Great, But Frustrating, Old-School Games

Games that may be awesome, but are hard as hell.

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Posted by ahoodedfigure

Wow, yeah.  I still use Ninja Gaiden as an adjective meaning either a game that keeps pulling back the curtain and telling you have to keep playing, or a game that's punishingly difficult.
You think the home game was rough, check out the arcade version Bionic Commando :)

Posted by StarFoxA

No Battletoads? No Zelda II? Those are the two hardest games I have ever played.

Posted by skrutop
@StarFoxA: I didn't find Zelda 2 to be that hard.  And I know it's a classic, but I never liked Battletoads.
Edited by Doppelgamer

I'll also voice my support for BattleToads as an insanely difficult, but good game.  The Ghosts N' Goblins/Ghouls & Ghosts series would qualify as well.  I found Ninja Gaiden III to be the most difficult of the NG trilogy.