Battletoads (NES)

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The Dark Queen has attacked and kidnapped (toadnapped?) your best buddy. To make matters worse, she nabbed the best looking girl around! So, what will you do? Cry? Whimper? Hide? Call the Starcops? NO! Cause you're a Battletoad! Battletoads don't cry, hide or call for help! And they certainly don't whimper! They get MAD then they get EVEN! So grab your blaster, hop on the Toadster and go get 'em!

You will control a battletoad through various levels. Some are side-scrolling beat-em-ups, other are vertical drops down a shaft, fighting as you go, others have you riding a rocket or surfboard, shooting or avoiding enemies. At the end of each area, there is a boss. In some areas, about half-way through, you may have a mini-boss.


Battletoads NES And quickly turns into the fire realm where you pilot a jet through deadly fireballs and firewalls
Battletoads NES After the miniboss, surf's up again
Battletoads NES Clinger Winger, level 11, puts you on a jet unicycle as you race to outrun a deadly spiral wheel-- that you get to fight anyway at the end of the level
Battletoads NES The Revolution (level 12) is where you journey to the top of a tall cylindrical tower; hang on tight or this windbag will blow you off the edge

Alternate Titles

  • "バトルトード" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Perhaps the ultimate challenge for the NES Multimedia Mike (17554) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
So difficult! ashley clifford (3) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A tough NES game Scott G (729) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
A funny, weird, aggravating, and quite difficult game Feem (45) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The hardest game of all time? Patrick Connors (4) unrated
Impossiblest game ever Bregalad (937) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Bad design, nothing more. Katharian Berg (19) 1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars1.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Dragon Nov, 1992 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines Apr, 1992 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1991 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers May 29, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Nintendo Magazine System UK Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited Sep, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Random Access 2005 5.5 out of 10 55
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 4 out of 10 40
The DOS Spirit Sep 02, 2011 2 out of 6 33


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On level 9 (Terra Tubes), you'll hear the same music as level 5 (Surf City) in the NES version, but you'll hear the same music as level 8 (Intruder Excluder) in the Genesis version. It's the only place where the musics doesn't match between the various versions.

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Kartanym (10751) added Battletoads (NES) on Oct 13, 2002
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