Top 10 Most Stupidly Difficult Games of All Time

The boss fights. Ask any Ninja Gaiden Black player the first thing they remember about the game, and they’ll tell you it was the boss fights. And not in a good way, like a quirky dungeon boss in Zelda or something, but in a cruel, unrelenting and semi-disturbing way, kind of like every inch of your soul is being sucked out of your body. Then, of course, there’s the never-ending barrage of enemies that attack you all at once at every moment your console is switched on.

Ninja Gaiden Black was created as a response to players who thought Ninja Gaiden was too tough. The fact that the game would ask you if you wanted to lower the difficulty once you’d died, like, a zillion times, means that the developers caught onto the fact they’d created a monster. But it also served as a swipe at your dignity. “Oh, is it too hard for the ‘ickle gamer? Let me make it easier for you. Poor baby.”