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Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.29 4.71 16.71
2 Battletoads 3.71 4.59 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 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.72 4.09 22.44
10 Castlevania 3.93 4.09 9.19
11 Milon's Secret Castle 2.83 4.09 12.19
12 Ghostbusters 1.82 4.08 10.59
13 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.67 4.05 8.02
14 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.80 4.05 15.06
15 Legacy of the Wizard 3.50 4.03 22.77
16 Friday the 13th 2.47 4.01 6.02
17 Mega Man 3.78 3.98 8.55
18 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.24 3.98 10.51
19 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 3.97 11.99
20 Ikari Warriors 2.57 3.97 10.31
21 Punch-Out!! 4.07 3.95 15.34
22 Back to the Future 1.83 3.95 6.52
23 Top Gun 2.59 3.95 14.24
24 Batman: The Video Game 3.76 3.95 8.07
25 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.23 3.93 4.50
26 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.92 11.29
27 Gradius 3.70 3.89 10.90
28 Metroid 3.88 3.88 14.15
29 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.72
30 Marble Madness 3.42 3.86 9.76
31 Gauntlet 3.37 3.86 24.86
32 Fester's Quest 2.72 3.85 6.64
33 Super C 4.08 3.85 6.46
34 Metal Gear 3.41 3.83 18.64
35 Adventure Island 3.30 3.83 12.25
36 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.52 3.81 6.33
37 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World 2.80 3.81 8.79
38 Blaster Master 3.98 3.81 12.75
39 Bucky O'Hare 3.89 3.80 9.64
40 Life Force 3.94 3.77 8.44
41 Dragon Warrior II 3.73 3.76 36.41
42 Snake Rattle n Roll 3.61 3.76 12.27
43 Batman: Return of the Joker 3.53 3.75 10.44
44 EarthBound Beginnings 4.02 3.74 22.81
45 Double Dragon 3.68 3.70 8.75
46 The Guardian Legend 4.20 3.69 12.46
47 The Legend of Zelda 4.26 3.69 22.60
48 Bionic Commando 3.91 3.67 11.27
49 Rygar 3.63 3.67 12.35
50 Battletoads & Double Dragon 3.73 3.67 18.25
141 games in results