Best of ND 2013: Top Ten: Rare Games

Rare made a lot of hits for Nintendo over their time together. Which game reigns supreme?

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/02/2014 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

10) Battletoads

Battletoads Screenshot

Platform: NES (1991)

Going by the company name Tradewest in the US in the early nineties, Rare founders Tim and Chris Stamper’s Battletoads pushed NES to its graphical limits. Starring Rash, Zitz, and Pimple, the Stampers’ anthropomorphic toads were inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles zeitgeist, but distinguished themselves through quality gameplay. Rare’s legendary brawler is remembered for its excellent visuals and crushing difficulty. Utter the words Turbo Tunnel to anyone who has played the game, and you’ll be met with shaking heads and stories of being within inches of the end, but never making it. For those who can get past the unforgiving nature of Battletoads, there is a lot of fun to be had. Fighting is rock solid, with a variety of moves to use and even a couple of weapons to wield. Composer David Wise (who will be popping up more than once on this list) also provided some catchy songs that matched the feel of the game perfectly. All these years later, Battletoads is still worth all the blood, sweat, and tears of a playthrough.

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