Be prepared to see this a lot.
"WE ARE NINTENDO. WE CHALLENGE ALL PLAYERS. YOU CANNOT BEAT US."
The first Nintendo Entertainment System
was known for two things: reviving home console gaming
and having ridiculously difficult games.
Back in the '80s, video games didn't have the advanced storylines of today; Excuse Plots
were the norm. So much of the feeling of accomplishment one could derive was from overcoming the insane difficulty that the games provided, if only so one could brag
to one's friends. A plethora of enemies
and difficult jumps were not just the name of the game, they were
the game. These games weren't just hard; they were Nintendo Hard!
The difficulty of these games usually stems from a combination of factors:
For further building blocks of Nintendo Hard, see Classic Video Game Screw Yous
When Nintendo Hard is taken to its most sadistic extremes by deliberately adding cheap deaths and Trial-and-Error Gameplay
, you get Masocore
or Platform Hell
When only one or few levels or areas of the game are Nintendo Hard, you're probably dealing with That One Level
, or SNK Boss
if it's the end. If the game reaches an obscene difficulty at a certain point and never looks back, look for Difficulty Spike
. Examples of Nintendo Hard head-to-head fighters generally go under The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard
, since crazy-hard opponent AI is nigh-universally the culprit. Earn Your Fun
is a common argument for those who like such abusingly difficult games.
The difficulty rankings
section of GameFAQs is a good measure of a game's difficulty as long as it has a sufficiently large number (50+) of difficulty votes. The minimum threshold for Nintendo Hard is approximately 3.50, and those that average over 4.00 are among the hardest games in existence. (Note: it is effectively a 2.5-4.0 scale
Contrary to the claims of some derisors, modern Nintendo games can still be Nintendo Hard - they just tend to save it for the Brutal Bonus Levels
(or Harder Than Hard
difficulty settings) rather than spreading it out throughout the entire game.
Nintendo products themselves are physically very hard
(to break, which is fortunate when playing games like this
), but that's Tonka Tough
, not Nintendo Hard.
Apparently several classic Nintendo games are, in general, NP-hard
, which is also not the same, but interesting.
When you add examples, please be sure to read the following sentence:
If you feel inclined to add the words "for This Troper" or "could be considered" and cannot make a strong statement on the universal difficulty of the game in question, then it is not an example.
If you know where an example filed under "Uncategorised" goes, then please sort it.
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You call these games hard? Bah! I was beating games with twice
the difficulty these had before any of you were born!