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Top 10 Hardest Super Nintendo Games Subscribe: http://goo.gl/Q2kKrD These are the toughest games we ever had the displeasure of subjecting our SNES to. But which is the most difficult? Will it be a classic like Contra III or Prince of Persia, a copycat entry like Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, a beloved platformer like Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest or Castlevania, an obscure one like Earth Worm Jim 2, or everyone’s favorite rage quitter, Super Ghouls & Ghosts. Only one can be the most frustrating, so let’s find out! For this list, we’re not interested in games that are hard due to bad programming, horrible level design or buggy controls. We’re looking for titles that are intentionally challenging and totally worth playing through to the end. WatchMojo's social media pages: http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo http://instagram.com/watchmojo http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo Watch on Watchmojo: http://watchmojo.com/video/id/16584/ Special thanks to our user Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Pérez for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest Check out the voting page here: http://www.watchmojo.com/suggest/Top+10+Hardest+SNES+Games Get WatchMojo merchandise at http://watchmojo.com/store/ WatchMojo’s ten thousand videos on Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Tips, How To’s, Reviews, Commentary and more on Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics, Superheroes. Your trusted authority on ranking Pop Culture.
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Mikee One (1 day ago)
Super ghouls and ghost is easily the hardest ,then Contra 3 .
wolfensteinassassin (1 day ago)
Out of all the games I’ve played to get the good ending to Castlevania Dracula X is the biggest pain in my ass in terms of getting the good ending
Nathan Gallegos (2 days ago)
As a kid I got as far as facing Vader in empire strikes back SNES game but I think one time I beat it
Jeff Billing (6 days ago)
jim power should be on there
M Oczakow (7 days ago)
Actraiser also had a Pro (fighting levels only) mode once regular game was completed, but it was even more difficult than the standard mode.
Kirikugi Esquire (8 days ago)
Honestly, I don't think Dracula X should have been on this list. It isn't that hard of a game, imo, though rest mentioned I do agree with.
Sly88Frye (8 days ago)
I like this list but I don't agree with it fully. First of all the original Earthworm Jim is considerably harder than the second game. Dkc2 is the most difficult dkc game for the SNES by far, but whether I would put it in the top 10 I'm not actually sure.
T.O. Media Studio (14 days ago)
Super Empire Strikes Back was not that hard....
ElegyForTheMasses (15 days ago)
What a joke. You consider DKC2 hard, but yet you consider Hagane easy enough to keep off this list? Seriously? Also, Battlemaniacs was leaps and bounds easier than Battletoads NES. Then you make that "you heard me correctly" remark about the snake section as if that's something we didn't already see in the NES original game. What's with the lack of SHMUPS? There are so many of those that are harder than most of the games on this list.
Doctor 2000 (17 days ago)
Super ghouls and ghosts isn't that hard... I beat the whole game in just a day. That day was today
krispy popplewell (19 days ago)
Really no honorable mention for smash tv?
Wilson Sales (21 days ago)
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Geek Pug BR™ (21 days ago)
I beated Contra 3 Dkc2 Earthworm jim 2 and Actraiser no problem
jidj kiuh (22 days ago)
I simply don't understand why Super ghouls and ghosts always makes these hardest snes games lists. With some motivation and practise, I could beat it pretty fast. When I was a kid I had the Jungle book game. Rareley made it through level 3 on that and if I did I was almost dead anyway. Ten times harder than super ghouls and ghosts. Super ghouls was awesome though. I just think it's difficulty is highly overrated. many snes games harder than that. The jungle book sucked though...
Charl Awesome (25 days ago)
marvel Infinity wars.
cachorro doido (26 days ago)
Donkey Kong Country 2 is so hard than DK2
Xanadhor (1 month ago)
No hagane?
Anime Joe (1 month ago)
How the f*** is Act Raiser on this list??? lol That game was a total joy to play and the difficulty was just right - not hard at all and not too easy.
Victor LaFay (1 month ago)
UN Squadron was pretty hard, even when I had memorized where all the hidden energy recharges and shields were located. I went back to the game after 20 years and tried starting on the hard mode, that was a mistake!
Johnny Martin (1 month ago)
I remember watching my uncle play that Super Star Wars game and ,beating it on one life.
darkeye1000 (1 month ago)
What about Bram Stoker's dracula or darius twin?
Timothy Cason (1 month ago)
Bart's Nightmare was one of the hardest SNES games I've ever played. Way harder than DKC2 or Earthworm Jim imo
Henrique Soares (1 month ago)
Zombies ate my neighbours sucks! The enemies are stronger and faster than you, and they don't have a movement pattern, I wasted my time playing this crap.
Wizards Warrior (1 month ago)
Mario the lost levels
gamemaster deedee (1 month ago)
Hi
steven west (1 month ago)
Maxuim Carnage, fuk that game, lol
Joe Schmoe (1 month ago)
Actraiser wasn't hard at all...
John Tumahab (1 month ago)
"Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts" belongs in the collection of truly bizarre hard games...basically games that reduce the difficulty if you're good at it while making the game harder if you're not. If you're good at "Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts", you'll keep your armor long enough to get the Gold Armor, at which point you'll not only be able to hit enemies far more easily with less platforming skills but you'll gain the ability to use magic which allows you to have temporary invincibility, which is the biggest advantage you can get in that game. The only game I found more infamous for that is "Startropics". You have to have your life filled up as much as possible to keep using your best and most effective weapon, but the more damage you take the weaker your weapon becomes. And if you die, you always only start with enough life to have your weakest weapon, so you can't stay alive long enough to gain enough health to power it up. The only way you can get any use out of it is if you're already skilled enough to never get hit, at which point you wouldn't need the powered-up weapon anyway.
GOD420CRUSH 805 (1 month ago)
Ghouls and ghost gave me ptsd
Brendan Kennedy (1 month ago)
I dont see how a game like Empire Strikes Back is anywhere on the same scale as Actraiser 2.
Chris Bennett (1 month ago)
Remove DKC 2...plus not even an Honorable Mention for Hagane?
Avion Epps (1 month ago)
The Lion King should be on this list
beatmaniak99 (1 month ago)
Actraiser 2 was the only game i never finished till i could save state on an emu.
Eric Cartman (1 month ago)
R-Type 3!!! That game was the hardest SNES game I have ever played!!
Miah Thorpatrick (24 days ago)
Love R-type 3 but such a tough game
Marcus Joly (1 month ago)
E.V.O isn't on this list?
Larry Dimick (1 month ago)
10. Zombies Ate My Neighbors! 9. Prince of Persia 8. Battletoads in Battlemaniacs 7. Donkey Kong Country 2 6. Earthworm Jim 2 5. Ag Grazer 4. Castlevania: Dracula X 3. Super Ghouls N Ghosts 2. Contra III: The Alien Wars 1. Super Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Jennifer (1 month ago)
where was blackthorne? it should have been on here. its fun as absolute hell, but its a bitch.
nonya biz (1 month ago)
the star wars games....
Sarah Elliott (2 months ago)
What, no Zombies Ate My Neighbors??
Sarah Elliott (2 months ago)
Oops I just noticed it is on the list at #10. Still, it should be higher!
Jet Keesee (2 months ago)
Sarah Elliott I thought that game was very difficult
Eric Barlow (2 months ago)
Hardest SNES game for me was Animaniacs. It was very unforgiving.
Slater Brazeal (2 months ago)
Castlevania VI.
Ben Fucrin (2 months ago)
Pilot Wings
TheReincarnatedDeath (2 months ago)
Hmm I remember beating Contra 3.
dani ultimate (2 months ago)
Where is mazinger z??!!
El juego del recuerdo (2 months ago)
te comparto tu best hard game! saludos : www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSRxR1R8Tj4
Bobby Burgess (2 months ago)
Anyone else realize a couple of these games were featured on Nick Arcade?
Deven Keough (2 months ago)
No Mega Man!?
Eduardo Barrezueta (2 months ago)
Nosferatu
bentbooster012 (2 months ago)
You wanna fuck
Flying Boi (15 days ago)
What the fuck
William Macbeth (2 months ago)
Good list.
Nicolas A. Garces Jr. (2 months ago)
Earthworm 1 and contra alien, and adventure
David Vang (2 months ago)
Beat contra, never beat battle toads
UNLebanon (2 months ago)
Donkey Kong Country was not that bad. Jurassic Park with its crazy access card system and no ability to save was HARD!
Julian Messer (2 months ago)
I didn't see Rolling Thunder, Silver Surfer, or X-Men Spiderman: Arcade's Revenge. Those games were incredibly difficult.
Dean Doxtator (2 months ago)
Me and my brother grew playing so many of those games. My favourite was super gouls n ghost, empire strikes back, and DK, surprised Starfox didn't make the list some ppl found that hard like myself, it took long time to find out the secret stages or levels.
William Smith (2 months ago)
Sorry, but DKC 2 ans Actraiser are are hardly "difficult"...
Wolfdragon92584 (2 months ago)
1. SPAWN
DJET 1976 (2 months ago)
Actraiser? Really? Easiest game this 41 year old ever beat.
SuperBrictson (2 months ago)
In what universe Actraiser or DKC2 are harder than Prince Of Persia?
leogoku13 (2 months ago)
With contra I would start on easy and would pass all three levels (easy, med, hard) with one continue. Dying only a few times. I played that game over and over.
Leonardo Ferreira (2 months ago)
I dont think that DK2 is even hard... Hagane??
Gambit (2 months ago)
I beat Empire Strikes Back. Super Ghouls should be number 1. Its totally brutal and the ending is unfair in forcing you to do it all over again. The farthest I got was like the fire stage.
I am Alucard (2 months ago)
i beat number one as a kid.
shawn cypret (2 months ago)
I beat the first Donkey Kong after I beat the second one
Nick Lomman (2 months ago)
Am i the only one confused by the inclusion of The Lost Vikings? Although part can be a challenge i did not expect to see it here!
Kezbanimator El Nacho (2 months ago)
ever played raiden trad on snes ? this game is hard. all these games shown in here, are games where you can memorize the moveset of the enemies. but raiden trad. goddamnit... play it on hard. you will never reach the end of the game. i know it was not a snes exclusive. its actually an arcade game but still. i couldnt finish this motherfucker since 20 years on hard...
TheShockninja (2 months ago)
Lost Vikings and Lost Vikings 2 are hard, the latter one incredibly
Kevin Martinez (2 months ago)
zombies ate my neighbors prince of Persia battletoad and battlemaniacs donkey Kong country 2 diddy’s Kong quest earthworm Jim 2 actraiser castlevania Dracula x super ghouls n ghosts contra 3 the alien wars super r-type the lost vinkings space ace super Star Wars the empire strikes back
Ente de ficción (3 months ago)
The Smurfs! That was a tough game.
Daniel Moreno (3 months ago)
Battletoads is way harder that Dracula X
Michael Fararik (3 months ago)
Earthworm Jim 1 was worst, and DKC2 is not hard at all !
juha lapio (3 months ago)
Lion King was hard
Tyler Newsome (3 months ago)
I feel like Lion King should have been on the list
lord jedah (3 months ago)
GET THE KNIFE
Nathan Worsley (3 months ago)
Donkey Kong Country 2 is an EASY game. Great game, but really easy. This list is seriously messed up, the Megaman X games were more difficult than most of these games
Francisco Salcido Pelayo (3 months ago)
When I was a kid I cleared all levels of "super ghouls n ghosts". I didn't even know how I did it. Anyway I didn't speak english at that time, so when the game made start again I didn't know why so I said "fuck this shit" and stopped. It was a very frustrating time for my as a kid.
SJtheMFZB (3 months ago)
9:38 I'm sorry, but is that sequence ever explained in-game? I could never make sense of it in my childhood.
el master gamer 2000 (3 months ago)
left super mario kart 50cc and 100cc its not hard, but 150cc its a true hell
DARK SIDE '?' (3 months ago)
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DARK SIDE '?' (3 months ago)
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The Cosmic Reviewer (3 months ago)
I'd have to disagree with the super empire strikes back choice, especially since the first one was much harder. You have no passwords in #1, while in empire you can cheat as much as you want with easy, hard, and normal passwords. I also think The Adventures of Batman and Robin Snes was pretty hard also.
Zorbada (3 months ago)
Donkey kong? Prince of persia? Star wars? C'mon... Try to beat Realm in normal level for a start
else3573 (3 months ago)
For it's time and for being an SNES game, Diddy Kong had some amazing graphics.
else3573 (3 months ago)
The Star Road and Special Zone on Super Mario World.
Kevin Barton (3 months ago)
Game Genie SNES codes might help the problem such as invincibility and infinite lives.
rahimdad Malik (3 months ago)
midnight resistance ?
rahimdad Malik (3 months ago)
DEAR YOU DON'T MENTIONED ABOUT TIGER ROAD 1988
Ihatesjw (3 months ago)
Un squadron should have been on here, not too well known though.
Michael Lelafu (3 months ago)
Super Ghouls and Ghosts should be #1 idk what anyone says. You start from the very beginning for crying out loud wtf
Heavy Urb (3 months ago)
i feel like zombies ate my neighbors need a remake with multiplayer capabilities
Heavy Urb (3 months ago)
like 4 player plus
Generala xD (3 months ago)
R-type honorable mention? Really? R-type is a nigthmare.
Jorge Trujillo (4 months ago)
ROBOCOP 3 ITS MY NIGHTMARE....
Charles E. Williams III (4 months ago)
Super Star Wars is harder than Super TESB. But neither is harder than Super Ghouls n' Ghosts or Contra III.
Nathan (4 months ago)
Seriously, HOW is Chaos Engine not in this list!
muxz (4 months ago)
It's been 27 years, and still, fuck you Super Ghost 'n Goblins. Fuck you to death.
Joey Olive (4 months ago)
Flip #7 from DKC2 to The Lion King.
Adam Akey (4 months ago)
Yo contra 3 was hard but not really i got the hang of it pretty fast including hard mode. even though it was like gritting your teeth just to get past that stupid fucking dragon before the last boss. That being said I can't play some of the easiest 3d games on more advanced systems. It's like my brain strictly works 2D (for the most part).
T@wesomE (4 months ago)
Also you forgot to tell that in super ghouls & ghost you must fight astaroth with the bracelet weapon in order to go to sardius.Or else back to square one again!
MarfeL (4 months ago)
And The Mask? I finish the star wars.
Adam Dombrowski (4 months ago)
MarfeL The mask was awesome!
Ninjabiohazard5 (4 months ago)
Zombies ate my neighbors isn't hard but its sequel ghoul Patrol is. U.N. Squadron. Downtown Nekketsu Shodai is difficult. Castlevania is not difficult. Being bad at a game and a game actually being hard are two different things.
Ninjabiohazard5 (4 months ago)
Its like when you stated that super Mario bros for nes was difficult which is false. There are tons of games more extremely difficult then the games you've listed. Kinda reminds me of screwattack. Going for a popular topic, while using a popular subject and making a conclusion to something without actually doing any research. There are so many games that are difficult. But hey in the end it is still just a opinion.

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