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After I did this page, I threw in Battletoads (the inspiration for “Fighter Frogs”, the game they’re playing) again for the first time in probably like fifteen years. I’m actually a rare sort that can proudly say I’ve beaten it once (and only once), but the game was hard enough that I figured I probably wouldn’t do so well anymore if I tried again today. As it turns out, I still remember the game better than I thought and wasn’t actually that out of practice. Personally, I did better than I expected, until I basically got stuck on Level 10. What a beast, that one is.

So, in a way, I feel like I’ve invalidated my own joke for this page. In all fairness, I HAVE had this problem with other games… just not this one. So, it is plausible. Different people play differently too, after all.

Kind of a quickie today. Hope no one minds too much. ^^;

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LightsolPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
"Personally, I did better than I expected, until I basically got stuck on Level 10. What a beast, that one is."

Ew, Rat Race.  I had to help my brother get the timing down on that level; never played Battletoads, but I have a knack for picking up repetitive patterns like the ones that show up in it.  And of course, it's much easier to see the patterns if you're not playing (ie, getting really ticked off).
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Scorpomix97 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the friendship between Rain and Gavin.   They're best friends.  chums.  buds.  best buds.  bros-ok maybe not that one Sweating a little... 
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AdventureMB Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
HaHaHa You guys need to play more old school Video Games like NES SNES ATARI 2600 or Favorite the ODYSSEY 2 
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thediremoose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oddly enough, I don't seem to have ever forgotten my Super NES skills.
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Fallenangel2002 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
-_-' lol
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UsagiKnight Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ironically I had this problem before on Megaman games, I remember getiing to the final boss within the first few hours but it seems nowadays I'm sucking like you don't know what. And it has only been 5-6 years since I played any of them. X2 being the bane of my platforming existance for some reason. I gaurentee that if i go after an X-Hunter I will surely get a game over before I reach the level's maverick. You wouldn't be able to tell now that at one point I got to Sigma on the first day (still haven't beat him though).

And seeing this page devided in two is the best way to describe that particular feeling. And even despite the frustration, its nice to relive those better times.
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GRCTW Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
I know that "where did all my skill go?" feeling of playing old video games from your childhood. Most of mine are from games that aren't necessarily what could honestly be called good; "Alien 3" and "Hunt for Red October" on NES for example. I hooked up my old NES recently and wondered if I was apparently some kind of savant as a kid.
I am happy to say I found I can still get through Quick Man's stage in "Mega Man 2" without too much difficulty
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DrakanorDream Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
it is still adorable there Little Lynn
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majorkerina Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Writer
I loved playing them on the Gameboy, especially the much harder full port they did later on. Although I think even that one was missing some of the console levels.
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KirukaChan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Couple of lightweights is what they are.
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ivanprz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
LMAO same thing happened to me when i tried to play super mario brothers on the NES afte not having played in like 10 years
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sammichan83 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
oh god this sounds familiar! i did the same thing on an old game i have just started again!
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seeker-of-revelation Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't remember Battletoads being terribly difficult, though (like the pair in the comic with their stand in Funtendo game) I played through it cooperatively with a friend and that might have made a difference.

I will say that in the original Castlevania there was one spot that I just could not get past as a kid, and in modern replayings there's a different, earlier spot that keeps stymieing me. I'm hoping that it's not a degradation of skill, but rather the fact that I don't have as much time to devote to tenaciously retrying the levels as I did back then.
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JocelynSamara Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Writer
Really? In my experience, Battletoads on multiplayer actually makes the game harder unless the other player is on the exact same skill level as you. If one person loses a life in many cases, both have to restart at the last checkpoint... or the whole level for Game Overs...

Castlevania, though, I admit I never beat the original because I never owned it. However, I do have the same problem with Castlevania 3. I never beat it as a kid, but I know I reached Dracula at his final form back then. Today, in recent replays, I find myself unable to even beat Death. It's all the more frustrating, considering that most of the rest of the game in general actually seemed easier than I remembered it, requiring far less restarts only for me to get stumped by a stage I KNOW I beat at one time. -_-
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seeker-of-revelation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I may be repressing some hideous, horridly humiliating humps early on as we learned the ins and outs of Battletoads, but my friend and I beat it within the bounds of a single day. We were, needless to say, pretty dang good at co-op.

I'm going to take a wild, flying leap and guess that the part of Castlevania III that you're having trouble with involves Medusa heads, crows, or fleamen. ;p
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FenrirDarkWolfe Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my god, this happened to me before. I played Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, I could barely get past the Kelp Forest level when I first played it. Now, I can get through it easily, but when I first got it back, I was like, damn, I couldn't get it.
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dragon8writer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Not tooooo much,
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KingofKirbys Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
ha, me and my friend were like this...but the other way around
back when we were kids we would always play the xmen arcade machine, but we would always ended up getting killed on the 3rd level, a couple of weeks ago we saw it in the xbox arcade store, after we beat the 5th level I said "did we get better or was this not as hard as it used to be?"

good times...made me feel old though -.-;
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seeker-of-revelation Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Would that be the six player X-Men game from the early '90s? If so, I'm pleasantly surprised that it's been ported to a modern system. The dialogue was bad and the plot was stupid, but I had hours of fun on that thing back when arcades still existed.
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KingofKirbys Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
the one where the characters you could choose from where wolverine, cyclops, storm, jubille, nightcrawler and collosus, yes...that one
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Godly-Effect Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Arcades are only at the stage of slowly dying, they aren't dead.
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naruto3322 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
lol xD reminds me of top gun for NES
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14bj337 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
This actually reminds me of the game "Sonic Adventure 2: Battle". For a while, I played it all the time, until I got an A emblem in almost every challenge. And when I decided to play it again, after over a year without it... I was still able to get an A ranking on most challenges (I even managed to get an A on levels where I had gotten only Bs!) That was one great game... Although I suppose it depends on what game you're playing, and how long it's been since you played it.
As to the comic, though... I like how it compares the past with the present. Six years ago, Gavin and Ryan were best friends. The fact that they were able to get to level twelve together shows just how co-dependent and "in-sync" the two boys were. Now, however, Gavin and Rain can't even beat the first level together. This may show that they're unable to revive the connection that existed between them six years ago. Their close bond from the past has been weakened by six years apart, and one game on the Funtendo won't be able to restore what they once had. It's a shame, too, because this looked like a really good chance for the two of them to experience another great "friend moment", like the one Rain described as happening years ago. Although I suppose the fact that they were willing to play together shows that they are both making an attempt to rebuild the friendship that they once had.
Also, little Ryan is really cute. It's surprising how much he looks like present-day Rain. And we get to see Gavin without a "beard"... so that's cool. I really like this one.
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DCHorror Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's probably the first time I've ever heard of someone jumping back into Battletoads without serious problems. Still funny.
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IrateResearchers Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
...I've beaten Jungle strike...

After level 2 it just gets harder and harder... but level 8 is downright cruel.... (the best way to beat the enemy super-tanks is by getting your helicopter to blow up on top of them... and you don't have that many lives...)
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Musicallover1234 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Writer
I would have thought that Rain kept up with the games, apparently not.
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
This has happened to me. When I was a kid I was awesome at Pokemon! I conqured my Blue version in no time. About a month ago I found my Game Boy color and decided to restart a new game in it and I suck now! Why? I played all the DS Pokemon games why is a GB one giving me a issue?
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
1st Playthough, Gameboy: Misty handed my ass to me MANY TIMES OVER.

2nd Playthrough, GBA; aprox. 10 years later: I destroy Misty thanks to learning Mega Punch.

...I actually played twice through the GB version because my first playthrough got deleted.

...

Though I guess I am curious what it would mean taking Charmander through the Pokemon League a 4th time might go... :ninja:

I must say though: Lenora nearly gave me a run for her money as another of the most frustrating 2nd Gym Leaders in existence with that Watchog...
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DivineValley Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I do not know any of the new gym leaders names nor remember the names of the new Pokemon. What I do know is that I'm pissed off about having to go face the Elite 4 AGAIN and that my dumb wrestler pig thing has his ass handed to him all the time.
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
I chose Snivy.

My Pre-evolved Leavanny proved more useful than my starter, though. :XD:
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
wow, i havent played an old game in forever. mostly cause i cant find my old systems but o well. this page was pretty funny, i mean they got pounded on the first level xD
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Athils Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
It's a little different, but when I went back and played some old strategy games I used to be awesome at as a kid, my performance had degraded to mediocre.

I finally figured out it was because so much of the micromanaging has been streamlined or purged in newer RTS games that the single-minded efficiency I used to have as a kid atrophied. I win most current RTS's through a combination of psychology and strategic placement rather than tactical OCD. If only I could combine these, I would be unstoppable!

... in a virtual kinda way.
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OldStyleHollywood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Funny. :D
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Adam-LOVES-HTTYD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student
xD
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Yin88 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Haha! present day "blues". Loved it Lynn :D
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HiSenshi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt the same way after I tried to play Mana Force again...at least as kids we managed to get past the first level, and after who knows how many tries, I DID manage to reach the first boss...once... >.>;

~ Hi-chan <3
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chucarnaj-peace Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
hate it but its true TT^TT

allmost p.100 have to celebrate
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zenacra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ouch. i'm proud to say that when i go back to games i was good at, the part of my brain in charge of video games has neatly stored away the skills i had developed for that game and, in some cases, enhanced my skill with my aging. (i could do much better at Super Mario Bros now than when i played it as a kid, and a year was enough of a break for me to develop the skills to beat the first boss of Donkey Kong 64, also during my childhood.)
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coffinstufferd Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Piss pounded? Really?
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Animasword Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It honestly depends on the game; I've gone back to some Mario games and improved with age dispite the gap, but then when I went back and played Alex Kidd...ley's just say I understand Gavin's frustration.
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Dark7Hero Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
XDDD
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VioletUke93 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww I know their pain :P

This is really nice because when you look back that many years you see how different you were. Usually for the better...Except video games :meow:
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Werewolf-Hero Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't blame them these games are Heard
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Suki-chan36 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I love this page! There's an overwhelming feel of nostalgia as I think back to my own Olden Days (like when I used to play my NES with my Beanie Babies - hey, I'm an only child), as well as excitement as I think of what neat games my friends (NOT Beanie Babies) and I will be playing in the future.
That, and Gavin's rage is hilarious. xD
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Chicken-Yuki Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011   Traditional Artist
...Going back, I think I discovered some of my childhood games were much easier once I played them years later. ^^;

Unfortunately, I never got an extensive NES collectoin, so being able to play an emulation of the oldschool style like Megaman 9, and playing an ACTUAL classic like Kid Icarus on the Wii Virtual Console at my VG club... I didn't fare so well. (The Jumping in Kid Icarus also happened to be a tad screwy, making things worse...)

And I just beat Dragon Quest VI yesterday. ^^; Milly/Mirielle ended up being my favorite character of the bunch, followed by the immensely useful Lizzie (A Hacksaurus/Battlerex, My SECOND most favorite Dragon Quest Monsters creature) and I named my hero character "Hero" this time around.

My 4th-most favorite DQ after 3,5, and 9... though I wish I've played 7 and 8. :(
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ExquisitelyExplicit Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Writer
You may have invalidated your joke, but it it STILL hilarious. :D
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MegaSonic55 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
one of the toughest game ever...
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Cubeninjas1990 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
damn u battletoads co-op mode!!! XC
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aeris7dragon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
TOO TRUE.
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