Battletoads: Why Everyone Must Play It Once

Battletoads Bike Level
Remember Battletoads for the Nintendo NES? Remember the awesome intro, the awesome Dark Queen villain, the awesome pause music? History shows that some have considered Battletoads an overhyped rip-off of Ninja Turtles, but I disagree. Each level was as unique as it was hard, and boy was the game hard.

In fact, many considered Battletoads to be damn near impossible. Many make it to level 3, the hover bike stage, and simply give up out of frustration. It is by all means not the hardest level, but perhaps the most frustrating.

Luckily there were mutiple ways to cheat. One was to find warps that would let you jump levels. The warp in level 1 was after headbutting the two enemies at the beginning of the game, then running forward and up. To learn how to headbutt, you just have to tap forward twice to run, then press the attack button.

The other ways to cheat? Why Game Genie of course! A cheat device made for the Nintendo (and integrated into emulators), the device allow the Battletoads, for example, to have infinite lives (code GXXZZLVI). All Game Genie did was alter assembly code.

There was a Battletoads remake for the Sega Genesis that was mostly the same game with improved graphics. The characters, Rash Pimple and Zitz, were all memorable in their own way. Two of them you could play side-by-side with a friend.

Do you have Battletoads? Did you own it as a kid? Leave a comment.

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