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Top 10 HARDEST First Levels in Video Games Subscribe: http://goo.gl/Q2kKrD // TIMESTAMPS BELOW Be sure to visit our Suggest Tool and Submit Ideas that you would like to see made into Top 10 videos! http://www.WatchMojo.com/Suggest Man, these games really don’t ease you into it...They are the most difficult, challenging, and downright friggin HARD AS BALLS levels that you have to play first in games. Welcome to http://WatchMojo.com/ and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 HARDEST First Levels in Video Games! #10. Skynet "The Terminator" (1992) #9. Arkham Asylum "Batman Forever" (1995) #8. The Drawbridge “Dragon's Lair” (1990) #7. Tatooine Speeder "Super Star Wars Return of the Jedi" (1995) #6. Temple of Trials "Fallout 2" (1998) #5. The Streets of Springfield "The Simpsons Bart vs. the Space Mutants" (1991) #4. Pewter City Gym “Pokémon Yellow” (1999) #3, #2 & #1: ???? Special thanks to our user “MikeyP” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.com/Suggest Footage sources: Norrin Radd II Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC17F2rSrwEddi3mPx8NI0sw s p o o k e d 4 l y f e: https://www.youtube.com/user/JagiSama32 NintendoComplete: https://www.youtube.com/user/NintendoComplete re11ding: https://www.youtube.com/user/re11ding World of Longplays: https://www.youtube.com/user/cubex55 Crashtest Gaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC62F0LBgU8YSOofRca9GZHg andrey22: https://www.youtube.com/user/andrey22 TPGGaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-s18H-LXrzJvKPIVBwqrA DeftPaws: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzizReXTOCsXydubmphqymQ nintendomaster24: https://www.youtube.com/user/nintendomaster24 CDiFan237: https://www.youtube.com/user/CDiFan237 OfficialNerdCubed: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialNerdCubed Our Magazine!! Learn the inner workings of WatchMojo and meet the voices behind the videos, articles by our specialists from gaming, film, tv, anime and more. VIEW INSTANTLY: http://goo.gl/SivjcX WatchMojo's Social Media Pages http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo http://instagram.com/watchmojo Get WatchMojo merchandise at shop.watchmojo.com WatchMojo’s ten thousand videos on Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Tips, How To’s, Reviews, Commentary and more on Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics, Superheroes. Your trusted authority on ranking Pop Culture.
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Dicerolledan8 (9 hours ago)
Most of those levels i beat as a kid. So.....
ToruKurosawa (18 hours ago)
I really didn't think the first level of Batman Forever was hard at all... not meaning to sound smug but I just never had a problem with it...
Ricky Pulido (1 day ago)
I had driver as a child growing up. I never beat that tutorial until i was waaayyy older.
barbara gill (3 days ago)
Simpsons space mutants is a classic. While it didnt explain aaaaanything it made the game last alot longer. It just failed to help you ever and the later levels are very hard.
Matthew Linton (3 days ago)
Aight sooooo Pewter Gym in Pokemon Yellow was not hard to get past. The Nidorans learn a move super early called Double Kick which is SUPER effective against Rock-type. You can usually take them out in 1-2 hits with it.
Aarron Forste (3 days ago)
I completed the driver tutorial at 10 years old
Jesse Nays (4 days ago)
catch a nidoran and teach it double kick
Ruination Games (6 days ago)
I remember Driver and you're fucking right. I never saw the rest of the damn thing because I couldn't beat the tutorial. I was like 8 years old and I think Driver is the reason I don't like racing games
Bill Donahue (6 days ago)
ninja gaiden for xbox .....
Aryudsoh (7 days ago)
The speeder bike level from Battletoads didn't make the list?
Trit ian (8 days ago)
where did you learn to fly?!!!??!!? where did you learn to fly??????!!?! WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO FLY?!?!?!?!?!??????!!?!
Trey Rich (8 days ago)
Ill give ya a call when i needs a ride to tha grocerie stoe.
Andrés Luna (8 days ago)
I think you have two categories here: Bad design games in one side. Good design games but very difficult in the other side.
Swordking X4 (8 days ago)
Wrong. Electric is weak to ground types.
Javier Correa (9 days ago)
Flappy Bird
Bysler (9 days ago)
First match of Fortnite....
kiel kaiser (9 days ago)
naaah, the parking level in Driver aint so hard to be on the list
Astral Luminosity (10 days ago)
Some of these developers should be charged with child abuse, especially because back in the days there was no internet to help you overcome these videogame challenges.
David Garvin (10 days ago)
I didn't know what a slalom was when I was a kid
Samwell Felix (11 days ago)
Wonderboy 3
Aaron COELHO-IRANI (12 days ago)
Prince of Persia classic?
john smith (13 days ago)
I swear everyone who does top ten videos is terrible at pokemon? Who the heck has level 7/8's on their team by the first gym?
Bluewing Gaming (14 days ago)
That Driver Level had me stuck for some time. but my will con*uered it 30 min after. Those were some 30 hard minutes
lee ystenes (16 days ago)
I don't think I ever beat that simpsons game
ElTrollio (17 days ago)
Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition for Genesis first level is incredibly frustrating. Just when you think you might make it to the bottom, you always get snatched by a pterodactyl and dragged all the way to the beginning again.
BarRWetT (17 days ago)
The tatooine level from super return of the jedi is actually really easy. All it takes is to just keep the boost on and time your jumps.
Kasigi03 (20 days ago)
Going to go ahead and disagree with the first level of Return of the Jedi. Really? I mean each person different skill level, but plenty of other levels that could be considered harder for many reasons. Dick Tracy (NES), any of the G&G games, Blaster Master (considering no continues or codes), Ninja Gaiden 1-3, etc.
Liam Evans (20 days ago)
Fully evolve Caterpie. Get Butterfree to about 14 and spam Confusion.
marscaleb (21 days ago)
So glad you had Super Star Wars in this list; that was the first game that came to my mind.
Jae Paul (21 days ago)
Any Simpsons game was crazy difficult. Your timing had to be impeccable.
Jake Benedict (22 days ago)
holy fuck I had bart vs the space mutants and it was so hard it made me think I was retarded for a few years
MiriOhki (23 days ago)
The controls for Bart Vs the Space Mutants didn’t help matters either. Compared to other NES platformers, the controls are very counterintuitive and awkward as heck. Decent controls would have made the game far easier.
M Hall (24 days ago)
Oh the horror of that Space Mutants game. Serously some of those NES games were child torture
Christopher Z (26 days ago)
Had that Simpson's game and ended up just despising it because of that first level! Pretty sure it took a backseat and was forgotten about when it got replaced by something or other...lol
video gameplay (28 days ago)
moon cresta
alex (29 days ago)
I really love the Batman: Forever style. Something about "realistic" looking sprites, I just thought it looked great then, and now.
Hans Guckindenhimmel (1 month ago)
driver: soooooo true......... soooooooooooooo true................
Andy Shick (1 month ago)
Resident Evil 5, single player. And Ghouls and Ghosts
inverted angel (1 month ago)
Hard first levels back in the day meant get good at the game before u dare continue embarking on this journey u scrub!
Geforce2187 (1 month ago)
The trick to Pokemon Yellow is to go to the left at the first city and get Mankey who can use Low Kick
The Walking Deadman (1 month ago)
Catching a Mankey and leveling it up until it learns Low Kick makes that Pewter City gym battle easy.
Frederick P. (1 month ago)
This are all AVGN nightmare games
LobsterPuncher (1 month ago)
Batman and Superman both have some of the worst video games ever made. Good thing Akrham redeemed Batman.
Hank Hil (1 month ago)
Prince of Persia (snes)should of been on the list
Dusko Manojlovic (1 month ago)
Driver for me was soo easy...before i play gran turismo
Blue Oni (1 month ago)
So it was just me that struggled with that Simpson's game.
Mc Fly (1 month ago)
Return of the jedi... After passing the first round, you had the feeling that the game really started.
Rodrigo Neves da Silva (1 month ago)
Having finished two of the games of this list with no cheats whatsoever back in the day - Terminator on the Genesis and Bart vs Space Mutants on the NES, it makes me feel like some sort of vídeo game hero, LOL!
Amin Jafari (1 month ago)
L2 L2 R2 R2 L2 L1 R2 R1 L2 L1 L1 Who remembers this?
gurvmlk (1 month ago)
#4: An RPG should not be on this list, because any potential difficulty can be mitigated through grinding.
Adrián García Torres (1 month ago)
No Ghost n' Goblins? Shame on you!
gurvmlk (1 month ago)
I assume that's not included because its par for the course, whereas a lot of these seem to be cases of starting levels that are harder than the later parts of the game, or are just unfair in the way they're difficult. In Ghosts 'n Goblins, the first stage, while challenging, is still the easiest in the game, and it doesn't rely on anything other than the player's raw skill to succeed.
Spring Mario (1 month ago)
1-1 in super Mario bros is hardest
W1ld Fyr (1 month ago)
Cuphead tutorial
Gerald F (1 month ago)
You seem to often mistake high difficulty with poor design. Batman Forever is a classic bad design. Good design + great difficulty means that the game clearly presents all the necessary tools to tackle a challenge, and it still hard as hell.
Satan (1 month ago)
"Time to flick the shit switch, turn up the diarrhea diap. It's Bible Games, on CDI!" -AVGN
andre Rossel (1 month ago)
dragon age origins or even mass effect 1. your star its so lame, you are broke and died by 1 hit
Adalberto Felipe (1 month ago)
Pinocchio (SNES) has one of the hardest first level ever.
Darklurkr (1 month ago)
I plaeyd Superman 64 and i think me and my brother Returned it that was rare. What a pos waste of a rental
Gigas Law (1 month ago)
"Where Electric type are weak against Rock types"...... Was the 3 seconds it would've taken to fact check this just too much time?
Im glad that I chose squirtle as my starter!
Nicholas McDonough (1 month ago)
The first level (high school) of Beavis & Butthead was absolutely brutal! Took me FOREVER to get through it.
D Rhodes420 (1 month ago)
I miss the Simpsons game, I remember playing that game over and over for hours at a time when I was a kid!
Kieler Scooter (1 month ago)
You never played Return of Medusa, i guess. I never survived the first floor of that starting dungeon.
Brendan Kennedy (1 month ago)
Pokemon on here is ridiculous. All it took was leveling, just time no skill.
Darren Spohn (1 month ago)
The thing with Bart vs the space mutant is the first level is the hardest. The rest of the game is actually quite easy. But the whole game is played using the same pattern, so there is not much replay value.
Andy Taylor (1 month ago)
There's a game called 'My Hero' for the Sega Master system, where hundreds of thugs jump you as soon as it starts and it's a one hit kill. I've had game over pop up within about 20 seconds.
DAMNITSBORING702 (2 months ago)
Still makes me grind my teeth till this day...
ali said (2 months ago)
Oblivions first level was soul crushingly boring, I actually ironed the disk I was so pissed off
D O'G (2 months ago)
Who the heck couldn't get past the driving tutorial in driver
Boston K.O. (2 months ago)
The 1st level on Cuphead is no joke.
Julien Santos (2 months ago)
Played Batman as a kid. Don't remember if I finished it
James Strickland (2 months ago)
The hardest level in batman forever is the circus level
Andrew Ruggiero (2 months ago)
Once you get past that shit stage in Batman the game actually gets good !!! Super Nintendo days and still have it!!
AnonymousBased (2 months ago)
1:19 Why is Batman's stance like TJ Combo???
Jake Banman (2 months ago)
the Driver level was pretty easy I found. There were much worse ones farther into the game
EvergreenState Aquatics (2 months ago)
Electric Types are Weak against Ground Types NOT Rock Types. Noob
razberryclownsac (2 months ago)
That Simpson’s game was ridiculous. IIRC, there was one alien or item you needed to get or tag in the first level, and only had one chance to do it. It was on an alien and he walked on screen quickly, and if you missed him, you couldn’t pass the level and would have to start over.
VAsya Asada (2 months ago)
fallout 2 tutorial was hard?
sliat1981 (2 months ago)
I finished Bart vs space mutants and terminator and I suck at video games
SuperBoomshack (2 months ago)
I always found the first level of Pong ridiculously hard
SuperBoomshack (2 months ago)
I got through the first level of Batman Forever with no issues when it came out
SuperBoomshack (2 months ago)
+Job bob leave me be
Job bob (2 months ago)
depends what you mean by "are"
SuperBoomshack (2 months ago)
+Job bob are you stalking me?
Job bob (2 months ago)
Yea... you and Shakira huh?... I bet you made a great team
tom barrett (2 months ago)
haha i still remember how frustrating the driver tutorial was
Clifford Fausset (2 months ago)
CtheDead209 (2 months ago)
None of these are first levels
armando faso (2 months ago)
Las aventuras de batman y robin de sega genesis!
Bad Voodoo Productions (2 months ago)
Umm butter free at level 10 gets confusion
John Capobianco (2 months ago)
Empire strikes back was way harder. And I wish I saw wolverine adamantium rage on this list.
RazzleDazzle (2 months ago)
The thing with the Batman game reminds me of the BS with Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (it also looks a lot like it too). It had a very similar segment that required a button combination that was in no way explained, hinted at, or required or used anywhere else in the game to get through.
THIAGO DOREA (2 months ago)
Is missing Back To The Future II Master System was like WTF!!!! I literally gave up playing. Who makes a game like that? What were they thinking?
noel f (2 months ago)
Yes I rember my buddy renting driver. We never finished that tutorial, Do to the drift 180 stop move. Needless to say it was the reason I never seen the full game to this day.
OliRock92 (2 months ago)
That damn garage. Never touched another Driver game after that, even though I did manage to pass it. It was just not fun.
Diego Manzano-Ruiz (2 months ago)
What about Ghost Recon mission 1, Iron Dragon? It's a pretty tough mission for newbies, and I'm speaking from experience. Easy to get ambushed, lots of cover for enemies, and to get the extra objective, you have to enter a small cave and kill the guards before you can capture Papashvili; otherwise, he will shoot at you first.
rebbekah cannons (2 months ago)
Can't recall if it actually was the first level but Fade to Black had that level that was literally unpasable. Ah the temple of trials those damn radscorpians. Hey Spyro had that ring maze too in one of the first three Spyro games :D Driver always frustrated me. The pokemon gym battle was easy if you caught the right pokemon before heading there and actually invested time training them alittle. I just realized I had played all of these games or seen them all played when I was a child :o
Soviet Onion 72 (2 months ago)
Totally agree with number 1 I never managed to pass the driving test.
barbara gill (3 days ago)
It was notorious for not checking off thing you clearly did right anyways, combined with a time limit and calling you a loser when you failed was tough af
Rudy De Leon (2 months ago)
It wasn't the first level, but the second level in the lion king was a pain in the ass
Djclyve (2 months ago)
So right about Driver. But Target Earth deserves to be up there too. The first time I ever played that game, 5 seconds went by and I was like, “what!? Game over!? No lives”!?
Alexis Muñoz (2 months ago)
4:35 I played that game first in 2006 and since I was a stupid little 4 year old I kept thundershocking! 😂
scottjulie27 (2 months ago)
Yes, the first level in "Super Return of the Jedi" was somewhat hard, and some levels in the trilogy can be difficult; however, I got to say, the "Super Star Wars Trilogy" for the "Super NES" was the most well-made trilogy series of them all (next to the "Lego Star Wars: Original Trilogy") :))))
Wolfdragon92584 (2 months ago)
Contra Hard Corps, anyone?

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