Games have changed a lot over the last 15 years, especially in terms of what happens in their first '120 Seconds.' Nowadays, by the end of the first two minutes of a game, you are usually still working your way through the tutorial to find out what the "Y" button does. However that was not the case back in 1991, when Rare Ltd. developed and Tradewest released "Battletoads" for the NES. Back then you were lucky if you were still alive at the end of the first two minutes.
Top candidates in our current discussion about the Greatest Reptiles and Amphibians in Video Games, Rash and Zit, were on an adventure to save Pimple and Princess Angelica, in one of the most beloved (and difficult) games on Nintendo's first console. It's one beat-em-up that really holds up against the test of time; even if it was a little weird, and fans today are still hoping to see it appear on the Virtual Console, or maybe even get remade.
"Battletoads" is the first of our retro '120 Seconds.' Every Thursday we are going to take you back in time to see the first two minutes of some of the greats (and not-so-greats) of gaming's past.
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