Format reviewed: Game Gear
Submitted by: Matt Gander
Or, Teenage Mutant Battling Toads, as Rare probably wanted to call them. This is one game that I really wanted to like, and have tried hard to, but simply can’t. As a child I was obsessed with Ninja Turtles – I even had the blimp, which was overpriced plastic rubbish – and enjoyed playing the likes of Golden Axe and Double Dragon with friends. Battletoads is a mixture of all three but has somehow ended up being deeply dislikeable.
Visually it’s akin to a toad that has tried to cross a busy road and failed – the characters and backdrops look like they’ve been drawn in Microsoft Paintbush with a wonky hand and then been coloured in using the ‘Fill’ tool. Controls are sluggish making the pixel perfect jumps even more taxing; the sound effects would make you think that there’s something wrong with your GameGear’s speaker.
In fairness there is a slight hint of Rare’s charm – if you come across a group of flies Mr. Toad sticks his lanky tongue out and eats them for a health boost – but it’s buried under a wealth of incompetent game design. I think Rare managed to do quite nicely out of Battletoads though; it was converted to nearly every format back in the day – even Amiga CD32.
Format reviewed: Arcade
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Submitted by: Hagen Dragmire
I almost completely forgot about this gem of a classic beat'em up that I've been kicking myself in the butt for not remembering about it sooner. Battletoads for the Arcade is essentially an amped up version of the NES and SNES versions that increases the difficulty (if that is even possible) and allows for 3 players at the same time. The thing that you need to remember here is that amping up the difficulty doesn't make this game impossible to beat. Being an arcade you can just continue where you left off by adding credits, which to some may seem too easy. But trust me my vgMasters friends, if you are playing the actual arcade, you will be spending a lot of quarters even to get past the first level boss, let alone conquer this game. The graphics and music are outstanding to say the least, with everything being improved from the console versions. If you haven't played this game or have forgotten about it like me, check it out!
Format reviewed: NES/Famicom
Submitted by: Steven Jackson
Before Rare created such classic games as Donkey Kong Country, Perfect Dark and Banjo-Kazooie they created the classic Battletoads on the NES. Battletoads is one of the best NES games of all-time with stunning graphics and music, it's hard to beat, as is the game.
Battletoads has you playing as either Rash or Zitz to save your buddies Pimple and Princess Angelica from the dark queen. To save them you have to play through a variety of levels beating up anything what get's in your way. Sounds like a simple beat-'em-up doesn't it, well you'd be mistaken, Battletoads is famously remebered as being one of the hardest games of all-time. With extremely difficult levels,no save or password feature and only three times allowed to continue, it really was for the HARDCORE. To add insult to injury when you decide to play a two player game you can unintentionally kill your parter and lose lives. It's probably the only game in existance where playing with another player is harder than playing alone.
These things said Battletoads is considered a classic even with it's unbelievable difficulty. Eventhough the game was ported to the Mega-Drive and the difficulty was considerably toned down people still class the NES version as the best. The music and graphics are some of the best on the NES and the humour is great too. Enlarging your head, foot or hand to obliterate enemies is so satisfying and naming all the toads after skin conditions was a stroke of comic genius. The levels are original and it's a Beat-'em-up unlike any other.If you completed Battletoads on the NES you have the right to say you're the
WORLD'S GREATEST GAMER.