I'm a big fan of these top lists, what can I say? I was inspired to make this list after watching one done by a guy I subscribe to on YouTube named RetroGamer3 (His list can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiCHwL2dVOs)
I'm going to try to keep this one as short and sweet as possible because I don't feel like typing novels today. Instead, I'll link to videos of it! :P
Here we go...
10. Ryukotsuki - Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (Chapter 11: The Legend of Fuma DLC)
This boss is extremely tough (as all bosses are) if you're not using the overpowered Somanways or Yasucards. With a fantastic boss track, a bit of bullet hell, and some personality to go along with the challenge, this one is always a fun one for me. After running through the chapter hundreds of times, that's saying something.
9. Dark Falz (Final Form) - Phantasy Star Universe
Nothing quite says "HOLY CRUD, BOSS!" like a giant serpent that shoots god lasers and nuclear meteors! This boss remained tough even after maxing my character out to lv. 180, and was one of the only bosses that truly still left the fear in my heart when fighting them after thousands of hours of playtime.
8. Ganon - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Many may be puzzled why I'd pick this Ganon fight over others, but this is simply the one I've got the most nostalgia for, and I think it's pretty bad ass how he teleports around.
7. Bald Bull - Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
When you face this guy for the first time, you're feeling a good about yourself, then go "WTF THIS GUY IS HUGE!" Then you meet his Bull Charge....
6. The Great Mighty Poo - Conker's Bad Fur Day
Name me another boss in history that sings you a song as you fight it? Let alone one this hilarious. Such a memorable little turd...
5. The Four Kings - Dark Souls
Clip taken from my very own playthrough uploaded to YouTube (check out the rest of the run here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA1AA1414BAAD0502&feature=view_all) I have many stories and memories linked to this boss fight, but I've talked about the game ad naseum already. I made it look like a bit of a cakewalk in this video, but TRUST ME IT ISN'T!
4. The Black Car - Ridge Racer
Gee, thanks Namco. No wonder you publish Dark Souls. You've been pulling "dick" moves yourself for a long time. This was one scary as hell "boss fight", but when you managed to actually overcome this guy and win, you were on top of the world... and you got his car. :D
3. Lavos - Chrono Trigger
This was the only video I could find that had the entire ending that didn't disable embed. Truly one of the most epic boss battles of all time. By the time you get to this point, you're stricken with emotion and ready to kick some ass.... or get yours kicked. I know I did SEVERAL times. Once you do it, though... BOOM you're on top of the world.
2. Mike Tyson - Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Come on, you thought I'd put on Bald Bull and not Iron Mike? I remember sitting there, controller in hand, unable to contain my excitement to take down the final guy, Mike Tyson... and getting knocked out in ONE hit. I BEAT DID HIM THOUGH! WOOOOOOO! A shame that a lot of people probably only remember the crappy Mr. Dream version.
1. OTHER PLAYERS - The Souls Game Series
"What?" You're asking yourself. How can another player be a boss fight? Well, in the Souls game series (Dark Souls, Demon's Souls), this is a reality... and a scary one! Imagine playing a game, and at complete random (or at the worst possible moment), someone enters your world with the intent of only killing YOU. This person is as able bodied and of as quickness of mind as you are, or moreso... and your only option is to duel them to the death or pussy out and pull your ethernet cable/quit to dashboard or XMB. Fortunetly, if you're of quick reflexes and a bit lucky, you can sprint your way to the boss door and send them back to their own world. Every time I get invaded or invade another player, it gets my blood pumping like no other thing in game history.
You may say to yourself "Well, that's not a REAL boss fight", but even then, one of the Arch-Demon boss battles in Demon's Souls requires you to face off against another live human as your boss fight. NOW THAT IS INSANE!
BTW, I could watch montages like the one above all night.
There ya have it! What do you think?