Battletoads, developed by Rare and published by Tradewest, was released in North America for the original Nintendo in June of 1991.
The game is predominately an action-platformer, where the player controls one of the two Battletoads, on a quest to rescue one of their companions and a princess.
Battletoads is perhaps best known for its high level of difficulty, especially beginning with its third level, Turbo Tunnel. That level involves avoiding obstacles and enemies with split-second precision while racing through a stage. Other later levels continue the difficulty. It also includes a two-player mode which is said to make the game even tougher, as players can harm each other! Despite this, and to some–because of it, the game is popular in the gaming community.
Battletoads was ported to many other systems, from the Amiga to the Sega Genesis.