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Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.27 4.72 16.74
2 Silver Surfer 2.45 4.66 6.84
3 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1.12 4.64 8.62
4 Battletoads 3.70 4.62 22.92
5 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.53 12.84
6 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.83 4.39 12.70
7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.21 14.36
8 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.19 12.21
9 Ghostbusters 1.77 4.18 9.64
10 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.21 4.12 12.97
11 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.66 4.11 7.26
12 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.13 4.11 12.36
13 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.70 4.11 22.43
14 Castlevania 3.92 4.09 9.26
15 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.22 4.07 13.65
16 Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 3.54 4.07 21.91
17 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.81 4.04 14.53
18 Legacy of the Wizard 3.51 4.04 24.12
19 Milon's Secret Castle 2.87 4.04 11.38
20 Friday the 13th 2.47 4.01 5.93
21 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.23 4.01 10.16
22 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 4.00 11.97
23 Ikari Warriors 2.54 4.00 9.94
24 Solomon's Key 3.43 3.99 15.59
25 Mega Man 3.76 3.98 8.03
26 Punch-Out!! 4.09 3.97 14.06
27 Back to the Future 1.84 3.96 5.91
28 Top Gun 2.62 3.96 12.87
29 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.94 10.93
30 Batman: The Video Game 3.75 3.93 8.50
31 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.25 3.92 7.22
32 Gradius 3.68 3.91 9.81
33 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2.69 3.91 14.87
34 Marble Madness 3.42 3.90 10.62
35 Metroid 3.86 3.89 13.77
36 Rush'n Attack 3.25 3.89 8.46
37 Gauntlet 3.39 3.88 23.93
38 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.54
39 Fester's Quest 2.75 3.87 6.69
40 Adventure Island 3.30 3.86 11.12
41 Metal Gear 3.41 3.85 18.77
42 Super C 4.08 3.85 6.32
43 Journey to Silius 3.94 3.85 9.00
44 Blaster Master 3.98 3.83 13.58
45 The Battle of Olympus 3.73 3.83 18.29
46 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.53 3.82 8.32
47 Bucky O'Hare 3.88 3.81 8.89
48 Metal Storm 4.03 3.80 6.32
49 Life Force 3.92 3.80 8.51
50 EarthBound Beginnings 3.97 3.79 23.16
180 games in results