Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is the sequel to Rare's love-it-or-hate-it brawler on the NES. Like its predecessors, it features extremely difficult memorization-based gameplay with a ton of variety. Unfortunately, this game has less than half the stages of the original and some of them are just rehashes, such as the high-speed bike section.
NORTHERN TIBET, ASIA
Also starring The Evil Dark Queen, Silas Volkmire, and Professor T-Bird
Special Guest Appearance by Scuzz
'Toads, I have invited you here to witness the first demonstration of Psicone's new games generator. We've named its artificial world "The Gamescape".
Before the professor can finish, the pig leaps out of the screen!!
It grabs Michiko Tashoku, daughter of Psicone's head honcho!!
Zitz leaps to her rescue.. but he takes a beastly bashing and is captured too!
With Michiko and Zitz it's prisoner, the evil pig escapes back into the Gamescape!
We gotta get 'em back!! Let's gatecrash the Gamescape an' cook some beastin' bacon!
With the exception of the checkerboard bonus stages, each and every stage in this game is just a rehash of the original Battletoads.
There's a heavily scaled-back version of this game on the Sega Master System, but it was only released in Brazil.
Battlemaniacs was a huge disappointment, twice. The first time, I was pissed that there are almost no brawler segments. The second time, I was pissed that it rehashes most everything from the original except it's about a fourth as long. On the positive side, the graphics and especially the music are Rare-quality. It's still really difficult as well.