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Handing you your ass in: Mega Man 9

We may have run a feature Nine little things we love about Mega Man 9 a few weeks ago, but it might just easily have read ‘Nine little things about Mega Man 9 that make you want to stick your head in an oven.’Make no mistake, you can’t fully appreciate the aneurism-baiting bastard hard challenge of this game until you've tasted trunk-based death again and again.

The excruciating equation:

The first level throws a herd of elephants at you so evil, you’ll seriously start to consider a career in the ivory industry. The dastardly Dumbos have some murderous moves at their disposal, like blowing balls of destruction at you or trying to suck you to your doom in a level punctuated with hardcore platforming. Stopping yourself from becoming an elephant-sponsored soufflé requires deft fingers, nerves of granite and a masochistic streak that would shame most A-listers. And this is all still set against a backdrop of the purest pixel-perfect leaps you’ll find in gaming. Punishing, uncompromising and utterly nails.

Inexplicably harder than: Downing an army of 100 foot Olyphants in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Want to avoid oven-based suicide? Then why not check out our Mega Man 9 - complete video guide?

Hear more about this article in TalkRadar.

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  • Flashinthepan - November 19, 2010 6:16 a.m.

    I had no idea I was so good at video games. I thought that the Concrete Man stage, which is not the first level, wasn't all that difficult, as with the Super Ghouls and Ghosts bird boss. For those who have MM9, play Splashwoman first, as she is easier to beat with just the megabuster.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 5, 2008 5:03 p.m.

    what about motorstorm's opening level? it took me AGES to finish in the top 3 in that... no joke or am i just rubbish at driving games?
  • zeldagirl64 - November 22, 2008 10:53 p.m.

    Ok... Wierd... Sonic 2 (Game Gear Version) was extremely easy in the first level...
  • xeropanzer - October 24, 2008 5:41 p.m.

    Ninja Gaiden is a Great game but its true if you can beat the first boss the rest are like an after thought, by the time you face a boss with any difficulty you have enough ninpo and weapons that its childs play.
  • FlamingPeasant - October 16, 2008 12:30 p.m.

    The first level of this article, consisting of looking at your mustache, was the hardest thing I have ever faced.
  • noofer7 - October 16, 2008 1:18 a.m.

    never played any of these
  • pilboy - October 15, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    I think it was Tomb Raider III, but the first thing you do is have to slide down a hill while dodging various traps... and it is so tough. I knew some some people who picked up this game due to the Tomb Raider hype, and never got past this point.
  • M-for-Mustache - October 15, 2008 4:23 a.m.

    Ninja Gaiden was a bitch to beat. A small room, a macho bandanna clad bad guy, and a noob at the helm was a recipe for ownage. I swear the devs wanted us to suffer.
  • DisgruntledTable - October 15, 2008 4:02 a.m.

  • Humblemumble - October 15, 2008 3:53 a.m.

    I don't mean to sound arrogant or anything, but I found the opening level in Alien Hominid incredibly easy. Some of those levels did get hard later. Way later. I'm not like an uber player either, I'm basically average at video games.
  • Christrigg1 - October 15, 2008 1:17 a.m.

    lol. driver seems the hardest. i mean cmon! why should we figure out this load of monkey dung ourselves? id rather stick a hot iron ripe in my pants and land on it when jumping off a freaking lit bbq while barefoot!
  • TrippyMan - October 15, 2008 1:04 a.m.

    The ELEPHANTS? I though they were tough but they deserved to be #7, not #1! Maybe I just a Megaman master, but I thought that nunchuck bastard from Ninja Gaiden is hardest on the list.
  • Scott1121 - October 14, 2008 8:08 p.m.

    those elephants in mega man 9 kicked the crap out of me so many time
  • georgeguy - October 14, 2008 7:46 p.m.

    god i got the demo for the mega man and i just get pwned by the fricken elephants... but then again... maybe i just suck
  • noobeater - October 14, 2008 6:39 p.m.

    well iv never played these but 3 gaming moments i just cannot do. 1)cod 4 level in the plane on hardest setting.i did it easy on all other settings but i cannot do it, the closest to completion is 4 secs. done everything else. 2)the last set of missions on blast corps are impossible 3)i love resident evil 4 but i couldnt even get out of the first alleyway on resident evil 2 tho i was only little lol great article
  • NullG7 - October 14, 2008 3:59 p.m.

    What no mario everyone has to have seen that one guy getting pissed at that first ever-changing invisible platform of doom?
  • LionheartAce - October 14, 2008 11:11 a.m.

    Yes! Mega Man 9 make's you it's bitch with those fucking elephants... God.
  • danerdy1 - October 14, 2008 5:54 a.m.

    God knows I agree with Mega Man 9 being #1. That game is the Devil!
  • Rasy2kG - October 14, 2008 4:16 a.m.

    Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts pissed me off back in the day, that's a hard-ass game to beat
  • Defguru7777 - October 14, 2008 2:43 a.m.

    ZOMG!!! They're crushing my spine!!!!!

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