The Lion King was a film for kids, so it makes sense that they'd want to have a video game tie-in. What doesn't make sense is why they decided to make the game sadistically hard. Kids just want to run around as a lion and do lion things, not deal with complex puzzle solving while trying to dodge molten lava.
3. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
Every boxer in Punch-Out has a flaw. A fatal weakness that can be exploited to defeat them. Mike Tyson has one in the game as well, but just knowing the flaw isn't enough, you also need superhuman reflexes which border on being able to see into the future. You'd have a better chance beating the real Mike Tyson in an actual boxing match.
4. Super Mario 64
Super Mario 64 is a masterpiece, but it's a masterpiece built on anxiety and weird camera angles. There are 120 stars to collect in the game, some of which border on the impossible. The video up there has got ten of the hardest ones for you to check out, but take our word for it when we say that we suffer PTSD from our adventures inside the "tick tock clock."
5. Ninja Gaiden
Many consider the Ninja Gaiden series to be quite possibly the hardest series of video games ever created. It seems like every single game in the series ramps up the difficulty level and this didn't end once the game went 3D. One of the newer games in the series is notorious for its ridiculously hard first level that many seasoned gamers had trouble passing.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
So you're the Ninja Turtles and you've been tasked with disarming some bombs. Sounds like a job for heroes in a half shell like yourselves, but it doesn't end there. The bombs are all underwater, requiring you to constantly swim. Okay, you can handle that, but there's also a time limit of just over two minutes to disarm them. Fine. Oh, also every single thing on the screen is electrified and if you touch any of it, you die. Might as well just try it blindfolded too, since it's already borderline impossible.
Battletoads saw the Ninja Turtles and figured it could rip them off, but the creators figured they needed something to stand out. They decided that thing would be the game's difficulty. Battletoads makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles look like a game for preschoolers. Just watch the video of the Turbo Tunnel level. The game is so hard that most people are surprised to know that there are levels beyond that one.
8. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is a complete maze. If you were looking for a simulator for what it's like to get lost in the middle of the woods, this one's for you. The layout is ridiculously confusing and you constantly have to run from one side of the map to the other to save kids from being killed by Jason. Getting there on time isn't even very helpful because once you face off against Jason, he is practically invincible (just like in the movies) and you just end up being murdered too.
9. Top Gun
Top Gun is a tough game. You spend most of your time in each level shooting down planes and dodging incoming missiles. Then the tough part arrives. In order to end each level, you must land your fighter jet on an aircraft carrier. This is close to impossible as it requires inputting a series of commands perfectly while flying through the air. I personally have only done this twice, despite owning the game for more than twenty years. Check out how excited the dudes in the video are when they somehow manage to do it. It's like they won the lottery.
10. Golden Axe
A great co-op arcade game that was ported to several consoles, Golden Axe is a lot of fun but seriously frustrating. Due to the game's design, you have to be on the exact same plane of what I guess we'll call existence to land a blow. On top of that, the bosses are near-invulnerable and even if you charge up your magic to full power, the bosses will shrug off your lightning bolts like dust on their shoulders.
11. Jurassic Park
We hope you don't have anywhere to be for the next nine hours, because Jurassic Park has no intention of letting you leave any time soon. The game requires you to traverse the entire island in one go with nothing even close to a map or compass to help you. On top of that, there are difficult first-person battles with raptors inside a maze of corridors. Even if you get through all this, you'll be treated to one of the worst endings in video game history: an aerial shot of an entirely featureless island with the JP logo slapped onto it. Hope it was worth it.
12. Mega Man
Mega Man is one of the most beloved video game series ever, but it got that reputation despite its mercilessly steep learning curve. Your platform jumping must be absolutely precise and even being a single pixel off means certain death. The first game in the franchise also doesn't have some of the things that made the later installments easier, such as sliding and charging your mega buster. If you want a true old school challenge, Mega Man awaits. It's always looking for more victims.
13. Silver Surfer
Watch the video. The Angry Video Game Nerd is a Youtuber who reviews old games and Silver Surfer is worthy of his rage. Pretty much the only thing in the game that doesn't kill the Silver Surfer is air. You can't touch a single thing and even the walls kill you. Plus, everything offs you in a single hit. This all despite the fact that in the Marvel universe, the Silver Surfer is one of the most powerful beings in the cosmos.
Right up there with Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man, in terms of being a classic that will make you want to break your controller, is the Castlevania series. You (usually) play as a member of the Belmont family on a mission to kill Dracula and naturally you've got to get through his castle first. The obstacles are ruthless, the jumping intense, the enemies relentless and the stairs a real hazard. Yeah, the stairs. If you don't hit the stairs just right, you'll fall right on through to your death. Pretty lame for an enchanted whip-wielding vampire hunter, but whatever. Play it for its incredible soundtrack.
15. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is in a league of its own. Very few people have ever progressed past the first level. This video shows a team of professional video game players giving it their absolute best and not even coming close to beating it. You play as Dr. Jekyll, who's trying to make it to his own wedding, but has basically no weapons or means of attack and moves painfully slowly. Also, everything is trying to kill you. Once you take enough damage, you totally freak out and become Mr. Hyde, who's able to shoot fireballs for some reason and can move much faster, but you have to go in the opposite direction (the level inverts itself, indicative of your transformation).
You'd think it might make sense to just turn into Hyde all the time, but the programmers anticipated that and they will not let you move beyond the same spot that Jekyll made it to, for fear of giving in to your evil side. I'm not joking. If you pass the equivalent spot in the level, a lightning bolt comes down from the sky and kills you instantly. I guess the makers of the game felt that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was the time and place to take a stand and make a commentary on the nature of human morality. Or they just really suck at programming. Good luck and happy gaming.