The Angry Video Game Nerd has become so popular over the years, it's almost branded a household name with console gamers out there. So much so that James Rolfe is his name in real life and is best know for his comical and informative web television series.
He has even went so far as to make a movie based on it, where he must deal with his worst fear, the Atari 2600 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, a game that many classic gamers completely despise. James, who is a few years younger than I am, is also not only a gaming expert, but knows the hardware inside and out like myself who also has collected more games and systems than many of you can imagine.
A while back he took the liberty of putting together a compilation of some of the hardest and most challenging games ever made. Of course, wouldn't you know it, there are three out of 10 titles that made the list and they just happen to be Konami games. Indeed, and 8-bit Nintendo games at that. Actually they all were, but then again that was my golden era of gaming for me, and the most memorable time in my childhood.
The three that made the list were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at #9, the original Castlevania at #8, and Castlevania III - Dracula's Curse at #7. I've played them all of course, and I can verify that those are probably not only three of the best games for the original NES system, but also very challenging indeed.
It seems when I was a child my reflexes were much sharper and faster than they are now. When you get older, things start to slow down a bit, and if I had to go back and play these games once again, I likely couldn't make it all the way through. Let's take a run down of why shall we, and a triop down memory lane if you will.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - NES
That's right, who could forget this timeless classic gem. When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first made its debut on the Saturday morning cartoon lineup, it seemed only fair to bring out a video game right? Konami acquired the license to do so, and gave birth to what has to be one of the best 8-bit console titles ever made.
It also was quite challenging to many fans, especially when you get to the water level and have to avoid getting electrified. Touch them one too many times, and you're turtle soup.
The original Castlevania - NES
Knights to the left of me, Medusa heads to the right, here I am....stuck in the middle with you. My Castlevania version by Stealers Wheel, but it hits the nail on the head when it comes to how challenging this game can be. Talk about some tight situations you get into.
Especially on the stage area right before the boss where you have knights to deal with who throw axes at you at the same time medusa heads are flying across the screen.
Makes you want to pull your hair out sometimes, and if that wasn't hard enough, you had to face Death himself, which many players had difficulty mastering. But a treasured classic this is and will always be. Many fans of the Castlevania series want to see it kept in the same traditional 2D format as it always has been.
Perhaps with the difficulty toned down a notch to boot. An unforgettable experience to say the least.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - NES
After the first Castlevania game made its release, Konami decided to do a little something different with the next installment called Simon's Quest. While it did resonate with many players out there, die hard fans of the series demanded a full return to what put the original title on the map. Dracula's Curse was the answer to their woes, and rightly so.
It took the best that made the original so great and multiplied it 10 fold, adding a longer game, multiple characters to play, and along with it some of the most challenging gameplay ever to land in the palm of your hands. As with TMNT and the original Castlevania, don't fall into the water or off some cliff.
This is decidedly my favorite one on the 8-bit Nintendo console.
Angry Video Game Nerd Top 10 hardest NES games of all time.
Warning - NSFW - Coarse Language
After watching the video, do you think any of the three Konami games mentioned should have been place in a different position? Perhaps you think certain titles should have been added or taken out of the video. Fire away with your thoughts in the comment section below.