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Bennett Foddy Gets Under It With Tim Rogers: The Turbo Tunnel From Battletoads (1991)!



My friend Bennett Foddy came to Kotaku Headquarters to play the hardest part of Battletoads. He gave two hours of his valuable time to the task of traversing the Turbo Tunnel. Did he make it? Well, here’s a video. Warning: it might burn your brain.

I did this because Bennett Foddy made Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, and therefore deserves this. Actually, he deserves more than this, though we’ll give him the rest of what he deserves later.

If you disagree that the Turbo Tunnel is “the hardest level” of Battletoads: look, man. I bought this game with the only $50 I had back in the summer of 1991. I beat the first two levels in eight minutes. I was stuck on the Turbo Tunnel for ten days. I eventually mastered it. I went on to beat the entire game.

Some of the later levels might be “harder,” though none of them took me no god darn week and a half to beat. None of them ruined the beginning of what could have been a pleasant summer the way the Turbo Tunnel did. For its positioning right there at the beginning of the game, where a game should have, I don’t know, a nicer, more normal, easier level—something to get the kids excited, as it were—the game put this weirdo electroshock therapy experiment. It’s not logical. It’s not right. It’s not good. So please don’t try to tell me about which level was “harder.”

What I’m saying is, the Turbo Tunnel rewired my brain so that it would accommodate any challenge. Nothing harder than the Turbo Tunnel was hard at all, after the Turbo Tunnel.

Also, I’m thinking we are going to keep calling our streaming studio “The Goblin Bunker.” Maybe me and Foddy can have a show called “Hunker In The Bunker.” Does that sound good?

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  • I have, in an act of meditative single-mindedness, counted the total number of times Bennett Foddy died in his failed attempt at defeating the fabled turbo tunnel.

    By the time "The Bonkering Hour with Bennett Foddy LIVE from the Goblin Bunker" was over, that number was 491.

    I hear you asking:
    "Did you count the times that he died because Tim was save-state trolling him?"
    "Did you count the times he died because he knew that Tim would load the save state?"
    "Did you count the times that he warped to the surf level and Tim soundly denied him the sweet relief of riding the waves?"
    "Did you count the quick, successive deaths that occurred after a new, terrible save state?"
    "Did you count the handful of deaths after Bennett said he 'gave up'?"
    The answer to all of the above is yes. Of course I did.

    Tim Rogers, I hope this brings you some degree of satisfaction, you psychopathic creep. I'll have you know that you died 86 times after Bennett gave up. You have nothing to be proud of.

    Kelsomatic June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • 26:27 Troxler's Effect @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troxler's_fading

    Machine Mechine June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Nice to see Bennett probably experiencing the frustration that he put some new gamers through with Getting Over It! NOW I can finally get over it! 😄

    C PT June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Nah the next level after this the ice level is the most frustrating.

    Paulo 78 June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • i laughed my ass off watching this especially at the end there @2:07:30 oh man this was great

    Aboood165 June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Curse your warty hides!!!!!!!

    Sankofa NYC June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • damn, tim had to beat it for him at the end

    qwertyisgod June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • The turbo tunnel isn't the hardest part in battletoads.

    smawzyv June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • 1:52:30 "How are you suppose to do that?" 1:54:35 "It's too hard."
    Bennett getting a taste of his own medicine! >:D
    It's so much fun too watch.

    smawzyv June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • So wait, do public toilets in Japan have lids?

    Eedybeedy June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • YEA TIM UR THA SHIZNIT SERIOUSLY! U SHOULD HAVE A SHOW ON TV!

    Wes G June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • The sunglasses were Marty Mc Fly! ROCK EM EVERYTIME!

    Wes G June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Jeez – i cant believe i sat through the whole thing! I heard about Turbo Tunnel being hard before, but i never realised how truly impossible it is until now! I guess all those folks maddened by 'getting over it' took great delight in seeing Bennett being driven to madness by this!

    Andrew Hickinbottom June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Solar Herman shout-out! Yesss… edit for cellphone… solar… jetman…/cry.

    Jonathan Lane June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • More Foddy-cast please. Maybe something easier to watch next time. You can still have a difficult challenge, but watching the exact same screen for two hours is brutal to your viewers, and most probably dropped off after half an hour.

    Seth O'Shields June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • have you seen the shade of the scooterthing under the guy with the piloteglasseses nose. he looks like hilter then hahaha

    Frans-Petter Sundin June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • I sort of get what a Goblin Bunker Dollar is now……sort of. In the same way i kind of understand what a "dab" is supposed to be. GG

    Arbiter-nine-oh-two June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • I found this pretty chill and not frustrating.

    Jason McCreary June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • loved this vid tim, you and bennett seem like good pals

    ZAH June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Snes version looks much prettier! Snes playthrough, when??? I played through the snes one with save states some yers ago (tried as a kid on original snes). CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111ONEONEONeone

    uokutopa June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • The deathcount is OVER 9000!!!

    uokutopa June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • Volkmire's Inferno is much harder than the Turbo Tunnel. Honestly, the Turbo Tunnel isn't that hard to develop the muscle memory to defeat.

    MarcusSparchs June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • I posted this on Kinja earlier today, dropping it here too!

    DEATH STATS:
    (starting from the video’s The First Death segment, including 6 Level 5 warps)

    Deaths until 1st Checkpoint: 47, ~24:00
    Deaths until 2nd Checkpoint: 102, ~45:28
    Deaths until 3rd Checkpoint: 134, ~58:33
    Deaths until 4th Checkpoint: 255, ~1:44:30
    Deaths until 5th Checkpoint: 283, ~1:52:00
    Deaths until Daddy Did It: 584, ~2:10:43

    Alright, so did I just earn a Kotaku internship? Or at least a couple of Goblin Bunker Dollars?

    Bernard Kincius June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • i love tim trying to explain that he's not deliberately saying memes and bennett saying deadpan "he's just stealing japanese memes"

    TomSmizzle June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply
  • This is honestly some of the best youtube content ever created

    quadstuffed June 25, 2020 1:56 pm Reply

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