Basic Idea: Throw your controller a lot.
Review: I struggled where to rank this game more than any other. It is widely considered one of the most difficult games of all time and it certainly earns that honor. It is also one of the most creative games on the NES. The toads are drawn and move in such a way for humor while still being functional. The first stage is as great a hook as there is, with your toads bopping and thwomping their way through a very colorful landscape with rockin’ music. The first level’s boss is fought from the boss’s perspective, as you throw things at the screen to defeat it. And the difficulty curve to this point is fine. Then it gets ridiculous.
While the levels are inventive, ranging from racing, surfing, rappelling, and swimming, there is no sense of fairness present throughout. If the game had unlimited lives, I might be able to tolerate the difficulty. As it stands, the only way to enjoy this game long-term is to use a game genie or play it on an emulator and save frequently. I did this, and enjoyed myself immensely, which is why I find it difficult to rank. If the game were at all fair, it would probably rank in the top 20 if not top 10.