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Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.26 4.72 17.12
2 Silver Surfer 2.41 4.68 6.77
3 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1.12 4.63 8.28
4 Battletoads 3.70 4.63 22.74
5 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.54 12.62
6 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.85 4.39 12.58
7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.21 14.22
8 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.19 11.90
9 Ghostbusters 1.78 4.19 9.85
10 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.21 4.14 12.85
11 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.66 4.12 8.19
12 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.13 4.11 11.98
13 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.69 4.11 22.19
14 Castlevania 3.92 4.10 9.11
15 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.23 4.08 13.53
16 Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 3.54 4.08 21.48
17 The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants 2.78 4.05 14.51
18 Milon's Secret Castle 2.87 4.04 11.27
19 Friday the 13th 2.48 4.03 5.85
20 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.21 4.03 10.07
21 Legacy of the Wizard 3.50 4.02 23.67
22 Solomon's Key 3.43 4.01 15.46
23 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 4.01 11.93
24 Ikari Warriors 2.54 4.00 9.73
25 Mega Man 3.76 3.98 8.05
26 Punch-Out!! 4.09 3.97 13.91
27 Top Gun 2.62 3.97 12.67
28 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.95 10.90
29 Back to the Future 1.83 3.95 5.77
30 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.24 3.94 7.21
31 Batman: The Video Game 3.75 3.94 8.52
32 Gradius 3.68 3.92 9.71
33 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2.69 3.91 14.77
34 Marble Madness 3.42 3.91 10.60
35 Metroid 3.86 3.89 13.64
36 Gauntlet 3.39 3.89 23.66
37 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.58
38 Rush'n Attack 3.25 3.88 8.36
39 Fester's Quest 2.75 3.88 6.72
40 Journey to Silius 3.90 3.86 9.16
41 Adventure Island 3.31 3.86 10.98
42 Super C 4.08 3.86 6.21
43 Metal Gear 3.41 3.85 18.72
44 Blaster Master 3.97 3.83 13.46
45 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.51 3.83 9.62
46 Metal Storm 4.01 3.82 6.91
47 Bucky O'Hare 3.88 3.82 8.76
48 The Battle of Olympus 3.74 3.82 18.60
49 Snake Rattle n Roll 3.55 3.80 12.25
50 Life Force 3.91 3.80 8.48
186 games in results