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Top 5 video games from my childhood that I....almost beat.

  • Sep 28, 2010
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I rented them, borrowed them, played them as much as I can, but it just wasn't enough. I came close, but these are those games that I never was able to beat.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
The Bull Charge was nothing and neither was King Hippo's big mouth. It was Tyson. When you get to the big guy himself, the first minute and half of the first round has you dodging instant knockdown punches and the rest of the round needing to have the MOST hyper sensitive reflexes to dodge his punches. This was par for the course for beating other opponents in the game but Tyson took it to the Nth Degree and I NEVER beat him.

I didn't have a problem with the leveling up aspect. I found the hammer on Death Mountain and knew where to find Kasuto and made it through Disvalley but that was it. Upon reaching The Great Palace...that was all she wrote. While the game is nice enough to continue your quest from here if you lose but that wasn't enough. The Great Palace is almost 13 levels thick, full of powerful monsters and dead ends and I never made it to the end.

Rygar (NES)
The levels and action were all cool but finishing off the final boss was just too tough. Not even having the health potions and as many health blocks that I could aquire but it was no use.

Ninja Gaiden
I've gotten to the second to last boss and while you have unlimited continues, losing on a boss sends you back to the begining of the stage (IE boss is in level 1 part 3 and you lose you go back to level 1 part 1) and getting back to that boss and getting destroyed by it...no. All the Ninja Gaiden games are like this, fun to play but murderous challenge and an unforgiving handling of it's boss battles.

Double Dragon II
I am not alone in this boat. The third Double Dragon game had a high challenge that was only aided by crippled controls for your player in executing attacks, your enemies RELENTLESS ganging up on you and poor jump physics. It's too bad since if these problems were ironed out, it could be a real good game. I can get to the final boss but never defeated it. Again, like many entries on this list.

See the full review, "Grasshopper, the quest is frought with peril and sticky controls.".

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December 01, 2010
Great List! I really loved Punch Out as a kid!
December 02, 2010
thank you
October 22, 2010
This list is AWESOME! It definitely took me down memory lane and it's good to know that I'm not on my own in the endless battle against Tyson or Zelda II!
October 22, 2010
The final boss of Zelda II is such an anti climax if you exploit a flaw. You have to beat another boss before him though, which isn't too bad since if you have to start over again, it stays dead. Tyson sucks. You have to have hair trigger reflexes against him.
October 03, 2010
Never played any of these and that's probably a good thing because if you can't beat it, then I definitely can't beat it! :P
October 03, 2010
best things to do with these games is try and enjoy them, well except Double Dragon 3. That game is stiff as a board to play and I had to give up on it. Zelda II if I played it again I'm sure I could complete but haven't picked it up again.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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