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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Rare

Battletoads (NES)

Battletoads (AKA バトルトード in Japan) is a 2D side-scrolling beat ’em up video game developed by Rare and published by Tradewest for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1991. The game is known to be one of the most difficult NES games out there.

Battletoads Cover Box

Battletoads Cover (NES)

Many would agree that Battletoads looks very similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, and there may have some truth to that. The game follows the story of three toads who are best friends — Rash, Zit, and Pimple. Pimple was kidnapped by their nemesis, the Dark Queen, and it is up to Rash and Zit to rescue him.

To find him, they must go through different levels where they must defeat the forces of the Dark Queen. Each level is unique, which means that it will be a long time before you get bored with this game. On the first level, you must beat up minions who are out to attack you. On the next levels, you must survive a fall, win a race, and beat up more enemies. You’ll be surprised at each challenge you’ll be facing at each level.

Battletoads can be played by two players, but you won’t see any option for two players on the start screen. You will only see “Press Start to Play”. Both you and the other player must press start so you can both play the game. Quite tricky, right?

Be warned, however, that the other player can also inflict damage upon you, even though you’re playing for the same team. This is quite funny, really, since you will both have to repeat the level again when one of you dies. Just consider it something that just makes Battletoads more fun.

The graphics of the game are amazing. They are fun, colorful, and make the game so much more interesting. You can tell that the developers really put a lot of effort when designing the characters and environment of the game.

The difficulty of Battletoads may test your patience and determination to win, but you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun and laughter with this game. Don’t lose your copy of this game — it’s a great one to pull out when you want to bond with friends and family.

Battletoads game has been ported to NES (this version), LCD game, Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Amiga CD32, Arcade, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

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