So, you think you’re hot stuff because you can beat the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 without warping or continuing? You think finding all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 3 and Knuckles means you can take any platforming challenge out there? You think your no-deaths run of Battletoads means you’ve got mad platforming skillz?
Kid, you ain’t nothing unless you’ve conquered these incredibly punishing indie platformers. Without the constraints of a mass market audience, these downloadable or browser-based PC titles are free to present unreasonably tough run-and-jump challenges without fear of pissing off scaring away the lowest-common-denominator players. Good luck… you’ll need it.

So, you think you’re hot stuff because you can beat the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 without warping or continuing? You think finding all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 3 and Knuckles means you can take any platforming challenge out there? You think your no-deaths run of Battletoads means you’ve got mad platforming skillz?

Kid, you ain’t nothing unless you’ve conquered these incredibly punishing indie platformers. Without the constraints of a mass market audience, these downloadable or browser-based PC titles are free to present unreasonably tough run-and-jump challenges without fear of pissing off scaring away the lowest-common-denominator players. Good luck… you’ll need it.

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