Battletoads is a platform video game developed by Rare and published by Tradewest. It is the first instalment of the Battletoads series and was originally released on 1 June 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was subsequently ported to numerous other platforms, including the Mega Drive, Amiga, Game Boy and Game Gear. In the game, two space mutant warriors known as the Battletoads, Rash and Zitz, embark on a mission to defeat the evil Dark Queen on her planet and to rescue their kidnapped friends; Pimple and Princess Angelica.
The game was developed in response to the interest in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. A Master System port of the game was developed but never released. It has received mostly positive reviews upon release, with critics praising the graphics and variations of gameplay, however many critics were divided over the difficulty. It won six awards from the 1991 Nintendo Power Awards, and has since been renowned as one of the most difficult video games ever created. It was later included in Rare's 2015 Xbox One retrospective compilation, Rare Replay.