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84. Hydlide

Hydlide (1989, NES) by FCI

Current NES Leaderboard (Any%)

“This game… is ******* Hydliiiiide” -Toad22484

This is a game that will infuriate you, frustrate you, and make you turn it off so quickly that your head will spin.  You’ll curse the 20 second loop of music that NEVER stops and you can NOT turn it off...

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193. The Incredible Crash Dummies

The Incredible Crash Dummies (1994, NES) by LJN

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LJN, you bastardly rainbow company of doom… every time you seem to learn your lessons and take a step forward, you get hit by an enemy and get knocked 100 steps back into a wall, where your head flies off reversing your controls as you get pounded...

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109. Ghosts’n Goblins

Ghosts’n Goblins (1986, NES) by Capcom

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Some games have a reputation that proceeds them.  These games are notorious for their legendary status as a quarter-munching test of patience, skill, and fortitude...

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115. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Video Game Adventure (1991, NES) by LJN

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This game sucks.

Were you expecting something profound?

Ok fine.  This game is not the worst thing in the world for any particular category.  That said, this game is so bad at everything that it doesn’t matter...

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124. The Adventures of Bayou Billy

The Adventures of Bayou Billy (1989, NES) by Konami

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Some games have a single, fatal flaw that takes it down from a potential gem to an average game (titles like Double Dragon, Castlevania II, or Adventure Island come to mind), or even completely ruin it altogether...

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106. River City Ransom

River City Ransom (1990, NES) by American Technos

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This is such an odd game, both casually and as a speedrun.  That’s easy enough for me to say, honestly; most of the games in the AVGN Trials are odd at best...

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78. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1990, NES) by Konami

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Akumajou Densetsu (Famicom) 
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES)
-Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (NES) The Famicom version was chosen because I want them catJAMs

There are s...

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62. Milon’s Secret Castle

Milon’s Secret Castle (1987, NES) by Hudson Soft

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A common theme I’ve noticed with a good chunk of the games in the AVGN Trials is that I am afraid of them, yet once I pick them up, I discover that, beneath the layers of notoriety and difficulty that most games offer players in casual settings, ...

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185. The Immortal

The Immortal (1990, NES) by Electronic Arts

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Some games have all the graphics, and no gameplay.  Others play like Popeye or Pac-Man, with rudimentary graphics, repetitive music, and archaic gameplay...

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170. Bad News Baseball

Bad News Baseball (1990, NES) by Tecmo

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This game couldn’t have been drawn at a better time.

The Trials are chock-full of difficult games, bad games, and games I did NOT want to play...

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