Rare Replay Walkthrough

17. Battletoads Arcade (1994)

Battletoads Arcade

Welcome to Battletoads Arcade! Normally you would end up having to spend every spare coin you have to complete this game, but fortunately for us Rareware have given us an unlimited amount to keep putting in the machine! In other words, unlimited continues mean you can't fail here. Regardless put the rewind cheat on as you may still want it. With that said load up the game to unlock the following achievement;

Insert Coin

Battletoads Arcade: Play the game for the first time.

Insert Coin
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At this screen you can press either cn_X, cn_A or cn_B to select either Zitz, Rash or Pimple respectively. Eventually we are going to need to finish the game three times, once as each toad, unless you have a spare controller to connect right at the end. The controls are simple, cn_A to attack and cn_B to jump. We also use cn_A to pick up and throw items. Over the course of the game, we need to get 100 smash hit kills. The way we do this is by knocking a small enemy out, note that the earlier ones you met are too weak to do this too. Then, standing over them, attack them while holding down. You toad will do a lethal attack depending on which character you are playing as. We can grind this later, but the more you get of the way in the natural progression of the game the less of a grind it will be later!

Stage 1 - Defend the Vulture

We start on the side of our space ship, the Vulture. Kill the first two rats here then move right to find a giant pig. Once you knock these enemies down, the next hit you do on them will cause your toad to kick them off the screen. As you continue on right, killing the enemies in your way, you'll come up against some rubble that you can pick up to use as a hammer. There isn't much to this level, although when you get to the end you will face a boss. This will happen in every level in the game. The boss here is easy, avoid him as he jumps down to you then immediately attack him. You'll eventually kick him off the screen towards you again, where he will jump back and try land on you again. Continue this a few times and you will eventually kick him off the ship away from you.

Stage 2 - The Arctic Caverns

After the first few rats here, you'll be charged by a reindeer. Jump over it and immediately attack it, it only takes one hit to kill but it doesn't give you a big window to do so. After a few more average rats, you'll get attack by a couple of small rats. These things are a royal pain, they quickly skate past to jump up and butt slam you. Killing them when they're off the screen is the easiest way to get them. Next up you'll fight some snowmen. Either jump or duck under their snowballs to make your way over to them to kill them. Watch the third one as it tries to roll towards you after it throws three snowballs. After dropping off here watch out for the reindeer below. Jump your way up the next ramp to met a new enemy, a rat with a gun. They aren't much stronger than the other rats, but they will periodically shoot at you. Prioritize getting rid of these ones first, but note that the other rats will pick up their gun once they have dropped it. You'll soon met another single small rat, after killing it stay all the way to the left of the screen to avoid the ceiling falling on you.

After going down a few slides you'll meet a couple more machine gun rats, then afterwards a small army of small rats will attack you. Watch out for the reindeer after killing the last small rat. A few more rats will attack before going down a steep slide. There will be some rubble you can pick up here, that comes in handy for the small army of small rats that attack. Stay to the right after killing them to avoid the ceiling, then move to the middle. Continue now to meet another couple of snowmen. Watch the second one as he turns himself into a snowball after a few throws. At the bottom will be another army of small rats, followed by another reindeer. Go up the ramp here to fall down into the bosses lair. Kill the rats first, then the boss will appear. Not difficult, move left and right to avoid being bitten then attack him as his head is stuck in the ground. You have to hit him what feels like way too many times, but just keep going until you eventually decapitate him. Kick his head to be finished with the level.

Stage 3 - The Dark Queen's Ship

Here we will be heading left. Kill the many rats that come at you until you come up to a big one. Initially this guy may seem hard, but all you have to do is spam cn_A as he walks towards you. Before he can get a hit in you will start a rather cheap combo on him. Keep doing this until he is dead and move on. Kill some more rats until you come to a door that will spawn them from the top of the screen. After clearing this up, to your left will be a flame that periodically shoots flame down, make sure to stay out of its way as you continue to fight more rats on this obviously infested ship. Continue left, watching out for another flame at the very end. Soon after you drop down here, you will come up against rats with guns as well as another big rat. At the end of this section, after some flies go past a ladder will spawn that allows you to climb up.

Up here are two more big rats, try to take out the purple one first as it is weaker. Climb the ladder after these two to continue onward right. As you get to open space ships will start dropping rats on top of you, although the actual fighting here is no different from normal. At the end of this section another giant rat will attack you, note that this guy is much tougher than the previous ones. The same method of killing him will work, but he may get a few hits in before you kill him. Continue onward, where you will end up having to fight an army of rats. After killing them you then have to fight two giant rats - this fight is annoying but fortunately we have unlimited continues so you'll always eventually get passed it. If you pick up the rubble, move to the top of the screen and make sure you hit both of them while they are in a line. This can reduce the combos needed to make this a bit easier. Next up is this levels boss, Robo-Rat.

Not a difficult boss, just make sure you are not standing in front of him when his arms light up to avoid his laser fire. After you have broken his arms off, he will start using laser eyes. To avoid this simply move up or down the screen, although you can almost do this entire stage just beating him at the edge of the screen. After this stage the top half of the armour falls off and he starts trying to kick you, try to stay on the screen so that when you hit him he goes flying away from you as he kicks immediately after being hit. And it's not over! He will now, only on his knees, try to stomp you. Try to be right beside where he is going to land to land a hit on him before he jumps up again. After finally killing this guy you have finished the level.

Bonus Stage - Destroy The Rat Fighter

This is just a stage to try get some extra score, you can't fail here. Just destroy as much of the jet as you can before the time runs out!

Stage 4 - The Hole

Here we are descending all the way down a hole. As the game will tell you, you can use jump to do a super attack however you have a limited amount of these to use, so I suggest holding on to them until I tell you to use them. After the first few enemies, fly around the worms. After a few more enemies you will come across a couple more worms, then eventually a creepy face on the wall. Kill the eyes and then attack the face until it blows up in a shower of blood. After a few more enemies you will face another one. The next worms you come up to will attack across your screen, so move up and down the screen to avoid their attacks. You will encounter a new flying enemy that is a bit like a dog, and will chew on you if it gets hold. You kill it the same way as normal though. Continue downwards and you will come up to a section with eyes falling from above you. Half way down this section a green token will fly across your screen, attack this to get another super attack. Continue downward to a section with little red worms jumping across the screen, after these you will have a small army of enemies attack you. Use a super attack to clear most of them out. After this lot a second small army will attack you, and another super attack token will spawn at the bottom of the screen. Try to get the token and use another attack to clear out the majority again. As you may have guessed, a third small army will attack you. Again use another super attack to clear out the majority of them. After a few more red worms this level will be over, no boss this time!

Stage 5 - Dark Queen's Mansion

Welcome to the Queens's mansion, for the majority of the level all you will be doing is heading right whilst facing almost every type of enemy you encountered up until this part of the game. After fighting more of the same, you will come up to a hallway that is heading away from you up the screen. Giant green 3D balls will roll down to you from here, move left and right to avoid them. After the last set enemies will ambush you from both the left and right and down the hallway. Continue onward with more of the same, to another hallway with blue obstacles this time instead of green. After more of the same, you will come up to this levels boss, a giant fat rat.

There isn't much to this boss in the first stage, just try to avoid its tail and rolling attacks. After hitting it a few times it will grow to an enormous rat. Like all jumping enemies just try to be next to where it is going to land to get some quick hits it. Note you can only get two in before it will jump up again. Eventually he will shrink to the previous size, repeat everything again and after enough hits on him the second time he is enormous he will die. Kick him off the screen to finish this level.

Stage 6 - The Final Confrontation

Make a save at the start of this level, every projectile here counts as an enemy towards the 1000 needed for an achievement, so hit as many as possible! If you don't have the 1000 by the end of the level, you can use this save to get you there. As it tells you at the start, hold the attack button and use the joystick to aim. Let go of the attack button to move instead of aim. Jump is a super attack again like the previous level you were descending in, here it fires a really power attack in a full circle around you. Kill everything you see until you get to some fireballs that are moving in a helix over the screen, where you will notice a '?' token flying over the screen. Hit this for a temporary upgrade to your gun. As we continue the level, the unlimited retries means all you're going to be focusing on is shooting everything that moves and picking up as many upgrades as you can. When you get to the boss, he will take almost as long as the rest of the level did. Just keep going at him, using up all your super attacks while you have them. Just before he dies, if you have a spare controller, make a save game. After defeating him, you will unlock the following achievement;

Finish the Fight

Battletoads Arcade: Complete every stage in the game over time.

Finish the Fight
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If you happen to have a spare controller or two, load up that final save and with the second controller join as another toad. This will give you the completion as that specific toad, do this until you have done all three to unlock the following achievement. If you only have one controller, you will have to play through the game again two more times. Make sure you select New Game, and select a different toad!

No Three-Toad Sloth

Battletoads Arcade: Over time, beat the game with all three 'toads.

No Three-Toad Sloth
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Start the game again, and you will be trying to make a save just before you do a ground finisher on a rat. This is where, over a stunned rat, you hit cn_B a few times to do a lethal finisher. If you can't get a good one on level 1, level 2 has much better rats to get a save on. Once you have one, continue to load the save and finish of the rat until you have done a lifetime total of 100. This will get you the following achievement;

Cruel and Unusual Punishments

Battletoads Arcade: Over time, defeat 100 enemies with Smash Hit attacks.

Cruel and Unusual Punishments
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There is a high chance by this point you will already have 1000 kills. If you haven't got this yet, either load up the save from the start of the last level or just play through the game again until you unlock the following achievement;

A Particular Set of Skills

Battletoads Arcade: Over time, defeat 1000 enemies with standard attacks.

A Particular Set of Skills
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Snapshots

1.Passive Aggression - This pack of scaredy-rats won't attack, so get rid of 15 as quickly as possible!

A challenge you can't lose as there is no time limit and they don't attack you. So spam cn_A until you've killed 15! After completing your first snapshot, you will unlock the following achievement;

Rash Action

Complete a Battletoads Arcade snapshot.

Rash Action
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2.Rash's Last Stand - It's Rash vs. the universe! Survive Robo-Manus's assault for at least 15 seconds.

Move to the left, and wait for the lasers to get close to you. Use cn_B to do a spinning attack to kill the machine, then use the same attack on the following enemies. You'll already be at 15 seconds here, so keep trying to just let them kill you to be done with this snapshot.

3.Rats in a Barrel - You've got just 45 seconds to deal with at least 15 rats - weapons will help even the odds!

This snapshot is tricky. At the start you want to use your weapon as fast as possible, as your melee is actually much more effective against these mini rats. I found being on the far right of the screen the best place to be, as you often kill most if not all of them as they run in from the right. If they end up chain butt-slamming you just restart. After you've killed the 10th one, a reindeer will charge in from the right. Try to hit him before he charges, if you don't manage to jump over the charge and get him on the left.

Slide down the hill to face four normal sized rats, although unfortunately two of them have guns. There are different methods to getting this done, one way is to try throw one of the armed rats at the other one to disable them both long enough to take them out. Another way is to focus on and kill one as quickly as possible, so you can pick up its gun to take out the rest. After these four a dead you should have your 15, although it can bug on you and only have 14 at this point. If that has happened, rush down the next slope to find another army of small rats.

4.Wrath of Karnath - Reptiles are no match for amphibians! Take out Karnath without losing a life.

This isn't very hard, before Karnath attack he is pointing in the direction he will lunge. Make sure you're out of the way, and quickly attack him before he recedes back for another strike. You will survive one attack, so you don't have to be perfect here. After you decapitate him, kick his head off the screen to be done with this snapshot.

5.Twice as Mice - General Vermin and...General Vermin?! Defeat them both without loosing a life.

At the start, rush to pick up the rubble then head up to the top of the screen. When they're lined up, spam cn_A to hit both of them over and over until your weapon expires. What you want to do here now is quickly kill one of the Generals, as as soon as you have one left it is really easy. I found the purple one only ever needed one combo. When you only have one left, just stand there spamming cn_A as you will initiate a combo before they hit you.

After you've completed all the snapshots, you'll unlock the following achievement;

Quartermaster

Complete all of the Battletoads Arcade snapshots.

Quartermaster
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Congratulations, you're now finished with Battletoads Arcade! If you have been doing all the snapshots up to this point, then this is also your last game specific snapshot achievement! It is a good idea to head to the snapshot playlists from here while they are still a bit fresh in your mind.

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