Back to the Future on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) – Worst Video Games Ever

Slap that Back to the Future poster on anything and kids want it. That was LJN's thinking. It doesn't matter if it's worth playing or not. Kids are stupid, too. Just repeat the same level with different colors. They had drugs to smoke, people. C'mon.
Slap that Back to the Future poster on anything and kids want it. That was LJN's thinking. It doesn't matter if it's worth playing or not. Kids are stupid, too. Just repeat the same level with different colors. They had drugs to smoke, people. C'mon.

I Feel Some Movement Coming On...

The original Back to the Future video game on the NES is pretty much one of the worst video games ever made aside from ET. This game basically ruined your entire childhood. I wouldn’t be surprised if lawyers have used this game as a defense in court. “Your honor, my client received the Nintendo version of Back to the Future for Christmas when he was 9 years old. I move for dismissal of the case.”

LJN was behind the release. They pumped out some of the most putrid games imaginable, and this was among the very worst. In the game, you play as Marty McFly. Instead of trying to get Back to the Future like in the film, this video game gives you the goal of trying to find a toilet. Isn’t that what it seems like Marty is trying to do? He won’t stop running! He’ll run through a plate of glass to get to that toilet. He has to go very badly.

LJN actually came out with a real life Toilet Adventurer Playset to go along with their video game. Don’t believe me? Here’s the old advertisement:

LJN Toys came out with the Toilet Adventurer Playset which you would use in conjunction with their Nintendo game. This made playing Back to the Future on the NES way more exciting.
LJN Toys came out with the Toilet Adventurer Playset which you would use in conjunction with their Nintendo game. This made playing Back to the Future on the NES way more exciting.

The Keep It Classic Nintendo Shirt. Finally, a Shirt That Tells People Who You Are and What You're All About.

There sure were a lot of hula dancers and guys carrying glass back and forth across the street with no intention of putting it anywhere in the 1950s.
There sure were a lot of hula dancers and guys carrying glass back and forth across the street with no intention of putting it anywhere in the 1950s.

The... Gulp... Gameplay

The actual game itself is terrible. The music is pretty much just the starting notes from Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” played over, and over, and over, and over. It’s seriously only like 8 notes that repeat constantly. Then there’s a short interlude of ass beeps once in a while. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy. Even when you lose and go back to the opening screen, the music keeps on going.

Here’s a breakdown of the entire game: There are two stages where you run to the toilet, then you throw 50 milkshakes at people in a diner, then there are like 4 or 5 nearly identical stages where you run to find a toilet, a stage where your mom throws hearts at you, 1,000 more stages where you run your ass off to find a toilet (again, all very similar), a part where the music changes to Johnny Be Good on steroids while you collect musical notes, 784 more pretty much identical stages where you run to find a toilet, and finally a part where you drive the De Lorean through a lightning storm. Whew!

A Mario Plush. So Cute. Get One Now.

Here's a Speed Run of the Whole Game:

If you managed to make it to the cafe stage without taking out the game and throwing it out the window - congratulations. You're an idiot for playing this.
If you managed to make it to the cafe stage without taking out the game and throwing it out the window - congratulations. You're an idiot for playing this.

Toilet Paper Optional

Basically the game is about 15 minutes of Marty running around looking for a bathroom. Good job, LJN. What’s the deal here? Were there like no toilets back in 1955 or something?

To be fair, it is kind of hard to turn the plot of Back to the Future into an innocent Nintendo game. “Okay, so Doc gets shot with an Ak-47, and then Marty makes out with his mother…” Yeah, but they really could have done so much better than this fecal matter that they released. The Toilet Adventurer Playset was way funner than the game it was based on.

If you or anyone you know of was forced to play this game as a child, find help. It's only a phone call away. Don't resort to a life of crime and lewd behavior because your dreams of a decent Back to the Future video game were shattered by LJN Toys.

There really ought to be a class action lawsuit in here somewhere...

You Probably Threw Out Your Nintendo After Playing This Filth and Bought a Sega Genesis. Buy a Sega Genesis T-Shirt, Then. Here's a Good One.

Did This Game Ruin Your Childhood?

  • Yes.
  • No. I enjoyed playing this game while eating paint chips.
  • It would have if I had played it when I was a kid.
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