Flashback Fridays: Battletoads

It’s that time once again to take yet another journey into our gaming past with a little segment that we like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that was so challenging to play that to this day I still can’t beat it without the help of some kind of cheat code. The title that I am talking about is one of the most insane experiences ever created for the NES, Battletoads.

In the early 1990’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated the scene as one of the premiere beat ’em up video game series for the NES. While there were a number of different games created to rival their awesomeness, no title was more successful in being as fun as these ones were than Battletoads. It didn’t do anything new for the genre, but for some reason, an adventure about three giant toads provided a nice alternative to people looking for something just a little bit off the beaten path every once in awhile with their digital experiences. One day I decided to head down to the video store to try it out for myself, and the end result can only be described as enjoyable, yet frustrating beyond belief.

Instead of going over the concept and story aspects of the title, I am going to take some time now to share a personal recollection of my first playthrough of the game instead. At first everything was fine, beating up enemies with giant fists and feet was extremely fun to do, having the ability to fly a mutant pig was awesome, and the environments offered up enough variety in their design to make things interesting, then something happened. Upon entering the Turbo Tunnel Stage (Level 3) I encountered a impossible challenge that I still cannot complete to this day, going for a ride on top of a vehicle through an obstacle course that could make even the most experienced gamers blush.

No matter how often I tried to complete this level it just couldn’t be done. After memorizing every single checkpoint, timing my actions correctly with what’s happening onscreen, and avoiding obstacles like the plague, I still couldn’t find a way to beat the stage. Of course my first reaction to the incredibly difficult obstacles was to blame the developers, because it couldn’t have been something I did at all, no way. Seriously, it’s as if they were making the level and said “You know what, let’s make it as difficult as possible so nobody would be able to beat it”. Personal feelings aside however, this story ends the same way it started, with me still not completing the game after all these years because of the one part I could never finish, which in turn makes this one of the most embarrassing moments from my gaming past.

Battletoads was a unique concept that ended up creating a successful franchise of video games, and is definitely something fans of releasing aggression in a humorous way should definitely consider checking out.

That concludes my story on Battletoads, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a video I found of somebody completing what I consider to be one of the most difficult levels in gaming history. Perhaps this person could teach me a trick or two huh? Enjoy!