Hmmm, interesting. I hadn't heard about that strategy. I couldn't wait to ditch that stupid knife. I do remember the boss fight against Nosferatu was incredibly easy with the sniper rifle, just zoom and shoot, and he can't touch you. The music during that fight was awesome, though. It's funny to me that Battletoads is so fondly remembered when everyone seems to agree that its difficulty was outrageous. I eventually just stopped playing it because there was no point when you can only get so far. Here's another one: the original Mega Man. I never owned it until I was an adult, but I vowed to beat it legit, and that last level before Wily is a nightmare. A boss rush against the 6 Robot Masters, and then the final battle against Wily, all on one lifebar, and if you died you had to do it all again. Probably took me 20-30 tries to finally finish it.