List Criteria

Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.26 4.72 16.70
2 Silver Surfer 2.43 4.66 6.84
3 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1.12 4.64 8.62
4 Battletoads 3.70 4.62 22.91
5 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.53 12.82
6 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.83 4.39 12.83
7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.21 14.33
8 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.20 12.15
9 Ghostbusters 1.77 4.18 9.64
10 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.21 4.12 12.96
11 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.66 4.11 7.85
12 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.70 4.11 22.44
13 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.13 4.11 12.09
14 Castlevania 3.92 4.09 9.27
15 Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 3.53 4.08 21.91
16 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.23 4.07 13.55
17 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.80 4.05 14.51
18 Legacy of the Wizard 3.51 4.04 23.88
19 Milon's Secret Castle 2.87 4.04 11.38
20 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.23 4.02 10.16
21 Friday the 13th 2.47 4.01 5.93
22 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 4.00 11.94
23 Ikari Warriors 2.54 4.00 9.94
24 Solomon's Key 3.43 3.99 15.59
25 Mega Man 3.76 3.97 8.03
26 Punch-Out!! 4.09 3.97 14.06
27 Top Gun 2.62 3.96 12.67
28 Back to the Future 1.84 3.96 5.91
29 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.94 10.93
30 Batman: The Video Game 3.74 3.93 8.52
31 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.25 3.92 7.22
32 Gradius 3.68 3.92 9.81
33 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2.69 3.91 14.87
34 Marble Madness 3.42 3.90 10.47
35 Metroid 3.86 3.89 13.76
36 Gauntlet 3.39 3.88 23.93
37 Rush'n Attack 3.26 3.88 8.21
38 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.54
39 Fester's Quest 2.75 3.87 6.69
40 Metal Gear 3.41 3.85 18.61
41 Super C 4.08 3.85 6.29
42 Adventure Island 3.30 3.85 11.11
43 Journey to Silius 3.93 3.85 9.00
44 Blaster Master 3.97 3.83 13.50
45 The Battle of Olympus 3.74 3.83 18.55
46 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.53 3.81 8.32
47 Bucky O'Hare 3.88 3.81 8.88
48 Metal Storm 4.03 3.80 6.32
49 Life Force 3.91 3.79 8.54
50 Dragon Warrior II 3.73 3.79 37.33
181 games in results