The Hardest Video Games To Complete Video Games
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The Hardest Video Games To Complete

List Criteria: Vote up the hardest games to complete and add any that truly ruined your life

Video games are supposed to be hard. That's the whole point. Why play a game you can just breeze through in a few hours. The best video games should be challenging and engaging. But sometimes a game comes along that is nearly impossible to complete. What are the most difficult video games to beat? Vote up the hardest games to complete below.

Why would these video game developers make a game that's near-impossible to defeat? These games spank you seven ways from Sunday, making you wonder why you ever played them at all. Of course then you restart and go at it all over again. One of the games on this list was so tricky and hard to complete that Nintendo execs didn't even release it in America.

Vote up the games that broke controllers, shattered televisions, and ruined childhoods. The hardest video games that were more than just a challenge - they were games that were almost impossible to beat.

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  1. 1
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    Ghosts'n Goblins was a side scroller that used its gameplay to scare the crap out of you. Constant ghosts and... goblins... leaping out, causing you to fall to your doom. It's insanely hard to get to the last level, much less complete it.

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    Another game legendary for it's simultaneous difficulty and fun, Castlevania seemed to find all your weaknesses in every moment and exploit them. It's hard to explain just how hard Castlevania is and why, but play it and you'll quickly see.

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    A side scroller, beat 'em up with already near impossible villains, Battletoads was also two player so you were tempted to join in with a buddy resulting in almost no room on the screen, constantly bumping into one another, and general madness.

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    Even more difficult than its already daunting predecessor, Ghosts'n Goblins (which is also on this list). Ghouls'n Ghosts threw even more enemies at you, had a moving landscape, and every jump required pixel perfect accuracy or you were DONE. Sometimes in just a single hit.

    Then there was the ending of the game... which put you right back in the beginning again, making you complete it twice to truly beat the game.

  5. 5
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    Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. When a game is famous for making cheat codes commonplace on major consoles you KNOW it's hard. Play it with NO codes. Three lives for all 8 levels. Even the frickin' SCREEN moves to spite you. That waterfall level man...

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    This game is so hard, Nintendo executives blocked its release in the United States. Booby trapped power ups, flying enemies, gusts of wind, hidden Goombas designed to pop up for a quick kill, and even POISONED MUSHROOMS. Nothing is sacred.

  7. 7
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    Why it was Hard: Early opponents were super fast and hard enough (though they had a prettyy conspicuous X on their weak spots..) Once you got to the big boss - Mike Tyson it was near impossible. Your punches did practically nothing to him and HIS punches ended the fight. You'd have to dodge every one of his blows and land dozens of your own.

  8. 8
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    The famous top down style of the first Zelda was replaced here with a traditional (and all the rage at the time) side scroller. Not only was this side scroller so impossibly hard... but you only got three lives and no saves. Not to mention how hard the Dark Maze in Death Mountain was.

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    Well let's just say that every Mega Man after (and there are many) added things to make gameplay easier. Every cool upgrade was really only relevant towards one specific boss. The jumping modes were merciless and since you couldn't save, all those barely won victories had to be redone every single time.

  10. 10
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    Not only are you fighting endless hordes of your enemies you must also satiate your blade, or IT will kill you. This means no rest, no pacing yourself ,CONSTANT fury, and fighting though the whole game.

  11. 11
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    This game was so hard it resulted in letters and emails of complaint from gamers, claiming it was impossible. It wasn't, but man, did it require levels of patience we don't have like we did back in the side scrolling days.

  12. 12
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    The entire series is hard but this one in particular has bosses so hard that it makes you question any and all of your gaming prowess.

  13. 13
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    You have to drive around relentless tracks at breakneck speed (though this is one of the best games to illustrate speed for the time) while you're being assaulted by obstacles in your path AND having your energy drained as you slam into one wall then the other. Don't play it on hard, just don't.

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