 Back to the Future 1.84 3.97 5.90
25 Top Gun 2.62 3.96 13.43
26 Punch-Out!! 4.09 3.96 14.47
27 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.24 3.94 5.77
28 Batman: The Video Game 3.75 3.93 8.62
29 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.93 11.08
30 Gradius 3.69 3.91 10.35
31 Gauntlet 3.39 3.90 24.04
32 Metroid 3.87 3.89 14.02
33 Marble Madness 3.43 3.88 10.70
34 Rush'n Attack 3.25 3.88 8.24
35 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.73
36 Fester's Quest 2.73 3.86 6.43
37 Super C 4.08 3.86 6.31
38 Metal Gear 3.41 3.86 18.68
39 Journey to Silius 3.95 3.85 9.25
40 Adventure Island 3.30 3.84 11.31
41 The Battle of Olympus 3.71 3.82 17.96
42 Blaster Master 3.98 3.82 13.30
43 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.53 3.82 6.84
44 Metal Storm 4.03 3.81 6.10
45 Bucky O'Hare 3.88 3.80 8.94
46 Life Force 3.93 3.79 8.62
47 Dragon Warrior II 3.73 3.79 36.85
48 EarthBound Beginnings 3.98 3.78 22.70
49 Snake's Revenge 3.17 3.78 17.31
50 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World 2.84 3.78 8.64
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