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Developer(s) Rare (NES, GB)
Sega (MD, GG)
Mindscape (Amiga, ACD32)
Publisher(s) NA Tradewest
EU Nintendo (NES, GB) Mindscape (Amiga, ACD32) Sega (MD, GG)
JP NCS (NES) Sega (MD, GG)
Composer(s) David Wise
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom, Commodore Amiga, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Game Gear, Game Boy, Amiga CD32
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, Platformer, Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Media 2-megabit cartridge

Battletoads is a video game developed by Rare Ltd. Starring three anthropomorphic toads named after skin conditions (Rash, Zitz, and Pimple), the game was created to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.[1]

The first game was developed by Rare for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. It was subsequently ported by Mindscape to the Amiga in 1992, by Sega to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega Game Gear both in 1993, by Rare to the Game Boy in 1993 retitled as Battletoads in Ragnarok's World, and by Mindscape to the Amiga CD32 in 1994. Ports for IBM PC and Atari ST were planned by Mindscape but never released.[2] A fully developed Sega Master System version was also kept unreleased by Sega.[citation needed]

It is arguably one of the most graphically advanced video games ever released for the NES, at a time when the video game market was turning to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game became famous for its extreme difficulty and humorous ways of beating enemies, as during finishing attacks, the character's body parts transform into gigantic, exaggerated appendages for devastating attacks and comic effect.



Different levels of the game have very different play styles. There are a few 3D and traditional 2D "beat-em-up" levels in which the player progresses by defeating enemies, though even these levels tend to have many lethal obstacles. The most difficult levels are the obstacle course and race levels, where the character must dodge a series of obstacles while driving or flying at high speed, or outrun an enemy that can instantly kill the player. These levels typically required the player to memorize the sequence of obstacles in the way, and to have extremely rapid reflexes. Other levels include a climbing/jumping "snake maze", an underwater level with lethal spikes and dangerous monsters, and two difficult "tower climb" levels, including the final climb of the Dark Queen's tower.

Part of the series' marketable appeal is due to its exaggerated ways of finishing off enemies. These include a headbutt that has the Battletoad sprout ram horns (or, in Pimple's case, a football helmet in the arcade game), a punch with an extremely enlarged fist, a two-handed smash into the ground that yielded only the enemy's head sticking out, a kick move with the character sprouting a very enlarged boot, and on climbing/falling levels, the ability to transform into a wrecking ball by having your character line up with the wall on either side of the screen.


The original Battletoads was well-received by most gaming critics. However, it has been remembered for its extreme difficulty, even for experienced players.[3] The game has even been included in numerous occasions among the hardest games ever made including the number one spot as determined by[4][5][6][7]

While in "brawler" levels, two players cooperating can push forward more easily than one, Battletoads' obstacle levels often become even more difficult to complete with two players due to the fact that either player crashing during an obstacle course, causes them both to be sent back to the last checkpoint. One aspect of the difficulty is the lack of an option to disable friendly fire. During a 2-player game, one player may attack the other at anytime either intentionally or unintentionally, as it often happens with one player attacking an enemy and the other player getting in the way. This can be especially annoying with attacks that result in a one-hit knockout.

The game also suffers from several minor glitches. The most critical flaw occurs in level 11, titled Clinger Winger. During a 2-player game, the second player is sometimes unable to move, and therefore must lose all of his or her lives before player one can continue the level. This makes finishing the game even more difficult for the second player, as that player would have one less continue and any accumulated extra lives at his or her disposal lost. To further the problem even more, Battletoads gives the player only three opportunities to continue after being defeated (many other games of this size gave unlimited opportunities), and has no password or save feature to enable the player to continue the game across multiple playing sessions. Therefore, only the most skilled players were able to beat the game.

Some features however, did reduce the otherwise crippling difficulty of the game. By means of a cheat code, it is possible to get five lives instead of the usual three you get every time you start or continue the game. Then, in the second level, a quick player could gain multiple lives by repeatedly hitting defeated enemies before they fell off the screens. And most importantly, there were four "warp points" scattered throughout the game that let the player skip ahead two levels. A knowledgeable player could avoid three levels in the game through judicious use of warp points.

Despite these concessions to the player, Battletoads for the NES is considered to be among the most difficult games ever made. The Mega Drive/Genesis version tones down the difficulty considerably, rewarding the players with more lives and generally featuring more forgiving controls and gameplay than the NES version.The game was reviewed in 1992 in Dragon #187 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 5 out of 5 stars.[8]


Battletoads proved to be a hit and was followed up with sequels released over the ensuing years.

Super Battletoads
  • Battletoads (Game Boy): The Dark Queen has captured Rash and Pimple, leaving Zitz to go out and try to rescue his teammates in a solo effort. Despite having the same box art and title as the original NES release, Battletoads for Game Boy is a completely different game with new levels. A modified version of the original game was later released on the Game Boy as Battletoads in Ragnarok's World. This version of the game has fewer levels in it and is only single player.
  • Battletoads & Double Dragon: A crossover with the characters from the Double Dragon series with liberties taken. The Dark Queen and Shadow Boss team up and it's up to the five heroes (the three toads, Zitz, Rash and Pimple, and the two Lee brothers, Billy and Jimmy) to stop them. The game allows players full and free choice of playable characters for the first time through a selection screen. Released in 1993 for the NES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, SNES and Game Boy.
  • Battletoads in Battlemaniacs: Released in 1993 for the SNES and in 1994 for the Sega Master System. In this game, Zitz and the daughter of Psicone Industries' CEO have been captured and it's up to Rash and Pimple to save them from the Dark Queen's clutches. Different from the previous games, in this one each character has its own specific abilities and combos. The player 1 character, Pimple, is the powerhouse, big and with huge range with punches (like his aerial anvil-fist finisher), while the player 2 character, Rash, is nimble and smaller, fighting using kicking attacks (like his aerial battle axe finisher attack). Aside from cooperative play, a solo player is able to play as Rash by switching to the second controller.
  • Battletoads (arcade game) aka Super Battletoads: An arcade game released in 1994. The arcade game, unlike the other games, featured voiceovers and several other features that distinguish it from the other games, such as an increased level of violence (players could bloodily decapitate some of their enemies with specific attacks). It follows the Battletoads in Battlemaniacs updated formula of each character having his own design and specific abilities and combos, but this time featuring the three toads, Zitz, Rash and Pimple, as selectable characters. While Rash is kept as the nimble and smaller character and Pimple as the powerhouse, Zitz is represented as the intermediate and balanced character. Also, during vehicle levels, combat is emphasized rather than memorizing and avoiding obstacles.

Animated series

Genre Animated series, comedy
Created by DIC Entertainment
Rare (characters)
Developed by Phil Harnage
David Wise
Directed by Kent Butterworth
Voices of Kathleen Barr
Ian James Corlett
Michael Donovan
Andrew Kavadas
Lalainia Lindbjerg
Scott McNeil
Jason Michas
Alvin Sanders
Theme music composer Kip Lennon
Ron Hicklin
Susan Boyd
Jon Joyce
Jim Haas
Composer(s) Murray McFadden
Michael Watts
Country of origin  Canada
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Executive producer(s) Andy Heyward
Robby London
Producer(s) Kent Butterworth
Original channel Fox Kids
First shown in 1992
Original run 1992 – 1993

Battletoads also spun off an American half-hour, traditionally animated television special produced by DIC Entertainment, airing on Fox Kids in the Holidays of 1992, about three teenage kids who have been chosen to be turned into humanoid toads known as "The Battletoads" to rescue a Princess captured by the Dark Queen. However, only the pilot episode made it to the airwaves; it was never picked up as a full animated series, despite comic-style ads in GamePro magazine claiming otherwise. A VHS tape with the pilot was released in the United States on January 15th, 1994. The pilot served more as a prequel to the video game franchise.

Set in Oxnard, California, the show stars three kids (despite the fact that the comic's story revolved around three video game testers). The trio is given the ability to transform into anthropomorphic toads with superhuman strength and the ability to change their arms and legs into weapons in techniques called "Smash Hits". They are charged with protecting Professor T. Bird and Princess Angelica from the Dark Queen, who wants to steal Angelica's magical amulet for her plans of universal conquest.

It is likely that the show was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Incidentally, DiC Entertainment would try this again later on by producing Street Sharks and then later Extreme Dinosaurs.

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Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Tradewest
Release date(s)
 June, 1991
Commodore Amiga, Sega Genesis
Sega Game Gear, Game Boy
Commodore Amiga CD32
Genre(s) Action, Platform
System(s) NES, Amiga, Genesis, Game Gear, Game Boy, Amiga CD32
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Followed by Battletoads (Game Boy)
Series Battletoads
This is the first game in the Battletoads series. For other games in the series see the Battletoads category.

Battletoads is a video game created by Rare Ltd. to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. The first game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991 before being ported to a number of other systems. It is arguably one of the most graphically advanced video games for the NES, at a time when the video game market was turning to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is best known for being extremely difficult.

The game stars two anthropomorphic toads named after skin disorders (Rash and Zitz), who have to save their friends Pimple and the Princess Angelica from the Dark Queen, ruler of Planet Ragnarok. They will do so with the assistance of Professor T. Bird and his space ship, The Vulture. The backstory of Battletoads, written by Rare employee Guy Miller, was also published in a Nintendo Power comic. The storyline in Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is somewhat based on this back story.

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Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Tradewest
Release date Famicom:
December 20, 1991 (JP)
June 1991 (NA)
February 18, 1993 (EU)
Mega Drive:[1]
March 26, 1993 (JP)
2003 (EU)
1991 (NA)
Genre Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
2 player Cooperative
Age rating(s) N/A
ESRB: E[2]
Platform(s) Famicom[3]
Nintendo Entertainment System[3]
Mega Drive[3]
Game Boy[4]
Amiga CD32[3]
Game Gear[3]
Media 2 Megabit Cartridge
Game Boy
Input NES Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Battletoads is a game released for the Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released due to the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game is considered one of the most difficult games released.

The game was developed by Rare. There game would see many sequels and games of the same name, including Battletoads (arcade) aka Super Battletoads, Battletoads & Double Dragon and Battletoads in Battlemaniacs. The game was also ported to the Game Boy, featuring new levels, a slightly altered storyline and a name change to Battletoads in Ragnarok's World[4].



Zitz and Angelica have been kidnapped by the Dark Queen, who rules the planet, Ragnarok. Rash and Pimple are two anthropomorphic toads, they have to save Princess Angelica and Pimple, who is also a toad.


It is for one or two simultaneous players. The player moves a toad, can jump and attack with punches. There is also a head attack, by pressing Forward, Forward, Punch. There are finishing moves which can be a big punch or a ram attack if the head attack is used when the enemy is stunned.

The game has a great difficulty. According to IGN, it is placed 8th place in its Top 10 most difficult games to beat. The difficulty is not due to the fighting, which is not so difficult. The hard aspect of this game is the levels of racing (the level in which the player must win a race against three rats, consecutively) and evading (Level 3, Volkmire's Inferno and the level of the snakes).

There are 3 lives and 3 continues and no option for saving or password. So the player always has to beat the game to the end. Nevertheless, there are several warps which allow the player to skip ahead two levels.


External Links

There is a Wikia about Battletoads: Battletoads Wiki. It has information about levels, characters, bosses, warps and cheats.


  1. 1.0 1.1 GameFAQs Mega drive release info
  2. ESRB
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 GameFAQs search "Battletoads"
  4. 4.0 4.1 IGN Battletoads retrospective

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Simple English

Battletoads is a fighting video game by Rare Ltd. where the players play as toads that fight.


The game offers gameplay changes as the player battles with toads, fights with frogs or attack other amphibians.

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