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Hardest NES Games

Rank Title Rating / 5 Difficulty / 5 Length (Hours)
1 Ghosts 'n Goblins 3.27 4.72 16.68
2 Silver Surfer 2.45 4.66 6.84
3 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1.10 4.63 8.62
4 Battletoads 3.70 4.62 22.38
5 Ninja Gaiden 4.00 4.53 12.71
6 Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom 3.83 4.40 12.40
7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.18 4.21 14.42
8 Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos 4.08 4.20 12.07
9 Ghostbusters 1.78 4.17 9.87
10 Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones 3.21 4.12 12.97
11 The Adventures of Bayou Billy 2.67 4.11 7.36
12 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 3.70 4.10 22.46
13 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse 4.13 4.10 12.28
14 Castlevania 3.92 4.09 9.23
15 Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos 3.53 4.08 22.48
16 Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight 3.21 4.07 13.65
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 6.00
21 IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II 3.24 4.01 10.16
22 Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! 4.17 4.00 12.06
23 Ikari Warriors 2.55 3.99 9.94
24 Solomon's Key 3.42 3.99 15.59
25 Mega Man 3.76 3.98 8.02
26 Punch-Out!! 4.09 3.96 14.16
27 Back to the Future 1.84 3.96 5.96
28 Top Gun 2.62 3.95 13.43
29 Abadox: The Deadly Inner War 3.24 3.95 5.90
30 Kid Icarus 3.55 3.94 10.97
31 Batman: The Video Game 3.75 3.93 8.51
32 Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2.69 3.91 14.87
33 Gradius 3.68 3.91 9.89
34 Metroid 3.87 3.89 13.78
35 Marble Madness 3.43 3.89 10.62
36 Rush'n Attack 3.26 3.89 8.38
37 Gauntlet 3.39 3.88 23.49
38 Contra 4.22 3.88 8.59
39 Fester's Quest 2.75 3.87 6.69
40 Metal Gear 3.41 3.85 18.77
41 Super C 4.08 3.85 6.32
42 Adventure Island 3.30 3.85 11.21
43 Journey to Silius 3.95 3.84 9.00
44 1943: The Battle of Midway 3.53 3.83 6.72
45 Blaster Master 3.98 3.83 13.60
46 The Battle of Olympus 3.73 3.82 18.29
47 Metal Storm 4.04 3.81 6.41
48 Bucky O'Hare 3.89 3.81 8.89
49 Life Force 3.92 3.79 8.51
50 EarthBound Beginnings 3.97 3.79 23.18
179 games in results