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Battletoads (NES)

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Written by  :  Multimedia Mike (17464)
Written on  :  Aug 03, 2005
Platform  :  NES
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Summary

Perhaps the ultimate challenge for the NES

The Good

This game is a serious breakthrough in NES gaming and sets a new standard for excellence, as well as sheer challenge. The principle figures in this game are the three Battletoads, their vulture mentor, the princess, and the Dark Queen. The Dark Queen kidnaps one of the Battletoads and the princess and it's up to the other two toads to go after them. One person can play alone or 2 players can team up cooperatively to make it through 12 intense stages which include every type of action you can imagine: fly-through shooting, martial arts action, racing, surfing, as well as a bunch of types of action that you've never seen before, such as climbing on large, moving snakes, fighting through the eyes of your enemy, and a 360-degree castle at the very end.

The game also features true multiple-scrolling backgrounds in several places, rather than split screen scrolling as seen in many later NES games. The soundtrack never quits and each level gets its own theme song. One thing is certain about Battletoads: It NEVER gets boring! This is truly one of the best NES games ever.

I have fond memories of this game stressing me out - really, I was stressed over a video game - for a period of about 2 weeks. I often rented games during the summer and when this game hit the rental shelves, I had to rent it 3 times before I finally completed it, which was still cheaper than purchasing the game new.

The Bad

Bugs, lots of them. And not just the flies that you ate for power-ups (which were few and far between). This is a notoriously buggy game, probably a side effect of the tricky programming that went into the game. I once made it to the end of level 10 to face the boss. The boss accidently dropped off the bottom of the screen. Since I did not technically beat him, the level did not end. And I was stuck in a room where it was impossible to lose a life. I eventually had to reset the Nintendo and invest another 2 hours to get back to that point.

Another thing about the game: Level 6, a.k.a. the snake level. Incredibly unique but perhaps the toughest level I have ever played in any game.

The Bottom Line

Battletoads endures to this day as one of the best, most challenging, and most revolutionary action games every created, for the NES or any platform.