Battletoads

by Rare, Ltd.

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Battletoads is a video game created by Tim and Chris Stamper and developed and published by Rare. The game is featuring three anthropomorphic toads named Rash, Zitz and Pimple, and was created to rival Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a more popular beat ‘em up game.

The Battletoads game follows the story of the three toads named before. After the evil Dark Queen was defeated by the Galactic Corporation, she and her troops retreat and hide out between stars. Meanwhile, Professor T. Bird and the three Battletoads escort Princess Angelica back to her planet where Terran Emperor awaits for his daughter's safe arrival.

The Battletoads game was fairly popular and was nominated for the 1991 Nintendo Power Awards in nine categories. The game won in Graphics and Sound, Theme and Fun, Best Play Control and Best Multi-Player or Simultaneous. The game was also awarded the title of the Overall Best Game for NES of 1991. The game had its flaws as well. It was considered very difficult, even for experienced players, and was considered also one of the most difficult games ever created. UGO ranked it as number 6 on its list with “sequels needed”, and the game was followed up by several other releases later on.

Battletoads has made a major splash on game systems nationwide. Now it's available for Genesis in the best version yet. Your toadworthiness is tested with levels that are each a game in themselves. The 'toads-Rash, Zitz and Pimple-and Professor T. Bird, are taking Princess Angelica back to her home planet. The Dark Queen, the 'toads' evil nemesis, has ambushed the spaceship Vulture and taken Pimple and the Princess hostage. Feeling Toadworthy?

You as Zitz and your bud as Rash (in the 2-player mode) head to the planet to chase down the Dark Queen. Professor T. Bird stays in orbit to guide you and show you strategic blueprints. You'll fight your way through 12 levels of intense horizontal and vertical side-view rounds.

Awesome Amphibious Assault

These brawling toadsters have some royal moves. As you fight the various enemies you'll find that this Amphibious Assault Team can do more than just punch and kick. After three punches, you go into the Turbo Thwack. This major-league hit knocks 'em out of the park. Double-click the direction pad in a particular direction and your Battletoad will dash. Hit the punch button as you close on the enemy and your 'toad will do the Battle- toad Butt (not a dance), a terrific head-butt that will ruin their day.

Or how about this one? Hit the enemy until it is down, back away and do the dash. Strike when you reach the enemy again. This time you do the Big Bad Boot, the booster rocket of kicks: a boot half the toad's size punts the buddie into oblivion. Even more sensational is the BT Bashing Ball. While rappelling down the Impact Crater (vertical chimney stage), swing to the far right or left and hold your D-Button to stay there. As your warty friend begins to flash, hit the punch button and swing to and fro. This wrecking ball move clears the way better than a late bell at school. Keep hitting the enemy on the way down, and you'll get progressively higher points and start collecting 1-Ups. This is a great way to max out your lives.

This game may have you looking at common houseflies differently Each time you see a swarm of flies on screen, jump toward them and hit Punch. Your long, sticky tongue will lash out and snag 'em, a nutritious and a fine way to fill your life meter.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea…

Three vehicles speed along your mission. The Speed Cycle helps you tough out the Chasm, an obstacle-course level. You must avoid barriers, execute bigjumps off ramps and cross major chasms. The Space Board traverses the River Stage with surfing/jumping moves around obstacles and whirlpools. The Jet Turbo propels you onto a flying course to dodge falling boulders and fly through gaps in moving lightning barriers.

Enemies and More Enemies

On your way to the Tower, you'll battle some truly wicked foes: Saturn Toadtraps, a part of the Venus Flytrap family; Psyko Pigs — mean swine with battle axes; Snowmen with death-dealing snowballs; Steel Beaks who have one heck of a peck and other treacherous hench-types with nothing better to do than to toad- ally ruin your day Battletoads' amphibious action will keep you hopping with killer graphics and jammin' tunes. What more could a dedicated toadster want? Hop to it.

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The Battletoads is really just the same thing over and over again, but its high level of difficulty is what keeps me playing it again and again. With 12 difficult stages, each one of them DIFFERENT from the last, I just love this game! 2 player co-op isn't all that great, but then again, I never have anyone to play it with, so it probably is good if you have a teammate of equal or close to the ability you have at the game.

The Battletoads has some excellent music. It consists of fast-paced rock style tunes. There are several songs, and each is just as catchy as the last.

Rash, Zitz and Pimple are probably the most fun toads I've ever had the chance to control. For who doesn't know, Battletoads was created by Rare as an answer to the more popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Games. However, I've enjoyed the Battletoads the most. There was no other game released back then built on such a fantastic graphical engine. Although the game was fun to play, it was also a bit difficult, I remember having troubles passing through the levels and even getting frustrated at some point in time. But the comic effect of the game made it all disappear...

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Battletoads rating

Battletoads system requirements:SystemP-200.

Systems: Win9x Windows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game modes: Battletoads supports single modeSingle game mode Battletoads supports multiplayer modeMultiplayer (Hotseat)

2005-07-24 Old good Battletoads game added.

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