• Developer: Rare, Ltd.
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Sega Genesis (1993)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 9.3/10 - 3 votes
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Game Overview

We all know about how brutal the Battletoads game for the NES is. It has been talked about to death, but what about the version for the Sega Genesis which was released a short while after. This one does not get as much attention, but I thought today I would take a closer look at it and see if it does enough to be better than its 8-bit brother. Which by the way I do not think is a “horrible” game it is just brutally difficult?

Three Buff Dudes With Attitudes

The Battletoads were created to cash in on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze. We have three badass dudes called Rash, Zitz, and Pimple and they are trying to save a hot babe from the evil queen. That is all the story we get here and to be honest, it is more than enough for a game like this. It is meathead action movie stuff and it is full of 90s “tude” and I love it.

Is This The NES?

One of the most alarming things about Battletoads for the Sega Genesis is how it looks. It looks like a sharper more colorful version of the NES game and I do not mean that as a compliment. I am not saying this is a bad looking game or anything like that. I like the character designs, there is a nice variety to the levels and the animations are solid too. It is just everything in this game is so small! If you look at this then the SNES Battletoads game it is alarming how much better the SNES game looks.

The soundtrack is pretty solid. This is one area where the franchise has always gotten it right in my opinion. Kickass tunes really fit the beat-em-up action very well.

Hard, But Not Super Hard

We all know how hard the NES Battletoads game is. Thankfully as this was released a little while later, they did tone down the difficulty a tad. When I say a tad, I do mean a tad as this game is still very, very challenging. It features the same stages as the NES game, including the turbo tunnel and you will die a great deal, but overall, the game does feel a bit more forgiving.

The gameplay is that of a side-scrolling beat-em-up. You go through each level beating up the bag guys. Part of what makes this fun is the way when you do a combo, a foot, fist, or whatever will enlarge and you get a funny final attack. The gameplay is not bad or anything like that, it is just not all that great either. Although, I will say it plays better than the NES version.

I do not hate Battletoads like many other people do and I do feel the Sega Battletoads game is way better than the NES one. However, on the same console, we also have the Streets of Rage series and TMNT Hyperstone Heist which are a million times better than this. If you are going to play the original Battletoads game I would recommend that you play this one over the NES version. It plays a bit better, is a tad less frustrating and it has better visuals as well.


Final Score


  • I like the premise of the game
  • It looks brighter and more colorful
  • The soundtrack is very fitting
  • They have toned down the difficulty a bit
  • It is full of 90s tude and that is always a good thing


  • Even with the difficulty toned down, this game is still ridiculously hard
  • The visuals could have been so much better

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-200

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

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

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