Codex Gamicus

Battletoads is a game released for the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released due to the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game is considered one of the most difficult games released.

The game was developed by Rare. Their game would see many sequels and games of the same name, including Battletoads (arcade) aka Super Battletoads, Battletoads & Double Dragon and Battletoads in Battlemaniacs. The game was also ported to the Game Boy, featuring new levels, a slightly altered storyline and a name change to Battletoads in Ragnarok's World.[1]


Zitz and Angelica have been kidnapped by the Dark Queen, who rules the planet, Ragnarok. Rash and Pimple are two anthropomorphic toads, they have to save Princess Angelica and Pimple, who is also a toad.


It is for one or two simultaneous players. The player moves a toad, can jump and attack with punches. There is also a head attack, by pressing Forward, Forward, Punch. There are finishing moves which can be a big punch or a ram attack if the head attack is used when the enemy is stunned.

The game has a great difficulty. According to IGN, it is placed 8th place in its Top 10 most difficult games to beat. The difficulty is not due to the fighting, which is not so difficult. The hard aspect of this game is the levels of racing (the level in which the player must win a race against three rats, consecutively) and evading (Level 3, Volkmire's Inferno and the level of the snakes).

There are 3 lives and 3 continues and no option for saving or password. So the player always has to beat the game to the end. Nevertheless, there are several warps which allow the player to skip ahead two levels.