Battletoads is a video game released on the NES that was developed by Rare and published by Tradewest in order to compete with the ultra popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games. It was released on a variety of other, non-Nintendo consoles as well, though was remade for the Game Boy as Battletoads in Ragnarok's World. It is to this day considered one of the most graphically advanced video games released for the console.


After her defeat by the Galactic Corporation at the battle of Canis Major, the Dark Queen and her renegade space troops retreat to the outer reaches of the universe, hiding out in the dark spaces between the stars.

Meanwhile, on board the spaceship Vulture, Professor T. Bird and the Battletoads - Rash, Zitz and Pimple - are escorting the Princess Angelica back to her home planet, where her father, the Terran Emperor, awaits her safe arrival.

Along the way, Pimple, the biggest Battletoad, takes Angelica out for a cruise in the Toadster to a nearby Leisure station. Pimple and Angelica burn space, but the Dark Queen ambushes them before they can get there. Luckily, Pimple manages to send out a distress signal before the Toadster is gobbled up and carried away to Ragnarok's World, the Dark Queen's planet...

So, there's the situation, 'toad: the Dark Queen's kidnapped the Princess Angelica and your best buddy Pimple - what're ya gonna do about it?! You're gonna get real MAD, that's what you're gonna do - and then you're gonna get EVEN!

Professor Bird's gonna set you down on Ragnarok, but from there it's up to you. You've got a long way to go, 'tod, thru ice and fire and nightmares so terrible you don't even want to imagine 'em - thru a monstrous Gargantua and ultimately to the Tower of Shadows, where the Dark Queen awaits you.

Have you got the guts, 'toad? We'll soon see, one way or another...


Battletoads is oftentimes considered one of the hardest video games of all time. Few have ever completed the game without a Game Genie, and because of its difficulty it has become increasingly popular over the years (see: popularity). The game is a beat 'em up in a similar vein to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (purposefully). In it the character will mash the buttons in order to fight the opposing forces.





The game is popular largely due to its difficulty. In recent years, however, it became an internet phenomenon after an anonymous member on image board 4chan posted an image of a game and asked "is this Battletoads", after which another member posted, falsely, "no, it's Doom III". Following this it became an internet meme and currently it is common for members of the site to request the other members to call GameStop or GAME and ask whether or not they have Battletoads.


  • Battletoads was featured on the cover of Nintendo Power V25, with nearly 40 pages of the issue's contents having covered the game.
  • The NES version of Battletoads won 5 awards in the 1991 Nintendo Power Awards: Best Graphics and Sound (NES), Best Theme and Fun (NES), Best Play Control (NES), Best Multi-Player or Simultaneous, and Best Overall NES Game. The Game Boy version didn't win anything.

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